Fall is coming in soon. The leaves on the trees have already started to change colors. I have heard that this winter might be worse than a few winters ago We need to insulate the house a lot this year. Instead of getting two bales of straw for the back of the house, we may get eight and put them all along the back, two levels high. We do live in the city but our backyard is sort of blocked off so I don’t think that anyone will see. We have a crawl space that has water pipes in it that needs protecting. I think that it will take four bales of straw to go across the back of the house. William cut down all of the growth at back of the house today. We can start getting the straw soon. Next summer we can use it in our compost pile. Eight bales of straw will make a lot of compost.
William is sill looking for a job. We are doing a few applications at a time. If we do too many all at once I am worried that too many companies would call for interviews all for the same day and William would not be able to get to all of them. We have decided that he should apply at places that he would need to be driven to and say that he could only work on the weekends. Then I would drive him. He just looks so lonely. The girls have gone back to school and William is still at home. The only problem with this plan is if they want to interview him during the week.
Maggie started school today. She is in full college. No more college and high school. She had a good day, seeing a few familiar faces. She has four classes and she looks like she is looking forward to them. I am so relieved. Beth starts school tomorrow. She has first week. The kids are grouped together and do projects and presentations for the week. First week lets the kids get used to the school and there is at least one student from each grade in each group, so the students can get to know everyone. The regular school classes start next week.
Mom bought a new house. She likes to buy houses that need work and fix them up and sell them. She says that she is getting older and that this may be the last house that she buys. She got the keys for this new house last Wednesday and the moving van comes on this next Tuesday. There are a lot of things that she takes over in her car. She has a lot of glass, pictures, potted plants, some statues, coo coo clocks…we take these things over in our cars. She could have the movers move them, but she doesn’t like to pay them for the extra time that it would take. This new house is nice. It doesn’t need a lot of work. It needs a new roof and the inside needs painted. Mom seems very content at the new place.
William has had a lot of interviews. He is even shaving for interviews. He normally will only shave once a month so this is a big deal. None of the companies that he has interviewed with have called back for a second interview. William wants to get a job and move out into an apartment. Then maybe he will go back to school.
Maggie had her temps last summer but we didn’t get to drive enough that she was ready for the test. She got her permit this week and we had gone out driving for the first time. Maggie said that she needed another tour of the car because it has been a while. We went to the same parking lot that Beth and I had gone to. Maggie and I traded places in the car and prayed over her and gave her the same tour and talk that Beth had gotten about the car. Since Maggie had some experience it was easier. We went around the parking lot starting and stopping, and then moved to the street. I also took her picture. This time there was a lot more traffic. These drivers were in lanes that all had the stop signs but lead onto the street that we were on, but they all raced up to the sign and stopped all at once. We had the right of way so if the cars had stopped gently and slowed down before the signs we could have gone smoothly around the circle. Since we were never sure if they were going to run the stop signs we had to slow down to almost a stop for each oncoming car. It was unnerving for Maggie. If people are headed to the hospital or are new drivers, sometimes they run stop signs. So since they were all going full speed to the stop signs we had to be extra careful. We made it around the circle without any problems. I hope to take the girls driving each day.
Their grandma currently takes them to school each day. She has diabetes and the eye doctor said at the last visit that when she got her eyes tested this year she might not pass and would not be allowed to drive any more. Mom called to tell me this last month. She asked that the girls get their licensees as soon as possible so if she doesn’t pass we can still get them to school.
Maggie and Beth got their drivers permits yesterday. We were all so excited. William isn’t ready to get his permit yet. I took Beth driving first. She was really apprehensive but has been driving go carts at school for three years.
She was thrilled and scared to get into the drivers seat. She wants to drive so badly but doesn’t want to try anything new. We said a prayer before she started and then I gave a short talk. The car is a two thousand pound moving piece of metal. The main goal is that in the end she is unharmed, the people with her are unharmed and everyone around her is unharmed. I talked about keeping an eye on what is around her. If a small child runs into the middle of the road, she needs to know if the other lane has a car so she can go quickly into that lane. We went over the turn signals and lights. She has never sat in the drivers seat so she needed to know what was what. We also looked at the heater and all the choices for heat and window defogging. The whole talk lasted less that five minutes.
