Monday, October 31, 2016

New Vocabulary

One of Stinky's spelling words last week was 'squander', hence #2:

 
I am expecting 100% on his spelling / vocabulary test.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Quotes of the Week

Stinky: "My kids are going to be soooooooo good. I'm just going to let them do whatever they want."

Me: {side eye}

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Stinky: "Mom, is 3 times 7 = 21?"

Me: "Yes. And guess what...7 times 3 is also 21." [wicked laugh]

Stinky: "Mom, that is NOT funny!"

If you're wondering where my son gets it from...

At the doctor's office yesterday, face buried in a magazine, doing my very best to avoid small talk in the overcrowded room.

Octogenarian:  "So what year of college are you in?

Me:  "Oh, I graduated many years ago."

Octogenarian:  "No way."

DH:  {hushed whisper} "Sounds like he needs to go to the eye doctor next."

Now, you know.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Ready for Halloween!

Because I hate duplicating work, I typically decorate my porch for fall with a few Halloween treats thrown in for good measure. However this year I thought I'd make more of a Halloween effort.

 
 
The smaller pumpkin at the bottom is the sole pumpkin that I was able to grow and wrote about here.
 

 
Like my old woman who lives in a shoe? Get it?!?
 
 



This year we're going along with the Teal Pumpkin Project, providing non-candy treats to children with food allergies (and helicopter moms like me who viciously monitor their kids' sweet intake).


 
And what decorated porch would be complete this time of year without the requisite chrysanthemum? I was given this gorgeous yellow-bloom one by a dear friend, only to have the poor thing dry up on me. And not for lack of watering! The mum is planted in straight peat moss, which enabled it to grow massively but dries out literally overnight. I missed a day and...no more blooms.
 

I've saved the plant by dumping massive amounts of water on it, but won't be able to get it to bloom any more this year. Womp. Womp.

In any event, this is how my porch will look for the next week, then with a few switches, it will be all about fall.

 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Quote of the Week

Me:     "Kids, Mommy may have to go away for a few days to help Grammy and Grandpa clean up from the storm."

Hysterical crying ensues. Lasts several days.

Me:     "Kids, Daddy thinks its better for him to go to Nassau instead."

Kids:    "Oh...ok."

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

The Bahamas has once again been battered by a category 4 hurricane. Last year, the southern Bahamas was devastated by Hurricane Joaquin. This year, Hurricane Matthew obliterated the northern islands, including New Providence, where my parents and brother live.

My parents and brother live near the beach in the eastern New Providence. Storm surges and high tides brought more than two feet of flooding. The water rose so quickly, there was little time to react. Here are a few photos of the interior:




 
Here are some photos of the backyard, near the workshop:
 



Some families had broken windows. Theirs were ok thanks to homemade storm shutters that my Dad and brother are really proud of:


Landlines have been down since Wednesday night and electricity has been off since Thursday morning. Still, their spirits are high.

As bad as things are, Bahamians still have a lot to be thankful for. At last check, the death toll in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew was over 900. I can't even imagine.

If you are in a position to give any of the island nations that have been affected by this storm, please do so. There is no federal assistance like in the USA and while volunteers swoop in during the weeks and months that follow, their level of assistance depends greatly upon their level of resources. There is of course the Red Cross, but others include UMCOR, and Doctors Without Borders.

I leave you with this:

Matthew 25:35-40English Standard Version (ESV)
35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Quote of the Week

Stinky:  "Blinky, if you don't put down that cane, I'll give you a reason to walk with a cane!"