The rains (and snow) have come to the San Joaquin Valley. We are in desperate need for any kind of wet stuff, so we are grateful for the deluge. Unfortunately for the mountain communities, the heavy rains and snows will cause problems in those areas badly scarred by last fall’s forest fires. The trees are gone, with nothing to hold back the water, so flooding and mudslides are expected. Tornado-like winds blew through over the past week, causing trees to fall into the cabins and homes that were still standing. It’s been nonstop work in the local hills to get things cleaned up.
I was able to tell the story of Mr. Gumpy’s Outing to the second graders yesterday. We talked a lot about following directions, which the story is all about, even when we get tired of doing so. Like now, with the pandemic, and all the rules about staying home, wearing masks, washing hands…
Two more story times today, Wednesday, with the same story, only these will be first graders. Next week is a new month, and it’s also the 100th day of school which usually means a books specific to the time–Jake’s 100th Day of School. I’ve decided to skip the book this year since the kids aren’t in the school building, and I feel that the story would just make that even harder to take, what with all they are missing. I’m substituting Ada Twist, Scientist, about a little girl who is very curious and how her family adjusts their life to that curiosity. It’s written in rhyme which will make it more fun.
No idea when and where we will get the COVID vaccine. Nothing is moving smoothly here. I’m fine with that for the time being as I want all the frontline workers to get their shots first. We are safe and healthy here at home with no plans of any travels. I will continue my short trips to pick up essentials once a week or so. I have no problem with following directions.