It has been FAR too long since I have given an update.
Sorry about that.
My little one is pulling straight A's in school and about to graduate from elementary and going to high school. UGGGG I feel old lately!
I am exploring woodworking more and more. My daughter seems to still enjoy it "some"... well, she is 12 and has the same attention span as her old man at that age so I guess it should be expected.
My 2nd cohort of Registered Behavioral Technicians has thoroughly kicked my butt!! we are holding our 2 hour review/final class session today and I am certainly ready for this to be over for a few months. LOL. I love what I do and I love where I do it, but sometimes the stress level is through the roof!!!
I hope everyone is well and I am eager to hear from all of you. Please drop me an update on YOU in this thread.
I moved this thread to the stamp talk area so it may get more traffic. I think this is a wonderful topic that most collectors consider when they determine how their collecting habits may be changing over time. I also think new collectors who are gaining experience should consider this when determining what and how they want to collect.
Personally, I prefer a used stamp over a mint stamp. In recent weeks I have considered altering my collection's span and focus. This very topic of finding good and fairly affordable stamps has come into the equation. I am considering keeping my US as is and not adding pages for later years. I may add in vario pages for the oddball ones that come in from time to time, but no formal pages. I am seriously contemplating the same for Canada. Since the German collection ends clearly in 1945 it will remain unaltered.
I wonder, though, would the difficulty in finding new used issues impact a topical collection? I know I have started to thin my topical interests in an effort to gain focus, but I do not think that the price or availability of modern used stamps has had that much impact for me personally.
It is good to see you posting again. it has been quite some time.
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feeling much better after a round of strep throat.
I am getting ready to set up the room to start my next cohort of students today. We altered the class to be 10 weeks versus the 7 weeks we ran last time. I think this class has some great staff members in it and I am hopeful that we have as much success as the first cohort. (18 out of 20 passed the exam!!)..
Life continues to keep moving and I keep trying to find ways to make everything work. Of course, that has not been the case in quite some time, but I guess that comes with goals that continue to evolve and morph into new ones.
I have noted that our FB page continues to grow and this site continues to chug along thanks to the great work of our members and team.
Checking in - hope all is going well. It's been the good kind of busy lately... I am gearing up for the next class I get to teach and continuing to work with the supervision schedule from the first 18 candidates.
The little one turned 12 over the last weekend and we got her a cell phone (ugge this age kills me) and her first set of tools. She promptly put the phone aside and messed with the tools for 3 hours. Perhaps she is not just humoring me when she comes up to mess around in the wood shop.
I bought some postage so I can finally get those postcards moving along. (Just so many hours in the day)
Anyway just wanted to check in and let you all know I am still alive.
between playing around with wood and trains, the futile attempts to find time to jump on here from home, ever-increasing work demands, and my little ones band involvement - I am finding myself stretched thin. very very thin.
I cannot tell you how grateful I am to the team for keeping this forum alive and well. You are the best.
I wish there were more of me to go around. Sorry I am not doing enough...
JerryB, Thank you for passing the information on to us here.
SWH, was a great person and a valued member for a long time here at Stamp Bears. He took a while to transition over from Stamp Bears' first website but his contributions to the site and the hobby in general should not be forgotten.
heat wave has hit the Bear Cave. 45-50 degrees (F) around here.. teeshirts, no jacket weather!! whoooohooooo!!!
The wife sparked up an old interest of mine so I have been buying tools and materials so I can learn some new things. believe it or not woodworking. Still working on the stamps from time to time, just not as actively with it as of late. I need things that are more physical just now. My brain is clogged with too much work related information and physical hobbies seem to be the only true escape lately.
suer day thus far today!! 2 students passed their exams and are now Registered Behavioral Technicians, I got a green light on my next major project (teaching more of these classes).... my new ride is now legal..
crazy long weekend.. left work early Friday to fix a furnace in my house (daughters side of the duplex), fixed that went car shopping... found an 03 Chevy Impala I could not resist and bought it on Saturday. fixed the damn snowblower last week so I was using that beast all weekend long. Actually running out of space in the yard for snow.. If I go much higher I worry I may start covering the bottoms of the windows on the first floor.
Oh it has been far to long since I have updated this thread!!!
Life continues to be busy. various appliances have died and been replaced, kids have been sick and healthy, work is remarkably rewarding but super time-consuming. I continue to teach the RBT course and maintain supervision of my students while gearing up for the next round. Along with numerous other duties.
The funny thing is I still love my job and that is a rare and great thing..
Postcards are in I am just waiting to get some of my funds in order to buy postage to send out packets of them and singles. Once I have the postage I will post what is available.
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