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I wish I had asked the police why they were asking me about my neighbor.  They weren't even local police, but from some other city, asking if I had "any concerns" about my neighbor.  I had nothing but good things to say, but now I wonder if I should have asked some questions of my own.

An elderly Jehovah's Witness came to our door, inviting us to "celebrate Jesus Christ's death."  This surprised me a great deal.  It's usually not the death I celebrate, so much as the triumph over death that it made possible.  I feel like I celebrate the latter each week in church.  The wizened man told me that His death was the only thing Christ commanded us to celebrate, not Christmas.  I didn't get into that with him on my doorstep on Saturday morning, but it gave me thoughts, which is possibly what he intended.

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I just volunteered via Facebook to teach an acquaintance's primary class on Sunday.  I decided to see if all 15 of our friends in common on FB were church-related. Because she was friends with a cousin of mine (surprise), I discovered that she grew up in my Mom's hometown, and knew my grandparents.  What a fun connection!

Her words "Oh I loved them! Such great people"

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oooh ooh! save one for me, please.

So I was looking up pedal cars for my kids, surprise surprise they cost about as much as the electric powered real toy cars folks are giving their kids to drive these days.

Anyway, I found This: The Human Car



Imagine! When they grow out of car seats, the kids and I can drive this together.  

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After lunch the girls and I set off their baking soda and vinegar volcano.  We got a kit (and a ton of other fun things, including dress-up clothes and books) from K.D. who was moving, and offering free books.  It was hilarious fun, and they learned that neither the bs or vinegar do anything (volcanic) alone, but together make a bubbly chemical reaction.  The girls' dolls splashed around in the vinegar pool that was left  (all) over (the kitchen table).

It seems messy, but at least with vinegar, half of the "clean-up" element is already present.

Included in "boy"

Today I was listening to a woman teach the song "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy".  I started to cry as she was explaining that "Women didn't get noticed in literature when this was written, but whenever they say "boy" they include girls in it."  I was surprised to hear that, since the song is obviously about a BOY, and not ever intended to include girls.  It's not the same as saying "mankind" includes women, or anything like that.

I was thinking how sad it is that girls so often have to hope they are meant when words like that are used, and also how sad it is that this woman was talking as if girls in the revolutionary period would have had the same activities and opportunities as boys, even if they weren't mentioned in the songs and writings of the day. I don't believe that is true.  Something about that just tugged my heart and made me feel sad.

June Library List

Mystery
Ordinary grace : a novel
Krueger, William Kent. (recommended by Sue)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Alexander McCall Smith Book List
14 The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon M Nov-2013 Buy

Fiction
NonFiction
Feelings Buried Alive Never Die...Karol Truman
The out-of-sync child has fun : activities for kids with sensory processing disorder

618.928 KRANOWITZ
The Goodenoughs get in sync
(3rd Floor N) (Call number:RJ496 .B7 K73 2010)


YA Fiction
Diane Duane Young Wizards Series
Deep Wizardry. Delacorte.
A Wizard of Mars. Harcourt Children's Books. 2010. ISBN 0-15-204770-0.


JBiography
A Young Painter
Wang
JNonfiction

How Many Teeth?
J612.311 SHOWERS

Let's Talk About Going to the Dentist
J617.6 JOHNSTON

Marvelous Medical Inventions
J610 JACOBSON

The sons of the Dragon King : a Chinese legend 1st ed.
J398.2 YOUNG

JFiction

Geronimo Stilton


  • #1: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye(February 2004)

  • #2: The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid(February 2004)

  • #3: Cat and Mouse in a Haunted House(February 2004)

  • #4: I'm Too Fond of My Fur! (February 2004)

Emil
Astrid Lindgren Book List
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
Betty MacDonald Book List

