A Typical Day

I have nothing major to say, except I am both almost at my 25,000 (24,424) word goal, and simultaneously, only halfway to my goal. Meaning my original plan was not recorded so now I’m bound to the full 50,000 NaNoWriMo plan. Unfortunately, in order to meet both goals of editing and expanding, I am retyping with edits rather than adding more to the story. If I add much more instead of cut back, I might go insane shaping it up so… all is well essentially. Especially if the NaNo world will forgive my methods.

But that is not why I wanted to give a shout out today. Today I wanted to share a little driving experience today. A driving experience with a dog. … Yep. She was checking out the scenery off my left, standing on the console… and sneezed all over the side of my face! EW! What a soggy doggy experience. That has been her habit for the last few weeks and I know it is because the air in the car is setting off her sinuses, but dang!

I know. Totally off the creative, or guardian angel themes (unless you count the writing, and the sanity that goes with a nonjudgmental furry buddy as a constant angel), but you gotta agree it is at least a little bit entertaining.

What are your most memorable pet traveling experiences? Mine are pretty plentiful, but I’d rather hear more that you have to share.

Hope you all are well and keeping creative!

If I don’t catch up in time, Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it!

Good morning, Goodnight wherever you are!

Kath

NaNoWriMo 2021

Survived 1st quarter, parent teacher conferences, grading, and teachers’ trainings. Now we are a little over halfway toward Christmas and all I can think is… time to write! I have my yearbook class preparing to join in NaNoWriMo to get a taste of writing on a committed schedule for one months time. This will either be a blast, or a holy nightmare. Either way I am looking forward to it. At least I will have evenings to make sure my tale gets some work… and hopefully another 25000.

Aside from watching for more photography opportunities – watch for the auroras by the way – I have little else on my mind. Hope you all are doing well, and I will find us a new angel to discuss soon. Thank you for being mine. 😀

Good morning, goodnight wherever you are!

Kathleen

At Long Last…

A computer … not exactly crashing, but definitely less than working, has delayed contact so “Hello again!” I’m alive, well, slightly losing my mind over little things like usual, but back in the game!

In the last few weeks I have continued to plug along hiding in my little cave imagining new ideas for my characters, taking photos of leaves and the lights, but mostly just going day by day with school. Unfortunately, we lost one of our kids and buried him on the 6th. What a sucky way to plug along, but I heartily hope that this encourages the kids to ask for help more and more. In this case, it was an accident, but he was one of those all around sweet kids with a strong personality, but his family and friends were everything to him. I can only pray that each of those he leaves behind, talk when they need to and find a way through the heartache.

My side of the event has been mostly trying to stay focused on helping the kids and keeping a sketchpad nearby. That has helped tremendously. A little art, and a warrantied car that lets my kindle read through the speakers for night photography jaunts, and a few lucky shots have really made this ‘easier.’

I admit that I am completely off task with the next door guardian angel theme, but that will work back into play soon enough. In the meantime, I am going to get on the ball with my art for tonight. I need a little play time. Hope you all are well and staying creative!

In the meantime, stay strong!

Good morning, goodnight wherever you are!

Kath

September 12th. Plus 20.

Do you remember September 12th 2001? The flags coming out in every imaginable way?

Pins. Handheld size, but slipped in the top of a briefcase or tote…Tied to car radio antennas? Hanging on the front of homes. Stores, and along streets for more than just June and July.

The flags sold so fast they went out of stock more than once as the American public geared up to tackle the next phase of our nation’s history. At the time, I was only 30 miles from where United 93 went down, living and working in Latrobe PA. That seemed to start a whole new need for knowledge. I have done my best to learn every possible moment that happened that day. Then teach that information to our youth, including how the day after felt.

This September 12th, I kept reflecting back on that day. How it felt to find solace in the little things that we could do to keep our hopes up and not be too overwhelmed by a hefty dose of evil. It is days like the 12th that I always feel like we come out on top. That we can always find hope. Find foundation and return to some semblance of normalcy.

