|Sometimes I eat lunch on the porch and watch other people work.|
I said something like, "I've been really busy."
I thought something like, "Nothing is really happening."
Which isn't entirely true. But this is the sort of stuff that's happening:
I bought two big fat [butchered] chickens at the grocery store. I cooked one in the crock pot and thought I would pick off the meat and save the broth and make a big vish of chicken noodle soup.
The meat all disappeared just like THAT.
So I baked the second chicken yesterday and served it with baked potatoes and lima beans. I picked off the leftover meat to make chicken noodle soup and I said, "DO NOT EAT THE CHICKEN IN THIS CONTAINER." By this morning, most of it was gone.
I wonder how chicken-less chicken noodle soup would taste.
|Here my great-niece Izzy and I are celebrating the 4th.|
|Ben is sacking seed with the help of Cody, who came with his grandpa who was dumping a truck.|
|Here's Cody's grandpa, Leonard Baker, blowing the last seeds out of his truck.|
Emily took her grandpa blueberry picking. He is 97 and didn't think he'd ever gone blueberry picking before.
Paul took her in today. Of course she passed. She came home and made lots of noise about this. "Don't drive yourself crazy," said her grandpa. And then he laughed and laughed.
I said, "Did you tell anyone?"
She said, "I told Allison, Emily, Janane, and Deana, and I asked Janane to text Ashley because for some reason my phone won't let me."
All right then, that should do it.
The ruins of Steve's fire have been cleared away and the new building project is underway.
|"And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, . . " Isaiah 61:4|
"Yes! It reminds me of Noah's Ark," she said.
"Me too!!" I said, and then we both didn't feel quite so weird any more.
So I told Trish I feel like one of the wicked people in Noah's day who is watching the ark being built. She said, "Oh dear!"
I also feel like we live back with the Druids or whoever they were, in ancient England, and they are putting up Stonehenges all over.
|First they criss-cross the field with big balers and stackers. Here's the last one leaving, with our new calf over there in the corner. We actually have two calves: Merry and Pippin.|
|They weren't up quite in time for the summer solstice.|
Some girls were over and they baked and decorated cupcakes.
|Here they're sharing with Paul.|
It was a fun time of reminiscing. The two girls who used to fight in the car on the way to school and then pour out their hearts to me about it at school? Well, they sat and discussed homeschool curriculums.
|1983--the same group plus a few more girls and all the boys|
Kathryn once put ketchup in a teacher's shoes.
Alton K. once dumped a bottle of glue in Kathryn's hair.
When this bunch was about 16 years old, five of them went to the coast overnight and rented a condo. Without adults or cell phones. None of them would e.v.e.r. let their daughters do the same.
I'm sure they could have dredged up dreadful stories of the things I did as their teacher, but they were very kind. I told them how I finally made peace with some of the inept things I did. When my daughters were that age, I suddenly realized that this is how teenagers are and this is what they do. If the school board was dumb enough to hire a 19-year-old they didn't know, then they deserved exactly what they got.
We all survived those years. They are all gracious people who can read and write and cipher. And much more.
Quote of the Day:
"True or false: Trains should be given the right of way in all situations."
--online practice driving test