family history · parenting

I Love a Rainy Night…..

Remember that old Eddie Rabbit song?? We used to have it on an 8 track tape. I liked that song and can still sing it when it comes on the radio, which doesn’t happen often anymore.

Sitting here in the camper listening to the rain come down reminded me of that song.

It is raining again.

And there are water leaks here too.

Seems to be a pattern in my life lately…

Puddles. Leaks. Water….

Don’t get me wrong, I love water. I love to drink it. I love to play in it. I love to watch the kids enjoy the water.

We enjoyed it yesterday as we kayaked but were reminded strongly of just how dangerous the water can be. It was all stirred up from all the storms we have had the last 2 weeks. Muddy, swirling, high water. Still carrying extra sticks and junk.

We saw lots of trees down on the bluffs bringing with them the stairs and decks of the people living above the water. What a mess.

Then we saw places where the rushing waters pushed the boats way up on the riverbanks. Where we portaged from above a dam to below it, there were the mangled remains of a pontoon boat and its pier. I didn’t even realize it was a pontoon boat until Hubby and the boys told me they saw more parts of it and identified it as that.

I have had enough of the rains and leaks though. Here in the camper even there is a spot in the corner where the water is running down in one small stream to leave a mildewed spot in the carpet and water damaged spot in the side of the camper.

Even our kitchen faucet is leaking…….

Looks like its not gonna stop any time soon tonight.

Just gonna have to embrace it and enjoy it!

And be glad that there is rain here.

The puddles will be fun to play in later tonight or tomorrow. I still like to do that sometimes.

Not sure I will ever grow out of enjoying some things like puddles and rain…

At least I hope not.Isn’t this a cool picture?? Love how the clouds look and how the greens pop!!

I am not liking the part where it comes into my living spaces tho. Nor do I like the parts where it is making its own paths through my yard. I would be much happier if things like water chose to follow the path of my choosing.

I suppose water just can’t do that. It will always find its own path. Even when I try to make it conform to my patterns. I can however use its natural paths through my yard and enhance that.

Makes me think of kids and how they have to follow their own paths.. I can’t choose them, but I can help them find and work with the natural paths they already follow.

Speaking of which, this happened last week too!! We moved our newest college age child off to college!!! Our first one to go off to an actual college. We are excited for him and can’t wait to see where his path leads.

Anyways…

Time to go figure out supper. Looks like my family is back.

They went to play in some indoor water..

Time to go out in the outdoor water.

Blessings,

Vicki

PS… just for fun, here are the lyrics for “I Love a Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt.

LYRICS

Well I love a rainy night; I love a rainy night.

I love to hear the thunder;

watch the lightning when I lights up the sky.

You know it makes me feel good.

Well, I love a rainy night; it’s such a beautiful sight.

I love to feel the rain on my face;

taste the rain on my lips,

in the moonlight shadows.

Showers wash all my cares away;

I wake up to a sunny day,

’cause I love a rainy night.

Yeah, I love a rainy night.

Well, I love a rainy night.

Well, I love a rainy night, ooh, ooh.

Well I love a rainy night; I love a rainy night.

I love to hear the thunder;

watch the lightning when I lights up the sky.

You know it makes me feel good.

Well, I love a rainy night; it’s such a beautiful sight.

I love to feel the rain on my face;

taste the rain on my lips,

in the moonlight shadows.

Puts a song in this heart of mine;

puts a smile on my face ev’ry time,

’cause I love a rainy night.

Yeah, I love a rainy night.

Well, I love a rainy night.

Well, I love a rainy night, ooh, ooh.

Well, I love a rainy night.

Yeah, I love a rainy night.

Well, I love a rainy night.

Songwriters: David Malloy / Eddie Rabbitt / Even Stevens

Lyrics courtesy of YouTube.

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Homeschool · parenting

A Day in the Life…..

I thought it would be fun to do a day in the life. Not sure it would be an interesting read so I will try to make it one.

Around here, nowadays, we are pretty laid back. We get up mostly when we get up. I get up around 7 or so, most days. I get my tea, get caught up on some emails- or rather delete the emails that I just won’t read- scroll through Facebook for no particular reason, and then go to my office for a little “quiet time” with God. I pray, journal, and read the Bible for about a half hour. I am kind of spoiled nowadays.

I LOVE IT!!

The kids who are my early risers go watch YouTube videos or play video games until I kick them off and tell them to go eat breakfast around 8 or so. The other 2 who are not early risers get woke up about 9 ish. Or whenever I get around to that. Unless they have an early class and wake themselves up.

I go eat breakfast, clean up the kitchen a little, get the kid whose chore it is to empty the dishwasher and put away dishes from the night before, doing their chore and I go take a shower.

