Hello people who occasionally read my blog. I’ve had several ideas floating around in my head for the last few weeks, but none of them really seemed like they’d work for a full length post. So I’m just going to go ahead and do a little roundup of things that I’ve wanted to post.
Suggestions from readers
Several people have sent me suggestions based on previous posts. Two of my favorites have been a book called Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett (excellent last name) and a poem called “Mysteries, Yes” by Mary Oliver. The book is hilarious, and the kids even laughed at it when I read it. But it’s also a little trippy. I still don’t totally know what happened at the end, but I liked it. The poem is sort of an ode to the things that we don’t understand. In particular I loved the line “Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think they have all the answers.” The funny thing is that I think I probably used to be one of those people to be avoided. Every year I seem to get a little less sure about a lot of things.
Stories from the kids
L asked to give a talk in primary a couple weeks ago, right after Bonnie passed away. I didn’t know about this until someone in the primary presidency talked to me about it the week before. L dictated her talk to me, and then I wrote it down, so here is her primary talk:
My mom died a couple weeks ago. She was a great mom. I know that I’ll see her again because of the temple and because she will be resurrected. And I know families can be together forever.
L was very excited to give this talk because she thought that it might help some other people who don’t know about this and how important it is.
R is also very awesome, though he tends to just say funny things. The other night he said, “Why does everyone have arms that are shorter than God’s arms?” I assume that he heard something like “God’s arm is lengthened” in the scriptures or something, because otherwise I have no idea where that came from. L was of course very confused by his questions, so she spent a while asking me how we knew that God had really long arms.
I also started potty training R today. It’s a little later than I would have liked to start with him, but I’ve had a little bit going on in the last year. What I’ve learned so far is that I need to trust myself. Four times today I’ve looked at him and thought, “I should probably get him to the bathroom.” Four times I’ve ignored that idea, and four times I’ve found myself scrubbing the carpet. Pray for my soul.
Other Random Things
If you know me very well, you know that I make a lot of plans to do strange/cool things in the future. Occasionally I even do some of them, but that’s definitely the exception to the rule. In the last few weeks, the wheels in my head have been turning.(a dangerous past-time..) I got this super cool book from the library called Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together. Basically the idea is that you circulate water between the fish tank and the grow beds for your plants. The fish fertilize the water, and the plants act as a natural bio-filter for the fish. The major input that you need in the system is fish food, which is relatively cheap. If you do it right, you can grow fresh, organic vegetables and farm-raised fish at the same time. I love the efficiency and the elegance of the system. There are plans to be made…