Monday, April 29, 2013

Grasshopper Days

Grasshopper Days

For today, Monday, April 29, 2013

Outside my window...  cold and cloudy, where did our sunny spring go?  It didn't quite freeze last night, but close.  Still, my dogwoods are getting close to blooming. :D

Hearing...  the furnace going... brrrr!

Pondering...  the urge to clean up, clear out, and eliminate more stuff.  I'll start with just picking up my office... time to put the sewing things away for awhile.

Praying...  for my four pregnant friends, one of whom could deliver any day, now!

Thankful...  for so many good and faithful friends from our little chapel.

Wearing...  (did I mention it's COLD?) Jeans, long-sleeve red t-shirt, navy sweater, socks and slippers.

Creating...  hmmm, I still have that creative urge to sew (!) but my desire for clean, open spaces is over-ruling it ;D

Going...  to pick up Wyatt from school, in a bit.  Too wet and cold to ride his bike today.

Reading...  about to start Song of Saigon, by Anh Vu Sawyer.

Learning...  about Proverbs, with my women's Bible study.  (Oh how I love that this group of women doesn't settle for the all-too-typical women's fluff that dominates the market.)

Looking forward to...  a wedding on Thursday!  We are joyfully celebrating these two young-ish church friends joining their lives together.

In the kitchen...  I want to make stroganoff (craving!) but may save that for tomorrow.  We'll have wedding guests staying with us for a few days, though I'm not sure we'll see much of them.  (Missionaries to Myanmar, and friends of the groom, from out of town.)

In the learning rooms...  Wyatt is pushing hard to get caught up after a very hectic (last) week, Tate just made a model of a lung and diaphragm as part of his study of anatomy, and has started (drum roll...) Jacob's Algebra (we'll be working through it all of next year, too), and has already finished today's math, science, and language work.  He's champing at the bit for Gunnar to finish his language work so we can do our history reading together... beginning a six-week tour of Africa.  Gunnar is dragging today (stayed up too late last night), but is also wrapping up this year's science (Biology - Land Animals), and is chugging away through next year's math (today's review of polygons, segments, and vertices was pronounced "boring", but then he's a bit grumpy...)

Around the house...  a bit of tidying to do before our guests arrive tomorrow, but no biggie.  These are not high-maintenance people :D

The Mother Load...  lots of plates spinning just now, but at the forefront of my mind -
* making potato salad for the wedding (about ten pounds of potato salad)
* keeping track of times and dates - wedding, Wyatt's job (only one day a week), an evening out with my mom and sister, planning Mother's Day here, how long until DISNEY, etc.
* doing a TON of paperwork with Wyatt and Tate in regard to their summer activities with CAP (which involves the steps to get Wyatt a student pilot's license - LOTS of paper/computer work and a special medical exam)
* making sure Wyatt keeps up with his (public) school work and makes a contract with his teachers for the days he'll miss
* getting my office back in order and CLEAN (sewing makes so much dust!  or fiber-fluff? whatever...)

Noticing that...  a math teacher I've talked with claims that you shouldn't bother trying to teach Algebra to kids until they start growing hair under their arms.  Uh, yah, Tate is qualified ;D

Something to remember for later...  although it can drive me nuts, I love that the boys (still!  at 16, 14, and 11!) come home from events like this weekend's markmanship campout bubbling over with stories to tell.  (Yes, I believe there were 25 or more cadets camping out at a gun club, shooting real rifles with live ammunition, and real bows with pointy arrows.  It was AWESOME.)

A favorite quote for today... 

There is nothing better than a friend,
unless it is a friend with chocolate.

One of my favorite things...  fresh tulips.

A Bible verse...  Deuteronomy 2:3
You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north.

A few plans for the rest of the week...  homeschool, CAP, cleaning, mowing, Bible study, WEDDING!, guests, paperwork-paperwork-paperwork...

A peek into my world...  Kerry snapped a cel-pic last week, of animal control coming after the mad raccoon - yikes!


Gramma Grasshopper said...

Well I must say, your verse for today has me wondering where you're heading....North??? :)

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Nope. Figurative, not literal. Just feeling like we're in a rut.

melanie said...

sigh... chocolate and tulips... great faves!

Meanwhile it's 80F today -- with a freezing cold front expected in the next couple days. Weird.

Ann said...

I LOVE the algebra advice! That's awesome!

Oh, and would you believe even Arkansas is about to get cold again?!?! They are forecasting an inch of snow for the northwest part of the state!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Sheesh! Gotta love that "global warming" (eyes roll)!