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Friday’s Letters – May 17

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Dear Education Folks –  Can someone tell me why my kids check out of school  several weeks before it actually ends?  Is there a solution? I feel like I’m herding chickens trying to get them to focus on studying.  I’m considering adopting a blackout policy, where I cover every window in the house (think London during WWII) as well as the car windows. In the morning, I’ll shuffle the offspring into the car while the garage door is shut, then drop them right at the school door closest to their classrooms, and then go in reverse in the afternoon. I’ll disconnect all things electric except lights, and lock all the doors and windows.  Think it will work?

Dear Spring – We have certainly enjoyed your lengthy stay this year.  Summer is now shoving you on your way, so we’ll bid you adieu until next year and embrace the heat.

Dear Ride of Silence Organizers – This year’s ride was extremely short (thank you tornadoes) but still heartfelt.  Thank you for your efforts, and a huge hug to our fellow bikers who show up faithfully to help, marshal and show support by riding.  To my followers – watch out for cyclists on public roadways and give them room.

Dear Kasey –  I am officially changing your name to Houdini.  I have no idea how you are getting out of the back yard so you can go sit on the front porch.  Thank you for not wandering any further.

Linking up with the Ladies at Suscipio.

Recognize your Moments of Grace.  Keep the Faith.

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Minutes – May 13

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Praying for

  • friends – as they navigate the uncertainty of unemployment, for the blessing of work
  • my children – that they all embrace learning, especially DirtBike.  That he, with the help of the teachers and education specialists, learns new ways to stay focused and organized and that he truly learns to appreciate and enjoy school
  • my parents – as they discern their life path heading into retirement
  • my sister – for backbone and integrity, that she find the gumption to finish school, and the proper attitude to search for gainful employment that will support herself and her sons
Grateful for
  • a new job
  • my husband, kids, friends and extended family, all who have bolstered my spirits and held me up in prayer during the past six weeks of heartache and change
  • A few weeks off until my new job begins, time to pray, regroup, get my house in order and enjoy my blessings

::healthy

Stress works as an effective diet tool, but it’s NOT a very healthy one. I’ve lost a considerable about of weight over the past six weeks from pure worry, and I’m feeling it.  My vain inner brat Olivia is turning cartwheels, but my rational grown up self knows that I have lost muscle tone, endurance and strength along with these pounds.  I’m focusing on eating well and getting plenty of rest for the next few weeks, as well as getting back to some regular exercise.

::pondering

Thinking about pride and humility.

::creative

Knitting like a crazed woman.  It’s been soothing to my anxious mind.  I’ve finished a blanket, two baby sweaters, and half of a summer sweater.  I’m going to teach Princess Pea how to knit this week.  She needs it, too.

Gardening.  Our yard and gardens have suffered mightily from the ongoing drought and extreme temperatures over the past many years.  It’s time to regroup, rethink and replace the 15-year old drip irrigation system. Lots of digging in my immediate future.  Can digging be creative?

FINALLY selecting the paint color for the house trim.  I hereby announce to the world that I WILL slap those sample colors onto garage panels and pick one before this week is over.  Please hold me accountable if I don’t announce a selection by next Monday.

::delicious

  • Polynesian Chicken, Strawberry Shortcake
  • Burgers with Mushrooms, Southwest Chopped Salad
  • Asian Chicken Salad
  • Fish Tacos, Black Beans
  • Mufalettas
  • Pizza Night!
  • Beef Kabobs, Grilled Corn, Berries

::fun

It’s been conspicuously absent for what feels like forever, but Fun IS coming back to the Pea Home!  Fun this week includes a movie date with Cherry Ames and Princess Pea, roasting marshmallows after dinner, studying for finals.  Yes, studying for finals.  I’ve been telling The Architect and Dirtbike for years that studying is fun.  They still don’t buy it, silly boys.

::captured

The Architect and Friends

Cardboard Boat Regata

Yes, that is my oldest son.  He made a boat out of cardboard, rowed it in a race and won for rowing the fastest and for having a beautiful boat. Amazing. I am a very proud Mama, and I’m also glad that our garage no longer smells like a chemical factory.  Have you ever tried to waterproof cardboard?  It takes several weeks of hauling the boat to and from school, conferring with the engineering and physics teachers, many hours researching and the application of multiple coats of multiple types of sealants. And lots of glue, paper tape and red spray paint.

Princess PeaPrincess Pea, captured by The Architect.  My children know and use my camera better than I do!

::looking ahead

New beginnings. Hope.

