27 August 2016


I've neglected my blog of late.  We've had a busy month and my parents came to visit for a while.  My dad even taught some of the children a bit about fencing!  He did very well in competitions years ago.

I haven't seen my parents in years and I asked what they'd like to do for dinner when they came by.  The answer was that just sandwiches would be great, so I went to the local deli and bought a bunch of stuff Wednesday night for their Friday visit. 

Probably the only (relatively) safe choice.
Turns out my parents weren't very hungry after we got all the fixings out.  I went off to have a sandwich myself later on and found the meat I had bought was rancid, smelly and slimy!  I could've killed them or something.  They said they didn't notice... but after that fiasco I bought only the plastic-y meats from the fridge case.  Can't be too careful.  Thankfully I got the $14 I paid for that putrid turkey back.  Blehh, we'll have ham for Thanksgiving instead, I'm thinking.

How embarrassing. But it was nice to catch up with them. 

Another thing that's been going on is that we've been scooting off to a local community center each week for art classes.  Soon PE will be happening as well.

The middle two boys are back in school again.  Emperor is a freshman and this is his first year going to school all day long.  So far I think it's been going on.  At least I haven't received any phone calls, except for one from the school counsellor, asking me how I thought things were going.  I thought that was a very nice touch.  The school has over 1700 students, so to receive a call just for him when nothing is wrong or pressing is a sweet gesture.

The other thing that's been going on is that each week we take one of our neighbours out.  Mrs. P is 87 years old and doesn't drive any more.  She still has all her wits about her, though, and sees Elf at her house each week for a visit and a chat in German.  She grew up in Nazi Germany and is now a very proud American.  The littlest children call her "Oma" and she often has chocolate for them.

We're getting back into the schoolwork routine and often Woodjie will want a board game at night after dinner.  He still plays Candyland and Chutes and Ladders, but he'll also happily play Clue or Parcheesi.  Rose likes to sit and watch the game.

22 August 2016

Farrah Abraham Considers Homeschooling Her Daughter

Her seven-year-old is too sexy, too rich, too smart and everyone's just TOO jealous. OH YEAH, that's why most people homeschool, right? Her kid, her life. But I have a feeling Ms. Abraham is too lazy to follow through... she's just yapping at this point and getting a lot of attention for it.  At least this is better attention than starring in pornos and stuff like she did before.

What-evah.  All those famous people are crazy.

15 August 2016

Tea Party Math!

Mom cut out several paper pizzas in fifths.  The children decorated these and had an "irrational fraction" tea party with their stuffed friends! 

The party was ruint when Mom revealed the true object was to figure out math problems!  What a gyp!  Baby Batman didn't think it was all that bad, though. 

04 August 2016

My Geography Lesson

The littler kids had to do some writing about what they'd like to study this year. Woodjie would like to learn about Texas. "All the macho people come from Texas," he wrote. "They have maracas."

01 August 2016

Today's Moment of Truth Devotional

I'm not usually one for devotionals.  Often they're full of absolutely irrelevant and hokey stories or they encourage you to "praise God" after throwing a verse or two at you.  Thanks, no!

So I was very glad to see Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg come out with Today's Moment of Truth.  This is not the dopey ladies' Bible study you did in church, folks.  It's a series of short, meaningful and intelligent insights that won't take up the whole day to read and study. 

The "intelligent" bit is important to me.  While I don't want to get bogged down controversies that people made up (Is Pokemon Go really ok?), I do want to find some Bible-related thought that speaks to today's world.

This is it, folks!  It's a nice, thick book but a smaller one and easy to carry or tuck into a bag.  Nice printing and binding, good and sturdy pages.  It's something I'd be proud to present as a gift to a new Christian or someone who is struggling with a few of the basics.

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31 July 2016

Yay! After School Satan Club!

"Satan is good. Satan is our pal." -- Art in The 'Burbs movie.

Just what the kiddies need.  They'll be taught reasoning skills, science lessons, have snacks and do all the things you'd expect from an after-school Satan Club.  Yep.  Organisers can recruit kids for Satan because of a court case establishing that Bible clubs are allowed to meet after school.

Next up:  Student Nazi Party Club.  Why be boring and join the Student Democrats, Student Republicans or even the slightly wacky Student Libertarian group?

30 July 2016

Call Your Pet From Work!

A new wall-mounted camera allows you to ring up your pet and chat.  The device can even dispense treats remotely!  A companion device is available whereby your pet can ring you.  Could you imagine getting video calls from your pet constantly during important meetings? Just whisper to your boss with an important air, "I have to take this one."  That should do it.