Weekend Coffee Share: A Fruitful Week

weekend coffee share logo hosted at parttimemonsterblog.comIf we were having coffee, I would welcome you in from the wind. We have had lovely weather during the past two days – it has almost been Spring-like. The wind, however, is picking up and I can hear it howling outside of my window. I am sure that the wind will bring with it lower temperatures.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that on Monday to Thursday we had indoor recess at school. The children could not go out to play because the fields were layered with ice. Keeping children inside for four days in a row is not a fun experience! They need the time to go outside, run around, and breathe in fresh air. As I passed the school this morning, I noticed that the ice had melted. Yipee! The fields may be muddy but at least the children can go out to play.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Friday was a PA day: the children did not go to school; and the teachers had the opportunity to begin working on the report cards. I entered the school at 8:30am and closed the door to my classroom at 4:30pm. The long day was worth it.

Assessing student work. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

The lack of interruptions enabled me to finish my assessment of my students’ work; and to complete 85% of the report cards. I felt a sense of satisfaction as I walked home. Because I completed so much of the work on Friday, my stress level to the approaching deadline is not too high. I know that if a do a little everyday, my work will soon be done.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that on Saturday morning I made my way to Michaels, a craft store that stocks a wide range of yarn (wool). I was armed with a list of names and searched for crochet hooks and yarn to make scarves.

Yarn shopping. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

I am to start a crochet club at school next Friday. I have 12 children who have signed up so far, and others who have shown interest. The first project is a scarf which the children will wear with pride when they are done. I am hoping that I can get them to love crochet as much as I do. I am pleased to say that there are some boys who have joined. 🙂

On the way back from Michaels, I stopped off at the library to hand in my books… and I could not resist going in to browse for reading matter. I decided to pick up a few titles of some authors whose books I have previously enjoyed.

This week’s reading selection. 

If we were having coffee, I would tell you to have a good week. And remember to do something for yourself.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane, The Part-Time Monster)

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36 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: A Fruitful Week

  1. Sounds like a great week, Colline. 🙂 I think you are the third or fourth person I’ve visited today who has mentioned crocheting. I am taking that as a sign. I’ve been wanting to crochet again, and it’s time I did. I have some yarn sitting around that I can practice with before I decide what I want to do. It’s been years, though, so I’m not sure how much I remember. Hopefully enough to get me started.

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    1. I picked up the hook after 10 years and it was so satisfying to be creating again. In the past I always had my mom to turn to. Now I turn to YouTube – there are many people who have posted helpful videos.
      I look forward to seeing what you make 😉

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    1. Today looks promising – though rain is predicted. All the ice on the playground has melted; and the construction company doing renovations at the school has moved their fencing thus making the play area larger 🙂

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  2. Congratulations on completing most of your assessment and reporting requirements! What a productive day. I like the sound of the crochet club. That will be fun, and it is a useful skill to teach the children. I don’t like the sound of four indoor lunchtimes. Whenever I hear of indoor lunches, I always think of Finland and their attitude to outdoor play. It is remarkable.
    If we were having coffee I would tell you that I have been working hard on resources for my website, and struggling to think of a response to Charli’s flash fiction challenge to include “quarry” in a story.

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    1. We have been out in -20c weather. I think, though, that the admin was being conservative as a child slipped on the ice and hurt his head. The doctors at the emergency stated he had mild concussion 😦
      What flash fiction do you participate in? Can you give me the link? Sounds interesting.

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      1. Hi Colline, I can’t imagine -20c weather! I’m not sure that I’d want to go out it in. I’m always amazed that everyone goes to work and school in such weather.
        I’m sorry about the boy being hurt. It is not good for anyone to be concussed. I hope he is okay.
        I participate in the flash fiction challenge that Charli Mills posts at the Carrot Ranch each week – on a Friday your time I think. This is a link to information about it https://carrotranch.com/flash-fiction/ You would need to check the blog for the weekly challenge. It would be great if you joined in. 🙂

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        1. Those temperatures happen quite often here in Canada so a person gets used to it – even though most of us don’t enjoy it 🙂
          Thanks for the link to the flash fiction Norah, I will have a look at it.

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  3. Colline, If we were having tea/coffee in Florida you would feel like it was Spring or Fall. We really don’t have winter here at all. Despite the funny fact that if it is below 50 degrees our kids stay in for recess! What a joke compared to the tough nature of our northern friends! I love this post, and I pray you continue to find joy breaks, rest breaks, and happy moments with and without the kids in class! Jenn

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    1. Ah Jenn, what a pleasure it would be to be with you in Florida! The mild winters would definitely be a bonus! We were commenting last night at the dinner table that normally at this time of year we feel experience very low temperatures – not the high of 7c that we had this last weekend. The earth’s temperatures are definitely going up.

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  4. So excited to hear more about the crochet club, Colline. Fun pic of the yarn. I’ve been getting audiobooks from the library via the Overdrive App (free) so I can knit AND read.
    Love your tidy stack of titles.

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  5. @”What would you tell me if we were having coffee?” – how’s your French, Colline?… parlons français, OK? 🙂 as far as I recall, both French and English are THE official languages of Canada… correct me if I’m wrong, please-s’il te plaît… 🙂

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  6. We had to deal with ice here in Michigan last week too, and I was forced to keep my two horses in all day. They did not enjoy it any more than your pupils did! What a relief when things finally softened up enough to safely let them out!

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  7. Hi Colline, I found you through WCS. I blog at Chlohemian and plan to do my first #WCS this week. As an American expat in Czech Republic, I miss Michael’s so much! My entire living room is filled with disorganized crafts…and I’d jump at the opportunity to go buy even more.

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    1. I love shopping at Michaels and would be very sad if I was unable to shop there 😦 I am sure they have similar places in the Czech Republic – all you need is a like-minded soul to help you find them.

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