Valentine’s Day Week, February 2012

This was a long week starting with a busy School Board meeting on Monday night and events extending into this weekend. It turned out to be a life-changing week and my adventures will be posted in several installments here. For reasons I don’t understand, I didn’t take many pictures. There were so many interesting scenes I should have documented. I am gonna have to fire myself as my own documentarian!

Almost all this week revolved around Cotopaxi School stuff. As Jackie Gleason opened his show, “And awa-a-aay we go!”

The School Board Officer Election

I left for the November meeting of the Fremont RE-3 (Cotopaxi) Board of Education meeting early so I could: pick up the mail; buy some gallon jugs of drinking water at the Cotopaxi Store; and get a box of wine at Bighorn Liquor, a block west. After my errands in town, I went up CoRd12 to school.

I got there early but so did many others! So instead of reading on my Kindle, I chatted. This was a special meeting since Dan Ogden, an 8 year veteran, was leaving, being term limited, and a new Board member, Tony Reid would be sworn in. Actually two other Board members would be sworn also as they were filling partial terms before the non-election. None of the positions were contested so the school cancelled the election to save money.

After the swearing in ceremony, we broke for brownies and tea. And Dan was awarded a gavel with an inscription of his service and I made a speech which embarrassed him (“Sure getting deep in here.”)!

When we reconvened, the Board then “reorganized” by electing new officers. And I began my new adventure: being President of our Board of Education. I did NOT campaign for this job but had it thrust upon me! Last month Dan was unable to be there so I filled in as President for the very first time! It was good training for my new job. Lol.

This is gonna be an ugly term for the Board with money being so tight. But I feel up to the job since John McCleary, the new Superintendent, and I work together well. He has a good grip on our finances and I know the last few years of the school’s financial history. And I bought a copy of Robert’s Rules of Order!

I meant to get a picture of the new Board and had the camera on the table in front of me but with all the stuff going on, I spaced it!

I was hoping the power was on when I got back home but it wasn’t. I knew three miles from the house as I passed one dark home after another. Donna had been busy with setting up the handwashing station and putting all the stuff in the fridge on some shelves in our Water House where it hovers just above freezing.

The shelves are near the back steps. The water in the tanks help stabilize the temperature. These shelves were filled with food!

I forgot my cell phone which I had taken to charge. Super John had called her that he had it. She was glad he called because she knew I was on my way home. They apparently had a good conversation and he said the next day she is a very nice woman. I told him she had to be to put up with me. Lol.

While I was sitting with her and babbling about the meeting, I wound down some. She kept saying she was going to bed when I ran down. But at 10:30 she suddenly yelled “The power tried to come on!”. I didn’t see anything but she had seen an LED nightlight flash. Then it did it again. One more time and it stayed on while lots of stuff in our house came on: the furnace, the water pump, and the refrigerator. For almost a minute! Lol. She headed for bed; they had their chance to impress her and failed. I had to stay up after this hope was raised. There were two more tries after a half hour while they fixed something. Then it came on and stayed on! Yay!!

The heat came on and the fridge got up and cooling. I sent some e-mails before I went to bed.

And I got to sleep with my CPAP on! That was soo sweet!

While the refrigerator was empty, she took all the shelves out and washed them. It hasn’t been this clean since we moved in! Usually only one shelf at a time gets washed! While I was at school Tuesday doping my library duty, she moved the stuff back in the cooler.

Everything is so neat, in lines and all sorted! And, with all the spoiled/dated food gone, roomy!

What a long, busy weekend.

New Juvie Prison

Donna and I went to Salida and behind the Pancake Patio Place is a construction project. From the lack of windows, it looks like a prison.

Oh, wait! This is new addition to the High School!

Personally, I liked the tall crane being used for the roof panels.

It has become a landmark along US50.

School Bear

While we had a bear, they had one at school! The wildlife people brought one they had captured for the kids to see.

I asked if they need a second one! I don’t know the details; this was sent by the Superintendent. He did enjoy the kids looking over the bear through the fence.

As long as one doesn’t wander through our campus. I would be more worried about the older boys thinking they could take one down!

Lunch at School

I did my library job today then went to the cafeteria for lunch. Super John had invited me. It turned out to be pizza day! I chose a pepperoni and mushroom slice but later learned the taco pizza was the best!

I joined the faculty and we ended up talking about politics. Except for Larry. I don’t think he said a word the whole time!

I remember the cafeteria from my youth and this was nothing like it. We separate the schools for meals to prevent harassment of the younger students. So it was maybe half full at the peak: maybe 35 students! And quiet; no yelling or other noise.

Anyway it my first time to eat in the cafeteria during school. I will probably make this a habit each Tuesday.

My Library Job

This year, I am doing Tuesday mornings on my volunteer job, which this is. I am on duty and bored! I have had one customer, a young lady who checked out a James Patterson book. And a teacher brought an elementary class through to show them the library.

But this is only the fourth day of school. I am sure things will pick up next week!

I hate this clunky keyboard! My wine soaked one was sightly worse than this one! I will buy a new one for the library! And a new mouse, too! I miss the wheel!