Thursday, September 19, 2013
Highlights & Happenings
September is here and with it has come a new school year. We are well into our second week and things are moving right along. This year has brought unique school challenges. With two older children our schedule is nothing short of hectic. Miss Serenity has secured a job at our local grocery store as a checker. She is working three days a week for five hours a day. Serenity is acquiring a huge amount of discipline as she juggles her school workload along with her gainful employment. She has noticed how challenging it is to go to school in the morning work all afternoon and still have home chores to take care of in the evening. Oh, and of course she has been hunting as well.
Master Hand Grenade delivered his application, along with a cover letter and letter of reference to the same grocery store that employs his sister earlier this week. He is applying for any job that might be available with the hope of become an apprentice in the meat department upon his 18th birthday. His plan of action is to check in with the store manager on a weekly basis until an opening comes along. In the meantime Hand Grenade has been working on our winter wood supply and helping me with general "Estate Management", in addition to his normal schoolwork.
Princess Dragon Snack and Master Calvin are taking their roles as students very seriously. Dragon Snack is reading up a storm and I can hardly contain her from doing multiple math lessons a day. Calvin is so excited to be in school that he claps his hands every time he gets one of his letters right during reading or when he executes a flawless E in handwriting! It is so much fun to teach excited littles.
Last week we added to our household number in the form of a Tibetan Mastiff. He is a beautiful dog that we love already. Tibetan Mastiffs are known for being people guardians and are unlike any dog I have ever met. "Grimm" stalks silently through the house, checking in every room at regular intervals. He is very alert, highly intelligent and somewhat aloof. He likes to be petted but does not feel required to fawn over us. So far he seems to be the perfect dog for our family.
Along with getting ready for winter and doing school, the kids and I have been cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. We have gone through every room in the house along with every outbuilding. Just yesterday we cleaned out our shed (that is attached to the shouse). It seems to be the depository for everything that has no other permanent home. Without regular cleaning, it can become impassable within a matter of weeks. Due to the fact that our generators are in the shed, I make it my personal mission to inspect it at least once a week and take whatever measures are necessary to ensure its tidiness. As much work as the cleaning was, we were handsomely rewarded when we made a trip to the dump to dispose of our garbage. There, sitting next to a dumpster, was an old, chippy cupboard. The doors had been damaged by water but the structure was sound and somewhat charming. After a quick inspection, Miss Serenity and I loaded our treasure onto the trailer and headed home. Within minutes we had the cupboard unloaded, the doors removed and had scrubbed every inch of our find with bleach water. It turned out beautifully (if you like the country shabby look, that is). I had been needing a new bookshelf for quite some time and our dumpster find was just right. Oh, the blessings we reap every day!
As I mentioned, we have been busy, busy, busy - and this weekend will be a continuation of that busyness. Sunday is the Sustainable Preparedness Expo in Spokane and we will have a booth. This year it is being held at the Spokane County Fairgrounds. We think it will be a much better location than last years event, which was held at the Spokane Convention Center. If any of you are planning on attending, look me up!
That's it for now - be back soon!