All Girls School


Thunderstorms, Pen Pals, and a Tomato Disaster
April 9, 2008, 5:05 pm
Filed under: baby, Bubba, garden, summer

On Monday evening we were hit with a terrible thunderstorm. There was thunder, lightning, hail and wind. In fact, there was so much wind that it blew down part of our fence and many of the power lines that service our area of town. It took the service crews until 2am this morning to get power back up to our area. We kept busy by visiting friends and family that had power. When we came home after supper, we build a fire and lit some candles. The girls played some wrestling-type games for a while, then we cuddled up under extra blankets and read many chapters of our current book until they all fell asleep. Thankfully we woke up to working electricity and the heat warming up the house. It never really got below 60 degrees inside, so it wasn’t terribly cold. The girls and I kind of enjoyed the camping out at home experience. (I’m still really glad the power came back on as quickly as it did, as I know the novelty would have worn off by today.)

When I got back on the computer today, I found that we had been assigned a new pen pal. Bubba sat down right away and wrote a letter to her. She is about six months older than Bubba and lives up in Minnesota. The best part is that we have lots of family up there, so it’s conceivable that after writing to each other for a while, they would get the opportunity to meet in person. I am hoping that both girls stick with it long enough to develop a friendship, but I’m trying to be realistic in my expectations, too.

Later this afternoon I realized that we would, in fact, be purchasing some tomato starts this year instead of continuing the ones we had going ourselves.

That was the Baby’s handiwork. *sigh* It’s frustrating, but not the end of the world. The poor little peppers never even got a chance to sprout. Our blueberry bushes are looking good, though. (Even the one the dog dug up twice and broke in half once.) Most of the strawberries look to have survived their transplant and the storm, so I think that still puts us ahead in the gardening department.

We’re winding down the school year a bit, going outside more and focusing more on reading out loud and to ourselves. We’ll be doing some history through the summer and maybe a little math, but for the most part I think we’ll be focusing on swimming and friends and playing at the park.

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