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Firearm Follies in the State Capitol!

Not Missouri this time!

The Sunflower State is even more lenient than Missouri about stuff - members of the public can bring loaded weapons on in to their statehouse.  That's the sort of thing that makes life more interesting, anyway.  You never know who has a weapon (or several).  It could be everybody but you.  You weirdo.

But dangit, those weapons get uncomfy if you have to sit through a long and boring meeting.  Just take off that holster, leave the gun on the floor and forget about it.  Oops.

What's really weird is?  No consequences for the negligent state representative.  What he learned from the experience is that he just needs a new, more comfy holster.

If I made up this story, it would be unbelieveable.

Going Through My Filing Cabinet.

Oh dear.  What a mess.  So far I've shredded about 10 years' worth of electric bills and several credit card statements from 2006.  I have saved ev-er-y-thing since moving to the Kansas City area in... 1997.  It's ridiculous. 

I'm in the process of paring down and I've gotten three bags full (yes, sir... yes, sir... three bags full) of shredded paper ready to go out for trash day in the morning.  And I estimate myself to be about halfway done.  When I'm finished, D says, there is the matter of "that box" in his closet.  Because yeah.  We had so many papers at one point we stashed them all in a giant box and just didn't look at them for the last 10 years.

I will be shredding until 2018, at which point (my luck) I'll get audited or something.  I think I'm saving enough of the important papers.  My dad was kind enough to send me this link on what to keep.  It's always good to know that if I lie on my tax returns or file fraudulently that …

New Hairdo

Woodjie just got his hair done at Mean Gene's Barbershop in Liberty.  Doesn't he look cute?  He's had some real problems pulling his hair due to his trichotillomania, so I usually keep his hair short with the home buzz-cut.  This looks much better, although I will probably not be able to spend what it takes to keep his hair looking like this always.  It's so short that no doubt the freshly-shaven look won't last long.

I asked the kiddo if he wanted fancy stars or designs on his head today and he said nah... oh well.  He's pretty spiffy without it anyway.

Here. Borrow My Gun.

So if I want to loan you my car, and I've checked that you have a valid driver's license and insurance, and I want to take a chance on you?  It's my right.

Personally?  I would never do that unless... I dunno... I lost a leg and needed a ride to the ER or something.  It would have to be something amazingly awful or unusual.  I never loan out big things like that that I can't afford to lose or be responsible for what you do with them.  So I might loan you $10 or a jacket or something like that, but not my car.

And certainly not a firearm!  Really?  NO.  Don't ask.

But hey!  Not everyone is stingy like me.  Missouri State Representative Nick Marshall will loan you a gun while you're visiting the state capitol out of the generosity of his heart.

Does it surprise you to hear this guy's a Republican?  Yeah, I'm a pretty conservative Republican myself but this seems a little too far for my taste honestly.  It seems to me that both parties are getting more ext…

Honesty Time.

Woodjie has been outgrowing his clothes and most especially he's been outgrowing his shoes.  He was a men's size 8 (ladies' 10 equivalent) at the beginning of the winter.  Now he's about a men's 10.5 or 11 depending on the brand!  Yeah, we discovered that during our weekly roller skating time.  Sometimes what fit him the week before was difficult to impossible to put on and remove!  That suddenly!

So it was time to go through all the boxes and bags of clothes I have left over from the four older boys.  I have new and new-ish shoes up through about size 12 depending on the width and style you want.  Sadly, I am going to have to give away three sizes of men's sandals, some of them only worn once. Woodjie just grew out of those sizes over the winter and will never wear them. They are too big/ clonky to ever be worn by me or Rose.  And the bigger boys are just too big for 'em.  Oh, well.  If I had NOT saved them, you betya Woodjie would've needed just …

Days at Home

The schools let out early on Friday because a large ice storm was moving in.  We still haven't seen it, but we are hanging out at home.  Even local churches have cancelled their services; it's supposed to be that bad.  Like a solid sheet of ice.  So we're finding things to do at home.  As you can see, Elf is not that eager to have his photograph taken or to be blogged about now that he is an old man of 16 years of age.

Proposed Law: Iowa Homeschoolers to Undergo Quarterly Inspections

Typical... just typical politics.  Some poor teen girl got murdered by her parents, and instead of being outraged that social services and/or police didn't take her from her parents despite several reports of abuse?  Lawmakers go after "homeschoolers" just generally.  

Matt McCoy doesn't want an inquest to determine why the hell nothing was done after a neighbour filed police reports (note plural noun).  He doesn't want a full review of social services and police protocol in these cases.  Nuh-uh.  That would actually help kids.  Real kids.

Yeah, why bother having an inquest as to what actually went wrong, why cries for help were ignored and why this innocent child died?  That might look bad for the state, or for the police, or for the child protection agency.  Better just to cast the blame on "homeschooling" and nevermind that there is no actual evidence that this child was diligently taught at home.  Shhh. 


Under a proposed new law, school offi…

My 1964 Ranch House Makeover!

Whatever is Lovely: a 90-Day Devotional Journal

Whatever is Lovely addresses loneliness, temptation to cheat or steal, bullying and so on in a very casual and non-judgemental sort of way.  As you might expect in a devotional, Bible verses for every situation are introduced so the reader understands not just what the right thing to do would be, but why and where to find it in the Bible.  It's made for girls from grades 3-7 by author Allia Zobel Nolan.

What's cute about this book is that there are sweet little cursive verses introducing each devotion, nice big chatty sorts of fonts for most of the text, and ample space for girlies to jot their thoughts.  Whatever is Lovely has been intentionally made lovely throughout.  It's a sturdy hardcover with purple print!

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