Monday, January 20, 2014

Grasshopper Days

Grasshopper Days

For today, Monday, January 20, 2014

Outside my window...  lights from the neighbors' windows, shining through the fog.  Everything is still.

Hearing...  only the furnace blowing.  The boys are all out in the garage, probably playing games on the computer, while breakfast cooks.  No school today - Martin Luther King Day - so we're taking a homeschool break too.

Pondering...  a quilt project I'm starting.  I've had some fat eights in spring green and some in a purple/blue indigo for a long time, and I have an idea for a quilt I want to try.  It will have strips of each color forming lines that appear to be woven, with a white background.  It will look kind of like THIS.

But in these colors.  I don't know how they come across on your computer.  The green is very vibrant - sort of granny-smith-apple in the lighter tones, to a grass green.  And the indigo is very periwinkle to Crayola's "blue-violet".  On my computer, the top picture reads truer to the colors.  Go figure.

That's what came as a set.  I need a little more of each color, so I think these will blend.

I saw something similar done as a baby quilt, but I have enough scraps for two baby quilts or one twin-size.  (No babies coming that I know of!)  I'm thinking I'll have Kerry try to sell it/them on ebay, so what do you think would sell better?  A couple of baby quilts or a twin size quilt?


Praying...  oh my.  Is it wrong to pray for an NFL team?  Because I was whispering a few prayers for the Seahawks yesterday!  I admit, I'm not a hard-core fan but WE'RE GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL!  And I use the "we" very loosely, there, because I can assure you that none of the Grasshoppers will be attending.  We'll be at Grandpa and Grandma's annual Soup-er Bowl party, with a large crock-pot full of chili.  And this time we'll be paying more attention to the game than the ads ;D

I'm also hoping to see Derrick Coleman on the field.  Thanks to all who have drawn our attention to articles and this ad, which all the boys - and especially Tate - found inspiring:

Listen to it closely.  They did a really good job of simulating how a HoH person hears.  Listen to the scenes at school, and on the field.  Think of how hard you would be working all the time to decipher what people are saying if everything sounded muffled like that.

That's what I mean when I say that Tate is working hard all the time.

But oh-look-a-squirrel we were talking about praying...  I'm praying for work for Kerry.

Thankful...  for sweet friends at church who encourage me.

Wearing...  blue jeans, white T, periwinkle blue sweater... my happy colors :D

Creating...  well, about to create a quilt.  Or two?

Going...  to help Wyatt with some school work.  Yes, it's a day off, but he's facing the reality that sometimes your schoolwork overflows school hours.

Reading...  slowly through Victory of Reason.

Looking forward to...  (trying to be positive...) God coming through in a big way with work for Kerry... pleeeeease!!!

In the kitchen...  baked oatmeal for breakfast - Gunnar's absolute fave.

In the learning rooms...  Wyatt slogging through a test on the Judicial branch, all else on hold until tomorrow.

Around the house...  I think the boys have finally put all their snow stuff away, now to get Kerry to pick up his stuff... ;D  Also, the boys are doing some cleaning today - their bathroom was kind of gross, and the family room gets cluttered in the blink of an eye.  Entropy.

The Mother Load...  must do school planning, but I'm waiting for Wyatt to finish his test.  Realized there's no mail today and I have a bill that must be paid tomorrow - MUST remember to pay in person tomorrow morning!  And don't forget rehearsal tonight, since it doesn't feel like a normal Monday :D

Noticing that...  the boys sure like to slip away when their job is done, before I have time to inspect.  And one-who-shall-remain-nameless needs to come back and apply a little more force to some scrubbing.

A favorite quote for today... 

Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;
For His grace and power are such,
None can ever ask too much.
John Newton

One of my favorite things...  when the fog lifts and the sun shines.

A Bible verse... 
Because of the Lord's great love
we are not consumed,
for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

A few plans for the rest of the week...  the usual... homeschool, rehearsal, CAP, cook, clean, scale Mt. Laundry, lather, rinse, repeat.

A peek into my world...  
  This morning...

... reminding myself what is really out there.


Jena Webber said...

Hello! Periwinkle sweater! We ARE twins. I had mine on yesterday. It's sunny here but lots of snow. Happy for the West-coasters/ Seahawk victory. I heart your quilt colors. I need put up a pic of the quilt my mother gave me for the birthday. You will go gaga over it. :)

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Ooo, I can't wait to see it!

sara said...

As a general rule, I'm more of a warm colors person, but I love periwinkle. I bought a hand woven scarf in that color for my SIL for Christmas and I was so thrilled that she recognized the color as periwinkle.

I was thinking about how Tate has to be always "on." Must be exhausting. I wonder if he ever feels like just shutting off the sound for awhile and ignoring everyone. (I know that's not an option with the CI.)

Have fun with that, uhhh, sportsy type thing there. :)

Monica said...

Your daybooks always crack me up! Mt. Laundry! hahahahha!

My teens try to slip away too! those kiddos!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh Monica, I bet you have Mt Laundry too, on a farm!

Sara - actually Tate can shut everything off, even the CI. The part that is implanted doesn't "do" anything by itself. The processor (looks like a hearing aid) has to send a signal. He takes it off when he's showering and at night for sleeping.

I think what's the most exhausting for him is all the competing noises. He has to work a lot harder to filter out the background noise than we do. That's why I keep a fairly quiet house, though I'd love to have music playing more often!

Tate likes music, but when he's listening to music he's listening to music, not listening and having a conversation.

sara said...

Wow, I didn't know that about the cochlear implant! Very interesting.

I keep a pretty quiet house too even though I really like music because I can't concentrate on more than one thing at a time - like Tate, when I'm listening, I'm listening.

The dB family said...

Wow! What a difference sunshine can make! Still praying for Kerry and the work sit. I'm feeling a little daft, but would Alendra experience her HA's the same way as Tate? I think two baby quilts and I am in LOVE with those colours! Beautiful!


Herding Grasshoppers said...

Deborah - I sent you an email with some links to hearing loss simulators. People lose hearing in different frequencies, so they experience their loss differently, BUT... I think the ad gave a good feel for what it's like to lose the higher frequencies, which is pretty common.

I remember Tate saying things like, "Let make a 'nowman, Mama! It 'nowin' now!:" He couldn't hear the "s" at all. (Let's make a snowman, Mama! It's snowing now!)