Adventures in Recent Past and Future:
We just got back from South Lake Tahoe, a beautiful place. Here we are on the Tahoe Queen, an "authentic Mississippi paddlewheel" which I suppose operates far away from its natural habitat as a tribute to Mark Twain.
|How many Kindles can you spot?|
Other things going on -- fire inspection gave us several tasks to get done in the next month or so, a child is heading back to college next week, and another one is heading back to work.We plodded on, two or three hours longer, and at last the Lake burst upon us--a noble sheet of blue water lifted six thousand three hundred feet above the level of the sea, and walled in by a rim of snow-clad mountain peaks that towered aloft full three thousand feet higher still! It was a vast oval, and one would have to use up eighty or a hundred good miles in traveling around it. As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole earth affords. -- Roughing It
Where Everyone Is:
All nine of us are here for a change! Liam came home for our family reunion and stayed on for an extra week. The college kids are still home for now.
They are almost all playing Madden Football at the moment, except Kevin is working and I am taking advantage of their distraction to try to write.
The Magic Flute -- several versions, most recently Kenneth Branagh's version in English; before that, TAC's student version with all the singing in the original German.
Recent Books Seen Around the House:
Nowadays we are mostly likely to see Kindles around the house. There are now six of them. Paddy tells me he is reading Wind in the Willows (we started reading it aloud and then stopped because of traveling). He has also been reading The Annotated Hobbit. Clare has been reading the Summa to get ready for the school year. Sean has been reading Hunt for Red October. I am alternating between The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ, since Alphonsus Liguori's feast day made me very interested in this saint and his work, and school stories by PG Wodehouse. I had no idea he wrote so very much about cricket. I have come to love descriptions of cricket matches though I still have no idea how the game is played. .
A very hot spell here in the high Sierras, and there was a fire that closed down our local highway, though it is under control now.
I am not conscious of any right now, which is why I've been having trouble thinking of blogging topics to write about. Every now and then in my life my stream-of-consciousness seems to take a dive into the subterranean and I basically walk around with hardly any mental activity. But it's a lot easier to get work done around the house that way.
What I’m Working On:
I should be working on getting back to homeschooling, but with so many comings and goings, and a lot to do out in the yard, it's difficult to focus.
What I am Happy About:
Making progress in yard work! Sun!
What I’m Not So Happy About:
Too much screen time going on. And I can't seem to get rid of those 15 pounds, and I seem to be revisiting my teenage years as far as skin condition.
It seems to show up everywhere.
Recent Kitchen Events:
I'm trying out a new spaghetti sauce recipe -- Clare's idea. Also, Kieron made his famous peanut butter cookies today, a happy event for everyone.
None of those recently, except for the college student working on her thesis.
Aidan has gone through many, many notebooks sketching cars -- mostly GMC Yukon's.
I will have to cite The Magic Flute again, also the TV show Merlin which the kids have been watching together in the evenings. I don't think Minecraft counts as culture, even though there is a Hunger Games server.
Oh yes, and there was the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland in July! And a Casablanca Gala at the Bryans house! And a Neil Young concert in South Lake Tahoe, and Kevin took the older kids to a Beach Boys concert in Eugene!
We watched Much Ado about Nothing and are planning to watch Twelfth Night.
Before Merlin, the older kids were watching Dr Who.
Kevin is landscaping the front yard, and I am creating cleaner spaces in our basement and under our deck.
Our local Catholic Bible Study, friendships, brothers and their families, nice warm weather, restored medical coverage for medically complex 13 year old.
Some things I want to do this week:
Get the yard clear of pine needles, trim down branches, move a lot of junk into our dumpster.
|Aidan decorated the door of Liam's room with his pictures|
|Aidan is drawing a lot these days|