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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


Rumblin’ Tumblin’ Bumblin’

Thoughts in no particular order….

Our air conditioner is not working. This happens to us no matter what house we live in. It seems like a normal occurrence. I’m a bit toasty.
I’ve put wires on the old iron clothes line and I’ve been using it. It’s delightful to see our clothes flapping in the wind and they dry so much faster than if I stick them in the dryer. But, I hate line dried towels. Too scratchy.
I’m the assistant teacher for one of the 4th grade classes at VBS this week. Our new church has the most organized, most incredible, most outreaching VBS I’ve ever seen in my life. I’ve stood around with my mouth agape in awe much of the week. The volunteers, the kids, the staff, the food, the songs, the decorations, the lessons are all amazing. But so far, my favorite moment was when little Mike in my class walked up and hugged me around the waist…because he’s really little for a 4th grader, but so dang cute I want to eat him. My kids are having the best time. Ellen is helping with recreation and working with a crew to fix up a house for single women with mental disabilities. Today she came home covered in paint. Seth is helping with one of the 2nd grade classes and today I saw him dancing with one of the little guys in his class, That little guy beamed up at my big boy with admiration. We’re pooped when we get home, so not much is getting done around Coal Creek Farm. Especially painting the #$! dining room!
My dad will be here tomorrow. He’s preparing to do BAK, that would be Bike Across Kansas a 400 mile ride across Kansas. A couple weeks ago he did a 200 mile ride through the flint hills of Kansas. I can only hope I have as much determination when I’m 65, but I don’t think it will be on the seat of a bicycle.
I need help from any gardeners reading. I think I have scale on my tomatoes and I have ants, which like scales. I need advice on how to get rid of the ants quickly. I put out a couple of bait traps and that is helping a bit, but I think my property is infested with ants. Please advise.
My daughter, you know the one I bragged about yesterday? Yeah, she’s sighing heavily behind me to get off the computer. Because we are down to one computer and can only used it when Clay gets home it’s a bit like waiting in line for the roller coaster.
Broken Things in My Life Right Now
1. The air conditioner
2. My computer
3. The weed wacker
4. Does the dining room wall count as broken? Yes, I think so.
5. The basketball goal.
Ah well. Life goes on and I need something to complain about, right?
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