Monday, March 28, 2005

Draught

Who knew that "draught" is supposed to be pronounced "draft"??? I had no idea! I thought it was "drawt". My pastor heard me say it that way. He knows I like to use good grammar and proper pronounciation so he told me to look it up. I was so surprised. The "augh" in "draught" is pronounced "af" the same as it is in "laugh"!

He also says "err" is pronounced "ur". I looked that one up, too. My dictionary says either "ur" or "air" is proper for that one. I had never heard the "ur" pronounciation until I heard him say it.

Interesting! Ya learn something new every day!

Friday, March 25, 2005

Easter baskets

I have been trying to come up with a few little things for the kids' Easter baskets without loading them up on candy or clutter. I thought of sidewalk chalk (consumable but not edible)... and cotton candy (a nice size bucket of it at Wal Mart for $1 but not all that much sugar for how big it looks... plus I rarely buy it for them and they love it!). I also got some Easter pencils and erasers. Anybody have any other ideas?

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Ramblin'

I keep popping in here... thinking I'm going to post something... but usually it's at the end of the day and my brain is tired... so I draw a blank. Life is just so busy... and just when I think it might slow down a bit... nope... it gets even busier. Sometimes I just feel so overwhelmed with it all. Why do we do this to ourselves? Who says we have to live like this? And the scary thing is, *my* life is really very simple compared to many, many people I know! I couldn't function like that. I would utterly have a nervous breakdown. I know I would!

Well now... wasn't that just such an original, inspiring thought?

Friday, March 18, 2005

Weirdness at Wal*Mart

I saw the weirdest thing at Wal*Mart tonight. (Seems like everything weird I ever see is always at Wal*Mart!) There was a little kid... maybe 5 or 6 years old... with a pair of panty hose pulled onto his head like a stocking cap!!! The legs had been braiding together some kind of way so they dangled way down his back like a long pom-pom or something. He was too young to have come up with such a thing himself (I think)... and apparently too young to know how very strange that was. I mean, I could almost see an older kid or teen wearing such a get-up just to see what kind of reaction he would get... but this kid was too young for that, IMO.

Stuff like that just makes me wonder and wonder...

What were his parents thinking letting him go to Wal*Mart like that???

Monday, March 7, 2005

Nature Studies

So today I decided I would make the effort to take my children on a nature walk a la Charlotte Mason. It was a noble idea. We drove out to the lake and parked by a popular picnic area with several trails around it. We pretty much had the place to ourselves this early in the season. The air was on the "crisp" side, but with sweatshirts and brisk exercise it wasn't too uncomfortable. I took along a sketchbook and a couple of pencils, and I told the kids that we would be making notes of things we observed along the way... fondly imagining early wildflowers and cunning wildlife...

Well, the first thing to be noted in our journal was a "mystery"! There was a picnic table at the bottom of the bluff right by the lake. It looked like a fun place for a picnic but we couldn't see how people were supposed to get down there. We speculated: Was the idea to just slide down the hill on your bum? Or perhaps come in by boat? We made a note of the mystery and continued along the path. Soon we came to a path leading right down to the picnic table! So much for the mystery! I don't know why we couldn't see that path from where we were standing before.

About half-way up the hill was a view-point with mounted binoculars. We excitedly peered through them, scoping out the lake. Oh, look, Mom... see that house across the lake! Oh, and there's a car on the road over there! And, the very coolest thing, the cell phone tower on the top of the hill across the lake! Oh, yeah... and trees and stuff. LOL!

Finally I did get them focusing in a little more on the things right close to us. We found a couple of brave, tiny wildflowers, which we sketched... multitudes of pine cones which my youngest wanted to bring home with us... the mummified corpse of a long-dead bird... some dried animal droppings of some sort...

We decided that was enough for one day, but we had fun and agreed we would enjoy doing that again soon.

Sunday, March 6, 2005

Revival

Our pastor preached on the desperate need for revival in our times. I agree so whole-heartedly but yet I am at a loss as to know what it will take to bring revival. Prayer and obedience for starters, I think... I am not sure what else. I want to be more committed to prayer and to ever drawing closer to God... I am only one person, but I can't make decisions for anyone else but me. It's such a personal thing, this walk with God.

A charge to keep I have,
A God to glorify,
A never-dying soul to save,
And fit it for the sky.

To serve the present age,
My calling to fulfill:
O may it all my powers engage
To do my Master’s will!

Arm me with jealous care,
As in Thy sight to live;
And O Thy servant, Lord, prepare
A strict account to give!

Help me to watch and pray,
And on Thyself rely,
Assured, if I my trust betray,
I shall for ever die.

Saturday, March 5, 2005

Cleaning house

We've been watching Clean Sweep lately... trying to get inspired to de-clutter. Our house is very small, and we have way too much stuff. I actually culled out about 5 boxes of... gasp! ...books this morning. So many good ones, but we only have room for so much stuff... so I guess it's time to "bless" someone else with some of them.

My next project is to clean out my closet. Wonder how many more boxes/bags of stuff I'll be able to part with? A family at church is moving away, and they plan to have a garage sale next weekend, so that is a good motivation to clean today. (She said we could bring stuff to put in it.)

Oh, I hate to clean!