Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Grasshopper Days

Grasshopper Days

For today, February 26, 2013  A day late and a dollar short... no time, yesterday.

Outside my window...  nothing like the picture above, much to the boys' dismay.  This may be one of those rare winters when we get no snow at all.  Oh, sure, it's all around us, up in the hills.  We can see it every single day.  But to the boys (and me!), it doesn't count unless you can play in it.

Inside, on the other hand, I left the boys alone to work on their schoolwork, while I was invited to lunch at my neighbor's, and came home to find this on the DE board.  (Not sure how much schoolwork they got done, but at least they made their own lunch and cleaned it up!)

Hearing...  the wind outside, and the furnace inside... both blowing.

Pondering...  Oops!  I accidentally deleted a comment from someone, because it got mixed in with the spam.  It had to do with the clowns, leopard, and cannon, and - whoever you are - I'm sorry I deleted you.  Try again?

Praying...  to feel better.  Aaaaack.  I think I ate something that isn't agreeing with me.  'Nuff said.

Thankful...  for my sometimes-nutso kids.  This lovely corner of their artwork, depicts the youth-group playing their musical instruments (which include a saxophone, a cello, a trombone, a guitar, a ukulele, and a harp).

Wearing...  some old jeans, wool socks, a white t-shirt, and my current favorite sweater - moss green, medium blue, navy blue, and white... from the infamous Value Village ;D

Creating...  still working on the last (for now) baby quilt.  I have most of the top pieced, but it's still a bit small.  Needs a border before quilting it up.

Going...  hoping to go to Bible study tonight... hoping I feel a bit better.

Reading...  a biography of William Carey (missionary to India), Daughter of the Mountains, and a favorite of the boys, Kipling's Just So Stories.  Wyatt even took a break from his schoolwork to listen to How the Camel Got His Hump - best beloved - and we all laughed about the man-of-infinite-resource-and-sagacity and his unforgettable suspenders.

Learning...  hmmm, Wyatt is learning to drive a stick-shift, and good for him :D  I taught him first, on the van (an automatic) and Kerry is handling the stick.  Wyatt had it easy...

I learned to drive on a 12-passenger Ford van, with a stick-shift, and dark privacy-glass windows.  I think my dad must have figured if I could drive that beast I could drive anything.

Looking forward to...  we're planning another LOTR marathon!

In the kitchen...  ack.  Must think of something, and it's hard to think about food right now...

In the learning rooms...  actually, it's not Week 21, it's Week 23, which means we are almost 2/3rds of the way through our school year - hallelujah.  Not that I'm miserable and want it to be over, I just love the landmarks, the progress, the finishing of things and starting new things.

What the "Finger Apocalypse" is, I have no idea.  Random boy output.

Around the house...  got some new books from the library, so the boys are wrapped up in those.  Actually, Gunnar has started re-reading the Redwall Abbey series, so that's not technically new, but it's something fresh anyway.  Tate has a historical fiction series by N. D. Wilson that he's enjoying.

The Mother Load...  laundry to fold, quilts to finish, bills to pay, and long-overdue-shopping to do.  And the yard and garden... it's still early, but I should be thinking about what needs to be done there, too.

Noticing that...  Wyatt is really blossoming in the choir.  When he first started, he was mortified that anyone would actually hear him (individually).  He didn't even want to sing a few notes so the conductor could direct him to tenor or bass.  But now... I can't hear him much, from over in the alto section, I'm told he's doing quite well and his voice has great quality :D  Must take after his grandpa (though grandpa is a tenor).

Something to remember for later...  the way Gunnar chatters endlessly on our daily walks :D

A favorite quote for today...  The average person thinks he isn't.

One of my favorite things...  the freedom to rearrange our schedule at our convenience - yay, homeschooling :D

A Bible verse...  Gunnar is memorizing Romans 16:19,
Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you;
but I want you to be wise about what is good,
and innocent about what is evil.

A few plans for the rest of the week...  just the usual... schooling, CAP, Bible study, and ???

A peek into my world... 

I think the elf was shot from a cannon, but... why?


Crystal said...

I hope you feel better soon. Thank you for posting the name of a book series. I looked it up right away and going to check it out. :-)

melanie said...

Maybe it's a nation-wide epidemic?? Very 'popular' stomach bug going around here too :p

Hope you feel better soon!

Q said...

Elf out of a cannon - perhaps the question is really, "Why not?" ;)

dlefler said...

The lost comment might have been from me. Maybe. I'm in a permanent brain fog at the moment, so I'll have to go and check!

I love the dry erase boards- the "boy art" cracks me up. I can't wait until my kids are old enough to watch LOTR - we used to do marathons before they were born (at 5 and 7, we have a while before they will be old enough to see them). I like your idea of making them read the books before they can watch the movie.

It is very gray and snowy here. We do have lots of snow, but I haven't seen blue sky or the sun in a ridiculously long period of time. It won't be long until Spring!

Ann said...

Dad tried to teach me how to drive a stick shift in an old Peugeot station wagon that hated to shift! He told me that if I could drive that, I could drive anything. Unfortunately, he also tried to teach me on hills. Yeah...I didn't learn. Doug got the pleasure of teaching me to drive a stick in his little Ford Ranger. A few years later we bought a cute little Saturn - I couldn't believe how easy it was to drive! I miss driving a stick...

The dB family said...

Hehehe! Maybe we should get Bub to learn on the 12 passenger. It's not stick though. At least Wyatt is interested. We cant' get Bub moving on the driving.