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Sunset, Moonrise

Today is my first day back to school after Fall Break. Yesterday after church, I spent most of the day at school. Report cards are due, which means an extra bit of record-keeping. I got most of it done, so that’s good.

I am anxious to see the kids again. All this preparation and paperwork and anticipation makes me nervous. Once I see the kids, it’ll all be ok.

I finished before dark yesterday, so that was good. The sunset was starting. I enjoyed the skies a little before driving home.

The moon was out, so I tried to take a picture of it. In the picture below, it’s right above the church roof. I don’t know why it looks so big in real life, but so small in pictures. Maybe it requires a special camera?

Bath and Lounge

I had another work day at school yesterday. This time I got a significant amount of work done. School starts tomorrow. Deadlines really help me.

When I got home, I relaxed on my lanai for a while. It is calming to just sit out there and enjoy the air and the plants.

But the garden isn’t looking great right now. I keep everything watered, but things are looking kind of scraggly. Maybe it’s the time of year? No, that’s not it. I found two posts from about a year ago, and the garden looks great in those pictures. Maybe it’s something else…

The bird bath is looking really bad. I think the algae bloom and green water is just part of the aging process though. My ponds in Baltimore always did this a few weeks after I first filled them. As it matures, it should look better.

I have a pot identical to the bird bath that I plant flowers in. These are looking bad because they’ve been sat on. The doves who come to drink at the bird bath have taken to sitting in the pots. It’s cute, but they’re hard on some of the plants. Dang.

Hands in the Dirt

I worked on the native Hawaiian plant bed at school yesterday. There was a big delay in getting the plants, but I finally got them yesterday morning.

I worked all day long.

I spent a lot of time arranging and re-arranging the plants.

I decided I would have one area for the succulents. This area would be mulched with lava rock cinders. Planting the plants through the landscape fabric was tedious.

The other section was bigger than I thought. The center piece of the garden is an ohia tree. It’s very small right now. Hopefully it grows quickly. The rest of the space is filled with five varieties of native plants. I repeated them in order to fill the space.

I didn’t get a proper “after” picture. I was running the sprinkler system to test it and to soak the soil. And I was really tired. It was late afternoon by then.

This morning, Russel is taking me to get some wood mulch from a friend of his. I’m so glad! The bagged mulch at Lowe’s and Home Depot is crazy expensive!

Swift and Scrumptious

When I made this dinner, I had to laugh:

It looks like a generic low-effort meal that would be made by someone with no discerning taste – cheese hotdogs, and sliced cucumbers in vinegar with a glass of milk. Ha!

I liked it though – and it had protein and a vegetable and dairy. The only thing missing was carbs. I got those after dinner when I ate a third of a box of vanilla wafers. Heh.

Speaker Story

I got a new projector for my classroom at the beginning of the school year, but it did not have a digital keystone adjuster, and the picture was wonky, so I got a new one. I was glad to get a new one, because the speaker on the old one was so quiet.

The new projector has a digital keystone! Yay! And the picture is WAY brighter! Yay! But the speaker is still so, so quiet. Ugh.

I have been trying for weeks and weeks to solve the problem. The projector has RCA inputs on the back (those old red, white, and yellow ports), but they seem to be only decorative. I’ve been using an HDMI cable to connect he projector. An internet search said that you can get a device that splits the sound off, so that the video continues to be HDMI, but the audio is RCA. Perfect! I could get an external speaker.

Many purchases and returns of cables and speakers later, I have finally gotten things set up. Woo hoo! I’m using a TV sound bar as my speaker. It is GREAT for movies on the computer, but my DVD player is still so quiet. Shoot. Or maybe it’s “The Ten Commandments” that’s so quiet. I tried playing it from Amazon, and it was still quiet. Dang.

Here is the setup:

And here is the amazing little box that splits the sound off:

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