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Presidents, Tummy-Aches, and the Unreasonable Ones


Oh, where to start? It’s been an eventful few days.

Well, I think Lizzie has the stomach flu. For her to topple is really something else. In the nearly 5 years she’s been mine she has only ever thrown up one time and that was a 24 hour bug. Even now, she’s not what I call typically sick. Since yesterday afternoon she’s been complaining of stomach pain. But she isn’t spewing, nothing coming out the other end, no fever – just tummy pain and lethargy. I think she woke up about 5 times last night wandering into my room to tell me her stomach hurt. Ellie reported that Lizzie kept trying to crawl into bed with her, too, last night. So, anyway, when I took the others to school today I reported her absence to the secretary who asked, conversationally, what was going on. I told her I wasn’t really sure, but described the symptoms. The secretary then nodded and told me the stomach flu was making the rounds at school Great!

I think we all need to be using copious amounts of wha…

Ice, Paint, and Fleas


I was never so glad to wake up and see my alarm clock numbers as I was this morning. An ice storm came through last night and I was very concerned that we were going to lose power. In fact, I even submitted all my assignments due today and tomorrow yesterday evening just in case that was to happen. Of course, it would have been nice to discover this a little bit later. My chiropractor called me at 7:40 to cancel David’s appointment because he said he couldn’t even get out to his car in this ice. I couldn’t get back to sleep after that.

Over the weekend, knowing this storm was coming, I had Will show me how to use our kerosene heater. Paul bought that thing in ’06 (I found the original paperwork) but we quickly found out it wasn’t working any more. We only ever used it once. In ’07, we lost power for several days. I remember because Sam was a newborn and we parked him in front of that heater. He had just gotten home from the hospital a couple of weeks before that after g…

Things that Break and Kids that Grow


Have you ever realized what a pretty word, “January” is when written out, particularly in script? That struck me this morning as I looked at my new Mary Engelbreit calendar in the kitchen. There’s a little bit of J and Y above the line, all the in-between letters are the same height, and then the J and Y both dip down below. That pleases me aesthetically!

The weather – not so much. It is bitterly cold out and there’s not even snow to even compensate – just icky brown ground. Of course, there’s no ice on the roads, which is a plus. But if we had a snowstorm I’d have a good reason to stay home in my warm house.

And my house is warm again…$600 later. It took me over 12 hours last week to realize that I had no heat. Fortunately, it wasn’t as cold then as it is now. I didn’t know who to call. I’ve had one of Paul’s old co-workers doing furnace and AC checks for me, but I was pretty sure he was on call for his regular job. So, I went with the recommendation from a pastor f…