It’s rainy and cold here today. My furnace is still trying to kick in and when I hear it turn over, I run to lower the thermostat another degree. It’s May and I hate to pay for heat in May.
I’m off today. Goodnight is at school and my knitting is waiting for me as soon as I’m done checking on all of you.
Well . . . the 20-years of service is official!
We had our employee recognition party yesterday.
When I was walking past the custodians’ table, one of them called my name. “We’re both in the 20-year club today, ” he said.
That we were! There was an empty chair next to him and I wanted to sit and chat, but I saw a plate full of food at that place. I asked the custodians whose plate it was. “The security chief’s.” He had stepped away to get some punch.
So . . . Gram tells the table of custodians – “Let’s play a little prank on him. I’m going to sit here. Let’s all ignore him when he comes back. I’m going to bet that he will not say a word to me. I’m going to bet that he will act like a perfect gentleman, go get another plate of food and another chair and pull up at the other end of the table. Any takers?”
The table full of custodians was in! Harmless fun. (I never touched his food.)
When the security chief came back, he stood off in the distance. I could see him out of the corner of my eye, but we ignored him. Sure enough, he found another chair, another plate of food, and rounded the table at the other end and sat down, opposite me.
When his butt hit the chair, I raised my hands and announced, “I win! I was right.” The table erupted in laughter and the security chief grinned like a Cheshire.
Even after all the ribbing we poked at him, he still acted like the perfect gentleman.
(Quiet girls get by with SOOOOOO much more fun!!!!)
I enjoyed sitting with the custodians. I’m not much for cliques, so I visit with everyone. One of the deans got her 20-year pin, too. We were classmates together 22 years ago and started working at the college at the same time. I went over to her table, too.
Most of the time, I respect her ‘Dean’ hat, but yesterday, we were classmates and 20-year club buddies, so I gave her a hug.
All of this has NUTTIN’ to do with my day off today. I’m just catching y’all up on the festivities. The food was great but there was one dessert that was the MOTHER-LOAD of a peanut butter ball, if that’s your thing. One for every year of service, would have been nice!!!!
But today, I am taking advantage of the quiet. I am keeping a promise to a math teacher in the southern United States. She loved my Pi Cloth pattern and planned to knit one for each of her math students before the end of their school year. Then her computer died and she lost all her lecture notes and PowerPoint slides for the remainder of the year and didn’t think she could knit, too. So I told her I would knit at least half of them and if I had enough time, I would do more. I promised her they would be in the mail today and that will happen! I think I have time for another before I go to the Post Office. They have two weeks until the end of their school year, so they will arrive in plenty of time.
Then I am going to finish the table runner I am knitting for my mother. I think I can finish that today, too. Mom won’t be around for Mother’s Day. She will be in Umbria. (I know, right?) She’s with my brother, sister-in-law, and a group of people in ITALY!!!!
So, tomorrow, I’m going to roll Goodnight out of bed, toss her in the car and head to Smalltownville, put the table runner on Mom’s table, set it with her mother’s very old dishes and some flowers, and stick a lovely meal in the freezer for her to enjoy when she returns. The table runner matches the pink in my grandmother’s dishes.
I think Goodnight and I will stay the weekend in Smalltownville and find some fun things to do.
It’s raining. My tea-kettle is whistling, and I must knit!
I suppose I should change the title of my post to Rain with Inevitable Knitting. It’s a given!
Have a nice day.