Archive for February, 2008

Poetry is in the Air, For Thou Art Fair

Monday, February 11th, 2008

My admiration has continued long,

Though distant first my budding affection;

As you showed kindness, the bonds became strong.

Apart from you I suffer dejection.

Once, fighting and violence marked my days.

Unmitigated hormones led to strife.

The aid you offered helped me change my ways;

I solaced myself with domestic life.

To express one’s love, it is the season;

This Valentine’s Day: Honor you on it.

For hiding my love there is no reason,

So I give to you this humble sonnet.

Nobody else can match your stroke or pat.

Please accept these loving words from your cat.


Hey There, Khalilah

Monday, February 11th, 2008

My friend, Marmee, pointed out this fun parody of Hey There, Delilah on You Tube. Enjoy. 🙂

Yet more birthdays . . .

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

February is our month for birthdays. We celebrated Kayla’s bd, then Rick’s and now, tomorrow, we have birthday number 23 for Laura and Sarah.

Laura is a busy wife and mommy, living clear across the country from here, with her husband Darren and their son Diederick. For an often entertaining glimpse into their lives, check out Laura’s blog. Here is a colored pencil drawing that Kayla did a couple years ago of Darren and Laura on their wedding day.


Sarah is a busy working girl, who has her own place. We do get to see her on Sundays, since we are members of the same church. Still, she keeps busy, so we won’t be able to eat her birthday cake until this coming Saturday. I remember what kind I’m supposed to bake: carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. (When Laura and Sarah were little, no matter what, there had to be two birthday cakes on their special day. I seem to recall that they called the cakes “the Birthday.”) Sarah also has her own blog. She writes about a variety of topics, but you will notice that one of her special loves is poetry.

Here is a fantasy drawing that Kayla did of Sarah at about the same time as the Darren/Laura portrait:


Here is a picture of big brother Philip hugging Laura and Sarah. I believe the girls are close to three years old in this photo.


This photo goes a bit further back in time (Sarah is on the left, Laura on the right. Rick built the playpen, btw.):


T’s Birthday

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

I was just thinking that I haven’t posted any photos of the family for a while. Since we celebrated Teesie’s birthday recently, here are a couple of photos from that:


Kayla, as you may already know, was NOT turning 90 years old, but since we didn’t have a 2 candle, Cadetie (who baked the birthday cake) thought a 9 would do as well, and contribute to the joviality of the occasion. 🙂


These cute boots were Rebecca’s gift to Kayla.


Rebecca and Kayla. This was taken on T’s birthday, too.

Jr. Solo and Ensemble Contest

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Rick, my husband, and Seth, our youngest son, left a few minutes ago for Anacortes, WA where the Jr. Solo and Ensemble Contest is being held this year. Some students, like Seth, will be singing. Others will be playing musical instruments, solo or in small groups.

This past Thursday evening I attended the dress rehearsal for the students from our school district who will be performing in this year’s contest. Without exception, the students did beautifully! Participation in this event is voluntary. In fact, a small fee is charged to enter the competition. It was evident from the quality of the musical performances that these students love music, and have really worked to prepare for the event.

Originally, Seth planned only to sing Hey There, Delilah by the Plain White Ts, but the school’s piano accompanist couldn’t locate piano music for the song. Seth has been learning to play guitar in an enrichment class that is offered three mornings a week at the middle school, so he asked his choir teacher if he could accompany himself. She agreed that he could try, so Seth searched online for the guitar tablature to this song, learned how to play it, memorized it, and now plays it fluently while singing.

Seth has loved to sing since he was a wee little dude. Music is one of the loves of his life. His worry last night was that he has a couple blisters on his fingers. I hope he will be able to relax and do his best. It would be neat if he can go further in the competition, perhaps to the state level.

Here are the lyrics to the song that Seth will be performing:

Plain White Ts
Hey There Delilah
(These lyrics are from

hey there delilah
what’s it like in new york city
I’m a thousand miles away
but girl tonight you look so pretty
yes you do
time square cant shine as bright as you
i swear its true

hey there delilah
don’t you worry about the distance
I’m right there if you get lonely
give this song another listen
close your eyes
listen to my voice it’s my disguise
I’m by your side

oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
what you do to me

hey there delilah
i know times are gettin’ hard
but just believe me girl
someday I’ll pay the bills with this guitar
we’ll have it good
we’ll have the life we knew we would
my word is good

hey there delilah
I’ve got so much left to say
if every simple song I wrote to you
would take your breath away
I’d write it all
even more in love with me you’d fall
we’d have it all

oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me

a thousand miles seems pretty far
but they’ve got planes and trains and cars
I’d walk to you if I had no other way
our friends would all make fun of us
and we’ll just laugh along because we know
that none of them have felt this way
delilah I can promise you
that by the time that we get through
the world will never ever be the same
and you’re to blame

hey there delilah
you be good and don’t you miss me
two more years and you’ll be done with school
and I’ll be makin’ history like I do
you know it’s all because of you
we can do whatever we want to
hey there delilah here’s to you
this one’s for you

oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
what you do to me

Friday Haiku

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Haiku Friday

So much crying here,

Sorrow beyond description.

