Food, Finds, Fevers and a Fine Timeline

Dinner was good tonight- spaghetti and rolls. I got up from my nap at 3, and at first didn’t want to fix rolls, but talked myself into doing so because I had just enough time to let them rise and bake them. Plus, salad hasn’t been an option lately, as we have lost the strainer insert of our salad spinner, and I don’t think to buy salad at the store anymore. What a weird thing to lose. I have looked everywhere (except where it is, of course), and concluded that it must have gotten thrown away. How could we have thrown away a bright green bowl? Who knows. I have thrown away some expensive objects, and am particularly good at tossing Cutco knives in the trash. They get shoved in with the chicken carcass, the potato peelings, the onion skins. Thankfully, I miss the knife before the trash goes out and get to dig through it all to find it. But one cannot justify throwing away a salad spinner bowl, in any way.

I found my Bible. Who knew the cover is the same exact color as buckeyes? I had looked through the basket where it was before, but saw only a few items of clothing and buckeyes I had stashed there to make necklaces with the cousins last weekend. It was such a relief to find it; I had to sit right down and read it.

Kenan has had a fever almost this whole week. When the older ones have fevers, I let them run their course, with medicine. With toddlers and younger, it usually signals an ear infection and trip to the doctor. Although Kenan had some really rough nights, one he spent on my chest (guess who didn’t sleep that night), each night has gotten better and he doesn’t give me the sense it hurts him to lay his head down, something others usually can’t stand to do. So, I hope I am not neglecting him by treating him like the older folks. We medicate and we wait.

Tomorrow is our book club. We are meeting at our church, to put the gym to good use.:) As we began the biography of George Muller, I noticed he lived almost the entire 19th century! What a wide variety of events, people and discoveries were made during his lifetime! I found a website, Fact Monster, that had a page where a lot of the big ones were listed, about 50-60 of them. Luke told me I should have the kids narrow the list down to 25, and write about why they included what they did on their list. The kids weren’t real excited about this project at first, but I think after they looked up some of the ones they’d not heard of and started compiling their lists, they got more interested. The finished product is a poster we will share tomorrow that has timeline figures glued to it for each event, person or invention they listed. Some of them could have been more eloquent in their defense of the event (“I chose the Civil War because it was scary” “I choseĀ  the Haymarket Riot because it was important”), but I am proud of their work. It made us want to research some things further, like Napoleon and Simon Bolivar. Remember the Alamo! We now know a little better why.