I think that the most important part of driving is stopping. We have a place by us where there used to be a mall. The mall is taken down but the road around it and one parking lot are still there and in good shape. I had Beth drive a few feet in the parking lot and stop. She did that over and over for about fifteen minutes. Her stops became very controlled and not jerky. She was ready for the surrounding road. We pulled out and started driving around. She is a good driver. There is some traffic on that road. The business surrounding the mall are still there, but there was almost no traffic today. She was able to keep the car in the lane, not pulling to either side. I got out my phone to take a picture of her driving. She was so thrilled that I was comfortable enough with her driving that I would get out my phone. That was her moment of triumph, being trusted with me looking away. We went around the mall once and went back into the parking lot. She turned off the car and we traded places. She was very happy. We went back home and I picked up Maggie.
William got a call about a part time job at Burger King yesterday. He called back last night and was told that the lady that had called works from five am to eleven am. William called back this morning at five-thirty and the lady said that she was opening the store and would call back later. William is very sweet, but he isn’t a morning person so it was tough for him to get up and make the call. Now we are waiting. This is a restaurant job so I asked William to shave. He will only shave for me once a month. It isn’t the end of the month.
Maggie finds out tomorrow if she passed her college classes. I am so nervous. We don’t know if she passed because the teachers don’t post any grades throughout the semester. Maggie and Beth had youth group tonight. The cable man came over tonight to figure out why our internet keeps shutting off. He checked the wires and gave us a new router box. I like the new box, it is smaller. I take the box with me whenever I go out and the kids are home. A smaller box will be easier to carry around.
Two of the kids and I are going to take a sewing class at the fabric store next week. I am really excited. We have a treadle machine that we have never used. The class teaches about using an electric machine and we will make a billfold. But, we can use these skills on our machine. William found a tailor in the mall that said that he would interview him if he had any sewing skills, so William agreed to take the class. There are more advanced classes that we can take too. The second class makes a pair of shorts and the next one makes a shirt. We don’t know how many classes William will need before he has enough skills to be hired. They have a lot of other classes that I may want to take later.
My aunt was in town last weekend. They went on a trip to another one of their sisters and stayed over there. They looked at a house that my mom would like to buy when her house sells.
Beth had Prom this weekend. Last year everyone in her group had a date except for one person. This year that one person had a date and none of the rest of them did. The theme was Mount Olympus. It was in their gym. After the dance was over at 11, two of Beth’s friends came over and spent the night. They came over and watched a movie then went to bed at two am. One of the friends went home the next morning at ten, the other one went with us to church.
Maggie needs to set up her orientation at college. She wants to call from home when I am around, but she doesn’t come home until ten at night. Today I went over and got her between classes to have her call from my cell phone, then she can go back in and study more. When she called they were already closed. We decided that she would need to find where they are located and schedule orientation in person. She doesn’t have a cell hone to call on. She is going to try to find the office tomorrow.
Maggie had some finals last week. She was suppose to have a final last Wednesday. When I picked her up, she said that the final was never posted to the schools website for her to take it. She emailed the teacher to get more information. Today she said that the test would be posted later this week and she was OK. She has taken two finals and handed in one eleven page paper.
She has two finals left to take. We should know by the end of this week or the beginning of next week if she passed all of her classes. She must pass everything to graduate.
Beth had to interview someone about their childhood. She chose me. The questions were about my childhood, where and how did I grow up and what are the differences between then and now. It was fun to tell her about my past.
William has now signed up with one temporary agency and is in the process of signing up for two more. He is also going out each day to look for a job. I hope that the finds a job soon.
Maggie has decided that she wants to change her major from Environmental Science. She says that there is too much math and it requires chemistry. Maggie likes science but not chemistry. She is very frustrated. I asked Maggie to look at the University’s website and see which colleges she might be interested in. We can go talk to the counselors in these colleges and see what suggestions that they can give Maggie. She has until fall semester starts to decide. She doesn’t need to pick a major by then, just which college to go to. See, if she takes a math class in the science college and decides to transfer to a different college, it might be too different from the math in the college that she ends up in. She doesn’t need to make a final decision, just get a good starting point.