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 been a while since I put up a picture of Jake so here he is today, Good Friday, having a fast food lunch out with his parents and brother. It seems by this picture he doesn't get fast food milk shakes that often since his face is pure ecstasy.
I discovered a load of wash on Saturday which had just sat in the bottom of the machine. It was wet, but hadn't been washed. I tried the spin cycle which made the sounds of spinning but no spin itself. So. This probably means a repairman call, but I always overthink these things and do some research to see if I could possibly fix it myself. I waste a lot of time on this.
Our machine naturally does not work when I tried the simple things like rebooting the control panel by unplugging for one minute and opening and closing the door. That was a real piece of advice, sometime the door control gets stuck. Then there are the helpful videos put out by real repair people. Most involve unscrewing all kinds of panels including the back panel, the top panel, the digital circuit panel, all of which I've stopped myself from doing.
The best guess from here is we have a bad circuit board and interestingly, when we first got the machine, the set up guys left a spare. But I'm not at all sure I am up to this.
The worst thing about a broken appliance is that these things are contagious and often cause other appliances to decide to go lame as well.
A couple of pictures I like, one was taken when we went out to DC for Drew's first birthday. Riley was all gussied up for the party and just sitting calmly at the front door.
The other day 3 of our students moved the goldfish which are wintering in the powerhouse to a second tank because the one they were in overheated and the poor fish were gasping. The guys then dumped the water out of the first tank, cleaned and refilled it. What's great is all the tropical trees and plants in this picture. One end of the power house is almost like a greenhouse and we can over winter so many things.
We are also growing hops in the power house this winter and will transplant outside when the weather warms up. This is an experiment to help those around here who are dabbling in making their own beer. Who knew hops grew as a vine.
Wherever Ferdie goes, his bear goes and today they went with us to Collinsville. For some reason Ferdie dropped his bear in the front yard and went on to checking out other things. And there Bear sat until a neighbor put Bear on our rocking chair on the front porch. He sat next to a stuffed raccoon which another neighbor had given us as a joke for all the real raccoons we'd dealt with in our yard.
Cute, eh? Bear has his arm on the arm of the chair like a real person. Finally Ferdie discovered him.
And that was the end of bear on the chair.
But we also had another kind of funny bear story. Tomorrow is our grandson Connor's birthday and when I asked him what he wanted, he said "a giant bear". I looked everywhere today and frankly, with Valentine's Day tomorrow, it seems giant bears are a popular gift from husband to wife, boyfriend to girlfriend and vice versa. I dispaired of finding this bear and I knew he wanted one because he'd asked for a giant bear at Christmas but no one believed him. Finally I walked into Schnuck's and there was a giant bear right in front of me in the floral department which puts truth to my belief that these things are big Valentine's presents. Right there with all the men buying bouquets. I got the only bear left and he is as cute as can be and really really soft. I put him in the grocery cart just like I would a toddler and we shopped. Many other shoppers tried to pretend they didn't notice the huge bear riding along like a human, while other got a big laugh.
He is now on our couch waiting to be presented to our Valentine grandson born on the 14th of February 8 years ago.
Katie and Charlie and the boys were settled in to the second day of being snowbound yesterday with no end in sight. The streets in their subdivision hadn't been plowed nor did it appear plowing would be done anytime soon. But, at some point in the day several boys in their neighborhood came by and shoveled their driveway enough that their car could get out whenever that time comes. How nice was that? The deep snow was just too much for one person to have accomplished.
Riley checked it out and Drew was still working in the background. I read a story on WTOP in Washington DC which explained why subdivisions and other areas where people live would be the last to get plowed. The process starts with the main arterial streets and highways so that trucks can deliver goods and services to local places. If the main roads aren't cleared then there is no point to leaving home because there wouldn't be anything you could do or anyplace to go.
I do know the Bailey's are very close to being out of food things and it would be so nice if they could get out at some point today.
This picture was taken by Katie at around 3 in the afternoon when there was one of those "hopefully the snow is over" kind of times. But no. Pretty soon it began snowing again and hard and wind. So luckily they were able to get the boys out one more time to run off some energy. You can just make out Charlie and Jake in the distance while Drew stopped to do something with a snow board. That shoveled area is the driveway. Hahahahaha. Charlie must have kept at it all day, doing it over and over. No way a car fits through that opening. But it might make a nice luge run.
Honestly, I've watched so much weather because of this blizzard, I half believe when I look out our window, I'll see tons of snow.
By 8 this morning Katie and Charlie and the boys had a ton of snow out in the Maryland side of DC, but that didn't stop them from getting out to shovel and let Riley the dog, who loves loves loves the snow, get a chance to play.
I'd say Charlie shoveled enough for one day.
Then Katie used a tree in the backyard to practice trapeze while the snow doubled as a net.
It's kind of hard to tell, but she's hanging upside down. Now that is crazy...