But that doesn't mean I can goof off. I have to get my fall courses up and running well before August 25th, so I'll be working steadily for the next couple of weeks.
Other than grading papers, averaging grades, and working on fall courses, I haven't been doing much. My poor gardens are in dreadful shape because I was gone for six days, and, obviously, they didn't get much natural watering. I'm trying to nurse them back, but I think some of the vegetable garden is unsalvageable. I'll be ripping up a bunch of it and replanting for fall.
I've been using Windows Live Writer for my blog posts, and it works well. It's good for writing offline for later posting and for typing a blog without getting online. Uploading to a supported blog program is a snap. And, if you have other blogs that this program supports, you can post to all of them (one blog at a time, but you don't have to type different posts). It doesn't work with MySpace, though, and some other blog programs make posting pictures difficult.
Speaking of pictures, here are two pictures of my daughter's "Dollhouse."
The picture is fuzzy because I took it through a closed window.
Notice the Adirondack chairs on the "porch." She rescued those from someone's trash pile (along with a matching table), refinished them, and repaired them. They're comfortable, too.
With a space heater or a wood burning stove, she should be warm, and, with a fan and opened windows, she stays quite cool in the summer, even on the hottest days.
We're trying to get Pete to help her build another one with air conditioning so my sister and I can extend our visits!
Oh, and let me say that the return trip went much better. Springdale to 290 to 95 to 79 to 7/84. Piece of cake! And my house didn't suffer much damage at all from the four cats locked inside, so I guess they made their peace. But, as soon as I opened the door, they all went out!