Monday, October 14, 2013

Grasshopper Days

Grasshopper Days

For today, Monday, October 14, 2013

Outside my window... still dark, but foggy - which usually means a sunny day is coming!

Hearing...  the dryer tumbling, but otherwise silence.  Time to rattle the boys' cage.  (You know that's a figure of speech, right?)

Pondering...  twice in a row now, we were literally a minute or two from walking out the door on our way to church when Wyatt and Tate were called out on a Search and Rescue - this time a missing hunter.  They really hated to miss church, but when duty calls...  Other teams had been searching through the night and needed to be relieved.  Fortunately, by the time they got up to the search base, the hunter had been found and they were able to turn around and come home.

Praying...  work for Kerry.

Thankful...  for our friendly church family, for a fun weekend with my friend Karen, for crisp, sunny fall days (perfect!), and for a few more items crossed off the Mother Load (always a good feeling).

Creating...  seeking inspiration for Christmas gifts.

Going...  for a walk with Gunnar.

Reading...  Theras and His Town with Gunnar, and Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison with Tate.

Looking forward to...  ?  Enjoying today :D

In the kitchen...  oh, the pressure!  It's not even six-thirty in the morning yet and I'm supposed to have dinner started?  Sometimes I'm envious of those people that have their whole week's menu planned out ahead of time, but I usually don't.  I'm flying by the seat of my pants, here.

Actually, once I get the boys to help me inventory the big freezer and cab-zilla (see The Mother Load...) I'll have a better idea.  But Wyatt and I have rehearsal tonight, so we won't all be together for dinner, reducing my motivation to make a "real" dinner.  Maybe lunch?

In the learning rooms...  ancient Greece, the colonial era of America, graphing linear functions, transitive verbs, experiments with liquids and density, and the Constitution.

Around the house...  I'm spreading more fall around, and I love it - so cozy!  The thing is, I love the colors of fall, but they're not colors I look good wearing.  Maybe that's why I love having them around the house :D

The Mother Load...  yes, the rumors are true, I got the kitchen floor scrubbed and waxed.  It's funny how I don't notice it growing dull over time, but seeing it clean and shiny is such a wonderful transformation.

In other news...

*  unclog the toilet (thank you, Kerry)
*  window and door screens off (yay, Tate)
*  replace burned out light bulbs
*  winterize outdoor outlets (done? I hope so.)
*  repot houseplants
*  replace burned out light string
*  tubs of outside toys stored for winter
*  move extra mattress downstairs for Karen
*  move mattress back up
*  prep materials for this week of school
*  vacuum living room and dining room
*  dust living room and dining room
*  dust-mop upstairs rooms
*  pick last Chinese lanterns and hang to dry
*  clean fridge
*  inventory the big freezer
*  inventory cab-zilla (food storage)
*  laundry (there's more! hunting and SAR laundry - fun!)
*  take check to credit union and CASH

The boys helped with some of this over the weekend.  Yay, boys!

Noticing that...  days are getting shorter.

Something fun to share...  Kerry let the boys watch The Blues Brothers... and there was much laughter.  Gunnar came upstairs to get ready for bed, pointed to his cheeks, and said, "I hurt from laughing."  I guess that's a good problem ;D

A favorite quote for today...  Pastor Bert quoted William Barclay in yesterday's bulletin,

The basic law of prayer is that we receive not the answer which we desire, but the answer which God in His wisdom and His love knows to be best.

Most of our prayers are prayers for escape.  We pray to be saved from some trial, some sorrow, some disappointment, some hurting and difficult situation.  And always God's answer is the offer not of escape, but of victory.

One of my favorite things...  this time of year!

A few plans for the rest of the week...  rehearsal tonight (always hard to overcome the inertia of staying in for a cozy evening at home, but always a joy and an encouragement to go), CAP tomorrow, vision checks for Wyatt and Tate on Thursday, and a "guy time" movie weekend with the boys and my brother this weekend.  And I'm going to a one-day women's retreat with some ladies from church :D

A peek into my world...

My brother, in his crib.  I mean, doesn't everyone sleep with their binky, their black hat, and their pistols?


melanie said...

Needed the quote. Love the photo!

Wow! and another impressive list with so much accomplished!

!!!Three Cheers!!!
for the Shiny Kitchen Floor!

Still wondering how y'all came to name your food storage 'cab-zilla' -- really BIG cabinet? in honor of Godzilla?

Felicity said...

Oh that's a gorgeous photo!!

Nathan used to take his toy motorbikes to bed with him, and would clutch them tightly in his fists. so cute!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Yep - Cab-zilla is a floor-to-ceiling (and deep) cabinet. Big, like Godzilla. Kerry named it that.

And yah, I love that photo. The combo of binky and pistols just cracks me up.

Joyful Reader said...

That is a great picture! I will be praying for work for Kerry! Some weeks I have a plan for dinner, but recently I have not done so well. But no one ever goes hungry! :) Wow! That mother load wears me out!

The dB family said...

Oh how I have missed you! I love your every day life! Just popping by to say hello and I'll be reading back in time until I am fully caught up!


sara said...

Hey, We live in Mary Jemison territory! Great story. Her grave is just a short distance from our house.

Ann said...

I'm laughing so hard at that picture! Love it!

Sounds like we're almost together in school. We just finished Theras and His Town last week.