Dragons of Wayward Crescent
Chris D'Lacey Book List

How to Train Your Dragon
Cressida Cowell Book List


Early Reader

Mr Putter & Tabby Cynthia Rylant (likes these, wants to read them in order)
9 Mr. Putter & Tabby Paint the Porch GF 2000 Buy
10 Mr. Putter & Tabby Feed the Fish GF Apr-2001 Buy
11 Mr. Putter & Tabby Catch the Cold GF 2002 Buy
12 Mr. Putter & Tabby Stir the Soup GF Oct-2003 Buy
13 Mr. Putter & Tabby Write the Book GF 2004 Buy
14 Mr. Putter & Tabby Make a Wish GF 2005 Buy
15 Mr. Putter & Tabby Spin the Yarn GF Aug-2006 Buy
16 Mr. Putter & Tabby See the Stars GF Aug-2007 Buy
17 Mr. Putter & Tabby Run the Race GF 2008 Buy
18 Mr. Putter & Tabby Spill the Beans GF Apr-2009 Buy
19 Mr. Putter & Tabby Clear the Decks GF Sep-2011 Buy
20 Mr. Putter & Tabby Ring the Bell GF Sep-2011 Buy
21 Mr. Putter & Tabby Dance the Dance GF Sep-2012 Buy
22 Mr. Putter & Tabby Drop the Ball GF Sep-2013 Buy
23 Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page GF Nov-2014 Buy
Poppleton  by Cynthia Rylant - likes a little
Order   Title Series   Type Date
1 Poppleton GF Oct-1997 Buy
2 Poppleton and Friends GF Apr-1998 Buy
6 Poppleton in Fall GF Sep-1999 Buy
7 Poppleton Has Fun GF Oct-2000 Buy

Nate the Great - Sharmat (likes these)
9 Nate the Great Stalks Stupidweed GF Feb-1989 Buy
14 Nate the Great and the Stolen Base GF Feb-1994 Buy
15 Nate the Great and the Pillowcase GF 1993 Buy
16 Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine GF Jan-1995  -- in holiday section
17 Nate the Great and the Tardy Tortoise GF Dec-1996 Buy
18 Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas GF Oct-1997 Buy
19 Nate the Great Saves the King of Sweden GF Apr-1999 Buy
20 Nate the Great and Me: The Case of the Fleeing Fang GF Feb-2000 Buy
21 Nate the Great and the Monster Mess GF Sep-1999 Buy
22 Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective GF Oct-2002 Buy
23 Nate the Great and the Big Sniff GF Jan-2003 Buy
24 Nate the Great on the Owl Express GF Jan-2005 Buy
26 Nate the Great and the Hungry Book Club GF Nov-2009 Buy
27 Nate the Great, Where Are You?

Picture Book

Duvoisin, Petunia, Beware
Duvoisin, Donkey, Donkey
Himmelman: Duck, Pigs, Chickens to the Rescue  Himmelman
Mayer,
Just going to the dentist
WHYBROW, Harry and the Dinosaurs say Raaah
Keller, Open Wide, Tooth School Inside
Niemann, The Pet Dragon
Chin, The Year of the Dragon





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    23

    Last Monday I gave blood.  It was a busy day, and took more than a little figuring to fit it in, but it puts me up to 23 donations, which is interesting to me.  I like knowing things like that.

    I took the girls with me.  They got to chat up their swimming teacher, who was also there, they were offered copious snacks, and then they spent the next two days making their stuffed buddies have blood drives and lifesaving transfusions.

    May Library List

    Mystery
    Ordinary grace : a novel
    Krueger, William Kent. (recommended by Sue)

    The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
    Alexander McCall Smith Book List
    13 The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection M Apr-2012 Buy
    14 The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon M Nov-2013 Buy

    Fiction
    The all-girl filling station's last reunion : a novel
    Flagg, Fannie.
    FICTION FLAGG (recommended by Sue)
    NonFiction
    The out-of-sync child has fun : activities for kids with sensory processing disorder
    618.928 KRANOWITZ
    The Goodenoughs get in sync
    (3rd Floor N) (Call number:RJ496 .B7 K73 2010)


    YA Fiction
    Diane Duane Young Wizards Series
    Deep Wizardry. Delacorte.
    A Wizard of Mars. Harcourt Children's Books. 2010. ISBN 0-15-204770-0.

    JNonfiction
    How Many Teeth?
    J612.311 SHOWERS


    Let's Talk About Going to the Dentist
    J617.6 JOHNSTON

    Marvelous Medical Inventions
    J610 JACOBSON

    101 great gifts kids can make
    J745.5 MUELLER 2 Book Juvenile Nonfiction (in Children's Area)

    Cells
    J571.6 LEE

    Cuts, breaks, bruises, and burns : how your body heals
    Cole, Joanna
    J612 COLE

    JFiction

    Emil
    Astrid Lindgren Book List
    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
    Betty MacDonald Book List

    Dragons of Wayward Crescent
    Chris D'Lacey Book List

    How to Train Your Dragon
    Cressida Cowell Book List

    Early Chapter
    Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo
    Nancy Krulik Book List
    Order   Title Series   Type Date
    1 Anyone but Me GF May-2002 Buy
    2 Out to Lunch GF May-2002 Buy
    3 Oh, Baby! GF Sep-2002 Buy
    4 Girls Don't Have Cooties GF Nov-2002 Buy
    5 I Hate Rules! GF Jan-2003 Buy


