Thankfulness 2010: I-N

integrity in my friends and family
ice skating
ink and ink pens
Indiana and Purdue
letter I fire squareIllinois and my friends there- hey Baldwins!
immunizations to keep us all (or most of us, Jillian [Jos got sick with measles]) from getting sick
introverts who let the extroverts talk

Jennifer, my mom.
Jeanna Julene, my sister.
letter J freefoto dot comJeanette who saved my brother’s life.
Jessica, JLee & Josh.
Janet T.
John D
John B
Jos and Jillian.

Aunt Kay.
Koalas and kangaroos.

Love, long roadtrips, love songs…
letter L from oldbooks dot orgLemons and limes.
Libraries (thanks for the reminder Bev).
Lazy days.

My mom, mothers in general, and the ability to be a mother.
Marriage, especially mine.
letter M oval greenMistletoe (and the kisses that go with that).
Marshmallow cream so vegetarians can have s’mores.
March, since I was born then and my parents married and my nephew was born then and…
I feel like I should say movies and marzipan, but really I can do without those.
Mei and Mark.
the Master.
All my friends who start with M… Mimi, Mikee, Marilyn, Michael K. Very thankful for him. He’s R’s best friend.
McCrary’s, Michelle. Munsons, Morgans, Musicks, Macons.

Noise, and the fact that I can hear it.
Noisemakers at parties.
Natalie N, who turned 8 yesterday!
Nancy Sletter N oval purple.
Leslie N N, a friend from high school with whom I reconnected on fb (Yeah fb!)
Ninjas, because they are way cool. And invisible.
No and the ability to say it.
Notes and the people who write them.
the Nativity

C through H
A and B

Note: J is from and L is from

Other People’s Money

Margaret Thatcher said:

“…and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They [socialists] always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.”

Feb. 5, 1976

How My Colleagues Think of Christians

In the eyes of some, August fits stereotypical images such as the comic-strip character Zippy the Pinhead. Yet likening my son, and other people who have microcephalic heads, to Zippy is about as relevant as likening African-Americans to blackface caricatures. In the eyes of others, August resembles Terri Schiavo, who, for the secular-educated, triggers the fearful response of “better off dead than disabled.” Many such well-meaning people would like to put an end to August’s suffering, but they do not stop to consider whether he actually is suffering. At times he is uncomfortable, yes, but the only real pain here seems to be the pain of those who cannot bear the thought that people like August exist. For many of those folks, someone with August’s caliber of cognitive and physical disability raises the question of where humanity leaves off and animality begins. But that animal-human divide is spurious, a faulty either-or.

And then there are the Christians, who see in August a child of God. Given the educated alternative I just sketched out, that response seems a relief. Here in the South, they come up and say “God bless!,” to which, depending on the occasion and the person, I sometimes respond, “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Do you see what he said? Christians are the opposite of educated.

It’s clear, but generally unstated.

from A Life Beyond Reason

The Blood of Martyrs

A string of anti-Christian bombings has cost six more lives in the wake of the Baghdad church bloodbath, sowing panic in Iraq’s 2,000-year-old minority on Wednesday, many of whom now want to flee.

“Since Tuesday evening, there have been 13 bombs and two mortar attacks on homes and shops of Christians in which a total of six people were killed and 33 injured,” a defence ministry official said. “A church was also damaged.”

An interior ministry official earlier gave a casualty toll of three dead in 12 of the attacks across the Iraqi capital early on Wednesday.

The attacks come less than two weeks after 44 Christian worshippers, two priests and seven security personnel died in the seizure of a Baghdad cathedral by Islamist gunmen and the ensuing shootout when it was stormed by troops.

On November 3, Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the cathedral hostage-taking and warned it would step up attacks on Christians.

Google News

Working in the Yard

I had the lawn guys pull all the weeds and cut the bushes back. Those things needed doing. It was $90. Last time I asked it was $75/bed. Glad they came down.

Then the beds were empty. So I went and got mulch. I put in Scott’s Sierra Red mulch. It’s supposed to stay red for a year. Not that I think it will last a year. But at least all winter it will be pretty. The Sierra Red matches the shutters on the house.

Oh, the mulch? 24 bags of it. By myself. Yes, I’m a bit sore. How did you know?

I miss working in the yard with Dad. It’s hard to do on my own, but having the weeds pulled out helped me get it done.

Bought two planters to go next to the door too. I wasn’t planning on putting the Christmas trees in there until after Thanksgiving, but the spider plants I bought don’t look right in there. So the trees are in there temporarily.

It may be that I just need a pot or something to raise the plants up. I put one in one pot for the tree. Guess I should go look and see what I think.

Playing with the Moon

from NPR comes the story of an astrophotographer whose book was published in France.

Beautiful pictures. I would love to get the book. It seems very whimsical.

