Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Trial and Error

"There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something.  You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always the something you were after."
J.R.R. Tolkien

So, what else is there to do when it is 3 million degrees outside, in the shade?  Play in the bathtub, of course!  The boys spent a good deal of the afternoon giving their Lego boats a try.  Aidan's boat, above, utilizes some pontoons (wine corks) for better flotation.  He came up with the clever idea of making special compartments for them below the boat after ruminating over the failure of his last endeavor, which used rubber bands to attach the pontoons.  We worked on the construction together and, believe you me, my brain was most definitely challenged by the idea.  There was a lot of assembling and disassembling before the final product was produced.  Something is still not right as, once floating, it likes to roll over on one side.  We're still scratching our heads on that one but now Aidan has something else to think on for awhile.

Twenty years from now, when they are engineers for some big think tank, I hope they will remember this day in the tub.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window...  the still, dead air of a very hot August day.

I am thinking...  that it doesn't help anyone or anything to long for different circumstances.

I am thankful for...  blessed, heavenly air-conditioning.

From the learning rooms...  today was devoted to the reading of tales...Harry Potter, Hank the Cowdog, the daily comics...

From the kitchen...  our first canteloupes of the season (yeah!).  They are large and beautiful and juicy and delicious.

I am wearing...  shorts and a tank top, my summer uniform, evidently.

I am creating...  photographs that have depth and beauty.

I am going...  to my hometown this weekend for my 20th high school reunion.  Thankfully, I am more excited than apprehensive.  I guess I have matured a bit since those days.

I am reading...  The Art of Mending, by Elizabeth Berg, as well as numerous resources for nature journaling.

I am hoping...  for a "settling" into gently organized routines that allow for flexibility yet provide some security.

I am hearing...  the rattling of a rawhide bone being flung across my kitchen floor.  It is the perfect distraction for a dog that demands much.

Around the house...  there are strewn Legos, books, balsa wood airplanes, newspapers, and vine ripened tomatoes.

One of my favorite things...  is peanut butter with crackers or apples for a morning snack.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  to bake lemon tea cakes and banana bread, make some homemade salsa and carefully organize "stuff" for two separate family trips.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

The chickens are trying to find shade anywhere they can.  With a heat index of 110, who can blame them?
From The Simple Woman's Daybook