Mugs and dishes left from the homemade angel food cake and strawberries we had for dessert.

The image I used today in ESL Conversation Hour.

It has been a long day, a profitable day. It has cheerfully not brought any sudden surprises. Of late, surprises have appeared and frankly, they have not always been that welcome.

I did my 10:00 AM Zoom and had a really good session. I always start by warming up and speaking to each individual attendee. Then we take a look at an image from Today, we looked at expressions to use when we cannot remember. I have them read them out for me as I share my screen and they always have a question or two to ask. I write notes on a ‘Pages’ Document and then after the session I e-mail them the notes, converting the Pages’ document to Word as I do so.

After we go over the BBC Learning Moment, I put them in ‘Breakout Rooms’ and give them a question that either I produce or ask one of them for…it works very well. I ask one person in each group to keep track of the conversation and report back at the end of the session.

After that, I did some Hungarian and then after lunch, I attacked the pond.

I unplugged the filter and pump, leaving the aerators that I put in this year still running. I am going to see how that works once winter sets in. I found the two pond warmers that I put in, one to keep a hole in the ice, allowing the somewhat dormant fish to live, the other to serve as a back up in case of failure. I pulled out the filter material and totally cleaned the filter, putting the insides in the sun to dry. I pulled out the pump and cleaned it and put it in the sun as well. I am holding off on the net as the pond is totally covered by water lettuce, water lilies, and water hyacinth.
I am hoping that those will catch the tiny locust leaves that fall and then I can compost them all. Then I shall put a rope above the pond and put a huge net over it to keep the bigger leaves out.

I ended up straightening up the garage as I tried to organize my things. I now have two sons storing things there which only adds to the confusion. I am hoping that maybe when it is not seriously cold that we might be able to social distance a bit in there if we have a heater.

Anyway, I finished up, Mary Kay and I walked the dog, I started a fire in the Weber Grill with charcoal, and we made a delicious dinner.

Now it is cricket time on the patio. The annual cicadas are silent but the crickets are not.

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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