Our new town is lovely, don't you think so, Jane? I love old brick buildings on an old-time main street, and I love old houses with garrets and gables and artistry in the trim, and lilacs and peonies and lots of green grass!
This is the reason for the greenness of our new home -- rain. Lots of it.
It has been very lovely. Nice thunderstorms, some howling winds to keep us from being homesick, and a tornado warning or two. The weather is never the same two days in a row, and that keeps life from becoming mundane.
Soon after the above photo was taken, the sun came out and dried up the landy, landy. (Anyone remember that song from VBS when you were a kid?) Emily wasted no time in making new friends at our neighborhood playground. The other children in the photo are also homeschoolers, and now my older two girls have a babysitting job! Speaking of which. I am woefully behind the times. I found out our nephew makes $15/hr babysitting ONE child. It is a special circumstance, because the families are good friends. The other teens in his neighborhood are making a paltry $12/hr. !!! And here I was thinking the prevailing wages for babysitting might be up to about $3 by now. I really am in the dark ages. Alison and Amy won't be making $12/hr today, but they will have $65 to split between them this evening, plus coupons for freebies at Culvers. :) Now there's a good spiff, as my husband says.
One of the ladies who has been consistently visiting our new church agreed to come over and teach Betsy and Emily how to make truffles,
and caramels. The caramels got too hot and were turned into toffees! Yum!
We have unpacked the necessities but have many more boxes to tackle. I am not feeling very motivated, especially since there is a distinct possibility of another move for us, locally, within the next year or two. Lord willing we will be able to buy a house and have a garden and a bird feeder. :) This little guy has been flitting around for a few days, and I can not find him in my birding book. Anyone know his name? He is a sparrow or finch of sorts... possibly a purple finch? But he is definitely NOT purple! Right, Kristy.
And then, hopefully it will be summer, because if it doesn't come by then, I don't think we are going to have summer this year at all! We have a fancy tea part to look forward to next week, and another visit from the grands, also next week, our nephew's graduation open house tomorrow, and... more events coming up in the fall.
Now I must forsake the computer and go check out a pair of $1 ladies snow boots at a nearby garage sale!
She is not afraid of the snow for her household: