Time of death: 9:13 on June 21st, 2008. The microwave had been suffering from a peculiar syndrome that caused the aforementioned to resemble the character of a baby dragon. This was evidenced by intermittent flashing lights, rumblings, acrid smells, and various other unpleasant symptoms. The sudden expiration of this faithful machine was shocking, although not wholly unexpected. All seemed well as I used it to make oatmeal. But later, when mom was attempting to warm a mug of tea, a deathly smell filled the air and the microwave was still and cold. Like the tea. I had to laugh when I came home and saw that mom had taped off the dearly departed as a reminder for the living to leave it alone. She had written “R I P” across it, and being the Latin student that she is, added “Reqiescat In Pace” for good measure.
I’m actually writing my last undergrad paper. The paper itself is a rather boring subject. It’s on the etymologies and histories of ten words, randomly selected save for reference to language origin. Here are the words: clock, crater, bleak, brunette, kindergarten, coyote, voodoo, squash, calico, and fort. I knew about kindergarten, it’s not hard to guess that “voodoo” is from an African language, it makes sense that “squash” was American Indian, that “brunette” has a French feel to it, and that “coyote” is Mexican Spanish. But would you have any idea that “bleak” was Old Norse, or that “calico” was Indian? “Pajamas” is also Indian and know that I know it, I can see it. There have been so many words this quarter that I had no idea were from other lanuages, but once I know the language of origin, it makes perfect sense. Of all these words, the only one that grabs my attention right now is “BLEAK”. Don’t ask me why, it sounds neat, and it goes with “midwinter”. 😉 Fortunately, although I may not enjoy every sentence of writing this paper, knowing that it’s the Last Paper, the Very Last (until fall), adds a certain spice. “I just wrote the last introduction. Fancy that!”, etc…
Therefore, I shall neither run mad NOR faint!
Happy Mother’s Day! After church, we picked up Subway sandwiches and took them to the poppy reserve to eat. Although we eat Subway in other cities, apparently we never eat their food when we’re at home because we couldn’t remember where any Subways were! Fortunately, we were in contact with Dan who googled one for us! Our typical routine is to pick a sandwich partner and split a 12″.
It was exciting to eat outside in the fresh air. Somehow, eating lunch fifteen feet behind a rattlesnake warning sign added a certain zest to the meal. We didn’t see any rattlers until after lunch. There was one up inside the visitors center- stuffed and poised to eat a stuffed mouse. The rattler sign was a reminder that we were out in “the wild”, yet it didn’t feel much different than home (where we have had rattlesnakes). I noticed a few different wildflowers I hadn’t seen before, tons of insects and insect sounds, and thousands of acres of empty land looking untouched except for hazy visions of telephone wires in the distance. I kept imagining all the settlers who traveled west and chose to stay in this valley a hundred years ago. They gave up whatever they had and endured hardship in hope of a better life in the golden promised land out west. And I was born here! How amazing is that??
Dad said he was going to go check out “The Benefits of Fire” sign. Mom laughed and said that one benefit is that he makes his income by fire. 🙂 Notice that Caleb was standing just like Dad was.
Mom called her mom (Nana) to wish her a happy mother’s day.
Luke with his sis…
What’s more thrilling than when Mom and Dad let you take a picture with their camera?
Did it turn out?
We love Mom…
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The video is rather low quality since I was using my hand-held digital camera. But here it is…
This kid is Popeye. Surprisingly, he looks like a Holstein.We call him “the cow” a lot. We’ve never had a kid with those particular markings before. Ours are normally, half white/half black, half white/half chamois, or all chamois. Although we did get an all white doe from some friends. Popeye was part of the first batch and by the end of March, we had six kids total. It’s good for the kids to have their mamas lick them all over and stimulate blood flow.
After a few weeks, the kids love bottle-feeding and come running when they see you with the bottle. That’s my hand there, hanging on to a glass bottle for dear life while trying to keep my camera still enough to take a picture. Papa John is the half white-half chamois colored kid on the right.
Goats are stubborn and don’t like to be led. Mandarin is to the right while Teriyaki stands on the left. The name of our place is the FF Ranch, pronounced double f ranch. The FF is for family first. In honor of the FF Ranch, all the male goats are named after fast food, and the females are named after fancy flowers. This year, the goats are Lily, Camillia, Popeye, Papa John, Mandarin, and Teriyaki.