Hello dear blogging buddies!
I hope that everyone had a fabulous fall weekend! I had a wonderful time at home. It was the first weekend I have spent completely at home in months and it was glorious. I cleaned and stitched and loved every minute of it! It was difficult getting up to go to work this morning but it was made easier by the fact that we only have a half day of school today. It was a teacher workday to begin with but my principal decided to give us leave at 12:00! We have had a very difficult and long couple of weeks. I don't teach in a "normal" school (if there is such a thing!,) I teach in a school that is located within a psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents. October is a very busy time because we have numerous admissions. We have been at capacity for several weeks and we are all feeling a little crazy! Our principal decided to give us a half day off just to say "Thanks for doing what you do!"
I have had several friends ask "Why is October so busy?" Well, we are not sure but we think it is because generally schools have been in session for over a month and children with mental issues begin to present their abnormal behaviors more frequently after the few beginning weeks. Those of you who teach school (or just have kids in school) know that there is a "honeymoon period" at the beginning of every school year. It lasts from two to four weeks. If there is a student who is possibly struggling with a mental illness/behavioral illness, it usually takes about four to six weeks before any serious intervention is made. Students with serious mental issues (many are behavior related, such as oppositional defiant disorder) are then sent to the center where I work. It is operated by the state and is an acute care facility. Students live at the center (similar to a hospital) so that they can receive around the clock psychiatric care. They are also provided with a true school experience so that they do not get behind in their studies. I teach teach World History and middle school social studies and some elementary social studies. So, I work with students in grades K-12. In short, I teach the kids that nobody else can momentarily deal with. We try to stabilize children so that they can return home and continue moving forward. The job can be stressful but in the end it can be very rewarding.
Ok, enough about work...time for some stitching! Here is my progress on Richmond Sampler (Anne Maria Clarke)...
I am almost finished with the over one verse...thank heavens I only have about three to four lines left. I have Anne Maria Clarke's name still to stitch (on the left above the birds) but I have decided to wait till the end to "sign" it for her!
I just love this sampler and even though I am sure that I will still be stitching it a year after starting it (February 2010,) I am happy to be comfortably stitching with Miss Clarke. When I find myself wishing her finished (which I must admit, is quite often) I go to visit Margaret over at Days of a Sampler Lover. She is currently stitching the beloved Richmond Sampler as well and making significant progress. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Margaret stitch this sampler and I have also enjoy dreaming that her progress is MY progress!
The birds on the left are looking a little lonely, they are supposed to be flying over the house. Guess I should help them out and start on the house next?
Well, thanks to everyone for stopping by and making my day! Your wonderful comments mean so much! Oh, and a big thank you to everyone who commented about my Clark's Spool Cabinet. Yes, I realize that I am VERY lucky to have one and I promise, once I get her polished up, I will share more pictures! Happy Stitching!