Ring the School Bell 17/180- Skip counting right into fall

         On the academic agenda today, skip counting, as we skip right into fall.  I find fall so enchanting in many ways.  In southern California, the trees that do change color, normally do so in November and sometimes as late as December. And some years, the cold snap never happens, which leaves us with no fall color at all.  Even so, it is a heartwarming time of year for us.  We wear scarves,  sweaters, and make chili and warm lattes as if we can inspire the weather to act accordingly!  Eventually the season catches up to us, with its blustery-ness and raking.  Until then, I wait in my shorts and tank top.

Photo taken on December 17- That is how long Angelenos wait for fall!

      Besides the excitement of Sabrina’s high school senior year and the upcoming university open houses, this fall will be accented with a major project, a yard makeover.  What exactly inspired me to seize this seemingly crazy opportunity?  I admit, it is a bold challenge considering the anticipation of an especially busy school year.  Here is the deal.  We have unfortunately been experiencing a severe drought in southern California, for the past several years, and the city is trying to get the cooperation of its population to reduce the amount of water that we use.  There are a limited amount of financial incentives to convert water-thirsty lawns to more native plants that will save on water.  We took the bait and will be redoing the upper level of our backyard, in a required 3-month window.  When the project is complete, we will send in photos to the city, and they will send us a handsome compensation in return.  With our tight budget, we could not pass this up.  Not a fall with normal routines!  I have decided not to participate in the holiday boutique this year, with my homemade wares.  And although I started taking piano lessons with the girls last year, those will be temporarily suspended also.  No use paying for lessons when there will not be any time to practice.  So many things to do.  Luckily, I am still riding the wind of  enthusiasm of the new year, which hopefully carries me for a good long while!

Your children will thank you!

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.  Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year.  It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar.  Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”

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Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year.  Hope you will join us!

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette


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