Monday, February 28, 2011

Grasshopper Days 2-28-11

Grasshopper Days

For Today, February 28, 2011

Outside my window...  snow. Can you believe it?  We've had snow on the ground for days.  And just when I thought we were done, it's back.  (Kind of like the boys' sickness, but I digress.)  Went to bed last night to the wind blowing and buckets of rain, and woke to snow.  But it's melting fast.

I am thinking...  about Kerry, off to the funeral of his best friend's mom.  Very, very sad.  She apparently refused to go to the doctor.  For years.  Got a little infection in her foot that turned into a huge infection.  Yep, diabetes.  Undiagnosed, and untreated.  And now she's gone.
I'd have been with Kerry, but the boys...

I am thankful for...  a beautiful view of snowy hills out my window, a warm cozy house, and Ibuprofen, our current BFF.

I am praying for...  the boys.  Headaches, fever, and coughing.  Oh, the coughing.  Tate especially.
He will cough and cough and cough.  Sometimes until he gags.  (TMI?  Sorry.)
And for the family at the funeral today.

I am wearing...  layers, people!  Jeans, red long-sleeve shirt, blue sweater, wool socks.
It's cold here!

I am going...  to treat the kids to McDonald's for lunch today.  Don't hate me.
They haven't been out of the house for days and days.

 I am reading...  lots and lots of WWII fiction and non-fiction with the boys.  There are a lot of good books that help them understand what it was like to live through the war.  Current favorites are The Spy Who Came In From The Sea, A Father's Promise, I am David, Escape From Warsaw, The Secret Cave, and Snow Treasure.

I am hoping...  Tate stops coughing and sleeps at night.  And, therefore, I sleep at night.

I am hearing...  quiet.  The boys must be reading.

I am remembering...  what it was like when we first started homeschooling.  Sort of.  It seems so long ago, I can barely remember what we actually did.

From the learning rooms...  finding the area of a triangle, prefixes that mean numbers (tri, quad, quint, pent, dec, cent, etc.) histographs, magnets and magnetism, adding with money, and the saddest history chapter so far - The Holocaust, but also the evacuation of Dunkirk.

From the kitchen...  nothing much.  The boys don't have much appetite, and with Kerry gone we'll have lunch out and just snack for dinner.

Around the house... boxes of tissues, piles of books, and extra blankets.

On my mind...  just realized that I missed the first rehearsal of spring choir last week, and with Kerry gone I'll miss again tonight.  Not sure if this is going to work out for me this time...

Noticing that...  the boys are well enough to be bored and stir-crazy, but not well enough that getting together with friends is a good idea, making this sort of an endurance event for me.

One of my favorite things...  new books!

A few plans for the rest of the week...  HA!  No plans until everyone is well.  But at least they're well enough to keep schooling.  Hurray for homeschooling, because if they were at public school I'd have to keep them home and they'd be falling behind.

No picture this week, but a thought...


Q said...

Blister packs for ANYTHING!

Indeed. I often thought the medication packs would be great targets for sharp shooting practice.

tammy said...

Oh BOO to all the sickness still lurking around.

My husband's father was one to never go to the Dr. either. Unfortunately, it caught up with him and he passed away from colon cancer only 3 mths after finding out about it. Hard and sad for all.

Hope the sun starts coming out soon!

Ann said...

Go away, sickness!! Praying for you all! Mucinex has become a good friend of ours around here when those coughs creep up. It's so expensive, but no blister packs!!! :-)

Praying for Kerry's friend's family, too, as they go through this.

Felicity said...

I do hope you'll soon have 3 healthy boys!! (And that Tate's cough goes right away). It's so bad when you have a coughing child that keeps everyone awake at night.
That sounds like a great list of books - I'm trying to get the family to ALL buy into the concept of family reading fun! Together! Aloud!
Hope your week improves a lot,

The dB family said...

Drat! I thought they should make blister packs for shortening -- you know for the bread maker when you need 2 Tbsp of that greasy stuff...

Will pray for Kerry's friend and his family and that ya'll are feeling well again soon. There's some chesty coughs here too, but nothing that prevented anyone from going to school. *Sigh* Oh to be homeschooling again!