After that, I finish any chores in the kitchen, and then get the kid whose chore it is to help feed the chickens and rabbits and we go do that. This morning it was cold so we had to get fresh water bottles and break the ice in the chickens water tank. I brought in 6 eggs only. Lately, I have been getting about 18 a day because it has been nice again. Last night, the temps dropped below zero again so they didn’t lay as well. I have to treat one rabbit for fur mites later today. I will probably put out a dust bath of Diatomaceous Earth for the rabbits and one for the chickens. That should take care of mites.

While I catch up on some other chores that need doing, emails, today, signing my actors up for auditions, and other things that pop up that need dealing with, my kids are working on their school work. All 4 are doing online schooling this year. Some like to start right away and get their work done. Others stroll in later in the morning. All mornings are spent then doing school work. One is doing a few things off line because I fee like she needs a little extra work in some areas.

The boys are pretty much independent and do what they need to do. Sometimes needing a little reminder here and there. I am here basically as a supervisor to make sure they are doing what they are supposed to be doing and not being distracted by their phones……. or the cat. or their siblings……..

During this time is when I am doing either a blog post or work for the Master Gardener class I am taking, or working on drawing the illustrations for a book I am working on.

As a family, before lunch generally, we do Bible time. This year we have been reading through Psalms and Proverbs. I am learning a lot as we read Proverbs for the second time through this year. There is a very clear distinction between fools and the righteous throughout Proverbs and excellent advice for living!! Sometimes we watch a teaching online which has been really good for us all too.

For lunch, I generally pull out all the leftovers from the week, add in some sandwich fixings, some chips and some fruit and vegetables and put them on the counter or table for them to pick and choose what they want to do for lunch. It works well for us and I don’t have to worry about cooking something special for lunch again. Sometimes I will make something like eggs or macaroni and cheese. But generally, lunch is a smorgasbord.

After lunch, the kid whose chore it is to do dishes, helps to fill the dishwasher and wash up any remaining dishes. The kid whose chore it is to clean up the kitchen, does that and I go do whatever chores I need to be doing. Generally, the dishwasher needs to be run after lunch.

Sometimes they go outside and do some playing for a bit. Sometimes they go back to working on schoolwork or a class. Sometimes they read or draw. Often, they will play video games, either with friends online or together. For this last school year, I go take a nap. I wish it wasn’t a necessity for me, but it is what it is I guess.

After that, we get some other cleaning chores done. Sometimes we play some games or bake. Most of the time though, we do one or 2 cleaning chores that need doing. It is more fun and gets done faster when we do them together and by then, they need something active to do anyways. Last week while it was nice, we all cleaned out the rabbit house and all the water bottles, feed dishes and nesting box. This week, its been snowing or nasty, so we have done some indoor chores like vacuuming and cleaning up those areas that just don’t get cleaned often.

Then the boys who have jobs, start to leave for their jobs. One generally works about 5pm the first part of the week. The other the same time the end of the week.

I start supper around 5 or so, depending on what is going on that night. Whoever is kitchen duty or dishes comes and helps with those parts. Sometimes I have them help make dinner.

Most of the time we eat dinner together. Some nights, it just doesn’t work out so I make something and we eat when we can. Wednesday nights, Hubby takes the kids to their Martial Arts class and they eat out together in between classes. That gives me the night off to work on whatever I have to work on. Tonight though, I am meeting a friend to shop for a nice top to wear to Horse Daughter’s Bridal shower on Saturday. That should be fun!!

Tuesday the kids have Martial Arts so they eat after class. I have my Master Gardener class so I eat before. Thursdays the kids have Christian Youth Theater and leave by 4pm so I have them eat a good snack, take a snack with them and then feed them a little supper when they get home. Friday nights, the theater kids have rehearsals so they are gone by 430 generally so again, I try to get them something before they leave and have them something to eat while there. Ok- who am I kidding…. I generally forget and they purchase snacks there.

Feeding times at night are a little tricky……….

Like so many of you, we deal with that too. Slow cookers and meals that can sit in the oven are my saving grace. A lot of times I like to try to make bigger meals and have leftovers in the fridge for them to just heat up when they can. Some of them would rather just not eat so I do have the struggle of getting them to eat and eat healthy foods.

After supper most of the time, we chill. Some go watch TV. Some play video games. Sometimes we have to go check animals waters and make sure they have thawed water. Sometimes we have to go out and close up the coop after all the girls have gone back inside for the night. About 830 or 9, someone always gets something for a snack and stacks dishes in my sink and leaves a mess on my counter. After this many years, I just roll my eyes and ignore it. About 930, we start heading to bed. The youngest will get sent to the showers sometime before that time. Youngest Son will head to bed on his own then. Youngest Daughter needs to talk.. Then needs a drink. Then needs anything else. She has always had trouble getting to sleep.

I am in bed about then as well, reading generally. The rest of them get to bed around 11 or so.

Not very exciting I suppose. Around here, things are pretty self directed. Other than getting them to go outside or to do something I need or want some help with, they pretty much do what they need to do.

What do your days look like?? What do you do for that busy night time schedule to help keep them fed without going out to eat all the time??

Blessings,

Vicki