Sunday, October 21, 2007


I have been feeling bad about school this year. It just doesn't have the zip, the pow, the fun, the wow.

Well, duh. Started out okay, but then Jerry got sick. He's been sick since about the middle of September. He's still doing well considering. We watch him on a constant basis. Bob and I have discussed when to take him in, and we have our criteria down. Jerry Lee is still happy, eating well, enjoying an occasional short walk. He's not there yet.

No wonder I haven't been feeling it. There's that. There's also the fact that I never got off my big, fat you-know-what to get the school room really cleaned and really organized. We've missed watching birds at the feeder out the window.

Thomas and I cleaned the school room today. It's still not in the condition I want it, but much better. I don't know if we'll school in there tomorrow or not. At least I can vacuum the floor. (What homeschooler doesn't have piles and piles of books covering their floors?)

Things are getting messed up with our new puppy. We originally wanted one litter, then decided that Thomas might like to do agility, so talked to the breeder. She recommended a different litter. We said, "Okay, we'd like a female from that litter."

Well, lo and behold, the litter was born on Bob's birthday--that's a sign, right? But here's the thing. All the girls available are going to be solid black.

Might not be an issue to some, but -- but -- but -- it is to me. I am a person who loves color. I like lots of it. Jerry Lee has many colors in his coat: red, white, black, brown, tan, and lots of in between. I like that in a German Shepherd. Bob convinced me to go with a darker GS -- a smoky sable. It grew on me. I told him that there were two dogs that I didn't want: solid white or solid black.

I'm awful, I admit it. I just don't care for solid-colored German Shepherds. And I don't want one. Period. I love them for other people, I admire their beautiful shiny coats -- but I want a sable. (Sables can be light or dark, but they have lots of different colors.)

That's life here.

Tomorrow we start school after taking Wed, Thurs and Friday of last week off. Monday morning is going to come fast and furious.

But DUH -- I'm cutting myself some slack for our extremely unfun school year. Hopefully tomorrow we can put some zing into it.


Mama B said...

Having an all black dog I can say from a practical standpoint that its a little harder.

As is harder to SEE (LOL) I can't tell you how many times we've accidentally stepped on Gabby in the middle of the night!!

Bonus now though is she's got lightening reflexes when it comes to us getting up at night. We rarely step or trip over her now! Thankfully too because it makes me feel awful!!


Frankie said...

I hope I wasn't offensive...I don't mind black dogs, but it's just not what I want.

I had a black collie once years ago and loved her to pieces.

I had not thought about not seeing a black dog and stepping on it. I like to walk in the evenings, so that would be dangerous on the road.

I was reading that the all-black German Shepherds overheat easily, too. So we'd have to be careful in the summer when we're out and about having fun.

It's just that I want a Jerry Lee. Or a Rin Tin Tin. A typical German Shepherd.

Kate in NJ said...

I hope your doggy search works out for you all.
Glad to hear Jerry is still ok,and that you got your room cleaned out a bit.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...


Don't be too hard on yourself right now. From years of experience as a teacher, I can tell you that when a lot is happening in a kid's life--illness in the family, divorce, etc.--they don't have the "zip, the pow, the fun, the wow" either. And when stuff is happening in the teacher's life, it's the same story.

If Thomas learns something every day, then it is a good day. And some of what he may be learning right now will go into his 'emotional toolbox' and be there when "stuff" happens later in life, too. That's part of the curriculum of life, too.

I can't tell you what color dog to get, but I will say that you will end up loving whatever dog you bring in the door. Even on the days when you wonder why exactly you wanted a puppy!

May you have some peace in this difficult time.

audrey said...

One of the great beauties of homeschooling is that when "life happens" you can adjust in whatever way you need to.

Things will gel again when your life settles down again a bit.

It's okay not to be "on" all the time. :-)