I have a scholarship that covers tuition, books, and supplies needed to complete my Geology/Earth Science degree. Today, the scholarship committee agreed to cover some horticulture classes as well, since I plan to specialize in agricultural geology. They also gave me funds to buy a new computer and printer with a maximum tech budget of $2,300. Grateful is an understatement.
It’s been another busy week. On Monday, we went to Four Winds Berry Farm in the Brushy Mountains to pick raspberries. I made jam Monday night. Yesterday, I had errands in town, chores in the greenhouse, a corn patch to hoe, and some fall crops to plant. I also went by Ty and Shirley’s orchard to pick up peaches and apples to share with friends and relatives. Aunt Wanda invited me to supper when I delivered her peaches. After supper, I went to Jeannette’s birthday party. Everyone had a good time, and I didn’t leave until after 10 p.m. I did a few chores after I got home, then Todd and I took the ragtop to the highlands to watch the meteor shower. It was too cloudy for good meteor watching, but the moon and clouds were lovely anyway. We stayed up too late, and I had to drag myself out of bed this morning. It was raining, so I didn’t have to water the nursery stock, thank goodness. I managed to complete morning chores and meet my adviser and the scholarship committee on time. The sun was shining by the time I got home, so it was back to work in the garden. Then my brother Eric and his family and my sister Julie and her family arrived while I was taking an iced tea break. All work came to a standstill.
My sister Julie and I have been hitting the back to school sales. Who can resist notebook paper for a penny or binders for a nickel? I even found a nice office chair for $20. It had originally been priced at $80, but the paint was chipped. Since my home is overrun by children and cats, a little chipped paint isn’t a deal breaker. Actually, it makes furniture more attractive; once you get that first scratch or chip, you stop worrying about maintaining it in perfect condition and just relax.
My classes start Monday. The young ones return to school the following week. Hope that all of you have a great school year!