#NLW2018 Five and a half years ago I started attending a variety of classes and activities at Oley Valley Community Library when I retired from teaching for almost 20 years in the Health Nursing Careers Program at Reading Muhlenberg CTC. From that very first visit, I fell in love with the library, the sense of community, and the willingness of librarian Noel Christman to help with any of my questions and assist me to find books and any research I needed. Before long, I went from being a participant in classes, groups, and activities, to helping to brainstorm ideas for future classes and then facilitate them.
Fellow retired nurse educator Denice DeAntonio and I love being part of the Writing Group she facilitates. We started as offering an option for a daytime group for adults, and on average the original 3 or 4 attendees have now grown to anywhere from 8 to 20 people participating. We meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, and the group has voted to meet year round and have the option to use the space for up to two hours each session. . Local author Heather Christie visited our group and conducted a writing workshop on March. We're looking forward to an afternoon with another local author, Amy Impelliziari, a member of the Tall Poppies Writers. Our own group at OVL is very supportive and encouraging of each other's work, and our focus is on content rather than the mechanics of writing.
In addition to our Writing Group, Denice and I also facilitate the Homeschool Group which meets one morning per month. We're enjoying helping the parents to steer this group and to choose learning activities and topics that interest the children who attend. We've been learning about the various systems of the human body, and each child takes home additional lessons, resources, and documentation to add to their portfolios. This coming week were starting to discuss the nervous system and the senses.
Of course, Denice's service dog, Finley, is an important member of every class, and the adults as well as the children have learned a great deal about how service dogs assist their people and how to interact appropriately when the dogs are working.
My husband and I
After our hair appointments this morning, Denice DeAntonio, Finley, and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Ganly's. The grilled portabello burger with a house-roasted red pepper, wilted spinach, caramelized onions, chopped grilled mushrooms, and fresh goat cheese was off the charts! Warm, melted deliciousness! No need to eat the bun! But the crispy, seasoned potato wedges were a real treat! Excellent meal, great service, and good conversation before the rain became steady!
This beautiful Jasper Bracelet that I won last week makes me so happy! And, my sweet little neighbor who also loves the outdoors is thrilled with her matching bracelet with the acorn charm! Thank you so much, @forever.cairn ! Loving your jewelry! ❤️
This is my happy face after hearing the great news from @mamanonthetrail and her tribe of amazing women/partners, after my name was selected as the winner of their very first contest today! I don't want to slight anyone, but I can assure you that each of those gifts are going to be used with joy and gratitude! My heart was warmed on an otherwise bitterly cold day! I'll be warm and cozy very soon on our next trip to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area to see the Canadian Snow Geese! Thank you all so very much! ❤️
My present situation! Having made a slow cooker full of beef stew for today, and actually cooking the pork and sauerkraut for tomorrow while I've been cleaning up the living room, I'm now hibernating on the sofa under an amazing faux fur fleece! Try saying faux fur fleece five times! Lol. ❤️. #newyearseveathome . #slowcooker#hygge#pennsylvaniadutchtraditions