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Archive for August, 2004

Goodbye, Daughters

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

I always get lonely when my daughters leave, whether my eldest leaving with her husband or my younger girl leaving for school every semester. This is not reasonable, since a) I still have four people living in my house, b) I actually have friends other than my daughters, and c) I spend all my time surrounded […]

Solace of Literature

Monday, August 30th, 2004

I’m back to The Phantom Banjo after taking the weekend to read Upgrading. The Phantom Banjo brings two things irresistibly to mind. First, my mother’s Ozark Trilogy books. Second, C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. Yesterday in church our corporate prayer included thanks for “the solace of literature.” I think that was a first. I’m still […]


Sunday, August 29th, 2004

I stayed away from the yarn sale, so I still have a one-skein “stash.” I spent the day quilting, with a few breaks to knit, clean house, and mail packages to far-away daughters. Today I have a couple of things to sing at, and — oddly enough — I have to make my Christmas lists. […]

Saturday August 28, 2004

Saturday, August 28th, 2004 Here is Smiling Tiger talking about different interpretations of the phrase “Yarn Ho.” I am a member of the excellent blogring of that name, but I cannot claim to want to be known as a “ho” of any variety. I am a mom, after all. I have to have translations if I inadvertently see something […]

Friday August 27, 2004

Friday, August 27th, 2004

I have not worked on my quilt since Independence Day. It has been too hot. But I realized, in talking with my quilter friend La Tenora, that there is not much time before my daughter’s anniversary — and since it is an anniversary gift, I had better get back to it. Here is the quilt […]

Thursday August 26, 2004

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

Yesterday included the gym, book group, and choir practice. The others at the gym are mostly in their 20s. Book Group is senior ladies and me. Choir, now that we’re doing Messiah, includes people from teens to 80s, and last night we had a preschool visitor as well. This is a much richer human environment […]

Wednesday August 25, 2004

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

What, then, happens when the females outnumber the males? We have only to look at elementary education for the answer: rampant cuteness. Intelligent women doing important jobs begin to use terms like “boo-boo tape” and “piggy paper.” Ordinary notions about writing transmogrify into “hot dog folds” and “hamburger folds,” not to mention spaghetti and meatballs. […]

Tuesday August 24, 2004

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

Back to School is certainly different with just boys in the house. Daughters tell their parents about the classes, the books, the teachers, their classmates, the hairstyles and fashions, what everyone did over the summer. Sons grunt a few words. In fact, with #2 daughter gone back to college in another state, life has returned to […]

Blogs and Crystal Balls

Monday, August 23rd, 2004

While The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Splintered Bones have very little else in common, both involve communication with spirits. Watchful spirits, who know extra things about the living. I don’t believe that takes place, but I did think of it while trying to persuade #1 daughter and a newly off-to-college friend to make blogs […]

Felted Throw

Sunday, August 22nd, 2004

#1 son and I visited the farmers market,  on the lovely downtown square of our town. We also went to the mall, the office supply store, a couple of thrift stores, Target, and the grocery — can you tell we were finishing our back-to-school shopping? With the fresh vegetables and lots of peppers from the garden, I made […]

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