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Running A Tight Ship

Posted by Nancy on July 4, 2008


Organization is not my stongest suit.  It may not even be in my deck.

I received phone calls from three of my four children yesterday, asking what the plans are for Saturday and Sunday and what food they should bring on those days. 

I’m used to those calls, but they usually happen when we are having dinner at my house.  That is not happening this weekend, but I guess I’m still the point person for organizing.

That’s what happens when you give birth to more than one child.

Saturday is at Doug’s, with members of the Elders Quorum arriving at 7:30 to help them move into their new house.  Bud and I will be there to help (probably a little late), as will Matt and Elaine.  Drew is at his in-laws’ lake house for a couple days, and Katie and Sean are a maybe. 

Doug has so much faith in all his helpers that he has invited the family to a pool party at his soon-to-be-abandoned apartment  in the afternoon, with hot dogs on the grill for supper.  Maybe it will happen, since a lot has already been moved.

Sunday is at Elaine’s house, with church starting at 10:00 and the baby being blessed.  It will take us almost three hours to get to her branch, so it will be an early morning.  The entire family is showing up for this event (all 24 of us), and there is a pond party and cookout scheduled afterward. 

I am taking appropriate clothes and shoes to go out in the wild and pick berries, then help A~ make some jam.  I’m also taking my sewing machine to help S~ with a flag she needs to make for Girls Camp later this month. 

After calls all around, I think we have the food parcelled out for both days and have some idea of what is going on.  Mayhem.  Bedlam.  Lots of work, lots of fun, lots of faith, lots of family.

Just in case we don’t have enough to do for the weekend, Bud and I spent last evening at Lowe’s and bought a ceiling fan and light for the kitchen, to replace the light that lost its desire to shine forth last week.  I still hit that light switch every time I go into the kitchen, even though there are other lights, and it still hasn’t changed its mind and decided to start working again. 

While we have the ladder in the house to replace the light, we might as well repaint the kitchen ceiling, so we bought paint too.  Maybe we will get the bathroom ceiling done at the same time.  Maybe today will be a very busy day.

I’m scrubbing ceilings today and Bud is putting the light in, then going over to Katie’s to fix her dryer.  Then we paint.  I love to paint.

Busy weekend.  The best kind.  I had better get moving.


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Some Things Never Change

Posted by Nancy on July 3, 2008

Once a foraging herbivore, always a foraging herbivore.

Drew came yesterday to pick up furniture with Pig-Van.  I was at the office when he arrived, but came home soon after and fixed supper for us (shrimp jambalaya – yum!).  I had a special treat for him, too.

When Drew lived at home he loved my vegetable garden.  Don’t get me wrong – he didn’t like to work in it or anything like that.  He just loved to eat out of it.  Him, and God, and nature, and vegetables.  No washing, no refrigerator, just straight from the garden.  He was there often and would just graze through it.

This is the kid who, as a baby just learning to talk, would plead with me in grocery stores to PLEASE buy him turnips, broccoli, beans, peas – you get the idea.  Women used to stare in awe and ask me how I did that.  The secret answer?  I didn’t; he came like that.

I had picked some fresh sugar snap peas earlier and put them in a plastic bag so he could eat them raw with supper.  Sort of a throwback to earlier days, don’t you know, and the only thing ready for harvesting this early in the season since my lettuce and spinach seeds all washed away.  I was surprised when he greeted them with a shy grin instead of open appreciation.

“Um, when I got here I went to the garden and ate all the peas before I even opened the door,” he said. 

“Not the little ones, just the ripe ones,” he added defensively

I should have known. 

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Pig-Van Earns His Keep

Posted by Nancy on July 2, 2008

What to do with a cargo van at the current gas prices is a quandary.  Keep it and go broke feeding it, or sell it in a market where no one wants a gas hog.

Pig-Van has been dependable during its short duration with Drew.  It even earned about $500 in parts to fix some of its problems – like bad king pins that caused steering irregularities (a nice way of saying it wandered all over the road if you weren’t careful) and a leak in the gas line that apparently sprayed gas onto the carburetor all the way across the country during a recent move.

While Drew dithers about whether to keep the beast, Doug is moving into his new house.  Yesterday the van showed its value and earned a little more time at Drew’s house.

I took S~ home from her trip to Florida with Katie and Sean.  While there I spent a couple hours with Lolly, Drew and Kelli, packing boxes full of things to move; after I left they kept packing and crammed that van full and drove it to the new house.  They got a lot moved.

Today Drew is bringing the van here to pick up some furniture we aren’t using – a waterbed, a dresser, a library table, etc.  It may even all fit in one load.  Again, the trusty old van will earn its keep.

I can’t get the following clips to embec, so I’m posting the links. The first one is for Kelli, who is half owner of Pig-Van and is studying sign language.


This one is for Doug, because it so perfectly fits his sense of humor. (And may you have better luck moving into your new home.)


Drew is looking more kindly at his van now, which was purchased for not a lot of money.  He’s having trouble getting over his accountant’s view of the bottom line, but a few more days like this and he might actually start showing it some respect.

Maybe he will even give it a nicer nickname.

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Pretty Soon It Adds Up To Real Money

Posted by Nancy on July 1, 2008

We had our township budget hearing meeting today, and it is over $4 million again next year.

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