Posted in Art

Plant Wish List

Nature Hills says:

All Gold Grass, Hakonechloa ‘All Gold’, is a new dwarf form of Japanese forest grass that creates an appealing bright spot in the shady or woodland garden. The bamboo-like leaves are bright gold in part sun and more chartreuse in full shade. In the cooler days of autumn, the leaves have a reddish inflorescence. The gracefully arching foliage is slightly more upright than the more common Hakonechloa ‘Aureola’, and does not have the green stripes. This new and an exciting addition to the shade garden ‘All Gold’ displays gold foliage that has a metallic and luminous quality that really stands out. Prefers fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Looks spectacular with blue leaved hostas!

A Way to Garden says:

I keep nine plants of ‘All Gold’ (Zones 5-9) overwintered in my vegetable garden for lifting and ordering into summertime duty in pots, where it is also excellent: no care, but all-season color. That’s seven of them in a 3-foot bowl in a very shady spot, so less gold and more yellow-green (above).

The image is from A Way to Garden.

I wish I knew more about planting. They are so beautiful. When should I buy and plant them?

Fern Request for Spring

Brilliance Autumn Fern

Care Information

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed frequently during growing season with a general purpose fertilizer. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.

brilliancefernFifth Season Design says, “Beautiful choice for shady borders and woodland gardens. Drought tolerant once established. Partial to full shade. Moderate growth 18 to 24 inches tall.”

The image is from FifthSeasonDesign.

The Battery Plant Database says: “Care Instructions:
When we establish ferns in areas where tree roots create dry soil, we add a pinch of Terra–Sorb Hydrogel to help the young plant survive competition with the tree while it establishes.”

This image is from The Battery Plant Database.

Maybe I should get the Southern Wood Fern too. It’s not as spectacular looking, but it appears to survive here and is a shade plant for my yard.

Saxon Math

Saxon Math is said to aid learning.

But they don’t use the same vocabulary everyone else does and we had a hard time working with the dual vocabularies.

So, be aware.

Alphabet Thankfulness: C-H

A and B.

Mom and Aby
Chris H, the Cogdell family, cars so I can get to work, candy, cartwheels (especially as done by my nieces), corporations who employ so many Americans, caps, capes, crowns, cards so I can play solitaire, cash, chapbooks… These are a few of the things which begin with C that I am thankful for.

I am thankful for having my dad for 49 years. I am thankful for days, dandelions, dogs (especially Serenity), dark nights, doughnuts (especially glazed and powdered), Debbie Williams, Darlene, Dee Knapp, Daubs, Deloneys, and many other things that start with D.

Elijah. Every day. Ezra. Emily. Enough of everything.

Friends and family. Fathers. First responders. Fire fighters. Fries (sweet potato fries). Faith.

God. God’s grace. Reagan Grace. Green grass. Grendel so there is Beowulf. Garter belts. Gardens. Greeting cards. Grants to get things done at work. GPS without which I would have been hopelessly lost this morning. Guns. Gifts. Google. Girls. Grins. Grandparents.

H…s and H…s. (My family names.) Houses and homes. Husbands, especially mine. Homeschooling. Help. Helpfulness. Houston. Hamburgers. Hot tubs. Homecooked meals. Handmade gifts. Hash browns. Hearts that work. Halloween candy. Happiness. Hyper dogs. Hardback books. Howdys. Houston.

To do list for Thursday

get shears for E’s hair
do laundry
take books to Kinko’s to get copies

record grades for 0310 and figure out averages
call Lynn Lemmons
mail letter to Edwin Mellen Press

All but grades and averages. Pretty good.

Bad News for Me

However, scientific data are slowly accumulating to suggest that recurring seizures may contribute to nerve cell injury in the brain, and this may be associated with declines in cognitive function and quality of life.

Plagues from China says “The first outbreak of plague occurred in China more than 2,600 years ago before reaching Europe via Central Asia’s “Silk Road” trade route, according to a study of the disease’s DNA signature.”


Thankfulness: 2010 A and B

In my 26-day thankfulness, leading up to Thanksgiving, let me just say that I am thankful for Abilene Christian University, where I got an excellent undergraduate and graduate education, had some amazing teachers, made some wonderful friends, and met my incredibly awesome husband.

I am also thankful for Ashton and Aby. Angie and Amy. Apples and apple pie. Arms to hold me in the middle of the night. Adderall. Aunts: Stephanie, Jerry, Norma, Kay, Ruth, Mary. Armonk, New York and my high school there.

Today I am especially thankful for my boys and my brother.

Butterflies, bluebonnets, Butterfingers, beauty, babies, bassinets, blankets, barbeque, bark, bald heads, brains, bananas, blogs, beaches and beach memories… All b things I am thankful for. Best of the Bs, not already on my list, Beverly.

Thank you, Jesus, for these bountiful blessings you have brought into my life.