Kate Tempest “Don’t Fall In”

19 October, 2016

song of the now, Kate Tempest “Don’t Fall In

the music is hypnotic

the lyrics are awesome


And they will run to the highest hill

Consult the old books

Ask the dead mystics for wisdom they don’t trust


17 October, 2016

the childrens were away, MyBetterHalf and I watched “Sisters”


sad and upset

16 October, 2016

I found, MsSqueaky’s yearbook outside. Soaked. And basically destroyed because of the rains.

I’m sad, because I’m sentimental.

I’m upset, because kids are supposed to pick up their stuff. And, maybe, not take valuable things outside.



13 October, 2016

let’s see… the Seattle region is expecting a huge windstorm. I hope the neighbor’s tree don’t fall on our house. Or anyone’s. It’s a big tree. It leans. It’s on a hill. The ground is soggy.

Tonight, had ice-cream, each of the childrens picked a flavor for me.



8 October, 2016

late this summer, I noticed a peculiar plant growing in the flower bed… was that what I thought it was… I let it grow.

Yes. It was a sunflower. We think a critter planted the seed, because none of us did.

It started late, it’s in a poor location (being in shadow afternoon for the rest of the day), but that little sunflower kept growing. Kept trying. Within the past week, with drizzle and grey, it has finally pushed open the golden flower. Ready to make seeds. I haven’t seen bees for weeks. But that little sunflower, now more than six feet tall, just makes me smile.

You go sunflower!


2 October, 2016

Forgot to mention, last weekend after harvesting… the childrens were hungry. I wanted to go some place new. (That is our goal on vacations, eat at places we’ve never been to before.)

There was a Phở  resturaunt.

The childrens liked the soup. We talked about Vietnam, about different kinds of food they have tried. (MrG orginally ordered Bánh mì… but wanted the soup when he saw what MsS and MrC got.)

(Personally, I’m not a fan of Phở.)

Last weekend

1 October, 2016

soccer, MrG and MsS had mirror image shots, where it the ball clanged loudly off the goal post. I am happily finding out that MsS has gotten better at soccer since last year. When/How? I dunno. MrC…so much fun watching him, he’s getting involved, being assertive, learning.

Teaching Bible class to a new young group (…I’m learning that all my tricks that I used for my fifth grades, that I spent several year teach…well, I need new tricks.)

But…my favorite part, MsS told me as we were picking beans at the local farm. “I didn’t want to come here. I’m glad we did. I really like harvesting.”  We also picked corn, zucchini, chard,…



12 September, 2016

The girls left us boys alone this weekend…so its time for shenanigans stories.

I’m the assistant coach for MrCuddles soccer team. (Because he asked, and then pointed out that I had coached MsS and MrG two seasons each…sigh, kids with their memories and sense of fair.)  We showed up to our practice and… hundreds of people were there for another scheduled event. So, we had less space, and I was more stressed about being in the way, and the boys, were boys, and kicking the balls all over, and not really listening, and the head coach got to hear me mumble swear words under my breath.

Back home, dinner and a movie!  They watched “Zootopia” again. I like the movie, it’s well crafted.

Saturday… MrCuddles first soccer game of the season. And, I’m happy to say our team did alright. Nobody got cleats in the face, because that’s what our boys do, handstands…just because, usually when people are close to them, or during a scrimmage. We did get plenty of handballs called against us. Srsly, I tell them in practice, do not touch the ball with your hands, the soccer ball is radioactive. MrCuddles, he was sorta engaged, and actually a couple of times was paying attention and playing. (Huge improvement over two years ago when he just refused.)  He even got the ball on a breakaway, and dribbled down towards the goal, solo, and took a shot.

Saturday afternoon, we did a few chores, then went to see “Kubo and the two strings”. I enjoy listening to MrC and MrG play with each other, usually they don’t, usually it’s MrC and MsS. MrC’s BFF came over, and all three played.

“Kubo and the two strings”. Great movie. It’s beautiful. Well told story. Good music. Go see it. I hope to see it again soon.

Note: MrG has been helping out at MrC practices. We have him ref-ing the scrimmages. He helps with drills. He asked during a drill, “should we run from the other side, so they get practice shooting with their left foot?” YES, absolutely, so glad you thought of that.  I think he’s gauging his defense on the players by their skill level. Because we, like every team have a large variety.

Church…it’s funny, because MrG didn’t want to go, as usual because “I don’t have any friends are there”. AND, I’m told by her mother, that MsS BFF didn’t want to go because MsS wouldn’t be there. And yet, two hours after worship was over, all the kids were still happily playing together. Yeah, we were there two hours after, because I was chatting with other parents…good to know my kids are normal. Good to know of what challenges are on the way.

MrG had his first games of the season…three short games. He always seems to look for the pass. He has good footskills. It was a nice day for soccer, and the parents, most of who we have known for a couple years, are a good bunch to hangout with. I guess we start keeping score now, (although the kids have been keeping score since we taught them how to count). First game we did well, second game was even, third game we didn’t do so well. But all three were close-ish. So that’s good.

Oh yeah…MyBetterHalf and MsS…they went to a GirlScout leader-daughter camp. Slept in a chilly open air cabin, and were back home Sunday afternoon. MsS was tired.



Judaism: A very short introduction

6 September, 2016

From the first paragraph, I loved Normon Solomon’s “Judaism: A Very Short Introduction”

“You are reading a book written in the English language. The English language is not neutral. It evolved in a Chrisitian civilization; it comes ready loaded with a cargo of Christian concepts and assumptions.”

Once again, I really enjoy the Very Short Introduction series from Oxford University Press.


How to Live on Mars

5 September, 2016

Finally got around to reading Robert Zubrin’s “How to Live on Mars” that MyBetterHalf got me for Xmas…I dunno …a few years ago. (Yup, she’s the one who does most of the driving when we va-cay.)

It was alright fun.