The oldest has a job for a neighbor this summer, and this week is Westmark’s VBS, meaning I can wake up one kid and send him off, then wake up four more kids and drive almost two miles and leave them off, and get three hours — three blessed hours — to myself (though admittedlyContinue reading “A few words on a Wednesday morning.”
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Sunset over the Platte, with a bird.
Things I love about summer.
I’m glad the prairie is a place with seasonal change — there’s something about that seasonal change that is invaluable for perspective. And while each season has its high points, somehow I’ve settled into a strong preference for this one. It is missing some good things (*cough* school *cough*) and has some annoyances (ugh, humidity!)Continue reading “Things I love about summer.”
This — this! — is rural VBS.
It’s Vacation Bible School week at our church. Hope is three miles from a tiny town and five miles from our school town, so not in any town at all. This area is actually riddled with rural churches. If I tip my head to the side, roll my eyeballs oddly, and think for a second,Continue reading “This — this! — is rural VBS.”
All the news that is news.
Leo the gold-plated cat continues his reign as King House Cat. He is in as much as he is out, but as long as we don’t have a recurrence of mice in the house because he’s getting too lazy, I’m going to put up with it. Once in a while I luck out with aContinue reading “All the news that is news.”
Last day — Boarding the bus with all the feels (on the part of me). So many changes. We had Dean; now we have Jerry. We had temp checks and masks and assigned seating for family groups; now we have none of that, just a bus ride. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said itContinue reading “Trust.”
Husbandman, the series.
Last Thursday, before it rained, Jeremy was planting soybeans up at his folks’ place. I’ve been taking this photo (and mostly adding this quote to it in some way) off and on since 2014. It’s one of those things that the timing has to be just so to get it to happen. “No husbandman wouldContinue reading “Husbandman, the series.”
Just gonna try it and see.
I signed up for this domain in August and bought it in January. Now it is May. Rick is already on board to write here, and I plan to add the things Tara writes as well — somehow I’ve got to simply get over my hesitations and get going. This Prairie Life — the logoContinue reading “Just gonna try it and see.”
A chickified house.
“Good Bones” S2E1, in which Mina and Karen buy a duplex for $4000, spend $180,000 turning it into a single-family home (but they should have torn it down and started over, imo; but what do I know, really), and sell it to a single guy for $259,000; and in which Tad not only knocks aContinue reading “A chickified house.”
On a serious note.
Speculation and anger are rampant regarding the idea of the 30×30 conservation proposal. There are very few facts available. Governors, who rightly ought to be in the know, are asking the same questions that run-of-the-mill citizens are asking. At our house, we spectate decisions made by agencies (mainly federal decisions made abstractly, not local agenciesContinue reading “On a serious note.”