one more reason to homeschool

N.B. principal becomes first suspected SARS case in Atlantic Canada Yeah, this is in my town.

Funny how to article didn’t mention that the principal had already visited her school, and talked with students, and how the parents are scared out of their wits.

They’v also closed the school until April 8th. That’s the latest that this story hadn’t posted yet.

Anyway. I also think it wouldn’t *be* news if the media hadn’t been talking about it for the past two weeks.

Ballad to Andrea

I found it most ironic that, in the course of the previous entry, Andrea said I was articulate. It was so because she had left me so speechless. I really didn’t know what to say. There were lots of things that I thought of saying, but nothing that came to mind were what I felt would be an appropriate response. After she saw me reading it, she asked if I left a comment. “Thank you sweetly” *blush*” or something like it would have so taken away from the sheer depth of her expression. Tonight I sat here for the nth time (rereading it) trying to arrive at some response which might match hers in sincerity.

So, what I arrived at as an appropriate way to respond is in the form of an analogy. Let us say that Andrea is a gem. Now, when the gems come out of the mine there are many levels of quality. And the quality is not normally determined by the size or shape of the gem but by the number of flaws there are in it. The reason for this is that the gems with flaws will not look as beautiful and startling as the ones without flaws. With either kind, the gems have to be cut and polished before they show much at all.

Before we can determine the quality and clarity of a gem, we need light. And so, for the purposes of the analogy, I would like you to consider me a light. The thing is, once a gem of high quality has been cut and polished, you really don’t need that great of a light to tell that you have a good one on your hands. It’s only when you have no light at all, that the quality is indeterminate. And a bright light differentiates between the fine and the finest. What makes the difference between the fine and the finest is the way the light reflects from its surface and refracts through the gem itself. The light shows off every line and facet of the gem. You see, the gem is really showing off the light and changing it from something which is daily around us into something which is quite dazzling. Where I am going here is that when I read over the things Andrea had written, I had thought of something which was in many ways quite ordinary being presented as quite dazzling.

To finish the analogy, what I have described about is a kind of pairing which was built into the nature of this world. You see, without something beautiful to shine on, light is just something we see by. A beautiful object, without any light, appears no different to us than a bland or ugly one. It is only when the two are together that you have something of indescribable beauty.

There is a whole list of qualities that I could list about Andrea, but I am not going to. She has told you so many of them while she was talking about me. There was only one which I felt needed mention. There are times when I have bad days and sometimes even bad weeks. Quite often during those times I stop treating her as though she is the most important person in the world. It is then that she is determined to have me go back to treating her that way.

Happy Anniversary sweetheart! (Sorry I was so late with the flowers).

TMS Collab – friendship

Collab topic for this month: Share some of your opinions on the concept of friendship.

What kind of people do you surround yourself with as your friends? Do you find yourself more comfortable with people your own age, or does that matter? Do you like to surround yourself with lots of people, or do you like to have a smaller, more tight-knit group around?

How easy or difficult is it for you to meet new people and make new friends? Is it easier or harder to make friends using the Internet, and what kind of positive effect has meeting friends online had on your life? What are the greatest kindnesses a friend has shown to you?”

mmm pasta

So, take a really full scoop of flour, I have a 1-cup scoop in the bag, so maybe it is closer to two cups, and dump in a bowl. make a well and crack two eggs in it. Stir up the eggs so the flour mixes in a bit at a time to make a soft dough. Dump it out on the counter, extra flour and all. Knead the dough for a few minutes to work in more flour and get it soft & elastic. Divide the dough into about 4 pieces just so it is easier to work with.

If you have a pasta maker like I do, now’s the time to run it through that. If you don’t, get out the rolling pin. the first few runs are to work in a bit more flour so it is not sticky. You can fold it a couple times too. Then roll it out reeeeeeaaaaally thin.

Either cook it right away in lots of boiling water for about five minutes, or lay it on a floured tea towel to dry. It WILL stick to the counter if you don’t. 🙂 This makes about enough for one meal. Use four egss and more flour for a bigger batch.

Enjoy! Even store bought “fresh” pasta is not the same. (lasagna for supper! whee!)

random blogging

The starlings are back in my yard! Yay! Birds are singing! Spring is officially here! Remind me of this when they get set to leave again and poop all over the side of my house.

I’ve had a song snippet stuck in my head for months, and thanks to the net figured out what it was. The Style Council’s Long Hot Summer. Anyone else remember this song? It was in the early 80’s and MuchMusic had just hit the airwaves. Not only did they play more videos, I actually taped them on my (my mom’s) new VCR that had an attached remote. I remember the aforementioned song mostly by video, as all the “cool” songs weren’t on the radio. You know, back when U2 wasn’t even on the radio. I think the video I taped after this one was Prince’s Let’s Go Crazy. Back when Prince was different and cool. Now he’s just wierd and U2 are just old.

I have a great idea for a new tv show. It’s called Sunday Dinner, and consists of hidden camera footage of, what else, Sunday dinner at my mom’s house. Or here, whatever. Or just use a regualr camera or two. Maybe you could see Sunday dinner at other people’s dysfunctional houses too! man, you should hear some o the good lines we have. Priceless.

Emma has finally started saying yes, but all day yesterday kept saying NO very emphatically. In public.

I helped a lady at the hardware store pick out a wallpaper border to go with her hall paint colors. She had her swatches up againt one and I mentioned I thought it looked real well. She was worried about the green in it, but I said to use that as an accent color. The lightbulb went on as she realized she had green in the room already and she thanked me profusely. I love doing stuff like that.

I bought a ton of fabric yesterday, and didn’t realize until I got home that she actually charged me for an extra meter. Is okay though, it’s a small store and they are real good about fixing their mistakes. They know us very well by sight. And they have a cranky cash register.

Wanna see what I bought?

spring? I think I hear you calling.

It has been raining for two whole days. Yay! I can actually see my front hedge more than peeking out from the snow. I can see our wicker furniture on the lawn, too. The trees at the front/side of the house have actual buds starting to form. I can see the ground, smell the mud, and Emma can jump in the puddles. Pud-ohs, she calls them. I think maybe someday soon the snow will be gone and flowers will bloom.

But I’m also pretty sure we will get wholloped with snow one more time.