Okay, I did not get back to you yesterday with a post. Sorry about that. It would be nice to say that I was just too busy, but the truth was that I just did not have anything to say. I still don’t, but we will see where this takes us. Although I have not been busy, I have been playing catch up from my vacation and my art workshop. My errands in Lawton went without a hitch. Normally, when I have my oil changed, I set in the comfy waiting room. This time, I sat in the shop where I could oversee the work on my car. Hmm, they seem to get done much faster with me sitting there – imagine that! Hobby Lobby was a bust, I bought a few canvases for my students, but that was it. I will wait until a better sale day.
The only big news is that I am starting my "younger" art classes again. On Tuesdays I teach the younger kids. Thursday’s is two classes of the "older" ladies. I also have two classes of younger artists that come every other Tuesday. This week will be the more experienced art kids – next week will be the beginner art kids. Yesterday I made lots of phone calls explaining this to moms. There is a certain amount of dread in starting classes, because I have to be pinned down somewhat more than usual. There is planning involved in each class and house cleaning before class. Now we are getting to the crux of the matter – house cleaning is not my favorite.
Earlier this summer Toby rode his bike to work some mornings (about 12 miles). Normally, he works from 7 – 4, although he rarely leaves work at 4 PM. With the shortening of the days, it is not getting light until later in the morning, so Toby switched his hours. Now he will work from 8 – 5. All of this was done so that he could ride his bike to work. This morning was his first 8-5 day. He still got up at 5:30 and showered and poured us coffee at 6. I was a bit groggy after taking an antihistamine for my allergies, but I was wondering, "what the heck" weren’t we supposed to get to sleep in a little? I can see there will be some wrangling for the bathroom with Jesse trying to get to work, too. I will just stay out of the way and drink my coffee and play at the computer. I will only step in if it comes to blows or blood.
I am loving this cooler weather. The days have been just perfect – not even getting into the 90’s. We are turning off the AC more and more. It won’t be long until I get to wear that new sweater, which I forgot and left at home while on vacation. Everywhere we went, someone would ask, "Did you bring your new sweater?" I felt rather silly admitting that after making a big deal about going somewhere cool on our vacation so that I could take my new sweater, that I had forgotten to pack the new sweater. I did pack my old "Scotland" sweater, so I was plenty comfy.
Since this is not a political blog, I rarely spout such stuff, but Toby has been explaining his views on the "big bailout." He explained that during the Great Depression, FDR’s plan to help the nation was met with skepticism (which I did not know) because it called for the government to take over in areas where they had not been before – they entered business in a big way. The courts even ruled some of FDR's plans were unconstitutional. Toby has been worried that with the "Big Bailout" our government is stepping in where they do not belong – in a way we become more and more a socialist country. Yet, he couldn’t really see any other choice. He did much more explaining about foreign investors and such, but I don’t want your eyes to roll back in your heads:) Something to ponder. Here is a link that Toby sent me on the subject.