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12.16.13 The smaller cat got caught in Maggie’s built in dresser yesterday. When Maggie pulled out the bottom drawer the cat climbed in the dresser drawer and then back behind it. We tried to call the cat to get her out, sometimes she comes when we call her. She didn’t come out this time. We tried to reach in, over the back of the drawer and get her. We couldn’t get her. Then we got their cat food dish and shook it to see if she would come out to eat. She didn’t. Next we tried the cat nip. She tried to climb out but didn’t have anything to push off of with her back legs. We gently started to close the drawer some until she was able to use the back of the dresser as a base to push off of and she was able to get out. We were all very happy that she was safe.The cat wasn’t upset by the experience at all because she tried to climb back in later.
I have all of my mandatory volunteer hours at Maggie’s school now. We need ten volunteer hours a year. I will still volunteer more during the rest of the year, but it is nice that the pressure is off.
Maggie and Beth, and Beth’s boyfriend have gone tonight to the church youth group Christmas party.
Our little cat likes the Christmas tree. She is playing with it a little bit. The morning after we put the tree up there was a chair close to the tree with the back of the chair by the tree. She was standing on the back of the chair playing with one of the ornaments. I am not really worried that she will break an ornament. Most of our glass ornaments were broken when the kids were young. One of kids was reaching for a ornament on a higher branch when they were young and pulled really hard. The tree broke in half. No one was hurt but most of the breakable ornaments were broken and lot of the lights broke. We bought a new tree and put the unbroken ornaments back on it. Now we make an ornament each year but it is usually the flat wooden ones that we decorate with markers and our names and the year. If the cat pulls down an ornament it probably won’t break, but some are decorated and she might eat part of it.
I have started making my New Years Resolutions. I am not sure if the kids make any. I remind them about making them each year, but they decide for themselves what they want to do. To me it is a good time to look back on where I am and where I want to be. I do this twice a year. Once at New Years and once at Easter. Jesus died for us and washed away our sins on Easter, so it is a good time to see if any changes are needed.
This year I have decided to try to cook more on only pans that will fit into the dishwasher.
written 1/21/14 – Our boiler broke yesterday. When we got up it was chilly in the house, not cold, just chilly. The pilot light had gone out. We have lit it before, so we tried again. Sometimes in the summer the wind gets in through an open window and blows out the pilot light. But, this is winter and the windows are closed. It didn’t light. We found the directions and tried again. It didn’t light. We called the maintenance man. He came over said that a part had broken and he replaced it. While he was here he showed us the correct way to relight the pilot. I asked if there was any preventative maintenance that we should be doing and he said no. We already bleed the pipes in the house once a year. Have you had a quiet week?
We went to a mission trip meeting tonight. Maggie and Beth are going on a mission trip this summer. They went on a mission trip two years ago with the church to New Orleans for a week and they did a camp in the morning and went to neighborhoods in the afternoon. The girls are really looking forward to going back and helping in the camp with the kids again. It is a great chance for them to be the hands and feet of Christ.
The next mission trip meeting is next Tuesday. People can still sign up for the mission trips. There are also two other trips scheduled for that week.
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written 9 ! 25 ! 13 – I volunteered at Maggie’s school as a computer lab monitor today. This is watching the kids in the lab not helping them. Just to be sure that it is basically quiet. So that means a few hours of quiet time for me. I always think light and pack heavy. Maybe I will only need my purse. But…in all of those hours it would be good to have my cell phone and its cord, and my Nook and its cord. My lunch should go and my water and if there is time before the labs open I can pay some bills in the car…there are hours to fill. So I took everything.
This morning everything was ready. And we leave. About a block away from the house I look into the seat next to me and see that my lunch is not there. We go back. We have a few minutes. I try to take everything that is going with us in the morning and put it in something with a handle. Then I wind my purse strap through the handles. If the purse goes then everything else will go too. Yes, I look like a dork, but only at home. Sometimes we go back home more than once…it isn’t always me, sometimes the kids forget things too. I am always waiting for the neighbors to come out and say “are you back again?”
written 9 ! 12 ! 13 – Maggie needs nine hours of volunteer time this year for her school. We volunteered tonight at our church. On Thursday nights the church has a free medical clinic, and a free dinner. We volunteered in the kitchen. We are mostly an outgoing family but it is still hard to go somewhere new. The people were really nice and found us a spot right away. When we got there people were at the door for the clinic and dinner. After we were done we had dinner.
Here is a chicken statue that we drove past today. This is a cool thing to pass in the car. These statues are fun to point out to the kids.
Maggie needs to go to some cultural events for school. It is a requirement. She also needs a certain number of volunteer hours each year. The theory behind the volunteering and cultural events is that in life, just like in school, people are busy. They should still make time to go to local events and to volunteer. During Maggie’s first year at this school we did a few events and forgot about them. They never made onto the calendar. Before Christmas the kids got a reminder that half of their hours and events were due in a week. What a mess. Maggie had a lot of homework and didn’t have time for this. We could find events, but there were no volunteer hours. Most places don’t need help in the winter. It was a struggle. Now we write due dates on the calender and try to get everything done before the homework starts.