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Minutes – October 1

::faithful

Praying for

  • The Tatum Family…the funeral was Saturday, a day of tears and sorrow.  Please pray for Tammy and her young daughters as they face the coming days with heavy hearts.
  • Judy Darling – her masectomy was successful and recovery is happening fast.  Please pray for Judy to continue to regain her strength and then some as she prepares to start chemo if a few weeks.
Grateful for
  • rain! rain!  It started raining Friday morning and didn’t stop until late yesterday afternoon.  Aaaahhhh…..
  • York Peppermint Patties
  • Zataran’s dirty rice mix and gumbo starter
  • cooler temperatures
  • blue skies
  • The Architect getting to head south to Aggieland to see his sister!  They have been missing each other. 

::healthy

A few bike rides this week, still more veggies at the dinner table, and getting some sleep this week.  I’ve informed the resident men that I am going on strike every day at 9:00 pm and sitting down on my bed to relax, read and then go to sleep.  There will be no proofreading last minute assignments, no emergency loads of laundry, no trips to WalMart for whatever it is that you need for school in the morning and forgot to tell me about last week.  There will be no dishes washed by me,either, because the BOYS will be doing them!  Oh yeah!

::creative

We’re updating DirtBike’s bedroom.  He’s ready to retire the little boy G.I Joe Army Guy theme.  Most of yesterday was spent clearing and purging.   I could not believe the stuff I found hidden in the dark recesses of the closet and slipped behind the bed:  smashed lunch remains, moldering in plastic baggies, because it was too much effort to empty the lunchbox in the kitchen;  disassembled clocks, watches and toys, because he wanted to see how they worked; dog biscuits, because….he didn’t know why those were stacked behind the books on the book case; a pile – a PILE, I tell you! – of dirty socks, most of which were actually his.

AND!!  The Architect’s next engineering class project is to build a trebuchet!!!  I am SO excited about this.  Unfortunately, it will be a small one for class, BUT…we’ll have access to PLANS, so we can build a huge one later!  I have aspirations of launching pumpkins and watermelons from the back deck…

::delicious

I’m yearning for hot meals, and the temperatures are cooperating, so I’m cooking this week.

  • Steak, Garlic Potatoes, Green Beans and Salad
  • Taco Salad
  • Stuffed Peppers, Spinach Salad
  • Potato Soup, Grilled Turkey Sandwiches
  • Roasted Chicken, Peas
  • Fish Tacos
  • Ravioli with roasted Butternut Squash

::fun

This week, not so much.  Just ordinary life, which we will enjoy just as much as fun.

::looking ahead

Preparing for Fall Festival fundraiser next weekend, a race for the Architect, many little things at work than need attention, planning ahead for the holidays, delivering meals to sick friends, keeping up with DirtBike’s studies, making sure he’s not falling behind.  (DirtBike has dyslexia and an uncertain measure of ADD, both of which make school extremely difficult. Extra coaching for organizational skills is a constant in our lives, as well as an occasional flick on his forehead to remind him to pay attention to the book in front of him!)

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EMail Anglea Pea

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Minutes – September 24

::faithful

Praying for

  • The Tatum Family…my coworker Tommy Tatum died yesterday evening after complications from surgery.  Please hold his wife and daughters up in prayer.
  • The Rodriguez Family…my friend Katy lost her husband last week. They had just celebrated their 25th anniversary at mass a few weeks ago.  Please remember Katy and their four children.
  • My sister and brother in law, for safe travels to Europe
Grateful for
  • My own family, that they are healthy and strong
  • opportunities for play this past weekend instead of doing nothing but chores.  Yes, I rode my bicycle over that!!  Managed it just great, thank you, then promptly clipped a tree a half mile down the trail and went flying into the brush. *sigh*

::healthy

A few bike rides this week, [more] veggies at the dinner table, getting hydrated because it’s hot again!

::creative

I set aside my scarf to work on knitting a Christmas present for my Mom. It’s so pretty!  If you’re reading this, Mom, that’s all the clues you’re getting.  It’s knitted and pretty.

DirtBike is almost finished that V-22 model for his history fair project.  Mercy.  I’ll never understand how a boy can be so messy when it comes to his room and belongings, but can paint the finest, tiniest details that are perfectly neat, authentic and impressive!

The Architect has been working on a popsicle stick crane for his Engineering class.  This is version 2.0…his team is hoping to support many equivalent tons of weight today.

This is so Clever!!  And practical!!  And  it’s recycled!!  Off road biking is fun, but really, REALLY hard on innertubes.  (The Architect has gone “tubeless” for racing.)  I saw this and I would like to make one. It’s a rubber computer bag, made from recycled bike tubes.  The only issue would  be finding a commercial strength machine that could sew easily through the tubes.

::delicious

It’s hot again.  (Hello?  Weather Maker?  It’s officially autumn now. Please, can we cool off a bit?  Thanking you in advance…)

  • Moroccan Chicken over Couscous and Broccoli
  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Coleslaw
  • Fish Tacos with Black Beans and Guacamole
  • Hamburgers with Grilled Zucchini
  • Leftovers (yeah!)
  • Bean Burritos, Roasted Corn Salad
  • Pizzas on the Grill, Spinach Salad

::fun

Okay.  One of my kids – can’t remember which one – sent this to me, and I have giggled every time I look at it.

::looking ahead

Tree trimming, speaking at a leadership conference tomorrow about Effective Presentations and Overcoming Stage Fright, my Mom coming to Texas for a few weeks (she’s staying with my nieces while Sis and BIL take that trip to Europe), Fall Festival, more fall races for The Architect.

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EMail Anglea Pea

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Minutes – September 10

::faithful

Praying for

  • calm and rest in this busy time of year
Grateful for
  • Cold Front!! Oh the sweet joy of being able to go outside and not feel like my lungs are being scorched!
  • the amazing biking community that as a whole is so welcoming and encouraging to beginners
  • continued progress in Clearing the Decks
  • The Architect’s amazing biking skills!  He placed second at the Sansom Park Fall Series ride.  This trail is mean:  full of rocks, hard climbs loose gravel and sand traps.  He finished without incident – no blood dripping crossing the finish line! (Seriously – I won’t ride this trail – it’s expert rated, sort of like a black diamond ski run.) 

::healthy

More biking scheduled this week, as well as a few good long walks with Max the Dog.  I also intend to keep up with getting more rest.

::creative

The uniform pants are finally hemmed!  Yeah!  I’ve started knitting a new scarf for myself from some gorgeous cashmere yarn.

DirtBike is halfway through a V-22 model for his history fair project, and it’s looking grand.  He also brought me a sketch of how he would like to have his room repainted.  It involves splattering electric yellow, green and cobalt blue paint on one wall.  I like the idea!  Of course, it’s sad to see the little boy army camo paint theme go away.

::delicious

Yeah!  Still under the century mark for temperatures, so I’m still cooking!

  • Grilled Chicken and Broccoli Salad
  • Dirty Rice, Green Beans and Tossed Salad
  • Barbeque Dinner –  for the Stephen Breen Foundation.  The boys will be waiters…
  • Shrimp Gumbo
  • Turkey Sandwiches
  • Hamburgers
  • Blackened Tilapia, Zucchini and Corn

::fun

Weekly ride with the Mayor of Fort Worth, mountain biking on a local trail with a friend who is new to off road biking,

::looking ahead

Facilities Committee meeting for The Architect’s school, Stephen Breen dinner, teacher conferences, knitting, cooking, laundry, work, and cutting down a few dead trees.

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EMail Anglea Pea