I'm volunteering tomorrow and Wednesday at the school I've been subbing for. It's special needs and it's hard to find people to that job...it pays less, as well. I don't sub on M&W, gotta get kid to school at 12:30. So, I'll just go in a few hours and be able to come and go when I need. I'll sub there probably the rest of the school year. I like the kids and the teachers. One teacher is a neighbor; her daughter has always had liver problems, had a partial donor a few years ago. She ended up in the hospital with emergency surgery and they found a mass on her liver; it's being biopsied. Please keep Felicia and her family in prayer. She is in college, and this is so hard for her parents. I can't imagine the anxiety over a sick child. Counting my blessings.
I got yet another letter from the scoutmaster. It's been 3 weeks since I got it and I just don't have it in me to answer. I asked them to stop, told them that it's OVER. They keep on. It's close to harassment. Then, I went ahead and filled out an application to re-join so I could help on Eagle boards and one of the contentious fellows sent me an email telling me all the hoops I have to jump through to get it filed with Council. I had to tell him that all Council needs is the app. I'm tired of their nonsense.
I'm having my trees in the back (the ones that caused all the problems last year) removed. It's been a painful and hard decision. The arborists (2 of them )told me that they were healthy last year. I had a guy come out from the same company look at them and he said they are developing some problems. They have been through a lot...excess pruning, french drains being put in (absolute necessity). I looked at them one day last week and realized that they are HUGE and nearing the end of their life cycle. They are around 26-27 years old. The average age for this type of Ash is about 30 years. They are problematic in that they drop leaves in the spring, branches, they are humongous for the size of our yard, and the bottom line is that I don't want them falling on anyone's property and harming anyone or anything. The tree guy agreed with me. Thanks, Connie, for not batting an eye when I suggested removing them--that really helped. Now, I just have to get through the upcoming thunderstorms and winds this week (I'm neurotic enough to fear them deciding to drop at the last moment!!) and feeling the nostalgic pangs of removing the trees my kids grew up on. Good news is, that even before this, neighbor and I have started getting along better. That's a relief. He will be happy they are gone, and I won't have to worry about liability or hazards any longer.
Have a great week! I've been absent, but I'm reading your blogs. Check in here and tell me how you REALLY are! Keep KB and Ann in prayer for all they are going through with her Baclofen (sp?) pump. Keep Helen and her family in prayer for some struggles. Let me know how to pray for you, too.