Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
It is fruit season again in Washington. That means for me time to drag out the dehydrator. So far I have managed to dry cherries and apricots. Now my counter is full of apples. Unfortunately this week is full of activities so I probably won't get to them until next week.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
At first, Bonnie figured that she would just get a sub and everything would be okay. She has learned that getting a sub is not that easy. Finally, on Friday of last week she had to confront her manager on whether or not he had looked at the availability sheet and found out he has NEVER looked at it!!!!! NEVER!!!!
So here we are today. She informed her manager that she could not make it in at 8am but would be in as soon as her class was over. That means, she is gonna try to get out of class early, I have to leave work, and we have to rush there all because someone is not doing there job.
Raves....I am making money$$$$ ...I don't know if that is a rave or not, but so far I have been able to sell items for my brother-in-law's Sports Liquidation store on Ebay. It is not a whole lot of money yet, but I am working out all of the kinks and supposedly this winter I should be doing a lot of business selling skis, boots, snowboards, etc. It is fun to hear the cha-ching alarm go off on my ipad informing me I just made money. lol....I might even start putting my own stuff out there like all of my leftover homeschool supplies.
Whatever else...Not much else. The fires here in Washington have been big news. Unfortunately, the news broadcasters keep leading people to believe that Leavenworth is on fire and closed to travelers. NOT true! Our house guest told us that her hometown newspaper in Olympia stated that Leavenworth was on fire. We are not! Yes, there is a fire in the Tumwater Canyon and Yes, a section of Hwy 2 is closed but you can get in and out of town and the fire is not threatening to us. We don't even have smoke and ash anymore. So feel free to visit. In fact, it is raining today. A nice gentle rain. The fires in our area should be out soon.
Times up...gotta go get the girl....
Friday, July 18, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I left both Todd and Brian sleeping and came into the church office. There really isn't anything to do here. The bulletin is up to speed for next Sunday and church bills are paid, so I am catching up on facebook and blogging. I will probably head downstairs and begin setting up for a memorial service that is scheduled for Friday.
As Todd and Brian process the events of these past few weeks, I am praying for Spiritual guidance for Todd as he has many things he wants to implement in our church and improve on in his pastorate. I am also praying for my teenage son to let the Holy Spirit work in his life. To submit to God's authority and let Him be in charge. Right now, he is still fighting for control. I guess that is typical of a 14/15 year old young man, but I am eager to see the day when he totally surrounds to his God and Savior.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014
Bryce is at Bible camp this week, one of his favorite places. This year, however, he is at junior high camp which is quite a different experience than junior camp (grades 4-6). Campers are experiencing puberty and the pecking order is in effect.
Bonnie drove me up to camp last night for family night where we got to see Bryce, eat an awesome BBQ put on by their wonderful cook "Sweet Tea," and be entertained by all the cabins who put together skits that either summarized their week of camp or shared spiritual truths that they had learned from the week.
This week's speaker, "Zucchini", focused on technology and how it shapes our physical and spiritual lives. Based on the campers skits I think the topic was very relevant to our kids today and really challenging as well.
BTW....all that pool drama I talked about yesterday. Bonnie went over to the pool yesterday before heading up to camp. Her name was not on the schedule so I don't know what was going on yesterday. I don't think the manager has called at all to clarify with Bonnie, but Bonnie has done nothing wrong so I don't know what all that gossip was about her missing rotations, etc., There was no truth in it.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
All of that to say, there was quite a bit of drama last night. I spent quite a bit of time coaching Bonnie on how to approach her manager...how not to "throw any one under the 'bus'," ....how to be respectful and Christ honoring in this situation. Believe me, I want to get involved, but feel that if Bonnie wants to take on an "adult" job she has to handle these situations on her own. I will be on the sidelines coaching, but I won't be helicoptering.
So, Bonnie has the day off today...she was scheduled to work in Cashmere, but they had to close the pool today for maintenance reasons, i.e. someone pooped in the pool. This will give her the opportunity to go to the Leavenworth pool and try to figure out what happened.
I don't like all of this drama, but I guess this is how we learn best.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
After I got home from picking the apricots, I realized I could make it to the water aerobics class at the pool, so I ended up over there. Boy, the water was warm. It felt nice, but with temps in the upper 90s I would have liked cooler water. This whole week we are expecting temps in the 100s. Time to get those tubes blown up, I feel a float in my future. Water aerobics, back to Cashmere to pick up Bonnie, home to eat, off to the property to get the sprinklers running, then back home to move furniture and steam clean carpets. By 10 pm, I was wrapping things up in the living room, cleaning bathrooms (all my chore people are gone, time I clean up things) and calling it a night.
Today's agenda is apricots, clean kitchen, laundry, and find some rest time. I will probably spend my evening in the garden. The weeds are taking over again. So much for a relaxing vacation.... but you know what, the best part of my week is that most of the time I am operating on my own schedule, not someone elses so it is somewhat of a break.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Once we got back home, we had an leisurely morning before she headed off to class and I headed off to church. One of our elders has taken on the task of painting the outside of our church building. Not an easy thing to do. Another lady from our congregation has volunteered to help with masking and painting trim. I joined them yesterday to help. I got the job of climbing the scaffolding to reach the windows that are two stories up and masking them off so that we don't get paint on them. Our elder is using a paint sprayer which is making the job go a lot smoother, but there is a lot of work just masking everything off. Tomorrow he paints the back side of the church and then the really hard part is getting the roof peeks that we can't reach with ladder or scaffolding. Someone, ahem... Todd, will have to harness himself to the roof and paint while standing on our hot, slick, metal roof. Temps here have been in the mid 90s so we are all pretty hot and sweaty. I think today I am going to spend the heat of the day tubing down the river if my daughter will go with me. If not, I might just head to the river and soak in the ice-cold water.
Oh...one last bit of news. I started selling sports gear on Ebay for my brother-in-law who works for a sports liquidation center. This morning I sold my first item. Yeah!!! I made about $20 on the transaction. Not bad....He said this winter when they start to sell skis and winter sports gear I should make quite a bit of money. I hope so...my kids are getting older and more expensive, plus one day I would like to build a house so the extra money is definitely needed. Plus this is a job I can do at home so it won't take me away from my family.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Saturday, July 5, 2014
|Every year we offer the kids a Hat Craft so that they can make a festive 4th of July hat to wear around town.|
|Ronald McDonald always shows up to join the fun. We never invite him, but he comes anyways.|
|Face Painting is the MOST POPULAR tent of them all. Kids line up and wait forever to get their face painted. Those ladies never put down their brushes for four hours.|
|Bryce manning the Fishing Booth|