{ Jonny’s Questions }

A brief errand took me into the city with my three youngest children.

We had a wholesome audiobook to entertain us and the January roads were dry. Traffic wasn’t going to stop us from arriving at one of our favorite destinations:


Billboards flashed by and Jonny asked, “What’s Planned Parenthood?”

I was not expecting this. My mind raced with what they know already and what I was willing to say at 8:40 a.m. while weaving through rush hour.

I launched into benign definitions about organizations and what they do.

Then I clumsily ventured into a mini-sermon.  Half of you would agree with my monologue and half wouldn’t, but Jonny seemed satisfied.

A selfish detour took us to Starbucks before anything else.  I felt I deserved it.


After that, Trader Joe’s bags filled the car with goodies and we were on our way home.

Back on the highway that was decorated with billboards, Jonny piped up again.

“What’s Super 8?”

That one was easier.



{ School, Senior Citizens & Substitutions }

It’s MEA week.  It’s the week that Minnesota public schools get time off for teachers to attend meetings.

Ava, age 12, asks if we have to do homeschool today.


“Grandma gets to go to an apple orchard today,” Ava says.

“Senior citizens have all the fun, don’t they?” 

Instead of a trip to the apple orchard, we got a spelling test and the rest of the French and Indian War. And math.

Practicing spelling words. At least a little more fun when you use neon scratch paper and markers.

Instead of the apples,  Ava (a budding pie-maker) might make a mock apple pie with the green tomatoes we rescued from the garden.

It won’t be such a bad day.



Pie photo credit.



{ My Penchant List }

door-2103035__480Penchant – the word of the day: a strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something.

Synonyms: liking, fondness, preference, taste, partiality, soft spot, fancy, weakness, bent
  • Coffee with cream
  • Chocolate
  • The color red
  • Whole fat plain (not Greek) yogurt
  • Stories about underdogs
  • Clean comedy
  • Books about introverts
  • Making treasures out of trash
  • Hearing about how God uses weak people to do something wonderful
  • Working alone in cozy, tucked away places with no interruptions
  • Audiobooks
  • Drying clothes on the line
  • Walking around lakes and on trails
  • Antiques and houses with character. (Especially if they have red painted doors)
  • Thrift shops
  • Crafting, selling and giving away things I have made
  • Getting rid of clutter
  • Zinnias
  • Gingham
  • Crock pots