Oil changes for all vehicles, taking The Architect to get his driver’s license,  new glasses with a stronger bifocal, a haircut, enjoying having the daughters home for a little while before summer classes start,

Linking up at Suscipio – come join us!

 Record the Minutes.  Keep the Faith.

EMail Anglea Pea

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Friday’s Letters – April 12

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Dear DirtBike –  Good work on the reading.  I’m so proud of you.

Dear Architect –  A cardboard canoe?  Who knew such a thing is possible? I can’t WAIT for the regatta, to see you paddle this thing on water!

Dear Family and Friends –  Thank you for the loving support and prayers as we navigate through this time of upheaval.  We are blessed beyond measure and trust in the Lord’s Providence!

Linking up with the Ladies at Suscipio.

Recognize your Moments of Grace.  Keep the Faith.

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Minutes – March 18

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Praying for

  • Miss Dana  and Darryl – as they each approach these final weeks of prayer in preparation for coming into full communion with the Catholic Church at Easter!
  • Michelle – bravely battling the cancer.
Grateful for
  • a beautiful weekend
  • a son who is [finally] growing up
  • a wonderful, talented husband who fixed the fridge door!  and the chandelier! and as a bonus, cleaned the garage!!

::healthy

I put the knobby tires back on Princess Grace this past week (actually, The Architect put them on for me) and the winter rains are fading, so it’s time to start riding on dirt again!  Pavement is fun because you can go fast, but I can’t wait to get out there and dodge a few trees!

::creative

I tried my hand at covering a clipboard with fancy paper and mod podge. LOL – it was a total, bubbled, sticky disaster.  I need to consult with Cherry Ames (The Self Proclaimed Queen of All Things Mod Podge) for instructions for my redo.

I finished the mitts and a baby blanket that were on the knitting needles, and have started a summer sweater for myself. I’ve set a goal of finishing it before summer is over. Spatterdash Mitts

Spatterdash Lace Detail

::delicious

  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  • Spicy Grilled Chicken, Broccoli Slaw
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich Repeat (you know, because I cooked and shreaded a four pound roast!)
  • Pasta with Eggplant and Zucchini, Spinach Salad
  • Turkey Sandwiches, Carrot and Celery Sticks
  • Blackend Fish with Green Rice
  • Beef Stew, Fresh Bread

::fun

Spring Break – the kids enjoyed the rest, the girls were both home for a few days, Mr. Pea took some time off work and went biking with the boys.

::looking ahead

Passion Play practice for DirtBike this week, The Architect’s political campaign for a seat on the Student Council, another cold front, planning new landscaping for the front yard!

Linking up at Suscipio – come join us!

 Record the Minutes.  Keep the Faith.

EMail Anglea Pea

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Friday’s Letters – March 15

friday's lettersDear Blog –  Sweet Mercy I’ve missed you!  I’ve been busy with the living breathing people in my life.  Things are relatively calm[er] now, so DOUBLE YEAH!!  It’s  Friday and I have a few minutes to write a post!!

Dear DirtBike –  Happy Dance! Happy Dance!  You DID it!!  You passed the entrance exam and got into THE High School!!  Don’t get too cocky, now.  You still have to finish the 8th grade. And work with Mrs. R. on developing your comprehension and reading skills over the summer. And clean your room.

Dear Architect –  Oh. My. Gosh.  It was SO FUN to chaperone the trip to Lubbock!!  Yes, I spent most of my time fetching food for that herd of starving teens, finding bandaids, feeding Mr. D’s Starbucks habit, and washing shirts, but who cares?  I was just amazed the entire weekend at how brilliant you kids are.  You built A ROBOT!! And it works!

Robo Vikes Rule!

Robo Vikes Rule!!

The Architect and the Robot

Dear Daughters – It was absolutely, positively fantastic to see you both this week!  I’ve missed you so much, my Darling Girls.

Dear Mr. Pea – Date night was fun.  We really should go out more often without the offspring.

Dear Boys (You too, BigB) – WHY was that so funny?  All I did was walk down the driveway to tell BigB his Mom said to come home for dinner.  All three of you just stood there by the mailbox, looking mischievous and laughing like crazy. I’m looking at you,  walking down the driveway, and then you were practically rolling on the ground – what the heck? DirtBike yells, “Wait! Don’t Move!”. Huh? I looked down, and I’m about to step on a dead armadillo. “It’s What’s for Dinner!”, says The Architect, and the three of you set off on a fresh round of hilarity, laughing so hard you’re gasping for breath. Seriously? What is so funny about a dead armadillo? Not much, really. But your Mom stepping on a dead armadillo? Hysterical, if you’re a teenage boy. I can only be grateful that it had been dead for a long, long time, and there wasn’t much left past the bleached out armor shell.

