Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pre-Retreat (Indiana Journey)

Of buses and airplanes, I don't need to say much. Every trip has its quirks, but this one did go pretty smoothly, at least until I got to Chicago. I've only taken one other flight to the U.S., and that time I had a connecting flight in Detroit, our arrival from Toronto was late, and I barely remember anything about that except rushing through the airport. But squeezed in there somewhere, I must have gone through Customs, and so that second flight was a domestic one--no Customs.

This time I was flying nonstop to Chicago, and (of course) forgot about the fact that when you go through Customs, by the time you've been x-rayed and screened and everything else, you're sort of booted out a side door into the non-security part of the airport. The trouble was, I was supposed to meet someone from a domestic flight (you see this now?) at a pre-arranged spot in the security area, and I didn't have a phone, or enough American coins to use a pay phone to call either her or a third person who was picking us both up. The other tiny problem was that I knew her only by a photograph, and real live people can look quite different, so I wasn't a hundred percent sure who I was watching for!

I tried to think on my feet (literally, as I was dragging around my luggage), and tried a couple of different approaches to get an escort pass or at least a little help in connecting with my friends. Nope, I was not getting back in there and nobody very official seemed much interested in helping Find My Party. (I am not blaming airport employees, they have to do what they have to do.) Finally I asked an employee working in the baggage area of My Party's airline, and she got it right away. She let me use the phone in their office to call our Third Person, and it turned out that she was parked almost right outside the door. So we all connected up and, really, it hadn't been that long a delay--it just felt like it at the time.

So...over the next day or so, everyone on our team finished arriving.
Emily 'Ma' Bear: I'm afraid we're running out of room. Two of you will have to sleep on hangers on a hook on the wall.
Gonzo: What a fabulous idea!
Animal: Love hanger! Love hanger! (Muppet Family Christmas, 1987)
No hangers, but we were kind of all over the place.

Janice: [bringing out a basket of Christmas cookies] Hey, everybody, look what I've got: Christmas cookies!
Cookie Monster: COOKIE!
[gobbles up the whole basket, as Animal watches in amazement]
Cookie Monster: Oh, thank you!
Janice: Who was that strange blue creature?
Animal: Dat my kinda fella! Ahahahahaha!
Our charming hostess
Some of us made cookies. Some of us cut flowers. Some of us wrote names on calling cards. Some of us cooked meals. Some of us cleaned up. We all ate chocolate.

Next post: The retreat!

(All images from A Muppet Family Christmas, 1987)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Quote for the day: Life shouldn't always be so serious

"Oh all this endless thinking, it's very overrated. I blame the war, before 1914 nobody thought of anything at all.." - Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith), Downton Abbey (to the family about leaving Edith to think while the rest of them have a picnic).

Home at last (Indiana Journey)

I will be posting some thoughts about the AmblesideOnline AtHome Retreat over the next day or so. In the meantime, I'm unpacking.
I am now officially airing my dirty laundry on the blog.
A magnet from the Ukraine. (Thank you!)
A new book by an AmblesideOnline Auxiliary member. (Review to come!)
A couple of retreat "specials!"
These came all the way from Poland. Again, thank you very much.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Doing some travelling

(The photos are for the benefit of those of you who like to talk about packing and purses. The purse actually came from a yard sale last weekend. The bigger bag I've had forever.)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Mr. Fixit's Retro Birthday Party

