A Great Learning Day

I had ProD today and normally I really resent having to sit and listen to someone lecture at me about theoretical things that I can’t apply in my classroom, by today was an excellent day of learning!

It was nice to not have to jump out of bed this morning, though of course I did at my usual time since I can never sleep in when I have the opportunity.

My ProD program didn’t start until 10am so I got done seriously lovely knitting time on the couch first thing this morning.

We then set out on a nature walk. I always want to take my students outside to learn about nature, but never feel like I know enough to do so. Then when I saw this opportunity I thought it might be the perfect chance to rectify this problem.

The walk was taking place at a place I run quite often which includes forest and dyke area as well as being right beside a river so it had a lot of diverse environment for us to look at. The talk concentrated on bird life and we were actually out for about three hours! I learned about the Northern Flicker that eats ants and then immediately grooms itself so as the formic avid from the ant will kill the parasites on the bird. I learned about robins, hawks, pillared woodpecker (we saw a female because it didn’t have a red mustache), the European starling that is not indigenous to BC,but is now present in huge numbers, the toohee which is like a zombie because it has red eyes and it’s a ground eater so it’s usually what I’m seeing on my walk to school when I hear rustling on the ground. I learned that an eagle’s wingspan is 6 feet- the size of one of my brothers. I learned lots more, including the six toilet papers of nature 🤣

It was an awesome ProD because I feel like I learned things that I can actually use when I’m outside with the kids on Monday😀😀😀

Eating:

After the session was over, we stopped for lunch at a small cafe there. I actually had to walk half a block down to a soup place as there was nothing but sweets that I could eat at this cafe. I did end up having a wonderful vegan, gluten free chipotle corn chowder for lunch that was so yummy!

Exercise:

On the way home I stopped at the grocery store and picked up a piece of rotisserie chicken for dinner as we were much later than I was expecting, but I wouldn’t let myself have it until I had gotten out for a run. With writing report cards every day I haven’t ran since Sunday ☹️. I just did a simple run over to the park and it was crazy busy as everyone was trying to get some fresh air before the rain started. I had a pretty quick run which was good since it was short! I may need a specific running goal as I’m not getting much running in:(. If anyone has a good suggestion, please let me know.

Knitting:

When I got home I had to read the message from my financial advisor before I was allowed to start knitting, and yes I do make these bargains with myself a lot.

I’ve had a very productive knitting day! I finished the June Hat which is a free pattern on Ravelry. I had picked it just to use up two small balls of yarn, but I love it!! I decided not to put a Pom Pom on it do that it is reversible.

I want to make this hat several more times in several more colours!

I then used up another small ball of yarn by making this headband. This will just go into the donation basket, but I do think it’s cute.

Finally I have started another hat – the Kitimat- which is another free pattern on Ravelry, and which I think I’m going to love too! It has already used up another small ball so I am one skein away from being at my mid March goal.

Hopefully I’ll be fine this hat tomorrow! I am also thinking that I will keep stash busting and then only let myself buy as many skeins of yarn at the show as I am below my goal number. Maybe this would keep my stash under better control.

I have never been a huge hat knitter, but I am really enjoying it. I think my next project needs to be a three colour cowl or shawl.

Also, what would you make with this single skein?

I have about 165-190 yards.

Well I need to head to bed as I have an early run in the morning.

Have fun!

AJ