Archives for August 11, 2014


The truth is, I’m not very merry.  I’m sad.  There’s just been so much loss here these past couple of weeks.

Beatrix and I were playing Close Up this week though, and I was really struck by Merrymakers.  Such a happy scene, and one I can usually relate to:  babies, animals, friends, and laughter.  (Seth and Larkspur were playing Mille Bornes.  The kids are in a card game phase right now, and that is their current obsession.)

Our little community continues to mourn the loss of our dear Sarah.  We’re all making an effort to see each other often and she is never far from our thoughts and conversations.

After taking the month of July off, I had intended to start homeschooling again in August.  I’ve pushed it back another month and am instead doing a major overhaul of our downstairs right now.  It’s very difficult to get anything done, but I keep telling myself that it’s okay if this takes the rest of the month to finish.  Right now my front porch is covered in furniture in addition to the usual mess.  Jonny isn’t thrilled with me because I want to repaint pretty much the entire downstairs.  Doesn’t the paint color, “pale oak” sound wonderful and soothing?  I think so.  I’m going to go the paint store tomorrow to pick up a paint chip and see if I like it in person.  I’ll keep you posted.

(Oh, I almost forgot.  Job has a new trick.  He raises his arms above his head.  I realize that that hardly sounds like a trick, but it is, I promise.  He’s very pleased with himself.)