Part of our Fall celebration is the annual Blessing of Pets for St. Francis Day. Since Oct. 4th fell on a Saturday we celebrated on the 3rd with our school Mass outside. Our pastor and organist were both out of town so I recruited the chaplain from Fort Huachuca-Fr. Pete Uhde and three of our students who are taking piano lessons played the keyboard for us. (The puppy is taking lessons too. )
|This student's pet died last year so he brought a picture of him for a blessing-gone but not forgotten.|
Now for the real celebration of St. Francis Day.
After the game, he invited us to dinner at The Olive Garden. It was a four course meal ending with pumpkin cheesecake. There was no room for pizza that night.
Sunday, after Sr. Joellen got home from religion classes, I started to preheat the oven for our Papa Murphy's Pizza when the phone rings and it is our landlady who is also our school nurse, calling to invite us to her father's 90th birthday party at his house which is down the street from us. So off went the oven and off we went walking to the party-card in hand.
We enjoyed Filipino food and homemade chocolate cake. Again-no room for pizza.
Monday night we at last ate our St. Francis Day pizza and it was still good with the special ice cream we bought to go with it.
During this month of October, for P.E. classes, we are teaching how to jumprope in a variety of ways because we will be doing the Jump Rope For Heart the first week of November. I have improved my jumproping skills. I can now jump backwards and cris-cross and beginning Double Dutch. Many of our students bought jump ropes to practice at home and all of our non-jumpers are now jumping. :):):)
Since teaching P.E. this year I have discovered how little P.E. equipment we really had so I wrote a grant to the Huachucans to fund our program. I was given a check for over $1,700 to buy what I need. The students were thrilled and so was I.
They also began that day the 50th Jubilee Celebration of their parish.
After that we went to the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate a friend's birthday by enjoying a chocolate cheesecake.
During Fall Break there was a funeral of a young border patrol agent who died. The funeral procession came through two fire trucks that held up the U.S. Flag. What an honor to a fallen agent.
There are still a few days left to our Fall Break! I intend to enjoy them :):):) and this wonderful Fall Season!