Here at Heart House, we are getting ready for what promises to be a very busy summer. The garden is planted and we should be picking the first fresh zucchini in a day or two. The school work is winding down. And we are getting ready for lots of fun this summer – summer reading programs, field trips, 4H classes.
We will be participating in another tour of duty with Starfleet Fiber Arts Corps. The Heart household received many honors in the spring tour of duty. PBC was promoted to Lt. Commander and I have achieved the rank of Commander, though there may be another promotion in store for me soon. We both won medals for completing all 18 missions during the tour. And our ship, the USS Alpaca, won the title of Flagship for the next tour so we are excited to begin the Deep Space tour with that honor.
My kids love holidays, especially the geeky ones. Wednesday, was a bigger celebration than Christmas at the Heart House. It was the birthday of Albert Einstein (of e=mc2 fame), Frank Borman (one of the first astronauts to circle the moon) and Billy Crystal (aka Miracle Max from The Princess Bride). If that wasn’t enough, it was also National Potato Chip Day and Learn About Butterflies Day. In addition, Google posted a special doodle honoring origami expert, Akira Yoshizawa. But the thing that really made the day for my kids was that it was Pi Day. In honor of such a monumental day, I would like to share the Pi pie that we made to celebrate.
One of the oddities of life is that the value of an item is often determined by circumstances, rather than the item itself. A baseball, for example, is worth a few dollars unless it happens to be a baseball that Babe Ruth signed.
Take, for example, the dandelion. In one’s yard, they are considered weeds. There are dozens of treatments available at your local garden center for the prevention and removal of dandelions. Some people spend hundreds, even thousands, of dollars removing these pesky yellow flowers. But let those dandelions be presented to you by a little child and suddenly they become a rare gift. More precious than the rarest rose. I have been given many bouquets of flowers over the years but the ones that are most precious have been the ones picked from the yard by the hands of my loving children.
My kids and I have been reading through The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein together. Thanks to our hobbit friend, Mr. Bilbo Baggins, we were introduced to the lovely tradition of elevensies each day. My family has decided to adopt this hobbit tradition as our own. Each day, we take a break from work and school to enjoy a cup of tea and, perhaps, a snack. I read a section of The Hobbit while we sip our tea. It has been a nice way to recharge our minds and enjoy some family time together. If you have never tried elevensies, maybe it’s time you did.
We have finally gotten to the stage in rearranging where it’s time to do the fun stuff. Time to pick the paint. So which color do I want on my walls?
And when I am not working on getting everything in the house back in order, I am knitting socks.
…is that it gets away from you really quickly. This summer is no different. It has zoomed by a light speed.
Here is a quick update on what’s been going on this summer.
Between Timmy, the garden, the dead freezer, last week’s problems with car glass, computer issues and the kids, that is how my life has been.
So let’s catch up, shall we?
In case you weren’t aware, Alabama was hit hard by a series of tornadoes earlier this week. I spent the biggest part of two days without electrical service so I am only just becoming aware at the degree of devastation but what I have seen so far is heart wrenching. Last count, over two hundred people lost their lives and thousands have lost their homes. At least 3 tornadoes have been confirmed. A number of neighborhoods have been reduced to rubble. So much destruction. My heart breaks for the families who have lost so much.
Between Christmas preparations, sick kids and knitting, I have had little time to post. It’s Christmas eve night, I am listening to the rain pour down on the roof and wondering if I can finish just one more Christmas knitting project. Doubtful, but fortunately, the family is cool with IOUs.
In light of the fact that I am still working on Christmas knitting, I am going to share with you a post from last year that you might enjoy. Hope you will forgive me for the rerun. I think my feelings are still about the same for all these songs. My current favorite Christmas album is Andrea Bocelli – My Christmas. Give it a listen if you haven’t.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas.
originally published 23 Dec 2008
The thing that I am most happy about this Christmas season is that soon radio stations and stores everywhere will stop playing Christmas music. I would be quite happy if Christmas music were limited to the week before Christmas. There are some songs that are particularly irritation. My kids and I have come up with a list of the most annoying songs of the season.
Top 10 Most Annoying Christmas Songs
- 10. I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (particularly the Michael Jackson version)
- 9. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas (this one happens to be my hubby’s favorite which is probably why the kids hate it.)
- 8. All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth (the whistling version is worst)
- 7. Twelve Days of Christmas. There are only so many types of poultry that should be put in a single song. This goes double for any of the variations like the Redneck version, the Canadian version, etc.
- 6. Christmas Shoes. I don’t particularly like tear jerker songs but this one is just too sappy. What else could go wrong for this poor kid – he gets struck by lightning on the way to the hospital with the shoes. Seriously, the only kid with worse luck is Harry Potter.
- 5. Do they Know It’s Christmas, Happy Christmas (War is Over) or any Christmas song with a political agenda. Save the politics for the other 364 days of the year, please.
- 4. Jingle Bells – Barking Dogs version. Root canal is more pleasant
- 3. Little Drummer Boy – especially the version by the Vienna Boys Choir
- 2. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer Grandmothers everywhere should boycott the advertisers for every radio station that plays it.
- 1. My Favorite Things – Because it’s NOT EVEN a Christmas Song
Any Christmas song sung my Madonna should also be included in this group. Hope you have enjoyed our little countdown.
Next post. Christmas Knitting.