This is one of the ladies we work with at the Seniors' Home. When I get old I plan to wear a worn out cowboy hat and sit like this.
1. Rachael is at camp. That means two less eyes are rolling whenever I say something. I do miss the little dear though.
2. As you may have guessed, while she's gone we're re-doing her room. Her room style is not in my zone so it's a tough project for me.
3. I'll post pictures of her room as soon as it's finished.
4. 90% of American currency has traces of cocaine. In some urban areas, 100% of the bills have traces of cocaine. That's this week's trivia for you.
5. That statistic only surprised me a little. At the prison when I was going through training I learned that I shouldn't freak out if my belongings show traces of cocaine. Evidently we come in contact with it more than we know.
6. Zany Hannah pulled another crazy imitation the other day. Out of nowhere she imitated how she thinks I would be if something happened to Gordon. With a whine and slurred speech, here's what she said (pretending to be me after Gordon's passing): Since Gordon's been gone it's just me and the pain killers. I'm telling you, this child is a little crazy.
7. I've decided to start making my way through the BBC's top 200 books. If you want to see the list, go here. Does anyone want to join me in this challenge? I've read about an eighth of them already and there are about 10 that I refuse to read. This week I started Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Cities.
8. Deborah and Hannah are both in love with their "new" bedrooms. I'm thrilled about that.
9. I've gotten up early the past two mornings to do a 9 kilometer bike ride. It's a good way to start the day, even if it is a relatively small ride (about 5 miles).
10. My tickets are purchased for my trip to Arkansas in October. I'm looking so forward to spending the month with Stephanie & John Mark, Christopher, Roman and Avery.
11. Hannah has been offered a horse. It will cost her about $40 a month. She loves horses and this is a remarkable opportunity for her. However $40 a month is no small thing for a (almost) 13-year-old. She's working the numbers every day trying to come up with a plan to make it work. If it works out, I'll let you know. It will be cool to have a horse in the family.
12. The girls are all riding 25 kilometers in Bike for God next Saturday. Bike for God supports Operation Christmas Child (the shoeboxes). Please consider supporting them.We gladly accept PayPal donations and my paypal account is my email address. Please give, even if it's only $5. Thank you.
13. Things are pretty busy around here. Thanks for being patient with me as I'm pretty well only posting Thursday Thirteens.