Category Archives: My Family

Some Baptism Anniversaries

Today is one of our top family feasts: my wife’s baptism anniversary. It’s something of a conflict for her, as she remembers her entry into Full Communion somewhat more fondly than getting dunked in an on-stage pool in the evangelical … Continue reading

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Readying The Girl Cave

Day off today, so the basement got tackled. The young miss wants a somewhat larger bedroom. My wife was less enthusiastic about this in 2008 when we moved in. The basement was a better place to house the rabbits away … Continue reading

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More Frequent Blogging … Possibly

You might see more stuff on this site this week. The college students are on break. The young miss is on break. My beloved spouse is struggling with some health issues yesterday and today, so I’ll probably be sticking close … Continue reading

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Lunch Chicken For A Snowy Day

The young miss is in transit. As you see above, white has replaced gray and brown. Meanwhile, below, I have some wok-grilled chicken that I first browned, then poached in tomato juice, and then when it reduced, I poured in … Continue reading

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Before The Snow

Thunder is sounding in the skies above here. It’s a gray and dismal-looking day. Weather reports have hail in places in Iowa. Some just started tapping on our windows. Little bitty pieces. Other places to the west of us have … Continue reading

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Breakfast of Scholars

In the old days (before adolescence) I frequently prepared a hot breakfast for the young miss. In the modern era, maximizing sleep is a concern. There is often a single-digit number of minutes between waking and running for the bus. … Continue reading

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Blow But No Snow

Yesterday morning I got up early, and my wife had left a note on the clothes dresser, “Blizzard Warning, Story County.” I heard the wind and looked out: completely dry. No snow. One does need snow to engage blizzard conditions. … Continue reading

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Frozen Iowa

The school district messaged parents mid-afternoon: no classes tomorrow and an extra day of Christmas vacation. I expect people to be sleeping in, so it looks like I’ll get a stack of work done. Before baking cookies and putting together … Continue reading

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Winter Weather

For those of you in the central and northeastern part of North America, I wish and pray for safety and warmth in the days to come. I was reading that the state of Minnesota has cancelled school on Monday. Some … Continue reading

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Friday Festivities

Emerged from the home mid-afternoon yesterday to brave shopping and get a bite to eat. Upon arrival back home, the young miss was napping on the floor during Inspector Lewis and Gambit was left to wonder why we weren’t playing … Continue reading

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Settler of Cat-an

The young miss coaching Gambit on game strategy. He doesn’t think much of the resources of this game. Who needs ore, wool, grain, lumber or bricks? Where are the mice, birds, buttermilk, catnip, and tuna? Ah! Those dice.

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Musicians In A Tree

A musician’s Christmas tree often has a number of musical ornaments. At least mine does. When my wife and I merged households in ’95, we put together a bunch of things, including musical ornaments. The mouse with lute was mine. … Continue reading

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On Parenting Daughters

I saw the dotCommonweal post the other day on parenting daughters and the thought that this somehow tilts liberal parents to Douthatism or something. Lots of commentators, especially conservative ones, overlook that morality and ideology are not bedfellows … or bedpersons. … Continue reading

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O-Tide Leads Off With A-Day

Adoption Day is a happy family occasion. It’s a joyful tint that comes as we move from Advent I to Advent II. Twelve years. I was reminded over dinner tonight that in less than two years, the young miss will … Continue reading

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Prayers Answered

Many of you have offered prayers, not only in the comboxes, but also by email. Thanks much for that. I spent over two hours in a specialist’s (ENT) office this afternoon with my wife. Without going into details my spouse … Continue reading

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