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Archive for January, 2015

Jan 31 2015

Warm Spot

Posted by Mugs @ 12:17 pm in Family,Nature,Pets

I’ve been shivering my way through January dreaming of warmer climates where plants bloom and my teeth don’t chatter. I’m often near the pellet stove, under several blankets, with my hood up, wearing gloves.

My friend, Jeff who sees me each morning while we are waiting in our cars for the bus to arrive to transport our kids to school views me as a type of weather gauge – “How ridiculously bundled will Mugs be this morning?”

I lost all my thick Minnesota winter blood somewhere on the beach in Hawaii and it has never returned.

Patches stays one step ahead of me in the search for the warmest spot in the house. She is usually curled up in a chair near the pellet stove, but this morning the sun came shining into the sunroom after a bitter cold windy night.

Patches took advantage of the moment and plopped down to warm her belly.

Jan 29 2015

Buzzing with Bees

Posted by Mugs @ 10:00 am in Family,school

Zeke has been busy the last few months studying for the school’s spelling and geography bees. His spelling study list contained many unusual words including the troublesome word acciaccatura. Thankfully, he was not asked to spell acciaccatura during his 5th grade school round. I suspect the spell master did not wish to attempt the pronunciation. Zeke won his grade level bee by spelling words such as crystallize, petroleum and curtain correctly. He participates in the regional bee next month, and hopes to follow in Josiah’s spelling bee champion footsteps.

Furthermore, over the last several months on Thursdays, he studied with the geography club. He won the school’s geography bee by correctly guessing Greece was the largest producer of cotton in the south Baltic. He joins his sister, Abby, in the geography bee champion category. The prize for winning was a medal and the opportunity to take a national test.

Regretfully, the geography bee test was not what he expected. He was hoping for “What river? Which country? What latitude?” Instead, he had to determine where in a fictional city to site a new sports stadium, what spice was in goulash, and what were the major threats to his favorite endangered species.

Next, he sets his sights on the math olympics – where he will try to equal Gabe’s success as Mathmagician.

Zeke loves the competition of trying to outdo his siblings.

“Anything you can do, I can do better.”

(On occasion, he must be protected from getting punched by one of them.)

Jan 23 2015

For Your Convenience

Posted by Mugs @ 11:34 am in Family,Work

Thanks for your prayers. Josiah has been hired at the local corner store to make fresh coffee every two hours, to mop the floor, to ring up clear sodas for women who vehemently dislike dark colored sodas, to grab items one at a time with a pause in between for a grandpa methodically checking off his list of purchases, and to listen seriously to a US Marshall exhorting him to be diligent with checking I.D. cards.

This grand adventure has earned him a paycheck, a free cup of coffee, a 10 cent tip, a commemorative coin from a US Marshall, and – most importantly – enough material to begin writing comedy skits.

Jan 20 2015

The Gift of Family

Posted by Mugs @ 10:24 am in Church,Family,Sightseeing

This morning on the way to school, Zeke was shivering in the back seat and said, “I’ve been back in Virginia too long, because I think this is cold.” (The temperature was 32 degrees – just at freezing.) He was remembering what real cold felt like in Minnesota.

Our stay in Minnesota was only a few days, but I look back at it as a late Christmas gift. Life is filled with the unexpected – some joyous, some sorrowful. It is a tremendous gift to be able to share the laughter and the tears with those you love – to not be alone. (Even though when I’m downhearted, alone is what I think I want.)

God gave the Meloch family a tremendous gift when he made our family a part of His family.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Jan 17 2015

Turtle Lake Players Reunion

Posted by Dale @ 7:15 pm in Family,Music