The 3yo got a bead stuck in her nose over the weekend. (Let’s rephrase, since it’s not like beads go around putting themselves up people’s noses. The 3yo stuck a bead up her nose over the weekend.) There is not a whole lot that phases me as a mom – we’ve bandaged up quite a few gashes with butterfly bandaids and called them good – but that freaked me out. It especially freaked me out when our solution (the vacuum with a hose attachment with a tiny hole) didn’t work. Tweezers and a dad’s steady hand finally did the trick, thank the Lord!
Over the past couple of weeks – in the last week especially – many of the trees in Black Forest have started to revive:
These are all trees that were completely brown a few weeks ago, but the tips near the top have started to push out new, green needles. I kind of wondered if this would happen – many of the trees looked more “cooked” than severely burned – and I’m so excited to see this! (You can click on the image to make it bigger if you want to see.) And, when you are in a place where you can see the burned swath across the forest, it is definitely not as dark as it was a couple of weeks ago – you can tell that a significant number of trees are having green growth across the top.
God’s whole process of rejuvenation after a fire has been fascinating for me to watch. There were green plants sprouting up in completely blackened areas just a week after the fire! I think we are going to spend a good chunk of our science in homeschool this year studying wildfires. Hopefully we never have another opportunity quite as hands-on as we do this year. :)
I’ve been studying people’s windows lately, as we are trying to decide what style we want to go with because there are a few windows in our new-old house that we will probably replace sooner rather than later (but aren’t ready to replace all of them just yet unless someone hands me a lottery ticket and it happens to be the winning number). After looking at the windows of every single house I passed, I realized the few windows I saw that do not have screens looked SO much better from the street and from inside, and I determined that I am going to keep the screens off of my windows except for maybe during miller moth season. I was shocked when I realized that I’m not the only crazy who thinks it’s a fantastic idea: the Nester does it, too! And she lives in the south where they have bugs.
I’ve also determined that an awful lot of houses, even super expensive ones, have really boring windows. Our new-old house has a lot of windows – so many that I don’t think I will be doing very many wall hangings because there’s nowhere to put them. So, since the windows are such a big feature, we want them to look really cool and I think we am really strongly considering getting external grids like this. I think windows with external grids like that look so much prettier than the internal grids, and I am wondering why more people don’t do them. I suspect it’s because they are probably a pain to clean, but I’m thinking with a mini squeegee I could suffer through it. Do any of you have external grids or actual panes in your windows? Am I just going to hate them?