Catching Up

I’ve been back to work for two weeks and it feels like I never left!  I have missed my morning computer time spent leisurely reading blogs.

This school year is off to a great start.  We have a new principal (a good thing) and my classes are small and well behaved.  Last year I had two groups who were simply unbearable.  I cried many a morning before school because I didn’t feel like I could face them one more day.  There were many days where I felt like I would just pick up my purse and walk out of the classroom for good.  This year is so much better!  It is such a pleasant feeling to wake up and not dread going to work.

Since I’ve gone back to work, what I’ve missed most is the loss of any time to be creative.  I’m lucky now to fix dinner and get myself ready for the next school day before I collapse in exhaustion on the sofa.  I don’t know how teachers with children have energy left over for their own family at the end of the day.

I’ve been trying to make use of my after school time and get a work out in here or there.  A singles league is starting soon in my area and so is mixed doubles season, so I’ve mostly been playing tennis.  Mr. SP and I are going to be partners in a 7.0 USTA mixed doubles league even though our combined rating is only 6.5.  We are one of the rare couples that can play together without fighting!  My doubles partner, Elsie, and I are playing in our club’s doubles championship next weekend.  We are also playing in a tournament at the beginning of October.  It is fun to have an event coming up.  It makes me work harder!

I took a few pictures last weekend of some of my flowers.  This August is so much prettier than the August month in the past couple of years because we’ve had rain.  I can tell by what is blooming in my flower beds that the end of summer is approaching.

I love these tall Anemones.  I’ve kept them sprayed with Liquid Fence all summer to protect them from the deer.




I planted some Foxgloves this spring and they decided to bloom this growing season.  I had hoped that they would wait until next year since they are biennials, but they must have felt that the time was right.


My Butterfly Weed is still putting on a beautiful show.


Look at these blooms!  Don’t they just shriek “SUMMER”!!




I finally at age 40 cooked Okra for the first time and found that I love it.  I’ll be back later this weekend with a recipe to share.

Enjoy the weekend!


  1. Oh Paula, your flowers are gorgeous….much of mine have a brown color to them because we’ve been so dry.
    And so glad to hear your school year is so much better!


  2. The flowers are gorgeous! I’m 44 and just last week fixed a batch of fried okra was decent enough to eat. Look forward to your recipe.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.


  3. I thought you were probly back at school. My #1D is in her first year-NOT going very well, more later(I feel a post coming on)..

    Flowers are beautiful. Thanks for the basil recipe/tip. I have pesto for the winter!!!

  4. Glad to hear your year is off to a good start!
    The last year I taught, I had to get up at 4:30 everymorning so I could get myself ready and then the kids. We had to leave the house at 6:00 for an hour and 15 minute drive to where I taught and they went to school. I was in bed by 8:45 every night! Needless to say I quit teaching after that year, it wore me out!

  5. Domestic Designer says:

    So glad that your year is off to a good start! Your flowers are amazing. I had okra last night…isn’t it delicious? Have a great weekend!

  6. Blondie's Journal says:

    I’m glad to hear you are having a better school year. There is nothing worse than dreading your job…not too many alternatives out there now.

    Your tennis amazes me, I don’t understand a word. I played a bit in high school but it was so tough!! Good for you!!

    Your flowers are so pretty. I didn’t know foxglove were bienniels. I guess you have to plant a few new ones every year to have continuous blooms.

    Can’t wait to see your okra recipe. Paula Deen at Food has a lot of great ones.

    Have a great weekend, Paula!!


  7. Beautiful!! I planted some anemones several years ago. They are supposed to be good for shade aren’t they? I think I put them in too much shade though. Or, maybe the drought got them.

    So happy your class is a better place this year. And, I hear you on how working Mom’s do it. Well, the only way to do it as far as I can tell is to have help. And I mean serious help. 🙂

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Catching Up

Boy, oh boy, have I missed blogging. I went back to work and it seems like my free time has gone down to zero. I’ll report on what’s been going on with me.

This year has been busy. My classes are great, except for one. At least all of the behavior problems are in one class, that way I can enjoy four classes and dread only one. There are two girls in that class who are terrible. They are the nastiest, rudest two that I have ever taught. On the bright side, the other 118 that I teach are enjoyable.

