*Sadie is a smart dog. . .but not in the common sense department. She jumped out the window of the Jeep the other day thinking she would chase a squirrel she saw. When she landed on her head she realized it wasn't the best idea she has ever had. Luckily we were at a stop sign. This picture pretty much catches Sadie perfectly. I love the leaf on top of her head. She is such a goof. A goof who gives you a hug when you ask her for one. That is genius for a dog.
*I am ready for sweaters, french vanilla hot chocolate, crisp air in the mornings. . .and afternoons. . .evenings, leaves falling that I don't have to rake. I am ready for fall. I am going to read Anne of Green Gables again. That book makes me think of fall.
*My wallet makes me happy. It isn't new or anything I just like it. . .
*Especially when I open it and see this very awesome Target gift card in it. Jake got it for his b-day and traded me cash for it so he could get his Millennial Falcon Lego set. I almost didn't want to spend it but Jake needed new underwear. :)
*After checking out Jake's Ipod touch (which is really just a smart phone minus the phone) I have miraculously gone from being opposed to smart phones (seriously) to kind of, maybe wanting one, some day in the future. . .If I ever get one I will NOT be a person ignoring everyone around them and always on it.
*I just finished reading (last week) a book called The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen. It takes place during the the early 1800's and it was sooo good. An easy read (I read all 413 pages in one day so I could discuss it at book club), and if you have tried to read Jane Austen but didn't love it (Jamie) than you may like this book. Right now I am reading America the Beautiful by Dr. Ben Carson and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and a bunch of books for homeschooling. . .
*I got an email from my Uncle Gary and in it were the words of a government employee (has worked for them for decades) and they stated that the signs, that were professionally printed and put up all over the country, for the government shut down were planned and printed over 6 months ago. I completely believe it! Nothing in the government happens quickly (Just ask my brother-in-law who also works for them). How many millions of OUR dollars did they use to plan the shut down that far in advance?
*We learned a new word today (read it in History of US Book 3 and then looked it up in our Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary. . . even though the book defined it. I just had to use Noah's): Firebrand. Samuel Adams, Thomas Paine, and Patrick Henry were firebrands. The mischief they caused was inspired by the Lord to take the steps toward independence from England. . .Just in case you are wondering, History of US didn't depict them in a bad light at all. It praised them.
*There is something about prepping that is calming. Sanitizing and refilling our used bottles for food storage gives me a little peace of mind that we are prepared. . . or are getting prepared. You never know when a natural (or unnatural for that matter!) disaster will make water unsafe to drink. Preparedness=peace of mind.
*Heads up to any would be burglar: our house shouldn't be a target for you since my guys will be gone. I have a dog who will protect me and guns (yes plural) that I can protect myself with. Plus neighbors that will call the police on you. They called it on Aaron and his friend when they brought our broken down car home in the middle of the night one time. Glad I have neighbors looking out for us!!! (No that is not sarcasm.)
*It's the most wonderful time of the year! That is me singing. Have I mentioned I love fall? :) I opened my cedar chest (that Grampa Smith made me when I graduated from High School) and it was like Christmas! I found my favorite pair of gray pants that I have yet to wear because they are 2 sizes too small. I bought them that way as motivation. I will be wearing them this season (no I haven't lost enough yet but I will ASAP)!!! And what I was actually looking for (see first comment of this post. This wasn't I was referencing, but it applies here too): my favorite comfy pants. See those gray comfy pants on the right? That is what I was looking for because it is chilly and I LOVE IT!!! AND THEY WERE RIGHT ON TOP! That must be a sign that Fall has reached SC and is here to stay!!!! . . I really hope Jake is warm enough tonight. . . Aaron literally just got home and Jake was running around (in the dark. Boys love stuff like that), and having a blast and excited to be sleeping in Aaron's hiking tent, and using Aaron's sleeping mat and I know this is a run on sentence. . . :) And as usual I will not be editing this declutter so it may not make any sense at all!