 Front hall--throwback toys.
 Special person, special plate.
Everybody needs a souvenir.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1.July 15th is National Give Something Away Day.  What can you give away? Will you?
I'll probably put some things in our ongoing to-the-thrift-store box.
2. Do you have a mantra? Please share with the class if you feel comfortable doing so.
This week it's "I get enough," courtesy of A Holy Experience.
3. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? How many times a week do you shop? Do you make a list or pray for inspiration in the produce aisle?
Whoever's home shops together, usually on Saturdays. I usually have a list of what we're out of, and sometimes also a list of things to get for specific meals.
 4. Is there a TV show you're embarrassed to say you watch? You're going to tell us what it is, right? 
We just watched a whole season of Hill Street Blues.
5. A recent article listed fifteen words we should eliminate from our (written) vocabulary in order to sound smarter- that, went, honestly, absolutely, very, really, amazing, always, never, literally, just, maybe, stuff, things, and irregardless. Of the fifteen, which word is yourmost overused?
Really. It is, really. Just is a close second.
6. So apparently dying your hair gray (in your youth!) is a thing right now. It's called 'The Granny Hair' trend. Your thoughts?
Why would I want to pay to do that when I could do it for free?
7. A while back Buzz Feed asked members to share the most beautiful sentence they've read in a piece of literature. A hard thing to narrow down, at least for me, but let's try. What's one of the most beautiful sentences you've ever read in a piece of literature?
"The mouse hurried to his safe home.
He lit the fire,
he ate his supper,
and he finished reading his book." Mouse Soup, by Arnold Lobel.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Too much random already going on today, sorry!
This blog hop comes from Joyce at From This Side of the Pond. Feel free to create your own answers and post your blog to the link-up

Sunday, July 12, 2015

What's for supper? Summer things

Tonight's "Sunday dinner" menu:

Leftover beef and potato stew
Hot dogs
Cole slaw made with kohlrabi and carrots
Yellow zucchini sticks (summer squash)
Corn on the cob

Vanilla ice cream
Fresh cherries and strawberries

Good reading for today

Something good to read today: Understanding Poetry, at Bent Leather.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

What's for supper? Turkey-vegetable tortillas

 Tonight's dinner menu:

Tortillas with turkey-vegetable filling and shredded cheese
Frozen corn
Banana-maple muffins

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Saturday Yardsales

Watch set with interchangeable bands and bezels (rings). Go ahead, admit it...didn't you circle one of these in a Christmas catalogue at least once in your life? ($2)
Three verrrry sharp knives, new in the package. ($4).(Everybody here has been warned.)

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

What's for supper? Canada Day

The Boy's Smack 'n' Cheese (one-pot macaroni and cheese)
Hot dogs on the barbecue
Chocolate microwave cake (the black dots are chocolate chips)
The other package of German/Italian mini chocolate bars 
Watermelon (the best red thing to eat on Canada Day)

Your last, your very last chance to sign up for this summer's AO Retreat

Important Notice to Charlotte Mason Homeschoolers and AmblesideOnline Users: If you had at all considered the possibility of going to the AmblesideOnline Retreat in Indiana, July 24th to 25th, this is the very last chance to send in a registration.

(I would love to meet you there.)

Monday, June 29, 2015

What's for Supper? Pasta Salad. Funny Chocolate.

Tonight's dinner menu:

Polish wieners on the barbecue

Pasta Salad Primavera, from Saving Dinner.

Dessert: Flintstones chocolate candy from the Euro grocery. The label is German but the company is Italian. (No idea.)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Quote for the day: Longing unfulfilled

"At the breakfast table, I took a look at my father with his round head, his iron-colored hair, his chipper red cheeks, and I wondered to myself--at what age does a man get over this longing?

"The answer is, he doesn't. My father was so overwhelmed with longing that it unfitted him for anything but building martin houses." ~~ Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins (1971)

Friday, June 26, 2015

More Adler

Too good not to share:

"...the common elements that will unite all human beings in a single, cultural community will be related to such essentials as truth in science and philosophy, moral values and human rights, man's understanding of himself, and the wisdom that is the highest good of the human mind....There is only a human mind and it is one and the same in all human beings."  Mortimer J. Adler

Adler quote for the day: what is human nature?

"In what sense then is there a human nature, a specific nature that is common to all members of the species? The answer can be given in a single word: potentialities." ~~ Mortimer J. Adler, Ten Philosophical Mistakes

Thursday, June 25, 2015

One fainting robin

This robin has been on our porch railing since this morning. He's too young to fly very well, I think. A parent has been by a couple of times with food, but they didn't seem able to plan a rescue effort.

UPDATE: Partway through the afternoon, Little Bird made it back onto the stone wall and then into the bushes. It's now early evening, and he's still sitting in the edge of the bushes, looking kind of lost. Moving out on your own is not what it's cracked up to be...