I’m Really Not Dead, But I Wasn’t Fighting in the Battle

It’s 4:03 in the morning. I slept all day yesterday after minor surgery, so I’m relatively bright-eyed and drug free. How are all of you?

It’s been so long since I’ve written anything besides letters, emails, figured budgets, and fixed computer problems that, I’ve forgotten how to write blogs! So I guess I’ll write you all a letter. I remember getting letters from my grandmother, and every one of them told us about someone we didn’t know or remember who had died. So I wanted you to know that at least I didn’t die, and I’m going to tell some of you about a bunch of people you don’t know.

2015 WVMS Civil War111

I got a call to be a REAL photographer last week by a friend, Lauri Polly, who IS a real photographer and editor of our Kiwanis Magazine, “What’s Happening in the Foothills.”

I’m sure you can imagine, if you don’t already know from experience, how much work it is to plan and execute a day of activities for several hundred students.  First you have to line up volunteers to present, which means you have to know a lot of people who know a lot of stuff, AND are good with kids! Then you have to con your last-minute volunteers (teachers and librarians to stand in for those who couldn’t make it.)

Then you plan the weather. It should be sunny, with a light breeze, not too hot.

Oops it rained. Plan B
Oops it rained. Plan B

Then you invite other students to join you, so there’s a little more pressure on you as a planner, but adrenaline helps because the event is exciting, after all.  I’m sure Courtney slept well that night.

Finally you plan a grand finale. And what could be grander than shooting off a Civil War canon?

And that’s how you send off the year of studying eighth grade history in Woodlake, CA with a big bang.

There’s not much information in here about the Civil War. I can’t with so many of my friends who are experts in the subject – I’d embarrass myself!  I have all the pictures with some notes from the event posted on my Facebook Page.

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, author, blogger and retired teacher/consultant. Read more about me here. http://wp.me/P7tP3I-2

16 thoughts on “I’m Really Not Dead, But I Wasn’t Fighting in the Battle”

  1. Hi MVBFM 😀
    “And what could be grander than shooting off a Civil War canon?” There is really no answer to this said the Bishop to the waitress ! Heehee !
    Shame about the weather, but you seem to have had a great day.
    xox ❤


      1. Hello MVBFM. That’s a great shame that you didn’t get the rain that our really need. Same here.
        I’m okay as I hope that you both are. Missed you too. xox


  2. I’m glad to see you back Marsha. I know you’ve been very busy because I see all your comings and goings on Facebook. This looks like another successful day, all organised by you.

    I sent you a long email on the weekend, full of exciting news! Did you get it?


    1. I didn’t realize my blog died. Russel Ray wrote me about it on Facebook. I get a domain name as part of my WP upgrade, but I had renewed it throug iPage last year. So I just went online and fixed it – I think. However, it is not showing up. I’ll worry about it tomorrow. It sounds like Leanne is getting some cold weather. It’s gorgeous here. I can’t wait for us to all get together! 🙂

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      1. It’s probably easily fixed. It’s been chilly here too, even though the sun is shining and the sky is blue. The wind blows off the snow in the southern alps and makes the temperatures here cool.

        Six months and counting till our trip.

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        1. Yeah! I’m so excited. I feel like I am finally coming out of my work fog – sort of. I’ll really need a break by then. I didn’t know I’d be working, and I may have someone watch my phones while I’m away for a week. Otherwise, I’ll be busy constantly the whole time. Our big conference is just two months after that. I just thought of that. Oh well, I have lots of time to work out that little bug.


  3. Looks like everything but the weather turned out just fine. 😀

    I’m sure your hard work was worth it! Good to hear you’re up and at ’em, as my mother used to say. Don’t let a little minor surgery disrupt more than a day of your plans. Actually, maybe you should give yourself another day with a few cups of tea and a good book. It never hurts to take a bit more time for healing. Cheers!


    1. Thanks for the well wishes, Jilanne. It was nothing more than a good excuse to sleep for a day. It’s been a busy two months. I’m hoping that I’ll get back into a routine now. How are you doing? Summer is here and it feels lovely. 🙂

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