I’ve got a lot of fun events coming up.

Our USTA mixed doubles season starts next weekend, although our team doesn’t have a match until Sep. 21. I’ll be playing with Mr. SP.

Next weekend our club is having a fun “Club Championship” tournament. I’ll play doubles with my friend on Saturday and then mixed doubles with Mr. SP on Sunday.

Sep. 20 is the singles day for the club championship. I just hope that I don’t end up in last place.

Sep. 27 is The Virginia Ten Miler here in Lynchburg. I haven’t run this race in years and decided that it would be a good challenge. Plus, it will force me to keep up with my running since I know that it is coming up. The race is very hilly and probably is one of the toughest ten miler courses in VA. Neighbors line the streets to watch and cheer, so it is actually fun to run and look for people you know.

The following weekend, we will go to Duck, NC for a tennis tournament. Mr. SP is playing with his old boss and I’ll play with his wife. The tournament is a benefit for Hospice. It is a fun excuse to take a Friday off from school and head to the beach.

We’ll go back to the Outer Banks for Veteren’s Day weekend to run the OBX 1/2 Marathon.

I have not had any time to shop for fall clothing, but I did spy this VT shirt and had to have it. I don’t go to games, but I do have a lot of opportunities to wear team type clothing at school. I thought that this shirt was really unique, then Mr. SP got a flyer from University of Wisconsin and the same shirt was on the cover with a badger instead of the Hokie bird. I like that this shirt has 3/4 sleeves.

My vegetable garden was a total disaster this year. The deer tore my fence down over and over and I finally gave up on it. Next year I’ll either go back to an electric fence or put up a tall woven wire fence with a couple of strands of electric wire over the woven part. Deer netting is just not strong enough to keep them out.

We had 3 1/2 inches of rain this past week and it was much needed. My flower beds still have big cracks in them, so I hope some more moisture will come our way.

I saved this gladiola from the deer and enjoyed it for about a week.

Mr. SP surprised me with one of these…

I love it!! There’s a lot about it that I need to figure out, but talk about a fun toy!

I finally went to “Sex and the City.” I loved every minute of it and will probably have to buy it when it comes out in DVD.

We rented this movie last night:

It was exactly what you’d expect from Larry. I think he is SO funny and I like that he isn’t dirty with his jokes. I thought that I would fall off of my sofa a few times last night from laughing so hard.

I’m reading this now:

It’s really good!

A student loaned me this book to read next:

Labor Day Weekend
This weekend has been fabulous. After work on Friday, Mr. SP and I played tennis and then we went to “Friday Cheers.” This was the last Friday Cheers of the year. I hadn’t been to one of these in over ten years and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The band was an Eagles tribute band, there was beer and wine, and the crowd was interesting to watch. My friend and I decided that it is like going Walmart, only it is outside and there’s alcohol.

The weather was beautiful on Saturday. We played tennis and then spent the rest of the day at the lake.

Sunday was cloudy. I ran and then we played tennis. I spent the afternoon in the yard. It felt good to work outside and get things looking nice again. I mowed the grass, pruned some bushes, and tidied up one of my flower beds.

It is so nice to have a Monday off from work. I’m going to run, tidy up the house, go to the grocery store, and hopefully, spend the afternoon at the pool. Today is the last day that the pool is open. I hate to see it close for the season.

That’s about it for me. I hope that everyone has enjoyed their weekend!


  1. Didn’t you love Carrie’s apartment?? I’ll have to see if Certain Girls is at the library. Enjoy the pool today!

  2. What a fun update! I would love it if my husband would play tennis! Sounds like you two have a lot of fun with it. Keep up the running…some friends at a party last night are trying to get me going again. I can’t wait to have some free time with the kids in school to do it.

    I’m sure you will have the troublesome two girls turning around in no time!

  3. I love your new fall blog look 🙂
    …and the orange glad…I should plant some glads next year..they’re so long lasting…

  4. Sounds like you had a wounderful long weekend. Tennis is the greatesr sport for a couple to share. We are finally getting our rear ends back on the court with a “social” mixed doubles group.

    Larry the cable-guy is from Nebraska, Glad to say we don’t all talk like him.

  5. Mom on the Run says:

    I love the picture on your header! Gorgeous!

    Sounds like you’ve been busy.

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