Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I could have named my dog Carhartt. Charlie fits right in with the guys in the shop--he even has the right color coat.
Most days I drop him off at my parents' farm on my way to school. He spends the day with the guys. He's a good dog, from the reports I hear, but occasionally he gets into mischief and Aaron hollers at him. Then he'll go and hide behind Uncle Paul's legs.
Often Logan or Aaron will take Charlie out for a run. The boys ride the four-wheeler and Charlie runs. According to Logan, Charlie can run 25mph. When they get back to the shop, Charlie finds his favorite spot, on the carpet from Uncle Paul's truck which is in front of the heater, and curls up.
Charlie has a wonderful time at the farm, hanging out with his Carhartt buddies.
Monday, November 26, 2012
We've been studying the lives of Samuel and Saul for Sunday School this quarter. Each Sunday we read the story from the Bible and then rewrote it together. I wrote it on the whiteboard and Bethany copied it in her book. Then she drew a picture to illustrate each story. Yesterday we finished our project--Saul died and we filled up all the pages in the book. Next Sunday we start the life of David.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
~St. Francis of Assisi
Friday, November 23, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
I didn't take many pictures at the International Food Festival at SVSU this year. I was too hungry.
My class didn't finish until 12:20, so the cafeteria was full and the Saudi food had already run out by the time I made it. I still managed to try African (that's right the entire continent was grouped together), Germany, Korea, Taiwan, China, Kuwait, Pakistan and Poland.
I decided that next year, I will offer my students extra credit. I'll tell them to go early and collect a dish of food from every country. They can put up a sign that says, "Ms. Cook's table." All I'll have to do is show up and eat.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Charlie is a friendly dog.
He loves being around people. Often he spends the day at the farm while I'm at school. He keeps the guys company in the shop, chases the cats and races around the yard. Then, when I take him home, he likes to sit on the porch and watch through the kitchen window as I work.
Friday, November 16, 2012
We had the opportunity to hook up to natural gas since our neighbors, the biggest farm in our township, paid to extend the natural gas line to their corn drier. We've been using propane to power our furnace, water heater, range and drier.
Natural gas is much cheaper than propane, so we were excited to be able to switch.
But, most of our appliance couldn't be converted. So, I've been shopping on Craigslist. Dad helped me collect the entire set and now I have a drier, water heater and range sitting on my porch waiting to be installed.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
First, I baked a cake for a baby shower on Saturday.
The middle of the cake came out of the pan--the rest didn't.
So, I decided to cut the cake in squares and make petit fours for the baby shower.
The petit fours icing globbed up before it flowed over the squares of cake.
And, the baby decided to come on Saturday, so I didn't need a cake anyway.
On Monday, friends came for tea. I crumbled some of the remaining cake in a torte dish, glopped sweetened, whipped cream on top and sprinkled it with cocoa powder.
It was meant to be.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Charlie, as is typical of Labrador Retrievers and adolescent males of any species, has a lot of energy.
I was pleased on Saturday when we finally wore him out. I had taken him to my folks' house for the day. Several different people took him for walks during the day, and I think Logan took him for a run (Logan was on the four-wheeler). Aaron's buddies, Dale and Eric, were up for the day, and they played with him. Then Charlie hung out in the shop with the guys.
I took him out to the backfield in the late afternoon and let him off the leash to run. Usually he tears around in giant circles like a mad-man. On Saturday, he made a half-hearted lap and then came back to me.
Ha! It took all of us, but we finally ran him out of energy.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
My Aunt Phyllis flew up from Louisiana to attend the family reunion a few weeks ago when the leaves were still brilliantly displayed on the trees in southern Michigan. While Aunt Phyllis was undergoing chemotherapy treatment, she and her brothers posed for a "bald" photo. Everyone is much happier now that she adds a hairy head to the Cook sibling pictures.