Friday, September 26, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
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She didn't want me to take her picture, but I got a good picture in spite of her attempts to swat me away. I look at this picture and it personifies one of the things I think about most when I look at her. She is a solid, whole body inside her clothes. This probably sounds strange, but if you think back to when you were a child you might remember feeling solid, whole and more or less indestructible. I remember. I also remember when that feeling starting going away. I still remember that feeling today and it still doesn't feel good, so I hope and pray that my children never feel that way. So what do I teach? "Start out the way you mean to go on." To do that you have to keep what you need, get rid of what you don't and have the sense to know the difference. Keep yourself - don't give that away to be something or someone else. Keep gifts, especially from your family - that gift is a tangible link between you and that person. And don't get rid of something good to make room for junk. I can look back over my 44 years and see so many instances where I screwed up on every one of those counts - those are things I can't forget. So..........I'm lucky because I have been blessed with wonderful children and a wonderful family in spite of my ineptitude in knowing the difference. I know that much.
Anyway.....ahem. So we've started another year of homeschooling and it's my first time with Kindergarten. Awesome! I almost wish I was in Kindergarten again. We're having a lot of fun and I cannot say enough good things about Dolores G. Hiske's Phonics Pathways. I started reading this book to see what was what before we actually started using it, and I was so excited about it because as I read, I could just "hear" Rachel learning to read !! It certainly doesn't hurt that she likes the book - particularly the little mascot Dewey. She is starting to read other books and not just "There's a Wocket in My Pocket, which she memorized. The mission is being accomplished and if you're teaching your child to read, then this book is a must!
Ah yes.......The Van Goats. Well, what can I say. They have destroyed an electric fence - twice. One Mr. Vincent Van Goat has put paid to the other fence, thusly demonstrated in full living color when I got home Friday evening and found all of The Van Goats dining al fresco in the neighbor's overgrown lot. (You know they don't give a shit - can you say, "free labor"?) So, I went fence shopping at one of my favorite places - Tractor Supply. (I just LOVE those John Deer t-shirts!) We now have the real deal here people; industrial strength welded wire. Now that's what I'm talkin about!
And I can't believe I've been such a loser that I haven't even introduced you guys to Lily - the most recent (and the last) adoptee . She is a little bit different from the other Van Goats. For one thing, it would take at least 2 of her to make one Vanessa - tiny she is. And for another, she is part Pygmy and part Nigerian, and her parents are registered in their respective breeds. Last but not least, she has the ever beautiful and much coveted.......blue eyes!! She was given to me by my wonderful friends Mandy and Shannon Cantrell of Green Acres Goat Farm fame and I haven't been able to calm down since! You know, not just anybody will give you their first born. Okay - so she wasn't their first -born because I don't think she was born on their farm, but she was the first goat they got and they were deeply attached. Now those are true friends. Of course, it didn't hurt my cause that Lilly Bell had a baby of her own, decided that it was her turn to be the "Queen" and employed bullying tactics that made even the wildest bucks blanch all the way down to their ... uh.... hooves. . That didn't go over too well with the other does so it was decided that Lily -the-Head -Butter might be better off with some goats, er.......... well let's just say goats of a more exuberant nature. She's fitting in just fine.
Since I don't have a good picture of the little missy on my camera yet (long stupid story), I will send you over to the Green Acres website so you can see how adorably precious she is. Click right back there - did you see it?!?! She is in the 9th picture from the top of the page, in a picture of four goats and she is the 2nd from the left. Would it not have been easier for me to leave work, go home , take the picture and come back? Allow me to refer you to the first part of this post - the part with the word moron in it!!! What can I say? I've never done anything the easy way. But fence issues notwithstanding (that's almost a funny-as-hell pun! Fence Not Withstanding - Fence Not Standing! Get It? Shit - that is frickin hilarious!!!!) Uh...what was I saying? Oh yeah, The Van Goats are great, they are healthy and they are, as always, balm to my exhausted heart and mind. Sniffle.