Max is creeping

Yesterday he went from just trying to “fly” (laying on belly waving arms and legs around) to being able to dig his toes into the bed and get where he wanted to go. It is still a clumsy creep, just kind of random in movement, but I am sure that won’t last long. He is so funny to watch. He gets up on his hands and knees and rocks, sometimes his legs slip and he moves backwards, sometimes he can propel himself forwards, but then he is stuck on top of his arms. So he has to roll this way and that to get his arms free. Then he might pull with his elbows before going back to getting up on hands and knees again.

When he finally reaches his destination, he is so giddy he can hardly grab the target: THE TV REMOTE.

(No mere TOY is worth all that trouble yet…)

Just Chugging Along

113 today and it feels every single degree of it! But who am I to complain, sitting inside here in the nice cool air conditioning? Feels pretty good right here.

Things are coming together here. Pictures going up on the wall, cable and internet finally up and running consistently, and… bridges have been burned. (What, more burning?) Nah. Yesterday I made the phone calls to remove Posy, Ben and James from school. Back to homeschooling for them! It should be interesting to get back into the swing of things.

There is finally a Catholic Homeschool Conference here though! I can’t wait to go to that!

Max started solids recently and we discovered that he is allergic to oats, and he has probably been reacting to oats and possibly other foods through my milk. It was the introduction of solids that made it really obvious though. So he is back to just breastmilk and I am on an elimination diet to see what he is reacting to. Today is day two… only 12 more to go before I can start reintroducing foods into my diet!

WD40 uses

A friend sent this to me. I thought others would find it useful:

>>Protects silver from tarnishing
>>Cleans and lubricates guitar strings
>>Gives floors that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making it slippery
>>Keeps flies off cows & horses and helps horse manes and tales remain ‘tangle-free’
>>Restores and cleans chalkboards
>>Loosens stubborn zippers
>>Untangles jewelry chains
>>Removes stains from stainless steel sinks
>>Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill
>>Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing
>>Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots
>>Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors
>>Keeps scissors working smoothly
>>Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes
>>Gives a children’s play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide
>>Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers
>>Rids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises
>>Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open
>>Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close
>>Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers
>>Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles
>>Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans
>>Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons and bicycles for easy handling
>>Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly
>>Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools
>>Removes splattered grease on stove
>>Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging
>>Lubricates prosthetic limbs
>>Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell)
>>Removes all traces of duct tape I have even heard of folks spraying it on
>>WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also it’s a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose.
>>If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the
>>moisture and allow the car to start.
>>WD-40, long known for its ability to remove leftover tape mung (sticky
>>label tape).
>>Sprayed liberally on every hinge in the house, it leaves that distinctive clean fresh scent for up to two days! Seriously though, it removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor!
>>Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn’t seem to harm the finish and you won’t have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off.
>>Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!

Finally an update

We have been back on line for quite a while, but I just haven’t had it in me to update around here! Slowly the house is coming together. One by one I have been dealing with the many, many boxes of MISC. turned over to us by the salvage company. (Imaging someone took all your stuff – I mean everything in your house – mixed it all up, wrapped it in paper, and put it in boxes marked “MISC.”) I have almost half the garage empty now, which is no small feat. We even have managed to get a few pictures hung up, although the kitchen is still only half painted!

Along other lines, I electrocuted myself, went on a lovely retreat with Posy, and just got back from sending Jay and Paisley to Mexico to build houses for the poor for a week. Hmm… busy. Nah, pass the bon bons! I think Jerry Springer will be on in a few minutes!