I've solved it by bringing the rack inside...this week.
Today I found my solution. It's too cold out there now to go work on it. I bought four BIG bags. I think they're yard bags of some sort. I bought lots of sand. I'll fill the bags with sand and tie them to the legs of laundry rack...THAT should take care of the laundry blowing away.
With a sense of Deja vu, I recall that I began to regularly blog during Mike's deployment 3 years ago. Here we go - our daily life so loved ones can track us. ::snort:: Back to a nightly routine.
Jared, Arielle and I sat down today and planned out the rest of our school year. A general plan. We did not start in August...as our school books were not here. We moved into our home in October. We took time off when our adult children were home. They got "some" done in March, but not full-tilt. Therefore, we have a plan. We see how we could be done by 21 July...and with a bit more effort by 17 July....and if we killed ourselves by 19 June. I think we've opted to shoot for 17 July. I was relieved that we're up to par on all but the TOG....and we can cut back on that and still be fine.
I spent time working on various PWOC items.
This photo is really quite amazing. I've tried to utilize wind power since moving here. My dryer keeps blowing over. Those rocking chair usually sit in the middle of the patio - one on each side....and the dryer isn't usually blowing off the patio...but the comforter is dry. Jared's a bit weary of his laundry blowing into the neighbor's yard. ::snort::
I did get a NEW to us washer and it's working GREAT....super loads...but I realized I should have talked to them about the dryer issues while they were here. I suspect I need to use it until it dies too, and then they'll bring me a new one.
Fridays are family days. These usually include pizza and either a movie or game. I decided we all needed to get out of the house. We headed to base. I had one errand first.
No, it ISN'T warm enough for this dress....but the BX had all the "Easter" dresses clearanced and in a few months it will be sweltering hot... I really should quit trying to cut Stacia's hair - it's to fine and blond. I'm glad we stopped and asked for help. Keiko really seemed to enjoy playing with Stacia's hair.
Someone had to do it! Arielle volunteered to count m/m's. We tried those bags of "Valentine's" candy for our Daddy Jar/ Daddy Chocolate countdown while Mike was gone. We were all SICK of that much chocolate by the 2nd week. It also did NOT fit in the jar.
The BX had coupons for M/M's today. They even had a few bags of peanut butter m/m's - which we'd not had before. We guessed at how many bags we would need. We had some jelly beans we threw in....
1194 m/m's...I can easily add as needed.
We ended the day watching, "End of the Spear." This was meaningful after having just finished reading about Nate Saint. The younger two didn't really watch it - very intense movie. The movie proved to be a great starting spot for another discussion with Zander about "turning the other cheek"...an issue with which we're working. We've begun reading a biography on Gladys Aylward.
We were excited to receive another Vitacost box. We had thought from the weight that it may be our case of Almond butter....We were disappointed.
Mike is with our adult sons tonight. We are so blessed to have Mike's flight routed through TX. He'll be flying on to the East coast tomorrow.
I bought Jared a classic iPod with 160 gb. It was that or 8 gb at the BX.....made the choice easier. We never really wanted one in America. We had Air 1, Klove, talk radio and the older kids' music for trips etc. BUT here all radio but AFN (and we don't like their selection of music) is in Japanese. We began to think of an iPod so we could easily take music in the car. We knew we needed to buy new music as none of ours was newer than early 90's...let the youth spend their $ on music. It worked. LOL
I've been debating about an iPhone/iTouch or classic iPod. The iPhone will only work with one cell phone company....and its the one that doesnt' have reception where we live...so not very useful. I talked to several with iTouches and all said if I wanted lots of room, and tended to be hard on things (um remember the CAMERA SAGA) to go with a classic. Mike bought me a classic with lots of space last week. I'm liberated...a laptop with 500 gb and an iPod with 160 gb (I'd filled my Walkman and previous laptop). ::snort::
I've discovered I can download TV shows (Shaun the Sheep), movies and PODCASTS..... Fox News, Laura Ingrahm, Wayne Corderio, and more......
Our favorite this week is one that Erika recommended. Thanks! Wall Builders...faith and politics....you can imagine it's a hit with Jared and I. It's FREE...
We highly recommend, "The Influence of the Bible on America." I've only listened to part 1, but WOW. The younger kids are even learning and great for history if you're homeschooling - or if the only thing you've been taught about the puritans is the MS Witch hunt.....great, free, easy to listen to while you drive around town.
Anyone care to share other podcasts we should try? Kids things, news, homeschool, Bible teachers, preaching.....make a list for us. We'd love to try some of your favorites.