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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!

Date: 2009-08-13 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congratulations on the new computer!

Date: 2009-08-14 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Getting the computer funds was a big relief. I was worried about the cost of a new computer, and this one is 8 years old, more or less.

Looking forward to your next music post!

Date: 2009-08-13 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Computer sounds helpful. The food and places sound WONDERFUL!

Date: 2009-08-14 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would love for you to visit Four Winds and describe the scenery in your lovely prose. cinnamonbite could take some great pics, and we'd have a book!

Date: 2009-08-14 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sounds wonderful, really. Maybe...
It's just a long way off.

Date: 2009-08-13 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's great news, congrats!

Date: 2009-08-13 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
SO you're going to be a Mars terraformer when you grow up?

Date: 2009-08-14 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
By the time I graduate, the planet EARTH will need to be terraformed!

Date: 2009-08-13 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congrats on the funds for the computer. New tech is always a relief.

You had the kind of week that sounds like heaven to me. And what a bargain on the chair!

Best of luck for the school year. How far along the road to the degree are you?

Date: 2009-08-14 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As usual, I left out all the annoying stuff.

I'm just starting out on my degree. The first time I went to college, I had no idea what I wanted to do. 26 years later, I fell in love with geology and agriculture. I'd forgotten all my math and science and needed it for my degree, so I decided to repeat some courses that I already had credit for, as well as take new ones required by the UNC system. The local communtiy college is wonderful and the transfer department at UNC-Charlotte has been very helpful and extremely kind. Why didn't I meet these people the FIRST time I went to college?

Date: 2009-08-13 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congratulations on that new computer AND on your new school year! Yay for the raspberry jam you made and all the biscuits it's gonna go with!

Date: 2009-08-14 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, the jam is a bit soupy, but edible. However, I'm the biscuit queen, thanks to a boyfriend who shared his grandmother's recipe and a long stint at restaurant that specialized in breakfast.

Didn't eqfe say that he learned to cook Italian while working at an eatery?

Date: 2009-08-14 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Soupy jam is just made for sopping with biscuits--yum!

I think Eqfe did--he's an excellent house-husband.

Date: 2009-08-14 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congratulations! A new PC is a wonderful thing. :) Good luck with all of your endeavors.


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