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.
This was a rather difficult/scattered/odd past week. Ferdie has a bad infection on his left neck and cheek which just won't heal. Leaving the Vet, he crashed into the seat of the car, fell back out and re-injured his right front shoulder. Doctoring him while Dale has been out of town.
Before leaving town, Dale spent an overnight at the SLU sleep center to have a sleep test.
One of our students suffered a terrible loss.
Our refrigerator here at the sem house developed a leak.
We hosted a barbque in our yard one night.
We had electricians putting in new electric outlets and lights on and in the garage in Collinsville.
All in all a weird week, some good, some annoying some bad. The flowers look fantastic, the food at our barbque was great and the company was lots of fun. And, the teenage ducks seem to be thriving.
Last night while attempting to hook up spotlights around our waterfall/pond, Dale slipped and fell head first into the bottom pond submerging himself totally, losing his glasses and coming up irritated that his mother and I (who were in the house and didn't know what he was doing) did not come running to help. "I could have hit my head and drowned and you two did nothing.
In any event he was physically shook up enough to be rather stunned the rest of the night. Add to the fact that it was quite cold last night as was the water.
And, he probably scared the fish in there almost to death.
As if I needed anymore proof I'm bad at numbers and/or anything to do with math it was this morning. I had to add up a bunch of figures and so downloaded a calculator onto my iPad. Got through adding up the numbers and decided to do it once more to make sure I included all of them. Well.
I couldn't get the first sum to clear. The calculator started at zero but the addition included the first final number. I turned off the iPad, rebooted, and then I was able to start again. The number I came up with the second time was different from the first so I wanted to do it a third time and again, I couldn't get the calculator to start clean.
Finally after listening to me grumble about why the iPad calculator wouldn't have a button to totally clear things, Dale said, "Did you punch the equal sign when you finished?"
Katie took her boys to get haircuts yesterday and Drew got a summer buzz cut. Katie thought that haircut reminded her of Dale when he got his head shaved for the St. Baldrick's "defeat childhood cancer" fundraiser.
Somehow she's able to combine two photos into one. So here they are. She put a shirt and tie on Drew and handed him an identical cup to hold.
Then Lizzie put up two pictures of Dale and Connor. The first pic has become an iconic image taken when Connor was between 2 and 3. He was pointing to the cross on the roof of the chapel. The second pic was taken this past week on the way into the chapel for the Call Day service.
Connor is much taller now and doesn't feel the need to hold Dale's hand.
I had some time finally yesterday to go out and look at dishwashers. Went to the Collinsville Home Depot where after a lot of searching in the appliance department I finally found a small handful tucked into the middle of stoves and refrigeratiors. Some slots were empty and the others were unimpressive. As I opened the door to look inside of one dishwasher, the handle came off in my hand.
So I left. I guess I'll check out the Home Depot on Hanley today and if that is more of the same, maybe go to a stand alone appliance store. Lowes has dishwashers but not as many models and their delivery date is a month from now. I can wait a week, but a month seems too long.
This shouldn't be this hard and maybe I'm just tired from all the hoopla around here recently, but boy...
Noticed today that our dishwasher was leaking all over the kitchen floor. Not a good thing which means looking around for a new one and the choices are dizzying. Some of the features in these things make me wonder if they're really necessary. One review site lists an Electrolux model as the best by far, "the closest any machine has come to dishwasher perfection." This dishwasher features an inside light and a light which shines out onto the floor. And here I thought Electrolux was a vacuum cleaner company.
But, another review site has a Kitchen Aid as the best by far. Our dishwasher is a Kitchen Aid, but was put in, oh my gosh, many years ago. Dale was still with the Lutheran Hour so it has to be from the late 90's. Did well by us, never had an issue til now. But today's model "has a plethora of wash cycles and wash options, a handful of which are eco-friendly." Plus 3 racks and the ability to do 16 place settings at one time. Whew.
A third reviewer writing on a blog, is all behind a Bosch 500 series dishwasher because it's so quiet and has a third rack for cutlery.
This is going to take some time. The main thing to determine is what the dishwasher is most used for and then decide if you need one which can clean 16 place settings or a third rack or clips for stemware. How eco friendly do you want? Do I need a light which shines onto the floor? No, but an inside light might be nice although not necessary.
Mainly want i one which works, runs as it should, isn't backbreaking to load and unload and lasts as long as the one we're replacing.
Oh, and tonight I find our garbage disposal has quit too. So if these things do indeed come in 3's, what's next?