Thursday, May 26, 2016

Last Day of School

While we finished our co-op classes up in April, Kaity's two academic classes have continued on for several weeks. Knowing I'd have six more weeks of a 1-1/2 hour round trip centered around a 3-1/2 hour class period, I made lots of plans with the younger three kids. Our Tuesdays have been filled with park days, much to my kids' delight! I think we thoroughly explored the area around Gainesville, and while it was lovely, I'm so thankful never to have to make that looooong drive with that looooonger wait again! These last 2 weeks, Kaity only had one class, making our wait just an hour and a half. This past Tuesday, we just did schoolwork and played on the playground there at the church.

Reading "My Father's Dragon" ...

Selah wanted to take a picture.

Working on math.

Joe, taking a break from Minecraft to read.

Selah took this picture of me coloring a Death Eater mask from Harry Potter.
 Done with school and tired of the playground, the girls decided to build fairy houses.

Joe joined in the fun, too!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Shrimp Boats

When we were in Fernandina last month, I snapped a picture of a couple of shrimp boats, the Bonnie Lou and the Three Cee's (it pains me to put the apostrophe there, but that's what the captain named her) ...

While that was a beautiful shot, I played around with it a bit and converted it to black and white ...

Which reminded me of a frame I had waiting to be transformed. I had ideas of painting it white and framing a B&W typographical print in it, but I loved the shrimp boat picture so much that I knew they were destined to be together. ("You're my density!" Name that movie!)

It's pretty enough as is, but after a coating of white lacquer ...

A perfect match! 

I hung it on the wall above our stairs.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Keeping Life Interesting

I like to keep things interesting here at the Pittard hacienda. Today, I found a post I'd done on Facebook seven years ago and it made me laugh so hard I had to share it here.

Ways to Keep Your Husband's Life Interesting

1. Leave a copy of "What to Expect When You're Expecting" laying around the house. Don't mention it, and act casual.

2. Prepare your husband's favorite meal, and have the house spotless. Just before he arrives home from work, move the car somewhere out of sight. When he walks in the door, be sugary sweet to him and when he asks about the car, change the subject.

3. Gradually replace all of his pants and underwear with exact copies that are one size smaller.

4. Every time he calls throughout the day, have one of the children answer. Instruct them to tell him that Mommy can't talk right now, then change the subject.

5. If your husband wears contacts and they are different prescriptions, swap the lids on his contact case every night.

6. Call your husband several times during the day asking where various tools are kept. "Honey, where's the chainsaw? Thanks! Bye." After several calls, make one last call asking exactly how high the credit limit is on the Visa card, and what the current balance is.

7. Have various friends (whose voices he won't recognize) call your husband's cell phone during the day asking questions about the house he has up for sale. Just before he arrives home, place a For Sale sign in the front yard.

8. Replace your regular coffee and tea with decaf.

So naturally, I had to try one of these out this morning. We had the following conversation via text message. (Note the times.)

Me:  8:57 am: Do we have a chainsaw?

Jeff:  8:58 am: Yes. Why?

Me:  8:59 am: Just curious.

Me:   9:48 am: Where's your drill?

Jeff:  9:49 am: That is a very good question.

Jeff:  9:50 am: Chainsaw? Drill? What on earth is going on over there?

Me:  10:38 am: What's the credit limit on our credit card?

10:38:30 am: *Phone Rings* (after laughing hysterically, I answer.)

Me: (innocently) Hello?

Jeff: What in the world are you doing?

Me: (still trying to be casual) I was just curious.

Jeff: First you ask about the chainsaw, then the drill ... I don't like any of these questions put together.

Me: So, did you have that apple cake for breakfast?

Jeff: Yeah, it didn't last past 7.

Me: Okay, well, I gotta go.

Jeff: (not distracted at all from his point) You've answered none of my questions.

Me: (barely suppressing my laughter) It's nothing, I'm just taking inventory.

Jeff: All right. I'll be keeping a very close eye on our finances.