Friday, August 10, 2007

Friday Ramblings

I'm having a brain sneeze this morning. My thoughts are kind of "all over the place".

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(Clouds in northeast Ohio, August 8, 2007)

We had storms rip through northeast Ohio yesterday afternoon. I have never liked thunderstorms--especially those greenish ones with the swirling clouds. Since the tornado hit Greensburg, I am even more skittish. Thankfully, we were safe. Only one person lost their life yesterday (as well as some livestock at a dairy farm). It could have been worse.

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Speaking of Greensburg, I experienced another night of "mourning" Tuesday evening. It brought tears, anguish, and many prayers for those I know and love in Greensburg.

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You should check out the afghan updates for "Rebuilding Greensburg--Block by Block". Laura Spradlin and all her contributors definitely deserve many kudos for their labor of love. The picture below is from her blog. That's only a few days' worth of squares, sent to her by knitters from all over the United States, Canada, and other parts of the WORLD! (If you see a bright yellow item in the lower righthand corner, that's part of a scarf made by yours truly--a non-knitter if there ever was one!)

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On a completely different note, we had to do the "school supplies" shopping trip a couple of days ago. We haven't done this for about 5 years, as we were home schooling. You see, when you home school, you buy supplies when they're on sale, and as you need them. As we walked toward the checkout with our "loot," it was a bit overwhelming. I don't remember needing all this stuff when I was a kid! We had a few notebooks, some pens and pencils, a bottle of glue, and some folders. We didn't need dry erase markers, special expandable folders, tab dividers, etc. And we definitely didn't have to supply the school with tissues, paper towel, and disinfectant wipes! (As a side note, I found a website that is an opportunity for helping school kids in Iraq. Check it out here.)

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Today is Friday, friends! Rejoice!


Harry said...

We-I mean you spent a lot of money on all that stuff.

Mrs. Darling said...

Yes school shopping can be daunting. I havent been reading you long so I must ahve missed soemthing. Why have you decided to send the kids to school? I love to see what goes into peoples decisions to just ignore this if Im being too nosy! :)

Joni said...

Not at all, not at all. I told a little more about this on my other blog (Thoughts Along the Journey--see sidebar for link).

It has been a matter of prayer for some time. Our parish has an excellent K-8 school, so that was instrumental in the decision. Also, due to some things my doctor saw at my last physical, he suggested it would be best if I didn't home school any longer. Our kids live in a neighborhood with no other children nearby. Due to schedules, they really couldn't be involved in any outside activities for awhile. We have lived in this town 2 years now, and they really have no friends. Plus there are just some learning issues that we feel would be better addressed in a bigger classroom setting.

Any other questions, feel free to ask! My e-mail address is on my profile, too.

Marsh said...

I think the boys will both do well in a public school setting. It's going to be a big adjustment for all of you.....just know that there are prayers going up for you. Don't you just love shopping for school supplies? Then it seems like they go a week, and there's another list of stuff that they need. Argh!