July 22, 2014
Gary woke up this morning with his throat half swollen shut. It has been a while since he’s had this reaction, but it pretty bad this morning. I made curry two days ago and he ate it two days in a row, and I guess it was just too much for him. We’ve self-analyzed that he is sensitive to salicylates and curry is on the top of the list of spices with them. So he has taken his benedryl and will probably fall asleep during his boss’s staff meeting which started at 8am.
While we’re grumbling about not feeling well, I will say that my broken leg isn’t broken any more but I still keep getting odd pains in my leg and foot. I wish I better understood what really happened when I broke my ankle, because it seems like lots of tendons and ligaments and muscles had to heal as well as the bone. My walking endurance isn’t very high–one lap around the mall with Rachel and I’m ready to call it quits.
In other news, I made two sets of vegan, soy-free cupcakes for a wedding last Saturday. Two sets because the first set collapsed. I tweaked the recipe for the second set and they were much better. I ended up repurposing the failed ones by filling in the cavity with too much icing and taking them to the church potluck! Those kids will eat anything sweet. The second set were ready to take to the wedding with 30 minutes to spare. And it was a lovely wedding, daughter of one of our colleagues.
In the week since my last blog I’ve received a couple cute photos from David and Sarah, but no comments included, so I don’t really know where they were taken. But it looks like they were having some fun with the other grandma.
Lastly, Andrew emailed me and said he was on his way home from Ethiopia. I haven’t heard yet that he made it, but we’be been praying for his safe travels (esp. with all the bad news we’ve been hearing about airplanes these days). I think he barely says hello to his family and then is off to Minnesota for another conference before driving to Michigan for the big upcoming birthday party.
July 16, 2014
where you are allowed to throw the peanut shells on the floor. We had taco salad and turkey BBQ sliders, fruit, veggies, and ice cream for dessert. And peanuts. Lots of them.
July 15, 2014
This isn’t the first time.
A couple days ago Rachel got an email from her mortgage company saying her account had been blocked due to three failed attempts at logging in. Well, she had not tried to log in at all and thus started a bit of detective work to find out why she got this email, who was trying to hack her, was the email an phishing attempt, and so on. An attempt to verify the phone number led to the pile of 2014 receipts where we located only one such paper from her mortgage company. Thinking it was odd that there was only one there, instead of 6 for the six months of payments made this year, we examined the paper more closely. It was dated the middle of March and it was AN ESCROW REFUND CHECK FOR $440! What?? The tiny print said “not valid if cashed over 180 days from date.”
Rachel checked–it was the 127th day! So off to the bank she went, half a mortgage payment richer than she had been a minute before.
As for the rest of the story, she did eventually get a hold of a real human at the mortgage company who said that it looked like there was another person with a very similar username, and that is how the three failed attempts had come about. If some other Rachel out there had not forgotten her username, our Rachel would never had found the check. God works in mysterious ways!
July 13, 2014
First of all, how about a cute Emma video, just 45 seconds long. She’s such a cutie!
Second, here is a short video of Micah, painting with a couple marbles. I think we have a marble painting of David’s somewhere in the scrap books.
Last, here is a photo of Isabella sporting a necklace that she made herself.
July 10, 2014
Yes, always cleaning up the kitchen and the bedroom. Today’s post, however, is because I’m cleaning up some unorganized photos.
This photo was taken out of the plane window when we were just hitting the tarmac at DFW on our way home from Portland back in April. It was kinda scary to see flames and smoke so close. But then some body clued us in: this is a drill, a training exercise for DFW staff. I wonder how many times they’ve set that old plane on fire?
July 8, 2014
I’ve gotten a few cute photos of Emma recently. Her hair seems to keep getting redder!
And this might be my favorite photo, since it harkens back to her brother. And her father. And every kid who has a dishwasher in their house.
I also need to report that Emma is walking now. I’ve seen a video with a couple steps, and saw a few more when we were doing a video call with the family. Also, for those of you who know Liam, we’ve seen a video on Facebook of him first taking a few steps, then a second video of him “playing soccer,” doing so right on time for the World Cup.
July 4, 2014
Up early to go birding, trying out our new bird song recording toy. 30 species. Then to Cedar Ridge Perserve (aka Greenhills/Dallas Nature Center) for a picnic that Rachel made, including some patriotic strawberries. Then grilling at our house for dinner and some time making a puzzle. No fireworks this year except the ones on PBS. Nice day.
July 2, 2014
I had a great birthday today, starting with lots of Facebook wishes. I made myself a birthday cake which I shared with Ellen at work, accompanied by ice cream and berries supplied by Carol. There were various cards, singing to my by the choir, emails from friends, and a great assortment of gifts!
Gary got me a digital recorder and a big microphone to go with it, so we are going to try to record some bird songs.
I think the sweetest thing I got today was a video from Micah saying Happy Birthday–so cute!
June 30, 2014
Last week our Isabella turned 6. How is that possible? And more so, how is it that I have not seen her for a year? Sad.
Here is a collage of photos sent to me from her various celebrations. Click for a larger view so you can see the individual photos
June 29, 2014
A few more vacation posts. Rachel and I spent a day at the very cool Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas. We parked in their lot under an elevated freeway. I think there were a total of 6 levels including birds, dinosaurs, minerals, biology, physics and a children’s area. And a reasonably priced cafeteria and also a theater with a 3-D movie about butterflies.
Here is the link to another album. There are some short videos at the end–I hope they play. Remember to click below, then view the album in slideshow mode to get big photos.