Today is my last day of school for the year, and graduation is tonight. I’m very proud of my students and I wish the best for all of them in the future. I feel very lucky that as a teacher I’m able to have the summer off. I happily admit that one of the reasons I went into teaching was so I would have the same schedule as my future children. Of course, I also love what I do, so summers off are a bonus. We’ve gone so late this year that it feels like vacation would never come!
When I was in college, my parents, brothers, cousins, Ed and I went on a rafting trip down the Colorado River in Utah. Those 5 days were an unforgettable experience. Of course, I don’t have any pictures to post from then because I didn’t own a digital camera then! But some day I’ll learn to use my scanner.
Two years ago, my parents, brothers, Ed and I went to Alaska for two weeks. We went to Katmai National Park and actually hiked out to Brooks Falls to watch Brown Bears feed on salmon. It was an amazing experience. I am totally not a thrill seeker, and I still really can’t believe that I was so close to bears! I’ll probably write a whole post about it in a few days, so I’ll only post a couple pictures for now. We took these pictures, and I feel that it’s important to note that there were no zoom lenses, we were actually that close to the wild bears. More on that to come!
Last year, my mom and I went to the Island School Teacher’s Conference on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. Another amazing week.
So what will I be doing this summer? We don’t have anything big planned, like previous years. Ed and I may make it up to Maine to his parents’ house at some point. But we’re not sure about that, with the price of gas. Mainly, we’ll just be enjoying our time at home, in our new house.
I’ll be working weekday mornings at the farm market, which is a nice schedule because it closely matches my school schedule. It seems fitting, since the original reason for summer vacation was to free children up for farm work.
I’ve also made a list of the things I’d like to accomplish this summer:
- Make a replica of our wedding cake for our anniversary on June 26 (smaller, of course)
- Can and freeze tomatoes; preserve peaches, blueberries and raspberries; freeze corn
- Pick wild wineberries and make Grandma Rose’s wineberry pie
- Finish a sewing project, any sewing project! (especially my mermaid bag)
- Bake bread
- Make homemade pasta
- Walk along the beach, around the farm, or up to the reservior whenever possible
- Organize the office
- Organize the pantry and get a second coat of paint there and in the mudroom
- Hang curtains and pictures
- Get a second coat of paint on the guest bathroom
- Make cheese
- Read books, lots of books
- Get set for my Environmental Science, Botany, and Advanced Environmental Science classes next year
- Collect shells and sea glass and use them to decorate
- Decorate the house a little. All of our walls are blank and the house still echoes!
- Host an Open House party
- Do some research about apple and peach trees, raspberries, and strawberries, and make plans to grow them
- Garden, garden, garden! Also, plan the fall and winter vegetable garden
- Go fishing with Ed and his brother, at least once
- Decide what I want to enter in the fairs this year
I think that’s it. I’ll have to add on in the comments when I come up with more stuff I want to do. We’ll see how much of it actually gets done!