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Archive for June, 2007

rambling thoughts

So who has checked out Google Earth for the first time? Did you like it?

Who has great 4th of July plans? We have plans for the evening but nothing for the day time, except to grill hotdogs, per the girls request.

Who has had three really bad nights sleep in a row? I have.

So yesterday I was watching the girls play in the backyard and what a saw were two bicycles parked side by side and with a pile of moss and grass and dirt behind them. Princess was scooping it up with a pitchfork and holding her nose and saying “that stinks”. I died laughing when I realized what they were doing. The bikes were horses and she was mucking out the stable. What a hoot. Well, I guess when you can’t have a horse you do the next best thing.

I finished a book tonight that wiped me out. It is called Saint Ben by John Fischer. It was a really good book but with a very sad ending that had me literally sobbing. Now my eyes are puffy and I can’t see straight. Now I am reading the sequel called “The Saints’ and Angels’ Songs”. I have been reading a lot of books lately, mostly because there is nothing on tv worth watching.

Still plugging away at school. We will take a break when our exchange student gets here. We will be participating in many of the field trips and activities. We are all looking forward to it because it will be like having a vacation without leaving our home. It will be much cheaper too.

My struggle of the week: discontent

Susan

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A new toy on my computer

OK, I am probably a little late on this but have you all seen Google Earth? If not, then you must download this right now. It is the coolest thing ever. You can type in an address and watch the earth zoom in until you see the exact address you type in. I can see the top of my house and most of my friends’ houses. I typed in the location I nannied in England and sure enough the little village popped up. We are getting our Chinese exchange student and was able to put in her city and get a feel for what it looks like, from the top of course. I have been trying to get the Great Wall of China to show but I have had a hard time finding it. The location doesn’t seem to focus enough to see it. Type in Washington and zoom in to the top of Mt. St. Helen’s and see it’s top blown off. I can locate where hubby and I were standing when we climbed it 12 years ago. (a story for another day) I can see my moms house and the little town hubby grew up in. Well, you get the picture. This is just fun stuff and I know it is going to add a little excitement to our school day.

Susan

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Will this day never end?

It was the never ending day.  We got up early to go to the early service so the girls could attend Sunday School.  We usually go to the late service in which there is no SS, because we can’t seem to get up early enough, but since the girls really want to attend SS we are making a grand effort to be at church on time.  So, up at 7:30, church by 9:00, home by 11:00.  Then what?  Nothing!  Fiddle here, pull weeds there, read a book, watch tv, eat, eat some more and on and on and on. It felt like the day would never end.  I know I should rejoice in the day that the Lord has made, but honestly I was just tired of today.  It’s nearly over and I am going to bed. Hoping for not such a long day tomorrow.

Susan

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Vacation with China

This summer is a little different than in the past. Usually we have at least one vacation that we are planning and looking forward to. However this year my husband does not have any vacation time due to a recent job change. I have felt just a bit disappointed and I know the girls are too since we all hear about where our friends are going. The Lord knows this and he has provided a way for us to experience a different culture without leaving the comfort of our home. In two weeks we will be taking in a Chinese exchange student, a 13 year old little girl. She will be with us for two weeks to learn about America and its customs. She will spending time in classes during the day learning and experiencing life here. We will get to join her and all the other kids coming in their activities. Not only will she get to learn about us but we will get to learn about her and her life back home. The girls are very excited and I am thrilled with the cultural experience they will be exposed to. So while we are not going on an exotic vacation we will be having China come visit us.

Susan

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Today I am back

I have no idea why my internet connection is working today.  Maybe it takes three days after rebooting it?  I was on the phone for 45 minutes with techie people trying to figure out why I wasn’t connecting. They determined that my modem was broken.  Today however as I was listening to my itunes I noticed my email popping up. Lo and behold I am online.  Go figure.  Who knows what tomorrow will bring. Today, we do research on changing internet providers. We need to find a way to cut our costs down and I know I can find it cheaper, although it still must be fast.  I am a bit spoiled that way. Once you get hi-speed, it is nearly impossible to go back.

On another note- the weather is beautiful, the garden is still alive and I am working on small cleaning/organizing projects around the house. It sure feels good to get some stuff taken care of/put away/thrown out!

Susan

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FYI

Hello Everyone,

Susan called me this morning and asked me to let you all know that she is having some computer issues, basically at this point she has no Internet at all. She is working to get it fixed but in the meantime, if you haven’t heard back from her via e-mail or wonder why she hasn’t blogged, that would be why.

I know Susan relies on the computer for a variety of reasons so let’s pray that this problem gets fixed quickly.

Jodi (a.k.a. literarygirl)

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New craft

My birthday present (a few posts down) inspired me in my decision to make a gift for my friend’s birthday. I saw several similar to this at a store and I thought it wouldn’t be that difficult to make one. After selecting a pasage (which I found also at a store and copied) I selected the paper. I printed the words on my printer, layered the papers and cut to size to fit a 10 x 10 black picture frame. I also used metal photo corners. It was a fine line between keeping it elegant and creating something gaudy. I really like they way this turned out and hope to make one for myself with paper that fits my house a little better. Who knows maybe some of my other friends will be receiving one too.

Susan

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