Saturday, September 17, 2005

Critters a'Crawlin' on My Passion

Sounds like a title to a very strange song, doesn't it?

I went outside and counted caterpillars on the passion flower vine. It's still growing, but getting munched about as fast as it can put on new leaves. It does have some blossoms on it, and I think it may bloom again, unless one of the caterpillars gets a sweet tooth. I counted about 7 or 8 on about 3 feet of vine. The mosquitoes were just too fierce to stay and do a complete survey and census, so I've taken a clue from the US Census Bureau and have done a sample and extrapolated from there.

I even found the remains of three empty chrysalis' and one full one. I've not had any luck yet capturing an emerging critter, but I have my hopes.


My downtown job teaching the two people from the Humoungous Oil Company will finish by the 26th of this month. I've said good-bye to one of the students, a very nice gentleman from Indonesia. We've had some interesting conversations and I think a friendship. I've given him our email and telephone number and told him to give 'Pup and I a call if he needs anything. The other student, from Africa, has been on a computer course. His classes are ending soon too. I've enjoyed teaching both gentlemen. They've brought an interesting outlook to everything and both of them have been intelligent, good natured and good humored folks. As I said to one, it's been a wonderful experience for me. I got to take a look inside corporate culture, and live in the world away from children for a while. It was an unforgettable and irreplaceable experience. I've been told that if the language company gets a contract for another student from this HOC, I'll be called in again. I hope so!

My tutoring job is going well. I'll be able to replace most of the hours from the downtown job with the tutoring job. I may even end up making a little more money in the long run, and this job does have the added benefit of 1) regular hours, 2) deductions taken out of my check (no figuring how to pay taxes as a "self employeed sub-contractor) and 3) the boss seems to like me.

The icing on the cake is that the center will be starting an emergent literacy course for 4 and 5 year olds, with me as the teacher. I had hoped I would be decorating another classroom, and I have! It's a TINY classroom, but I'll only have 5 students at a time, and we'll be concentrating on early math skills, phonics, sight words and some early writing skills. Most of the students will be Korean or Vietnamese, and the parents like homework, so I'll be assigning some homework as well.

The other day, just as the evening was ending, one of the students' cell phones went off as she passed by and it startled me. "I get jumpier and jumpier the older I get!", I said to the other tutor near me. The young (mid-twenties) woman wryly told me, "The older I get, the more things I realize I need to be jumpy about!" LOL She's larnin'!


Tomorrow, I meet with my parents and most of my siblings to talk about options. I'm not sure what options my mom wants to have us give input on, but I suspect none of them will be happy ones



  1. Nancy, so very sorry to hear about your Dad. How very hard for all of you. And it sounds like your parents have been together a very, very long time. It's so hard for surviving spouses in those situations. I'll be holding you in my thoughts.

    One good thing though--I'm happy to hear you'll be getting some classroom work! Yay!

  2. Good Luck hun. hugs

  3. hello there nancy. thanks for your word of wisdom on my blog.

    hope everything works out for everyone.

  4. I can't even begin to put myself in your shoes right now, having to decide what to do about your dad. My heart is with you, feeling deepest compassion.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time for you all.

  5. Rough situation Nancy. Good luck.

  6. Nancy, I'm so sorry about your father. I will be thinking of you and your family.


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