School has started and homework time has been going relatively well except for some lack of initiative on my nephew's part to actually turn assignments in. Luckily, the school has a website for grades and I can see when he gets a zero. We have a rule that says that if there are zeros then there is no tv or games until the zeros are fixed or if they can't be fixed then he must wait a week. Yesterday I told him that he was on a week of entertainment restriction and he was bummed but then his teacher gave him late credit so now he just has to turn in his other 2 missing assignments. Perhaps this will help him pay attention to due dates. It will take a lot more practice though. He isn't used to having strict deadlines.
I've managed to arrange our schedules so that I can pick him up after work. He has joined the soccer team and he goes to horseback riding lessons on Friday. The lessons cost me $25 each Friday but they pick him up after school and drop him off half way to my house in the evening which makes it so that I don't have to leave work early. I don't want to use up my work "favors" yet. I know there will be other times like when he is sick or has appointments and I will need to ask for time off or a flexible schedule.
Last weekend I went to the thrift store to look for some used cowboy boots for my nephew. They had some funky ones that were snake or lizard skin but I wanted something plain. I bought him 2 pairs of shorts which ended up being too small. I haven't figured out his size yet. I think I should start shopping in the men's section. I bought myself 3 shirts but didn't try them on because I ran out of time and had to pick up my foster dog. I tried on one of the shirts this morning and was dismayed to find it was too small. Even though the tag said large I think it should have been in the large children's section.
We have had weather in the 20's at night here with the high in the 40's. I covered my pipes with blankets so no broken pipes yet. I bet the plastic pipes at my property have broken. I forgot about them. I bet the water tank will be empty when I go out there next time. It is frustrating to worry about my stuff out there and not have the time to go deal with it. I plan to go out there on Sunday and bring back more items to use, sell or give away. Spring break is only 9 weeks away and my nephew will be going to visit his grandparents. I think I will take a day or two off and have a couple long weekend to work on my own projects.