Thursday, January 27, 2005

52 more days until....

Yes, that's right - I counted. I am *done* with these single digit temps.

All of the kids have drippy nose colds. Let's hope they don't progress into something worse, especially for the boys. I packed the neubulizer away several weeks ago since we haven't used it in months. Of course, I probably just jinxed myself.

There isn't much else to report. The boys are playing with their blocks (trying to keep the dogs from knocking them over) and the girls are working on lessons. I am going to get another cup of coffee and join them.

Have a great day! Love to all.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Well, I could do that!

Weather people. What's up with their vagueness? All day we have had radio/TV breaks warning us of a winter storm tonight. We are told, "Expect hail, ice, snow or freezing rain this evening. We are anticipating 3-10 inches."
Umm. Thanks for that distinct clarification there, Mr. Sunshine.

Here is my rendition. "Look folks. We live in NE Indiana. It is winter time. Expect winter weather. It could be a lot. It could be a little. Be careful."

To simple, huh? ::: shoulder shrug :::::

Surprisingly, there isn't much more going on these days. We are staying busy with lessons, activities, church and work. The kids are all doing well.

For those reading, please stay in touch. We miss you.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Mourning on Monday

Well, no Superbowl for the Indy Colts. So close, yet so far away. Better luck next year guys!

As most of you may (or may not) know...Indiana is sports obsessed. For some folks, it is their religion. And no, I'm not kidding.

I got to thinking this morning, in between shivering (-2 when I woke up) and making breakfast -- on some of the interesting facets to living in Hoosier-land.

1. Sports. They are a good thing. Especially football and basketball. The Indy Colts are loved, but IU, Notre Dame and Purdue are put on a pedestal (by a lot of people).
2. Nascar. I don't get the whole driving in circles "thing" but plenty of other folks do.
Most folks fly an American flag on the porch, Hoosiers fly a #3 flag, or some other display similar to it.
3. Mulch. Yes, I said mulch. The broken up wood. It is a science here. The more mulch you can put in your yard, the better. Don't have time to run to Meijer? That's okay. The gas stations sell it too. Yes, really.
(my husband has taken to this Hoosier standard -- he buys massive quantities of it each spring)
4. Back to Nascar. Lots of drivers on the 69/469 loop think they are practicing for the Indy 500. Stay off that part of the highway late at night.
5. Fried foods. Everywhere. Frozen foods. Everywhere. They might has well add a separate food group for this part of the United States. Anyplace that sells deep fried candy bars has issues. That's my opinion.
6. Roadkill. Enough said.
7. The weather. It's bizarre. Don't like it right now? Wait 10 minutes. It will change.
8. You can ask 5 different Indiana residents what the word, "Hoosier" means and you will get 5 different answers.
9. Don't ask us what time it is anywhere but here. We don't know, especially around time changes (we don't do time changes)
10. If you want a friendly neighbor or hard workers -- come to Indiana. We've got those qualities down to a science!

Have a great day!

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Thursday chat

Hello from wacky weather central, aka - Indiana.
Yesterday we saw temps in the mid 60's. In the dead of winter! Incredible.
We had thunderstorms last night. If I didn't know better, I would have thought it was April instead.

Our regular Thursday morning activity (homeschool gm) was canceled. The church had flooding problems. Gracie went over to a friend's house this morning. I will pick her up later, on the way to taking Sarah to gymnastics.

Last night was kick-off for Friends, our Midweek program at church. It went well. We were averaging about 27 kids a week prior to the new program. Last night? There were 40! I was thrilled, but taken off guard.
I found a few tiny holes that need to be filled, in regard to scheduling, but overall -- it was successful.

Jeff had his annual physical this morning. I tell ya. For a man that works in the healthcare field, you would think he would understand the importance of regular check-ups? Not so. Getting him to see a doctor is like giving a cat a bath. He went though. He is fine. Thank you, God.

Well, the sky just went dark. Here comes more rain. Our poor rivers are about to burst.
Oh, and tomorrow -- our high should be a whopping 15. Big difference from the spring like weather over the past couple days. I expect colds from the kids within in the week. Too many weather changes.

Take care.

Monday, January 10, 2005

It never rains in So. California....:::Sing with me::::::

HA. Guess the song isn't true lately, huh?

I've heard from family and friends in California. The basic sentiment? Rain, rain, go away.
And the snow in the mountains?! Ekk. Even the most dedicated skier is calling truce.
Stay safe out that way!!

Of course, I watch the weather with concern. For them, and for us.
The weather they are having now will most likely become our weather in a few days.
We just melted our way through a pretty bad ice storm. I prefer not to go through that again.
Not only is it cold, dangerous and isolating (we can't really go anywhere) -- but it is causes some major flooding this way. Right now, the Ohio river is dangerously high.
Fort Wayne is the center of 3 different rivers. When a river starts to rise at quick levels, we pay attention.

Oh, may I take a moment to RAH-RAH for the Indy Colts?! Are they on fire or what?! Go team, go! Ha. You thought Hoosiers only cared about Nascar or basketball, didn't you?
(and for the record, this Hoosier does not care about Nascar or basketball.....I should get my walking papers from the state any day now......)

With that, I better scoot. The kids are done with breakfast and we have a mountain of lessons to get through. Stay warm Stay dry. Stay safe!


P.S. Bahahahahaha! When I performed a spell check -- the computer pulled up Hoosier and Nascar. They aren't in the dictionary for the sytem. For Hoosier it asked if I meant, "Hooker" and for Nascar it asked if I meant, "mascara".
What does that say about this state? Ohh...deep thoughts.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Well, you know the weather is bad....

.....when your pastor calls and cancels midweek services. No church tonight.

All of our afternoon activities were canceled as well (English co-op, violin and ballet).

The hail is just pouring from the sky. It is sticking to the ground and turning into sheets of ice.
We are under a winter storm advisory until tomorrow morning.
Driving is a literal nightmare. I am happy to stay home.

We were supposed to kick-off Friends, our children's program tonight. I am sad that it has to wait, but also a bit relieved. Not only is the weather bad, but I wanted to complete a couple more things before kick-off. Now I have time!

For those in cold/wet/snowy/icy places -- stay warm and be careful!


Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Back to the grind

I sure did enjoy our Christmas break. We have been away from scheduled activities for 2 weeks. My van has been sitting in the driveway more than usual, that's for sure.
We also took some time away from lessons, with the exception of bible and quiet reading.

We picked the books back up yesterday. The kids, while a bit restless, seemed to settle back in with no problems.

Today we have swim team. The kids love it. I don't. It is just a hard time. The boys are tired and have to wait around for an hour, in the hard bleachers, with not a whole lot to do.
They can only listen to so many books before they want to get up and move around.

Tomorrow is co-op/ballet and violin. We also kick off our new children's ministry program at church (evening). We are excited to get everything started, but I admit to feeling some nerves as well. Thankfully, we have some very dedicated teachers. They make things easier for me. I just have to coordinate everything from the sidelines.

Well, time to start the day. The kids are done with breakfast and are upstairs getting dressed. I will finish my coffee and pull out the books.

Stay warm and dry! Tons of rain out this way. I'd rather have snow. (yes - honest).