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Yeah! I made it through my first semester of my Bachelor's Degree program. Wheeeeee!!! While I did not make the Honor's program this time around, I'm perfectly happy with that. I passed my Algebra Class with a C- and I will take that. I still don't think 2 B's, 1 C- and an A are too shabby for a soon to be 60 year old who, up until my Associates Degree, had been out of school for 30+ years. So now I have a few months off to work on projects, push my business, work on my book and get ready for the Great Lake's Lighthouse Festival which is in October. Hopefully, I'll be doing another photography gig there, we shall see.

I almost didn't make it to finals as dear hubby was hospitalized for a week with severe pneumonia and then I no sooner get him home then I was hospitalized overnight. Since they couldn't find out what the problem was, they sent me home with a little gift - a respiratory infection and an intestinal infection. Wasn't that nice of them? NOT!! :( I was allowed to take 2 exams I missed and then take the final exams immediately after. No pressure there, right?! ~2~

Spring has hit the Drake's Nest Pond with a pair of Canada Geese taking up residence and hatching a brood of 6 beautifully colored yellow chicks. They are quickly taking on the coloration of their parents and are growing by leaps and bounds. Watching them chase each other across the law, trying to pull dandilion blooms out of the ground and wrestling each other establishing the pecking order, is like watching a bunch of kindergarteners trying to sort each other out on the playground. They keep me in stitches. We also have a pair of wood ducks - have only seen them in their young once; a pair of Hooded Merganzers (a type of water fowl) fishing for freshwater crayfish - boy do we have some BIG crayfish! There's been the Giant River Otter's visit as well as that of the visit by a pesky pair of muskrats! Wish I could trap them and relocate them miles away, but can't do it without trapping something I don't wish to trap. You ever remove an angry raccoon from a trap? It's NOT a pretty sight I'll tell you. It hisses and lunges at you and you have to keep moving it away with a pole. You've never seen anything funnier until you've seen a grown man (6 ft 6 in) trying to outrun a pissed off raccoon <LOL>.

The smell of the flowers upon the morning air, watching wisps of steam rise up off the pond in the first early morning rays of the sun like so many fingers offered up in prayer by Mother Nature and listening to the morning song of the wild Canaries, chickadees and such. I discovered that even Blue Jays have a melidious song other than their caw, screetch. They use it to attract females. Even the Robins have a song. To watch the morning sky change from lavenders to light greys to various shades of blue and the sunlight dance like so many diamonds across the pond makes me feel like I'm living in Heaven on Earth. All these things tell me that what I'm doing in my care of the Earth Mother is appreciated and my reward is all the above plus the fruits of my labors - apples, peaches, grapes, pears, strawberries, blueberries, rasberries, tomotato's, veggies from my garden and wild rubbarb!

I look at my world and listen to the sounds of my husband sleeping deeply beside me and I am content. My heart is full.

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Comment by valma honeyfield on May 10, 2010 at 9:43pm
Congratulations. I think a C- in algebra is fine. I never could find a use for it anyway!
Comment by Dianne B/ Kelowna BC on May 10, 2010 at 8:54pm
Congrats!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on May 10, 2010 at 7:54pm
Terri, congratulations. More gumption than me. At this point in my life I sure couldn't be bothered with taking a course at university. All the more power to you Girl. Go for it! Don't worry about a C- in Algebra. I loved your blog and could just picture the sunrise and the mist and the sounds of the birds. Thanks for sharing with us. By the way, how do you have time to blog and quilt????
Comment by Lori/MD on May 10, 2010 at 7:45pm
Whoo way to go. Congrats. Life is good
Comment by Shannon, ON on May 10, 2010 at 7:16pm
Congratulations! I took a university course 2 summers ago (upgrade for my teaching certificate) at the age of 56. I loved it! I think as we age we appreciate education far more and treat it as a life skill, not a
chore that needs to be done.Enjoy!
Comment by Sharon Reeves on May 10, 2010 at 6:51pm
Congratulations on completing your 1st semester and hopefully the rest will be as fulling. Love to read your blog about all the animals. Once, years ago, my son was sleeping outside on the deck. He thought a cat was laying on laying on his legs and looked down there. NOPE, but it was a raccoon and he very carefully laid back down and covered his head. He had to wait for the raccoon to leave before he could get up. It did scare him, because he does know how vicious a raccoon can be when disturbed. Sure glad that you DH can run fast.
Comment by Lill on May 10, 2010 at 5:54pm
Congratulations! Algebra isn't easy and getting a C is great! I loved reading your blog, very poetic. I had all these images while I was reading.

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