Posted March 16, 2006

By Gail Craig - 508-627-3754 - gail@vineyard.net

Sometimes, life is a bit of a kick in the teeth. You spend a lot of time and money planning a vacation. You wait and you wait and you wait. And the kids wait and they wait and they wait. Then the big day arrives. You drive to the airport hotel in preparation for a flight out the next day. And one of the kids spends the entire night vomiting. On the bright side, most of it was out of his system before the flight, saving only one small incident for the plane. But, we're sitting in warm and sunny Orlando and hopefully, tomorrow will bring with it happier tummies and more fun. Pretty much everything we have planned for the week (Disney) can be moved around easily. Only the breakfast at the Castle with Cinderella is a firm reservation. So no matter what, something will be salvaged. Who knows, it may all turn around and be glorious from here. Here's hoping! Keep your fingers crossed for us.

The staff at the Edgartown Public Library wanted me to be sure and let everyone know that the children's department is closed until further notice. They recently began to take down the old wallpaper to repaint and found a significant mold problem. So, until they can resolve that pesky little issue, that department will remain closed. I'll be sure to keep you informed as things progress.

The Kindergarten class at the Edgartown School celebrated the wedding of Q and U last Friday. It was absolutely adorable. I am constantly being amazed by the kindergarten teachers and assistants at the school. Their ability to keep the kids entertained while actually teaching them something is commendable. And they are able to intertwine every subject so that, even when it appears the kids are working on science, they are also getting a little math or language arts as well. Naturally, as Riley is in Maria Mackenty's class, I am completely devoted to Maria, Debbie Grant, and Liz Stobart. But it was clear from the nuptials on Friday that Connie Luenberger also does a great job. Thank you to all the teachers out there who help our kids learn, keep them on track, and bring them joy and fun throughout the days, weeks, months, and years as well.

I went to the MSPCA the other day to talk some more about Chester the Dog - who for some reason has become "Chester Mulroney" - and a few ongoing issues we're still having. For one, Emma still isn't a fan of him. Now Chester and Wagger are acting like longtime buds but Emma just doesn't seem to be coming along. At any rate, when I arrived at the MSPCA, I found not empty cages, as I had anticipated, but 14 dogs waiting to be adopted. That's right - 14! I was amazed and saddened by it all as well. It's so sad to think that so many critters need homes! So, if you are thinking about making a nice home for a dog, or two, you should take a trip down to the shelter and check out their current supply. There are all different breeds, sizes, shapes, and personalities. Maybe your dream dog is down there waiting for you.

This is a reminder that the annual "Daffodil Days" is next week. You can purchase daffodils to support the American Cancer Society at various Island locations. In Edgartown, you can find them at Stop & Shop on Wednesday, March 22, 10 am.

Kelly Hess headed out for Sarasota for five days, payback to hubby Mark for his two weeks in Palm Springs. Actually, it isn't really payback. She is going for a family function. But I'm guessing she'll get some good rest and relaxation time as well.

Have a great week everyone. I'll see you when I get back.