Monday, November 16, 2015

Grasshopper Days

Grasshopper Days

For today, Monday, November 16, 2015

Outside my window...  4pm, rainy, it's already getting dark, and the wind is picking up.  Tate is already at work and Wyatt goes later.  Not a fun evening to be chasing carts across the lot!

Hearing...  the wind moaning through the trees.

Pondering...  I'm gearing myself up to go to rehearsal tonight.  Not that I dread it!  But I'm a homebody, especially in this weather.

Praying...  my mom will be flying home tomorrow (visiting a cousin in California), and she wasn't feeling well last night.  Praying she'll have smooth sailing coming home :D

Thankful...  for a packed full freezer.  Gunnar and I made a Costco run this morning.  I like to stock up early because it kind of drives me nuts to go in there leading up to Christmas.  Sensory overload, and just So Many People.

And I'm thankful for my goofy Sunday school kids (see yesterday's post) and the funny things they say.

Wearing...  jeans, turtle-neck, thick cardigan, warm socks.  I was so cold last night I couldn't sleep.  Had to go heat up my rice bag to get warm.  I think it's time for the flannel sheets :D

Creating...  Now that the new window is done, I wanted to shorten the curtains that go on it.  BTW, Kerry would like you all to know that when he and the boys tidied the garage on Saturday, they found the curtain rod and all the little ring/clip things :D  Anyway, I didn't like the floor-length curtains on the new window, when the other ones in the room are short.  But Oh. My. Word.  I could've just bought new ones for fifty bucks (I checked) and saved myself the aggravation.  The curtains are sheer, so the material wasn't stretchy (or I probably wouldn't even have tried!) but it was thin and slippery.  In other words, a pain in the backside to sew.  Arrrrgh.  And, though I used one of the shorter ones as a template, the ones I hemmed are shorter.  Well, I think the curtain rod is hung higher AND the window/sill is a little deeper than the other ones.  It looks a little goofy.  I may switch them around in a way to complicated to bother explaining and see if that helps.  Or maybe not. I'm sure I can live with it ;D

Going...  yes, I'm going to rehearsal tonight.

Reading...  Little Britches, by Ralph Moody.  Love those books :D

Looking forward to... having Thanksgiving here :D  I bought a twenty-four pound turkey.  Yes, I did.

In the kitchen...  we all ate dinner for lunch, since two of the boys work this evening.  Everyone can fend for themselves for dinner; it's "festival dinner" :D

In the learning rooms...  Gunnar and I took advantage of our homeschool flexibility to run some errands this morning (bank, jewelry store - ring check-up, Costco, Wal-mart) and are having a very reduced school day.  Gunnar will likely miss a day or two later this week for the late buck hunt as well.  I don't schedule any homeschool work for the week of Thanksgiving, so I'm not stressing about getting it all done - we can tie up any loose ends next week.

Around the house...  lots of candles at the ready, with all this wind!

The Mother Load...  I need to make my pre-Thanksgiving prep list, so I'm not rushed to get everything ready.  We have a "tradition" of cooking the turkey a day or two ahead and getting it all off the bone.  Sure, you don't have that Norman Rockwell-style Presentation of the Bird, but if you reheat it with a little herbed butter drizzled on, and the skin draped over it, it tastes just as good :D  Then the oven is freed up for other things, and all the messy work is already done!  I'll have the turkey, the gravy, and the potatoes all done ahead, and just needing to be heated.  Win-win.

A favorite quote for the day...

Don't believe everything you think.

A Bible verse...

The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked:
who can know it?
Jeremiah 17:9

One of my favorite things...  when I come home, weary of shopping, and the boys jump right up to help unload without complaining :D

A peek into Kerry's world...

Kerry went out to the garage to get something, and found something he wasn't looking for.
Something unpleasant.

Look closer, if you're not squeamish...

Yes.  It's a dead rat, that looks to have been in a fight (blood on it).

So if he was the loser...        where is the Alpha Rat?


Choate Family said...

That's a small rat! But a dead rat is a good rat...

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Yah, it may be small, but where's the rat that killed him? Ewwww...

Sara McD said...

I had a lot to say about this post but JULIE! YOU ENDED WITH A RAT!! The alpha rat is back at the hole saying, "Yeah, but you should see the other guy."

Herding Grasshoppers said...

YES! That's exactly what I'M concerned about!

Monica said...

Ugh! Rats!
I love your daybook! It's always so funny. I know what you mean about the weather. We have flooding here. 5 inches of rain today! I am just happy it wasn't snow...I think. :)