There's going to be a special election to build a new fieldhouse and sod the football field and give teachers a raise. It will raise property taxes a little over $100/year. This is coming on top of just approving an increase in sales tax for police and fire and to build a new police station. It was announced during the awards ceremony that if we voted for the millage increase then we wouldn't have to suffer through another program in a hot, gym with no air conditioning. That was not the venue for that and that's why I was offended. I also didn't appreciate that flyers were passed out before hand.
Wednesday it was announced that graduation would be moved from the football field to the gym because there was a 50% chance that it would rain. That is standard, but the call has always been made the day of graduation. This created a firestorm because students were each issued 7 tickets. Our family had several coming from out of town and other relatives, on the other side of Brianna's family, thought that she should give up one of her tickets so that their family could use it. That wouldn't have been a problem if she was the only one graduating, but her cousin, on that side of the family was also graduating. It was then announced late in the day that it would still be held on the field unless the weather did get bad.
My sister and niece arrived Thursday night for the graduation and it was still up in the air as to where the ceremony would be held and who would attend if it was inside. Bill had decided that he would not go at all. He doesn't like crowds any more. That was one reason I wanted him to go to the awards ceremony. He at least got to see her walk and get several awards and scholarships. I had decided that since Ronna and Brooke had come from Illinois, they could go in our place.
Friday it did start raining in the afternoon and the school announced that if it rained they would hold off making the decision until 9 pm, just pushing the time of graduation back until then, and then if it had to be moved it would be moved then. We had several family members in to eat. Emily provided all of the food and paper goods, I just provided trash bags. Our house is bigger than hers and could hold everyone. We got some pictures taken with Brianna and then everyone took off for graduation. Ronna ended up staying at the house with us. We had both done too much and our backs were killing us. Plus, we had stayed up very late the night before so we were really tired. When everyone got back to the house Em said it only lasted 1 1/2 hours. They practically ran the kids across the stage. But, they graduated. Brooke came in with the "official" graduation fan...advocating for the millage increase! It's just about lost my vote, and it won't affect us because Bill is exempt from property taxes as a 100% disabled veteran. It's all just the way they have done it.
We hit the road about 8:45 Saturday morning after leading Ronna to Emily's house. We had rain most of the way and in Montgomery AL, it was raining so hard that I could only see the semi in front of me. It got dark enough at 3 in the afternoon that my headlights came on automatically! It rained that hard again 2 miles from our hotel for the night and I had to pull over. I told Bill that I just couldn't do it another time. I got soaked getting things out of the car and then getting us dinner. I was in bed before 8. Heard thunder several times during the night but slept pretty good. We got up a little before 8 so had a good long night.
We got into Jacksonville about 3:30 and got checked into the hotel. We've already had dinner because Bill couldn't eat anything after 6. His appointments start at 6 tomorrow morning.
We weren't able to get the portable concentrator but we were able to get 3 extra large tanks. We are also supposed to get re-supplied either tomorrow afternoon or Tuesday morning. I told Bill as we were switching tanks around today that the powers that be that make decisions on the types of oxygen people can use should have to travel with an oxygen patient and see what it entails. We used 2 large tanks yesterday and 1 today. We have 1 left for tomorrow. We do have 5 small tanks left, because we were switching between the large and small when he gets out of the car. I will take small ones tomorrow also because he's going to be at the outer limit of the large tank. He'll be able to get by Tuesday with small tanks and Wednesday he will be connected to Mayo air for his heart cath.
So, there you have it, our busy week. When we get home from here we'll be ready for a rest!
I don't know if I will update daily or not, but I will after the heart cath on Wednesday. See you then!