Saturday, November 22, 2014

My newest developments :)

 Since my last post here, at Mullin Avenue, I've been more busy than usual. I started working with a new group at the daycare center where I work.
I took this photo on Photo Booth, which since I don't have a cell phone is sort of like my version of a "selfie".  :)

Thanksgiving weekend, which in Canada falls in October, my son Paul helped me set up the new room I would be working in. We washed all the walls, moved heavy furniture, added some special touches, and it began to feel like my space.

Since then I've made more changes. I had to remove the fabric swag, as it continued to fall down. My sweet and kindly coworker would arrive in the early morning find the scarf on the floor. It just wasn't meant to be, no matter how well I tried to refasten it. :)

I joined Facebook, finally, at the suggestion of my son. He thought I might feel more in touch with family through this medium.  I am enjoying it more than I expected. I had been worried I'd spend too much time on the computer, and that I would feel somehow over exposed. But after the first week or so, of exploring, I'm not on much more than before I joined FB.

It is really special to reconnect with my cousins, and see my other family members news more often.

However, blogging is special, because it's possible to tell one's story, in more length and detail
So, I want to get back to blogging and reading my favourite blogs again.

The latest new developments for Artie are that he has shed his lovely silver mane, again this fall, and that he now has a new friend, in Jason, my renter. Good work Arthur.
Herbert has done a lovely job in capturing the heart of my renter, Jason. He is an excellent ambassador for the feline community.
I've had two developments since writing back in July. One is I have found a renter for the spare room in my apartment. Back in the 2nd week of September, a young guy sent me an email requesting if the room I had was still available. By this time I had given up on finding someone, but due to his circumstances he needed a place right away. So, he actually moved in the day he called me, and things are working out very well. He's a young engineering student, from Calgary, and is an excellent renter.

Herbert and Arthur have been goodwill ambassadors the past few months for the world of cats. My renter, Jason had concerns about living in a household of cats. In his culture pets are not acceptable really, and especially in his family. His mom cautioned him about this. As well, Jason was worried about cat hair on his jeans. He decided to move in despite the cats, after looking at several rental opportunities, and then told his mother there was only 1 cat. (?) :)
After the first day, I returned home from work, wondering how events transpired, and Jason had already befriended the cats, and had been especially been enjoying playing with Arthur with his toy mice.

Jason now says, that when he moves he would be willing to adopt Arthur  :)

The second development is that I've made an appointment to see the writer-in-residence at our public library, to discuss my progress with my childrens' picture book about Bessie. I felt this would motivate me to move ahead in some way, and this writer, Arthur Slade seems nice and personable. As well, he has written a series of successful books for young adults.

Well, this is about it for my most recent developments her at Mullin Avenue. 

As well I want to wish my American friends, a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Love from,
Brenda, Herb and Art


Geraldine said...

Sounds like you've been very busy Brenda, good stuff re: progressing with your book project, that's great. I wish you all the best with that.

A renter...mmm, I'm surprised to read this but I'm glad it's working out ok. I'm also glad that your new renter Jason is taking a shine to the kitties, definitely would not be fair to them if he didn't like them or worse, you had to worry when you weren't there, if all was well. Your cats are SO cute, how could anyone NOT learn to love them!!!

Have a super weekend and BFN, G

Geraldine said...

PS: I definitely DON'T do FB, I actually dislike it for quite a few reasons. I had my identity hacked when I was on there, NOT good!!! I hope you have a better experience with FB, it wasn't for me. I can't give up blogging though, I still enjoy it so much. ;-)

The Boston Lady said...

Brenda, how wonderful to hear about your renter and how he bonded with the handsome felines in your life.

Your classroom looks wonderful! I, for one, am happy to see you on FB. for me it is an efficient way to stay connected to far flung friends and family. I find my eyes are tired after 5-6 hours on the computer w my Japanese students and I don't have much energy for my blog. I miss it terribly..... I'm very glad to see you back on here and hope to reappear myself one day soon.


The Boston Lady said...

How great about the book! You are such a gifted writer!

The Boston Lady said...

How great about the book! You are such a gifted writer!

Teri Casper said...

Such good news Brenda. Everything sounds so good: the nice renter, the new room and class, the book and....I LOVE seeing you on FB! I enjoy it there, meet a lot of people and just ignore the trash that occasionally comes my way.
Good blogging!
Thanks for the thanksgiving wishes. I

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Thanks to everyone for your kind words!
I think blogging may be therapeutic but I love FB for the chance to see a wide group of friends in a short time, and it feels like my family.
See you in a few weeks here!