Saturday, February 18, 2006

Up, Down, All Around

Joke of the day:

The church had an aging pastor. He got this new glasses with
lined bifocals as the congregation would not afford no-line bifocal lenses for him.The Sunday morning he came wearing this new pair of bifocals for the sermon. The lower reading portion of the glasses improved his reading, but the top portion of the glasses didn't work so well. In fact he was experiencing dizziness every time he looked through them or switched from lower reading lenses to upper distance lenses. Worried about his job, he apologized to the congregation and said, "I hope you
will excuse my continually removing my glasses. You see when I look down I can see fine, but when I look at you, it makes me sick."

tee hee hee

Rant of the Day: I have springfeveritis -- cabin fever-- lack of sunlight infliction -- mild seasonal depression -- whatever you want to call it. Today sucked and I couldn't even get myself too excited over the "troll" visiting my favorite homeschool HAUNT. I was feeling icky all week but I think this darned cold snap really snapped me.

So...tomorrow I'm going to get my butt up, shower immediately, hit a friendly mart store and get a full spectrum light.

This garbage has been cyclical since I moved to Minnesota. Just another reason I don't care for Minnesota -- lack of sunshine.

OH -- if anyone ever tells you that Minnesota's motto is Minnesota Friendly -- don't believe them. Maybe in the twin cities where there are more people, but small-town Minnesota -- forget about it. Rude, rude, rude.

Happy Thought for the Day: My sister is alive and well, her family is safe, even the poodle.

My sister and family just built a big, beautiful home in Colorado. A couple of days ago, a wildfire burned over 700 acres coming up on their property. The fence separating her house from the neighbors burned. She was extremely fortunate that they were the only home that did not get smoke damage.

She was doing her taxes and there was a loud knock at the door. It was a deputy telling her to prepare to evacuate. She put the dog in the car and her taxes in the car, went to the bedroom to pack a change of clothes and then another knock at the door. It was the deputy telling her to get out NOW. She grabbed her suitcase which only contained a change of clothes for her, and out she went. There was zero visibility on the road and she was scared she was going to hit a firetruck. She was amazed at how fast the fire spread because she had just looked out the window and saw smoke far away. They were let back in later that evening. Only a few trees on her property were charred.

Thank you fire fighters, deputies, and anyone involved in saving the 12 houses in the fire's path.

Today, a few days later, they are still putting out hot spots on their property. Scary.

Moral of the story: Don't burn your trash. This fire was caused by someone who burned their garbage a few days earlier and didn't put dirt on it when they were done. High winds scattered the debris and there were burning embers still that started the fire.

This is a photo of the fire -- her house is behind the flames.


BridgetJ said...

Oy! I'm so glad your sister's house is ok. Some fools don't give a second thought to lighting fires in the winter; thinking it's too damp to spread. Not.

I hope you get up and out today and feel the sunshine on your face. I lived in Shoreview, MN as a child and remember the long, dreary winters. I also remember the ubiquitous mosquitoes in the fall. I must say I don't miss it.

Are you starting BCM tomorrow? We are going to finish a little more Abeka and work the Key to Percents before we start. Let me know how it goes. I'd love to see a list of all the curriculum you use. It seems our paths are similar.

Now get out into that sunshine!

Peace, BridgetJ

BridgetJ said...

I just peeped at your classroom photos and have to say they are great! I wish I had a room like that. The chair in the corner looks so inviting.

Your son's bed looks like my son's. He's on a bunkbed and I really have no idea what is up there with him. I just know there is a TON of stuffed animals. Sometimes I see Yugi-oh cards or Star Wars men falling through the cracks. Boys. I don't know how he sleeps with all that stuff up there.

Anonymous said...

Wow, glad everything is OK with your sister's family and house. Somehow I missed the news of all that!

We're starting BCM Monday! We'll have to compare notes along the way.

G. in CO