You may now remove it from the front porch, where it’s sitting up like a begging dog in the flowerpot.

Linking up with the Ladies at Suscipio.

Recognize your Moments of Grace.  Keep the Faith.

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Friday’s Letters – February 15

friday's lettersDear Creator of That Computer Virus – My honest opinion?  You should be horsewhipped. Twice.  What gives?  What is the POINT of creating such a nuisance and setting it loose on the electronic world?

Dear IT Department Who Spent TWO DAYS Hunting and Exterminating Said Computer Virus –  You guys totally rock. Totally.

Dear Silly Internet Valentine Picture – You made my day. And Seriously?  Where can I get Alien Legos?  Because I am so totally there.

Alien Valentine

Dear Sister Pea – Ooooh! Your Valentine flowers were just beautiful! Lucky You!

Dear DirtBike – What’s the opposite of “Thank You”?  Whatever it is, that’s what I want to say to you for sharing your cold with me. I Love You Huge as a Moose, Son, but I DO NOT like having this cold. It’s making me crabby.

Dear Mr. Pea – You showed up at my office today and took me out to lunch!!  I love when I get to see you in the middle of the day!

Linking up with the Ladies at Suscipio.

Recognize your Moments of Grace.  Keep the Faith.

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Minutes – January 21

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Praying for

  • friends who still have the flu, and those who have contracted it in the past few days, that they all recover quickly and that it doesn’t spread through their households
  • my husband and children
  • our country, heading into a new term, for Divine guidance and a hearty dose of common sense
Grateful for
  • seeing Princess Pea this weekend
  • sunny skies
  • Girl Scout Thin Mints

::healthy

Lady Penelope
Lady Penelope

I pulled Lady Penelope out of the shed and took her for a cruise a couple miles over to city hall to pay the water bill.  She’s been a tad neglected lately, in favor of Princess Grace, the mountain bike.  May I freely admit that Princess Grace’s gears and hydraulic brakes have made me soft?  Oh mercy!  I totally forgot how much strength it takes to operate a fixed gear bike.   I was gasping by the time I got back to the house.   I should schedule regular rides with Lady Penelope to remind my legs how darned lucky they are!

Here’s something amazing.  Lady Penelope was the bike that got me started on my weight loss journey.  When I first started riding, I could barely make it around the block.  Now I think 10 miles is a ‘short’ ride!

First post at Suscipio will be this weekend!  Whoot!

::creative

Finished one of those mitts from last week; have one more that just needs the thumb knitted up.  And yes, I did pull out the sewing machine, but only to do some mending – reattach a strap to a duffle bag, fix a few hems and take in a skirt for Princess Pea. Oh, and I did manage to locate the hot glue gun and reattach the decorative gizmo to the center of the wood cross that Cherry Ames made us for Christmas.

::delicious

  • Steak, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Spinach Salad
  • More Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage and Zucchini (made two batches last week and froze one)
  • Blackened Tilapia, mixed veggies and a salad
  • Turkey, Tomato and Mozzarella Panninis
  • Chicken Noodle Soup, Cheese Biscuits
  • Tacos, Black Beans
  • Ham and Cheese Omelettes with Spinach, Grapefruit Salad

Ahhh…Grapefruit is in season!  Rio Star and Texas Rubies are NOT to be missed!

::fun

Well, the boys have a school holiday today.  The first call I get this morning went something like this:  “Mom, can we use the chainsaw?”  Seriously?  NO!!!  Since we spent yesterday afternoon cutting down dead trees, chopping them up and hauling them to the burn pile, I suspected the question would come up, which is precisely why the chainsaw is in the back of my van this very minute. Yes, I trust my boys, about as far as I can throw them, when it comes to the siren call of power tools.  They are teenagers and have all the common sense of rabid squirrels.  ‘Nuf said.

About those trees…We pulled down a dozen dead red oaks yesterday.  Damn drought.

::looking ahead

It’s time for the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show!!  Yee-haw!!  I love the Stock Show.  We may mosey over this weekend and check out the calves and pigs.  The Architect’s rescheduled race is Sunday afternoon, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for warm, dry weather!

Linking up at Suscipio – come join us!

 Record the Minutes.  Keep the Faith.

EMail Anglea Pea