Friday August 24, 2007

     Just popping in quickly, and very late, tonight for a quick hello.  Hello!  I’ve been on my little lap top computer a lot today, and my eyes are very weary.  It’s much too late to try to upload and edit pictures.  I know you’ll understand.  (Corin does have a few pictures posted from today under her pics of their trip to the fair!)

     The dishwasher is in!  My husband was not able to install it last night afterall; but you know, I really think it was the Lord’s doing.  Do you look for His hand in the little things in your day?  He is there all the time.  Sometimes we see His hand mightily working some big work in our lives, and other times He is more like a little breath of fresh air on a hot, hot day.  Yesterday was like that.  My husband worked an overtime shift yesterday.  It should have been twelve hours, but it turned out to be more than thirteen hours.  They were very slow sending his relief to the facility that he worked yesterday.  He didn’t come in the door until well past 8:30! 

     It turns out that there is a tiny, little brass fitting that connects the water line to the dishwasher.  When he took out the old dishwasher, that itty-bitty piece remained on the old machine, which was, of course, hauled off by the delivery men!!  I really and truly think that it was a blessing because I know that my husband was tired after such a long shift.  When Dani went to the hardware store today to buy a new fitting, the man laughed when she told him what had happened.  Apparently “everybody” sends off that little fitting with the old, broken machine.  My husband came home tonight then, after a short little twelve hour shift , and spent a couple of hours installing the new machine.  It’s so pretty!  My old one was black, and I really like the look of the crisp, new white one in my kitchen! 

     Corin and the grandbabies came today for our Library Day.  We were running late and still eating lunch when they came, so I let the kids pick today’s books to read.  My William chose Dr. Seuss’ Hop on Pop (of all things!), my five year old grandson chose Arthur’s New Puppy and the four year old chose The Three Little Pigs.  I wasn’t too wild, I’ll admit, to have those three chosen; but it really did work out so nicely.  We laughed and laughed at Hop on Pop!  I know it’s silly, but it’s wonderful silliness to read aloud to a young crowd!  The four year old and I found it extremely funny on a couple of occasions!  No one was too thrilled with Arthur, but we all enjoyed The Three Little Pigs very much!  My granddaughter thought that I was very silly huffing and puffing and puffing and huffing to blow in that third little pig’s brick house!  This fun little Disney version includes the famous “Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf” ditty at the end, which I joyfully sang to my four little ones (the three older grands and my Will).  They don’t mind at all thay my voice is not too great. 

     We didn’t have many takers for the pool this afternoon, and the ones that did take a dip were soon out.  They all dried off and we came back into the cool house and had our ice creams.  I love having a special treat here with the grandbabies on Thursdays!  I’ll have to think of something very unique and yummy to have for them on Thursdays when the weather turns cool.  I did get a fair amount of cuddle time with my youngest little granddaughter.  It’s hard to believe that she is almost three months old!  She had a bit of a tummy upset today, but I was able to pat quite a few burps out of her and then she settled in for a short nap in my arms before they had to leave.    

     The rest of my day today, outside of laundry and the normal straightening, etc. was spent working some more on my planning.  Here is what I finished today: 
     New chore lists for all three kids (we’ll start the new lists on Monday)
     I reworked my own daily and weekly chore lists a bit, too
     I got all of the kids chores entered into my planner on my computer
     I finished up our daily school schedule
     I finished up our weekly school schedule
     The new daily and weekly school schedules have been entered into my planner on my computer
     Firmed up what I want to do for our morning time together
     Firmed up what I want to do in a little bit of one on one time each day with each of my sons
     I faxed in my order for the rest of our school materials

    I did a bit of work on these things, too:
     Tweaking our family weekly schedule to reflect our Thursday Library Day and our every other Friday shopping trip
     Started entering my new schedule, for the things I must do, into my planner on my computer
     Deleting out of date entries on my planner (I love that “delete all occurrences” feature!)
     Selecting and refining an assignment sheet that I want to use with Aaron this fall

     Oh, the grape harvest has begun!  Dani heard the first of the machinery rolling down our road Tuesday night quite late.  Her bedroom is at the front of the house, so she hears the machinery no matter what.  Last night, as I was just finishing up reading a couple of your blogs, she called out, “Here they come!”.  She and I raced out to the front porch to watch them pass by.  Not half an hour later, another large group passed by, this time in the opposite direction!  I’ve not seen any during the day, yet, to take pictures for you; but I just re-read a post I did last year on the grape harvest and it’s all still true today!   

     Tomorrow is our shopping Friday.  I really must get to bed or I will be dragging all over town tomorrow.  We always have a fast food lunch out on our shopping Friday (not too frugal, I know, but it’s what we do), and I had promised my children last time that if the new Chick Fil A was open we’d go.  They opened today, and Dani said they were packed when she went by on her way to the hardware store.  Oh, my….well, I did promise…….

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27

      

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3 comments to Friday August 24, 2007

  • Hello Cheryle. I just wanted to drop by and thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope you continue to enjoy your visits.  I had a quick look around ehre and I love the willow tree photo of your chickens.  What a lovely place for them.  It looks pretty hot there. No doubt the hot weather will catch up with us soon. I’m enjoying the last few weeks of winter here.

    I hope you got your dishwasher in.

    Warmly, Rhonda Jean

  • A Chick-Fil-A??? Oh, please tell me where!! We LOVED Chick-Fil-A when we went on vacation on the east coast!

    Yvonne :o)

    P.S. I met you in person at the VHE convention. I am a friend of Jean H.’s and just love reading your blog!

  • Yvonne – I e-mailed you through your HSB blog!