I hope that some day recently, whether you felt it today or any another day, you found the same joy and freedom to remember peace. Those are the moments that keep you going.

Hope you all are staying creative. Til next time!

Good morning, goodnight wherever you are.

Kathleen

Happy 19,345 Days!

Or 53 years to the rest of you…. to me! 😀 I’m having a great relaxing day with a few errands mixed in, and a lovely few things that have come together involving my lucky numbers, not to mention some art to keep me going…. however, that is not the point for today… well… not the post.

I’m a little early, but I do have a thing that is timely for school. I’ve been researching 9/11 again so I can prepare for next week. In the past I have torn the day apart for the facts. I have shared timeline information. Had the kids design a building that would not have trapped anyone – they invariably share that everyone has parachutes to escape with. Then, of course the more intense part – learned about someone who did not make it out of one of the four planes, the towers, or the Pentagon. This year, I was hit by another rather intense feeling.

I have been very impressed by the survivors themselves. Getting through the day. Literally dusting themselves off, taking deep breaths, then walking back into the fray, for some. Others gathering their courage, and simply returning to work.

Seriously. Think about what it takes to go into a building that is impressive, but now has the vibration of the unknown. I have had a train blow up and ruin my windows, which caused a move across campus during college, but the buildings still stand. Gathering my belongings was edgy and in the end, I really hate trains. I can avoid them. But walking back into a high rise, or any major city building willingly after the attacks, is straight up incredible. I want to send a shoutout to those who have kept going, found support where needed, and somehow managed to find it possible to continue to work the standard 40 hour, or more, week.

Hopefully I can impress my kids with a new perspective without overwhelming them.

I for one, am eternally grateful for our ability to keep moving forward. Even when it means masks, and continued caution with Covid.

On that note… I hope you all are doing well. Plugging along staying healthy…. and being creative or active, or whatever keeps you moving forward too.

Good morning, goodnight wherever you are!

Kath

Off and Runnin’

Hello world. Had an eventful two weeks that delayed my focus on posting. Not that I haven’t wanted to, but every time I found a good topic, I talked myself out of it because it was so so, rather than a solid plan. So… this is going to be a boring, what’s what in Kathleen’s world, kinda post.

First and most importantly – I hope you are all well.

Second… and well… just what it is, here is the scoop. Car is on the fritz – had to buy a new one. In the process I found a fantastic friend who guided me toward a solid vehicle and a payment plan that is manageable. Whew…. Now to manage it along with student loans…but that is a few months down the road yet. .. I still found my angel among us though…

I have returned to school and set up a solid afternoon. But my mornings are the usual – WILL I have a prep or will I have kids all morning. and afternoon? This is my usual beginning of the year deal, that makes me nuts every fall. By October I finally find a routine and either get an hour to do paperwork, or steal thirty here, and twenty there. Fortunately my boss is big on making sure we have what we need. I hope you all are having a smoother time.

Well… that is really all my brain can focus on so I hope you all are doing well and continue to stay healthy and happy.

Create, be tuned into your self, and keep on keepin’ on!

Good morning, goodnight wherever you are!

Kath

Here’s the Surprise

I have had a few great stories come across my research or story feed. Each of those would suit the goal of sharing that angels are among us, but none seemed to fit how I really wanted them to. Until a couple of days ago, that is. From there on it was a matter of stewing about the approach – so here it goes…

How often do, I want to say you, but I think ‘we’ suites best… anyway. How often do we feel like there is never anyone in our life that will really make a difference in what we do. Make a difference in what makes us the best we can be? Make a difference in how we handle the next two minutes of our suddenly very stressed out life?

Sometimes we just need to eat. Take a good nap. Sometimes we just simply need to realize that listening to those around us is the last thing we really need to do for our own sake of sanity. This, my friends, is what I want to share. A moment where one person can take charge of their life and simply be the angel in their own life. Take charge and let the rest of the world flow away and no longer punish us for our current situation.

To give you a taste of what I mean, I am attaching a video of a former Olympic bound gymnast, Katelyn Ohashi, who decided that she needed to take the sport from another angle. In doing so, she also allowed herself to find joy again.

