Saturday, March 13, 2010

Good News - Iceboating and Spring

I wanted to let everyone know that I was offered the job to be the first RN on the GWEN team (Go Where Ever Needed) at work (still at Hospice of the Western Reserve) and accepted. We announced it yesterday to the team and most are happy for me and also sad to see me go, which is very affirming for me. I have been waiting a long time for this position to open and am thrilled to be getting back into patient care again. I start my new job Monday, April 12. Even though this is a 40hr/week job, this is a position that has flexible hours for scheduling when I work so after I get updated on the latest how-to on the computer charting, I'll be starting working noon to 830pm. That's good so while I'm in school, I can do school work in the morning when I'm fresh. This is a job in that I'll be working to cover nurses that are sick, on vacation or leave, or on a team that has an increased census and they need an extra nurse for a time. It's a job that we will be figuring out what the needs as as we go along. Now I have 4 weeks to wrap things up, which doesn't seem like a long time. My boss, Noel, has been great - very supportive, even though she doesn't want me to go so we have started working on a transition plan. So far don't have a replacement for me in the hospital/physician area- even though she has been interviewing- but I hope that I'll be able to pave the way for a new person that will cover the nursing facilities that I'm the coordinator for.

To wrap up ice boating for the season, Kelly Jacobs created a great video-slide show that can be viewed on You Tube of the ice boaters that have been on Elk Lake, Michigan. Phil and yours truly have a cameo. Many of the people in the video were with us when we visited last weekend so it's great to be able to get some of their last names. Tim and Molly live in Cleveland, so look forward to connecting with her soon. Just click on "great video" above and you'll go directly there. It's been so warm, that ice boating is over for the season. Toledo Ice Boating club said that the ice had gone out to the lake.

Spring has definitely show her face this past week. We had our first 70F day Thursday. The 18" of snow we had last weekend has melted and now just the big piles of snow are left. We are no longer in "Alaska" in Chardon. They have flood warnings out for the rivers, though we haven't had much rain the weather men predicted this past week. We are having some this morning which is coming from the east instead of our typical west.

Our friend, George Schlauch and his brothers were boiling sap to make maple syrup Saturday through Tuesday this past week, and now we are hoping for some cold weather before the Maple Trees bud out to continue the Maple Syrup season. I haven't been up to Chardon Square so don't know what's going on there, but I think it was Monday that the sap buckets went on the trees.

Phil needed a project what with me being busy working and going to school so he has started making another dinghy. It's 12 feet long, 1 1/2 foot more than our current dinghy and is based on the Chesapeake Bay Sharpy design. This is going to have a flat bottom, which really makes a difference in size. I took the picture on top first, but he was so far away, that I have the one with him closer. Are we going to be able to use this when we're cruising? Who knows, but Phil's happiest making his boats.

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