Recently in Family Category
Last week BeezleBub graduated from high school. Today he celebrated his 18th birthday.
How time flies!!
Reading this interesting Detroit Free Press story taught me there are large tax refunds--done under the wary eyes of the
I've always envisioned a brother and a sister from India.
The WP Niece has returned from her tour of duty in Afghanistan and is now with the WP In Laws in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Her e-mails and pictures kept us up to date on the goings on in the small Afghan village where she and two other Army women made their home. Despite the preparation by the Army before they deployed, the culture shock was still surprising to her (and to us).
But now she's home.
Thank god for her safe return!
In this case we had a chance to eat out at one of our favorite local pubs, something that's pleasurable this time of year because the only patrons are locals now that the tourists are gone until the ski season starts next month. We didn't have to wait to be seated and the food was delivered to our table not too long after we placed our order. In fact, we were in the pub for less than 45 minutes, yet we didn't feel rushed.
From the pub we returned home briefly before heading back out to see our high school's drama department put on their rendition of The Sound Of Music.
Yes, I can see your eyes rolling at the mention of one of the most performed musicals in history. Between Deb and I we've probably seen it in one form or another dozens of times. (I must make full disclosure at this point: BeezleBub was the crew manager for this musical, did most of the set design, and headed the set construction crew. The sets were awesome. No prejudice showing there. None.)
I wish I could say the performance we saw was superior, but it would be a lie. (Sound of "play critic hat" being put on my head.)
The biggest problem was the casting of the female lead (Maria): she couldn't sing very well. And because of her register, the male lead - someone who we know can sing quite well - was forced to sing outside his register, which made anything he sang sound forced. The singing of the two leads were difficult to listen to and I cringed with every flat note sung by the female lead.
There were a number of others in the cast who would have been right for that role which would have made the performance so much better.
(Sound of "play critic hat" being removed from my head.)
Still, Deb and I had a good night out.
And so goes another fall evening in small town America.
One thing that stood out above all the others: folks pulling their boats out of the water all around Lake Winnipesaukee. The boat ramps and marinas were plenty busy getting them out of the water. I saw quite a few 'lines of water' on the roads surrounding the lake. (These lines are usually water draining from the bilges of boats as they're towed down the road by their owners, assuming they remembered to remove their bilge plugs.) At least that's one thing I didn't have to do as The Boat never made it into the water this year. (The renovations are proceeding and I expect it will be in tip-top shape for next year.)
BeezleBub is helping Farmer Andy get his farm ready for the deluge and winds. Somehow I doubt he'll have to show up for work tomorrow as the farm stand won't likely be open and there's no real place for him to work on the farm machinery where he won't get drenched.
Now I'm going to put aside the keyboard and get back to cleaning up the mess from yesterday's debacle. (See my previous "Head For The Hills!" post.)
For the most part, things went swimmingly today.
Work went well, with a start on a couple of new projects. BeezleBub and I went to the town of Epsom to pick up his new (at least new to him) truck - a used Dodge Dakota 4X4 with less than 80,000 miles on it. Deb had the day off and was able to spend a small portion of it with a friend from work. (She also took care of the weekly grocery shopping, picking up a few extra items in light of the approach of Hurricane Irene such as a set of batteries for each of our portable radios.)
All in all it had been a pretty good day...right up to the point when the ceiling in the dining room of The Manse collapsed, accompanied by the sound of water and the thundering of 8 sets of feline paws scrambling up the stairs to the second floor and to safety.
Apparently one of Deb's favorite ways to relax - sitting in nice hot water in what we call "the whirly tub" - led to the disaster. Though I have not yet confirmed it, it appears one of the pipes or hoses that circulate water in the tub sprung a leak. This in turn led to water leaking onto the bathroom floor and between the ceiling of the first floor and the subflooring of the second floor. Eventually enough water pooled in one place and it weakened the drywall to the point where it finally gave way.
Mopping up gallons of water and clearing away sodden and broken drywall is not what I had planned to do on this Friday evening. But there it is.
So first thing Saturday morning I will be placing a call to our insurance company to make arrangements for an adjuster to come out to The Manse and assess the damage.
It will be interesting explaining to the insurance company how it is we had flooding in our home a good day and a half before Hurricane Irene even arrived.
It never ceases to amaze me the level of vitriol leveled towards Palin, or at her family. It shows how far manners and adherence to the unwritten rules of politics have fallen among the Left. This may end up coming back to bite them in the ass, as it should.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, both the Democrats and their bought-and-paid-for media went after Sarah's family, a long standing taboo. Candidates were always considered fair game. Their families were not. The Dems crossed that line and now they may never be able to step back across it. Even now they continue to hammer her and her family as if they are deathly afraid of her. Maybe it's because they are.
Apparently quite a few others feel the same way about how Sarah and her family are being treated. Others miss the point, like this person:
For example, when Bristol Palin said winning Dancing with the Stars, would be a middle finger to her and her mom's critics.If people had been criticizing just Sarah, that's one thing. But they went after Bristol, her baby, and her baby brother. No one did that to Chelsea Clinton when Bill was in office. It's an apple and oranges comparison.
Try as I might, I can't see Chelsea Clinton saying that about her parents' critics (in public).
But for a lot of those slamming Palin, it comes down to this: The problem with our society in this media-soaked age is that we equate glibness with intelligence and cynicism with wisdom.* It certainly explains Bill Maher, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, and the rest of the usual suspects.
*This is a composite of two different comments from Ann Althouse's post on the subject.
Will the intensity of PDS continue to increase as we approach the start of the 2012 presidential campaign season? Without a doubt. Will the invective aimed at Sarah Palin by the Left reach a level of hysteria not seen since Orson Welles' 1938 broadcast of War of the Worlds? Absolutely. Will any of it stop Sarah from moving forward, regardless of her plans or political ambitions. Absolutely not.
And the annual tradition will take place. I love it.
Last night my seven-year-old daughter threw up several times in the middle of the night. She's so cute that even her throwing up sounded cute.
And Quality Insulation of Meredith is blowing insulation between the 2" by 4" wall joists. The home is not up to code. Since the whole thing was gutted, it needs to be brought up.
I'm thrilled that the home will become even more insulated than what it was. And I paid thousands to blow in attic stuff.
Plumbing, electric, the ridiculous 2" by 6" roof rafters have been strengthened. I'm feeling good, even if my wife is stressed out by all the confusing billing, paperwork, and itemizing that causes daily headaches.
My home was burned out Nov. 19--which happens to be my brother's birthday--by my five-year-old playing with matches. It was my bad.
Wooden sticks for my pipe. I was dumb.
Libs, who both don't know which end the round comes out of and act like Alan Alda as fathers, won't appreciate the role fathers play in defending hearth and home. It's primal, I know.
But it's not gone.