Can this pain be eased?

In my sphere of life

I do what I can to help,

Reaching out to some.

God cares: This I know.

In His time, makes all things right.

Looking up, I’ll hope.

Sometimes I get to thinking about one sad thing after another. My daughter Laura told me about a truck driver whose vehicle slid on the icy roads where they live. His vehicle went off the overpass, and the poor guy died a fiery death, leaving behind his wife and children. We truly live in a vale of tears. Unborn children have life snatched away from them at the behest of their mothers. Children who make it to birth are sometimes unloved and neglected. Children who are loved are sometimes orphaned.

I believe what the Bible teaches, that all of this wickedness and misery resulted from mankind turning from God. It should not surprise me that trouble abounds here below. The Westminster Shorter Catechism, question 19, asks, “What is the misery of that estate whereinto man fell?” The answer given is: All mankind by their fall lost communion with God, are under his wrath and curse, and so made liable to all miseries in this life, to death itself, and to the pains of hell for ever. (Scripture verses cited for this answer are Genesis 3:8,10,24, Ephesians 2:2,3, Galatians 3:10, Lamentations 3:39, Romans 6:23, and Matthew 25:41,46.)

But, thank God, that is not the end of the story. Question 20 of the Shorter Catechism asks, “Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery? The answer is: God having, out of his mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life, did enter into a covenant of grace, to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer.

When I remember that God cares, that He has provided a real escape from this sorrowful valley, where even the most beautiful, productive life ends at last in death, then the tightness in my throat eases, and I am able to draw a deeper breath.

Here are a couple verses I find comforting, Matthew 6:33,34: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

For more Haiku, visit Jennifer over at Playgroups are No Place for Children and Christina at A Mommy Story.

Something to tickle your funny bone

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.

One of my friends forwarded a bunch of funny sayings to me. This one really caught my fancy. Does anyone know who the author of this witticism might be?

Thursday Thirteen – Edition IX

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Thirteen Things we routinely purchase at Costco:

  • Starbuck’s French roast coffee beans
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Half and Half
  • Toilet tissue
  • Paper towels
  • Laundry detergent
  • Some veggies, such as lettuce, broccoli, baking potatoes, onions, tomatoes
  • Some fruits, such as bananas, apples, oranges, blueberries
  • Tuna (Kirkland Signature solid white albacore tuna)
  • Dry cat food and dog food
  • Cashews (Rick’s favorite munchies food)
  • Fresh baked garlic loaves

Thirteen things we buy at Costco

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An insubstantial statement

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

It’s still not very late, but this cute clip art expresses my feelings exactly. I am SO tired this evening. I think we’ve all been battling “something”, off-and-on, for a while, plus I think my back misbehaving on Saturday (and continuing to be a bit “iffy”) is taking some extra energy.

Sweetie Kayla called this evening to tell us that the vehicle she was driving was hit from behind today as she was stopping for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Her car wasn’t badly damaged, she said, but her poor neck is hurting now. That experience left her with the desire to just go home and go to bed, too.

I really do need to get our tax information to the accountant PRONTO, so that our college kiddos can file their FAFSAs on time this year. I was kind of hoping to start that this evening, but, seeing that I am SO tired . . . I think I’ll wait until Friday. I’m taking that day off from work since Kayla is having her wisdom teeth extracted then, and I would like to mother her a bit.

Hmmm . . . Maybe I have enough energy left to decide what I’ll do for Thursday 13 tomorrow.

Multiplication of fractions – a cool visual

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

As some of you know, I work part-time as a math paraeducator (a.k.a. “teacher’s helper”). In 6th grade, we have been studying multiplication of fractions. If your schooling was like mine, you probably were told, “This is how you multiply fractions,” then you were given a bunch of problems to do to get you used to the formula, and you never really UNDERSTOOD what multiplying a fraction times a fraction means, or why you end up with a smaller number as the answer.

I also know that some of you are home educators, so perhaps the following drawings will be useful to you in explaining this concept to your pupils.

This method, called the “brownie pan” method, uses visual aids, or manipulatives, drawn by the students. Here is how the student could illustrate the fraction 3/4:


Here is how the student could illustrate the fraction 2/3:


And, finally, this is how the student could illustrate the multiplication problem 2/3 of 3/4 OR 3/4 of 2/3 (Remember that the word “of” indicates the mathematical operation of multiplication.):


The sections of the brownie pan that are double-shaded show the numerator of the fraction product (How many pieces of the whole are we talking about?) and the total number of sections in the “brownie pan” shows the denominator of the fraction product (How many pieces total is the whole divided into?).

This is cool, is it not?

Do you have any questions, students?