He opened it and promptly pronounced: “You’re going to be jealous!” He was right. Read it carefully and you can find a bilingual twist!
Not only can this girl write, she’s also learning to ice skate!
…has not been the greatest day in my life, but we did enjoy a short walk during lunch hour at the local Audubon center (after driving back to Mt. Lebanon retreat center to fetch Gary’s missing purple sweater). Recently they’ve done away with their fees, and now we can just stop by whenever. We saw these shy trout lilies and a Carolina Wren was hopping around the exposed roots of this tree.
In other news, we caught another mouse. Ugh. This time with Honey Nut Cheerios in a snap trap.
Rachel is on spring break next week. No big plans, but we’ll try to find some fun things to do. Probably we’ll all go see the new Son of God movie. Tomorrow she and I may go see Peter Pan put on by the local community college musical theater.
The Ethnologue is continuing to drag us down. So, so many details to get right, not just for the content, but also for print-on-demand books, implementing a feedback mechanism on the upgraded website, and getting lots of people to do their parts to make it happen at the same time.
We got our monthly paycheck today and found one of our churches missing. Hope that was just a temporary oversight!
I’ve gotten a few photos recently from Portland. I sure miss those babies!
In other news, Gary plods away at programming for the Ethnologue, trying to write a procedures manual as he goes along. Just in case he gets hit by a semi crossing Camp Wisdom. This project is somewhat discouraging because if this were his only full-time job, he would still not be able to stick to the deadlines. Sigh.
I finished Rachel’s income tax return and she is due for a nice little refund. Now to start on our own…
We still have mice. Rats, really. Or maybe just very healthy mice. So far, we’ve killed 4 of them and we still have them. There are holes in our house where they are getting in and I suppose they are multiplying inside the house as well. Might have to reconsider getting a cat… BTW, the internet is full of suggestion as to what to do with a rat that is stuck, still fully alive, to a glue trap. AAArrrgh! I’m not buying any more of those, even though they work. I ended up forgoing the gun method, stepping on them method, running over them with your car method, gassing them with chloroform method, in favor of simply drowning them in a bucket of water. Yuck!
…and I’m not sure who’s winning.
I’ve transferred a few items into gallon-sized glass jars with metal lids. I wonder if they will drill through those?!?
This weekend I’m working on cleaning up after the rats, and getting them out of my house. One at a time.
Just did a careful vacuuming of the storage room/sewing room/library–yuck. We know of a couple places the rats and mice are getting in. If the Ethnologue would ever get finished, maybe somebody would have time to fix the holes? Which reminds me, I wish I had taken a carpentry class somewhere along the way! Most of my carpentry training was in Jungle Camp when we made, appropriately enough, rat-proof boxes.
In other news, the weather has been great, but they say we’re getting more cold. We have had wild temperature swings all winter. The front yard has been mowed already and now we’re expecting another freeze on Monday.
Rachel and I went to see The Magic Flute at UTArlington last night. Opera is not really my thing, but the principle magic flute player is a friend and former pianist at our church.
Yesterday after church Gary and I drove to White Rock Lake for a few hours of birding. The weather was nice, this is a time when the birds are starting to migrate, and Gary needed a break from two solid weeks of meetings. We saw 35 species. The most unusal was a Mute Swan which someone had released as a pet last October and it has since made its home at this lake. Please also note the pretty 15 year old Hispanic girl–when the weather is nice there is always one taking photos by the water for her quinceañera! AS always, click on the photos for a closer look.
I still want to blog about our big retreat we had last week, but I’m not quite ready. In the mean time, I’m trying to clean out my inbox and I’ve found a few more cute photos to share. The first one was a sweet photo sent for Valentine’s Day. I just love how much Micah seems to like his sister.
I can hardly believe this video, but have a look yourself. Micah seems to already be sounding out words! It is only 15 seconds long, so you might want to watch it twice. Or 50 times, like I did. Click on this link, which goes to the video that David posted –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlUAb0TwiYg
Isabella lost another tooth. I wonder if her friends at “Polar Bear School” have noticed? (She called me last week to say that school had been canceled due to snow, but that she was still going to Polar Bear School, which turned out to be the after-school program that she attends.
In other news, last week was crazy busy for both me and Gary, but this week only for Gary. He had all-day meetings M-W, and now tonight he’s off to an off-site retreat for two more full days of meetings in Waxahachie. In the mean time I’m working on more bibliography items for the Ethnologue and taking care of finance matters relating to last week. I’m also preparing cakes for two different baby showers on Saturday.
Today was my last chance to contribute to this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count, so I took the entire afternoon off and went to the park. The weather has turned gorgeous, and Gary had a business dinner, so I didn’t rush home. I wasn’t the only one with this idea. It is not usually this crowded on a Monday, but today was a holiday for some folks. Line ahead of me and line behind me.