Take a look, and reflect on how you could benefit by being your own angel. I am, now that I have been reminded.

Til next time (unless you have a thought to share… then please do!) Stay creative!

Good morning, goodnight wherever you are!

Kath

Yesterday…

I took part in a virtual tour of Auschwitz and its sister camps. The history fiend in me was fascinated, and I feel that I came away with a more solid view of the experience when I teach the subject, but I know what you are going to say…

HOW is THIS a way to find the angels that live among us? HOW can I choose the most DEPRESSING of subjects to start this project with?

I get that, but I thought that I would start big and work my way to the little things as I progress. To do this, I am going to hand you a few names that you can research if you don’t know who they are, but the first will tip you off to the goal.

  1. Oskar Schindler
  2. Irena Sendler
  3. Johan Van Hulst
  4. Raoul Wallenburg
  5. Sir Nicholas Winton
  6. Meip Gies
  7. Chiune Sugihara
  8. Albert Goering

Yup. That’s right. Goering. The Luftwaffe Commander’s brother. In fact, I just came across information that Hitler’s own nephew petitioned the US to allow him to fight against Germany with them. That is a new path I must research, but the eight above I have already spent a fair amount of time revisiting.

Angels are among us, and even differ in the views of their families as has been documented often throughout history. In my efforts to find a more positive view of life’s battles, I find quite a few of these characters. Characters that feel compelled to act in spite of how they feel. How they are treated.

We can only hope to recognize them when we meet them.

We can only hope to emulate them when our opportunity to act is thrust upon us.

If you know of others that must be shared, let me know and I will begin projects including their stories. Don’t forget the elder who quietly lives down the street, or the grocer who is home from a tour. They are among us often in the smallest of roles.

In the meantime, stay creative, stay positive and keep on keepin’ on!

Good morning, goodnight wherever you are!

Kath

Ah… Summer Scorch Has Begun

How are we all doing? I have made it through yet another school year. Easy to say, the most unusual of the last 31 years since I started teaching (admittedly, only 25 in the classroom, 21 fulltime), but it was not the worst year.

With that in mind, I have decided to add an angle to this page… in my random way of posting. I favor those moments that it seems like an angel has dropped in to say hi at just the right moment. It may be the neighbor who stops in and lends a hand, or a stranger who steps up. Either way, a positive moment is had by all.

I am going to start looking for more of those little reported positive experiences… or maybe a bunch of kitten or puppy videos to lighten the day. In the meantime while I find my first chosen article (and please do send suggestions if you find any) I want to share one of the funniest pairs I have seen in ages. Positivity is their thing and I have laughed hard enough that my ribs hurt since I found their page. *** This may not be child friendly – depending upon your parenting styles.***

Hope you all are keeping a happy heart and staying creative!

Good morning goodnight wherever you are!

Kath

Almost Made It…

The end of the school year is within 2 weeks from completion with the kids, and just a few more days as far as scheduled meetings are concerned. Sad thing is, I am already stressing over activities and needs for change for the next year, rather than reveling in our current success. We really need to step back and find better stress management. Alright. I. I need to find better tools. I need to apply my tools rather than hang out and be a bum.

My issue at work, is not that I am not communicating, but rather that I need to wait for better timing to happen before I address things. Soon as we talk, things will even out, but good gravy. Sticking up for others is wearing me out and this delay is another way of doing just that.

One thing I came across recently is compassion fatigue. This is often attributed to caregivers and emergency personnel. The last presentation I watched discussed teachers and how we contend with PTS in our students, but we often don’t have the right tools to properly help them. With that stress, the kids can’t focus, and we don’t know how to positively redirect them. That coupled with Covid… oy.

What about you? Do you have ideas that could help the greater good? I am all ears if you do.

Now that I have taken a turn and unloaded on you. Admitted my lack of coping tool application on top of it. How are you?

I hope you are better than I. Moving forward and finding work settings to even out and be better.

Keep rocking your hard work and personal focus!

Good morning goodnight wherever you are!

Kath