Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
It's hard to believe there still exists a place with little or no cell signal but we've landed in that place. All around are scores of those big wind farm windmills but not a cell tower in sight. So it's hard to update anything without luck or perseverance. The idea seems to be that if you get up this far on Lake Michigan, you should disconnect from real life for a bit.
But I rather like real life so it's hard.
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This has to be one of the prime examples of how this country is losing its way. A Writer at Slate.com posted a long personal psychoanalysis of how troubled he is as a male feminist that he loves the male oriented art of grilling.
"I hate that I love to grill. It’s not that I’m inclined to vegetarianism or that I otherwise object to the practice itself. But I’m uncomfortable with the pleasure I take in something so conventionally masculine. Looming over the coals, tongs in hand, I feel estranged from myself, recast in the role of suburban dad. At such moments, I get the sense that I’ve fallen into a societal trap, one that reaffirms gender roles I’ve spent years trying to undo. The whole business feels retrograde, a relic of some earlier, less inclusive era."
We have a truly outstanding photographer on staff here at the seminary, Mark Polege, and he recently took a photo from a unique angle which I just love. At the east end of the main quad we have a large flower pot filled with water, a fish or two and some water plants. Mark saw the reflection of the tower in that water and took a picture.
The Washington DC housing market has seen a huge decline in available homes for sale because the demand is great. buyers are snapping up properties in shorter and shorter periods of time, reducing the number of available homes. And, Real Estate Business Intelligence, which supplied the data, reports that homes for sale in DC are on the market for a median of just nine days, and that the median price of homes sold has grown by 5.8 percent in the past year, from $520,000 to $550,000. The short article does not say why this is, but gives this advice to those wanting to buy:
"You’ll need to be fast and flexible. It’s more crucial than ever to know what homes are being listed and to immediately place a bid if your dream house pops up on the market. Want to wait a week to think it over? You may be out of luck."
Early in the spring there were many news stories warning of outbreaks of canine influenza. None of these cases were in Missouri or the southern Illinois area but it got many dog owners and boarding kennels to worrying enough to want or require the vaccine. I thought enough of the problem to call our vet and ask about getting the shot but was told they didn't have it and weren't really at the point where they would be getting it. So I kind of let it go because the news stories went away.
Now we're getting ready for a week's vacation and Ferdie will be heading for Kennelwood Village. I received an email yesterday advising me on what to bring with him on check in day and one of those items was proof of canine influenza vaccination. What to do? It's one of those things which wake me up and night and keep me awake. What if I can't find a place to get the shot? If that happens will we not be able to board him and then what?
I have one hope this morning and if that doesn't pan out I just don't know what we'll do.
Plant “mosquito-repellent plants” such as lavender
Call your county parks and recreation department to inquire about spraying the neighborhood
For bite relief try baking soda paste
Also make sure if you have a dog, it stays on regular heart worm medication.
Ants, especially the ones who find a way to the kitchen:
Sprinkle cinnamon at your doors and along the baseboards
Set ant traps on countertops (away from pets and children) that contain poison the “worker ants” will carry back to the colony
Hire a professional to spray the outside of your home as well as problem areas
Seal all open food in Ziploc bags or canisters with lids
Clear countertops of fruits and breads
Last summer when we had a pest control guy out for ants, he told me they look for the entrance point and then squirt something along that area inside and out. It is a stronger version of the Terro ant killer you can buy in the store. Terro works but it takes longer and, it should be placed only in one spot so you contain the ants. They then take it to the nest where eventually they die.
Spray peppermint oil in areas where they’ve been spotted
Set vanilla-scented glue traps to catch them when they are out searching for prey
Clear storage areas and closets of cardboard and piles of clothes
Spiders and their webs are everywhere right now, just walk around and you'll probably feel a piece of a web strand on your arm or leg or face.