7 quick takes
1. This is the latest video by my friends Levi and Jesse from Drawn from Water.
2. I walk very early in the morning around what is essentially a little treed courtyard beside my apartment. I go in circles, that way I can hear if one of the kids wakes up and needs me while I am walking.
Given the hour, I hear my neighbor's alarm clocks when they start to go off as I pass by. This has raised a question.
How on earth is it humanly possible for some people to let their alarm keep going, for 5-10-15 minutes without shutting it off? Does anyone really sleep that soundly? And even if a grown up could manage it, who are these children who aren't woken up by that sound?
My mind is completely boggled.
3. I was due this month. The realization has crept up on me. I have crying fits all over again. This is all I'm going to write about it because I would prefer not to write long mournful posts on the subject. Though I think it's partly to blame for yesterday's sad mournful post about the Girl. November might be sad. You have been warned.
4. I'm almost finished with a children's book I'm writing. I love, love, love it. I also love that my SIL is illustrating it. It is an attempt to show small girls that real beauty comes from the heart, in a way that will engage even very small brains. We have plans for a series. You can be sure to hear more about that as time goes by.
5. I have mice. I caught a glimpse of one on Friday, sneaking along my kitchen floor. My first thought was, "That must be an exceptionally large spider over there that I saw it moving from over here... oh crap that is gray and furry, it's disappearing behind the trash can, find it, get it out NOW!!!" Then I dumped an almost sleeping Little on the couch while I went on a rampage behind the trash can. But of course, it was no where to be found.
I figure the colder weather drove it indoors. Though it's not cold enough that my patio door next to my kitchen where it came in was closed mid afternoon. Pest control arrives tomorrow. In one week it has managed to poop all over the cupboard under my sink, on all my clean towels of course, gnaw a hole in the base board next to the dishwasher, and wreak havoc on my sanity.
I want it gone! But I don't want it poisoned, because I have visions of it creeping somewhere completely inaccessible before it dies and smelling the rotting carcass for months on end. And I don't like glue traps because I don't want to find a mouse, dead, alive, or half dead in one of those. I will ask the pest control people if they come back to check the traps, in which case, I'll just do my best to pretend I don't know about them.
6. Sorry, this one is about mice too. I worked in a greenhouse one winter of my college days. They left poison out to control the mouse problem so every so often we would find dead mice between the rows. The mice we found were all deer mice, which are known carriers of the hantavirus. There was a protocol for disposing of the corpses that involved putting on mask and gloves, disposing of mouse, disposing of mask, and finally tossing the gloves so as to not get sick. I was the one to deal with every dead mouse found on my shift. My co workers were too squeamish. Lest you think that any of my previous comments on the subject are indicative of general ladylike delicacy. I am rarely ladylike. I, alas, do not faint either, except once, from blood loss in childbirth, which was in itself not very ladylike at all. Womanly, but not ladylike.
I just found out that there is an entire free Charlotte Mason Curriculum at Ambleside Online, using mostly books that are available for free download as well. How cool. Especially for someone who wants to home school but worries about the cost. If you don't know about Charlotte Mason they tell you about her teaching philosophy as well. Hers was the idea that young minds should be stimulated, with real literature, the outdoors, discussion, etc. There's a whole lot more to it than that and you can find it if you're interested.
HT to Notable Blogger
As always, thanks Jen@Conversion Diary for hosting these.