    Flat Stanley     Jeff Brown Book List
    Stanley, Flat Again GF Mar-2003 Buy
    1 Flat Stanley GF Dec-1989 Buy
    2 Stanley and the Magic Lamp / A Lamp for the Lambchops GF Jun-1983 Buy
    3 Stanley in Space GF May-2003 Buy


    Early Reader

    Flat Stanley   (under Flat Stanley, not by author)
    Stanley, Flat Again GF Mar-2003 Buy
    1 Flat Stanley GF Dec-1989 Buy
    2 Stanley and the Magic Lamp / A Lamp for the Lambchops GF Jun-1983 Buy
    3 Stanley in Space GF May-2003 Buy
    Mr Putter & Tabby Cynthia Rylant (likes these, wants to read them in order)
    5 Mr. Putter & Tabby Fly the Plane GF 1997 Buy
    6 Mr. Putter & Tabby Row the Boat GF Apr-1997 Buy
    7 Mr. Putter & Tabby Toot the Horn GF 1998 Buy
    8 Mr. Putter & Tabby Take the Train GF 1998 Buy
    9 Mr. Putter & Tabby Paint the Porch GF 2000 Buy
    10 Mr. Putter & Tabby Feed the Fish GF Apr-2001 Buy
    11 Mr. Putter & Tabby Catch the Cold GF 2002 Buy
    12 Mr. Putter & Tabby Stir the Soup GF Oct-2003 Buy
    13 Mr. Putter & Tabby Write the Book GF 2004 Buy
    14 Mr. Putter & Tabby Make a Wish GF 2005 Buy
    15 Mr. Putter & Tabby Spin the Yarn GF Aug-2006 Buy
    16 Mr. Putter & Tabby See the Stars GF Aug-2007 Buy
    17 Mr. Putter & Tabby Run the Race GF 2008 Buy
    18 Mr. Putter & Tabby Spill the Beans GF Apr-2009 Buy
    19 Mr. Putter & Tabby Clear the Decks GF Sep-2011 Buy
    20 Mr. Putter & Tabby Ring the Bell GF Sep-2011 Buy
    21 Mr. Putter & Tabby Dance the Dance GF Sep-2012 Buy
    22 Mr. Putter & Tabby Drop the Ball GF Sep-2013 Buy
    23 Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page GF Nov-2014 Buy
    Poppleton  by Cynthia Rylant - likes a little
    Order   Title Series   Type Date
    1 Poppleton GF Oct-1997 Buy
    2 Poppleton and Friends GF Apr-1998 Buy
    3 Poppleton Everyday GF Apr-1998 Buy
    6 Poppleton in Fall GF Sep-1999 Buy
    7 Poppleton Has Fun GF Oct-2000 Buy
    8 Poppleton in Winter GF Oct-2001 Buy

    Nate the Great - Sharmat (likes these)
    9 Nate the Great Stalks Stupidweed GF Feb-1989 Buy
    14 Nate the Great and the Stolen Base GF Feb-1994 Buy
    15 Nate the Great and the Pillowcase GF 1993 Buy
    16 Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine GF Jan-1995  -- in holiday section
    17 Nate the Great and the Tardy Tortoise GF Dec-1996 Buy
    18 Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas GF Oct-1997 Buy
    19 Nate the Great Saves the King of Sweden GF Apr-1999 Buy
    20 Nate the Great and Me: The Case of the Fleeing Fang GF Feb-2000 Buy
    21 Nate the Great and the Monster Mess GF Sep-1999 Buy
    22 Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective GF Oct-2002 Buy
    23 Nate the Great and the Big Sniff GF Jan-2003 Buy
    24 Nate the Great on the Owl Express GF Jan-2005 Buy
    26 Nate the Great and the Hungry Book Club GF Nov-2009 Buy
    27 Nate the Great, Where Are You?

    Picture Book

    Duvoisin, Petunia, Beware
    Duvoisin, Donkey, Donkey
    Himmelman: Duck, Pigs, Chickens to the Rescue  Himmelman
    Mayer,
    Just going to the dentist
    WHYBROW, Harry and the Dinosaurs say Raaah
    Keller, Open Wide, Tooth School Inside

    no shams

    I quit shampoo a little while ago.  Having tried it before with the unhappy result of not being happy, I hoped it would stick this time. (babyslime Shampoo-free follow up)

    This morning in the shower I smelled the most lovely thing, something like warm toast.  'What can that be?' I wondered, 'No one has had time to make breakfast.'  Then it hit me.  It was  my homemade pear vinegar.  I was using it for the first time in the rinse step of the no-shampoo method.

    My middle child says the baking soda wash "tastess good!"

    Tastes good, smells good.  Yes, I'm sticking with it this time.

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