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August 27, 2005

This Week. . .

So here I am, sitting on our lanai, blogging from the laptop, and the boys are swimming. For almost half the summer, the pool was out of commission. The people who lived in our home before us had three dogs who swam regularly, according to our neigbors. Totally messed up the pool system. So, it feels good to have a warm, sunny day to be outside with the boys and swim. *grin*

R6 and T7 are "fishing" with the pool cleaning net. C4 is being a blue whale, but with swimmies on.

The other morning on the way to school T7 said, "First grade is too easy. But I don't want to go to second grade. I'll just ask my teacher for harder work." Yesterday afternoon, his eyes just lit up and he announced, "I'm learning SO much in school!" That really makes me happy. They are studying the oceans and whales. T7 loves whales, and can identify about 30 types. Childhood obsessions don't necessarily point to future interests, but I really could picture T7 as a marine biologist.

Today J9 is out with Grandma, going to the Lowry Park Zoo for his birthday outing. His birthday was at the end of June, but Grandma likes to have a special one-on-one outing with each grandchild for their birthday, and this was the best weekend for it.

Thursday was a weird day. People all over town were acting the way barn animals do before a storm. Skittish, bizarre behaviour. I swear, I met more people acting in odd ways before this hurrican than I have in ages. (Btw, Hurrican Katrina totally passed us by.)

Last Friday I paid our humongous library fines. Cheap at twice the price, though, for the great service they provide. I adore interlibrary loan and being able to manage my library account online. Hubby had several books out from the library for his China course, and that's what led to the fees. Still, reasonable, considering we didn't have to buy ten textbooks. His essays are great--I hope he puts him on his blog soon.

I've been reading very little these days. Very tired lately. However, whenever I'm in the car I've listening to Dorothy Sayers Strong Poison on tape. I've heard Dorothy Sayers praised before, but this is my first introduction to her fiction writing. Very quotable.


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Very glad Katrina passed you by!

I imagine a pool is a very nice thing to have in FL in August.. Enjoy!!

Posted by: Lenise at August 27, 2005 04:36 PM

oh wow i miss our pool, we had one for ten years and the kids LOVED it.. as did we :o) but the one consolation is that it's only 15 mins drive to the beach from this house.. mmmmm. sun. surf. sand in the sandwiches. i lurve it !!!

Posted by: kate5kiwis at August 28, 2005 06:04 AM

Oooh, Kate! The beach!

We've only been to the beach once since we've been back to the States. Red Tide. I've heard the recent rise in red tide is linked to some new waste being processed into the Gulf. The science I've heard behind it seems to support that theory. And THAT makes me mad. *grrrrr* Ruin our beaches and health. . .

Anyway, we're very thankful to have the pool working again.

And Lenise, very *super* thankful this storm passed us by.

Posted by: TulipGirl at August 28, 2005 12:29 PM

Oh, I hope you love Dorothy Sayers. I sure do.

Posted by: Kathy at August 28, 2005 03:49 PM

We never complain about library fines either. The library and the zoo are the best deal around. (We have the great Jack Hanna zoo.)

Posted by: Julana at August 29, 2005 10:48 AM

I also hope you enjoy Sayers' mysteries. If you get the chance, try to find the PBS/BBC videos of them. They're excellent. They were done for the "Mystery" series on PBS, and occasionally, they rebroadcast them.

Posted by: jennifer at August 29, 2005 02:29 PM

Lucky you. Sayers for the first time. Clouds of Witness really comes first, but Strong Poison starts the romance.

Posted by: Sherry at August 29, 2005 10:39 PM

I've been reading Sayers' fiction this summer also. When we divided Mom's books, I selected her Sayers collection and I'm glad I did.

Posted by: Earth Girl at September 2, 2005 08:46 AM

I periodically reread all my Dorothy Sayers just for the sheer pleasure of her writing, and for the charming man that is Lord Peter Wimsey. Lucky you to get the pleasure of reading them for the first time. BTW, my favorite is Gaudy Night, so you've still got a lot to look forward to.

Also BTW, if you're wondering how I suddenly happened on your blog, I've known about you from Anne at PalmTree Pundit, and I actually linked to your blog when I was looking for information about the Portsmouth Tea Company.

Posted by: bookworm at September 8, 2005 07:35 PM

Sayers was great--definitely a good choice for an audio book. I'm reading Carl Hiaasen now, but I'll pick up another Sayers soon.

Hi, bookworm! Welcome! My fave from the Portsmouth Tea Company is the Avalanche Rooibos.

Posted by: TulipGirl at September 17, 2005 01:40 PM

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