I've so many reasons to be happy today--but here are just a few:
* getting up early to make Blueberry Buckle (yum!)
* the green of the woods--lucky me to live with a view every day
* knowing that the purple-blue wildflowers are wild violets (thanks everyone!)
* sparring for the first time in over a month and NOT getting my ass handed to me
* learning a few new defensive moves from the Evil Mr. O
* FINALLY having Mr. T's IEP meeting this afternoon and completing our information gathering
* yesterday's test results showing us that Mr. T has some dyslexia but no cognitive disorders or severe learning problems and he should be just fine with the correct accomodations
* the test results also showing us that he's gifted in visual spatial areas, explaining his talent in art and design and building (future architect or engineer? I could totally live with that!)
* also showing that his short term memory is crap which might explain why I have to remind him 1,749 times every morning to "Put on your socks, brush your teeth, wash your face, get dressed."
* many books to read on my bedside table
* the laundry caught up until tomorrow
* Tuesday night's frost didn't kill my potted flowers
* Garrison Keillor's voice on The Writer's Almanac
* Mr. B's voice coming from upstairs where he's playing--he's engaged, happy and creative
Why, you ask, do you take soil samples? First, to fulfill our obligation to the county, state and federal governments so we can cost-share the new prairie and tree plantings on the Back 40. It's a red-tape thing. Second, you do this to find out soil conditions so you know what to plant and how to fertilize. Third, you might do this if you have a chronic condition with a crop or lawn and can't pinpoint the cause.