Saturday, October 30, 2021

Yeah Band, and it's Space Day


Today is Space Day for Purdue. 
It would have been hard to get up to Purdue for the Contest, so we did it online, virtual like last year.  But last year, they sent a care package... this year they didn't. 
It didn't stop us from having a good time. 

We built a Mars Rover.  It probably wouldn't have done much on Mars.  
But we did some Quality Control work, and devised a bit of a fix.
Because of the way our button wheels wouldn't stay, but we shifted and used a combo of quilting pins and tape to affix them.  They didn't move very well, but it looked kind of like a rover. 

We made a straw rocket! 

Check out how our Straw Rocket blasts off!  
We got some decent length on it. 
I was rather impressed at how well Sam and Jacob worked together. 

Then we went to watch the Marching Band Semi-State Competition at Ben Davis. 
It was pretty neat.  We saw Ben Davis perform, and they broke out a few of the old hats they used to use back in the days when Eric was in the band, a purple cowboy hat with a gold ribbon.  Eric had a fancy term for it, but I've forgotten.  Meanwhile, we shared some Kettle Corn too. 

Then Christopher and the Band took to the Field. 
They sounded wonderfully. 

The Band takes up a lot of the field. 

Our show, Fly Away, is amazing! 

My favorite shot I got of the day. 

I'm so Proud I could just Bust. 
They ended up 4th, very close to 3rd, in the Contest, and will be headed downtown next weekend to State! 

Friday, October 29, 2021



This dog didn't want to let me finish my BSF homework this morning before my meeting. 
It was hard to ignore her but I did. 
I'm not the most studious BSF member.  But I figure, Walking with Jesus is a Walk, a Journey, and I'm at least on the Path. I'm glad I pushed to get it done and attend. I won't get any further on my Faith Journey if I do nothing at all, or skip like I did the last two weeks.  I skipped because of Fall Break.  And I didn't really get my groove back until yesterday.  I figure I'm trying, and that's something. God just wants me, and He knows I'm not Perfect, that I'm never going to be, but I can Be Better. And every time I go, or get tucked into The Word, I feel better, and I don't ever regret setting the time aside to do the study.  In fact, I get sent all kinds of convicting signs that I'm not alone, that studying is hard, walking the path of the Faithful is hard, but that it is the right thing for me to do. 
Now I just need to speak less, Listen first, and Study More, and Go in Peace, Serve the Lord. 
Thanks be to God.  

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Photos by Sam


Sam and I were snuggling on the couch.  It was a Rainy Day, and my good things came from a chiropractic adjustment and a nap.  Meanwhile, Sam loves to snuggle the dog.  

He also wanted to take her picture.  

I let him snap me cuddling the dog.  He took a few snaps.  
He's got a decent eye for photography, like me, like his Opa.  I think Chris and Sam might be able to make good pictures because of their good eyes for photography.  
They have skills.  

Maybe they'll take more pics in the future. 

Harry Baby.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Finding Joy


I'm really happy with this pink sweatshirt that I made at the beginning of the month. It's finally cool enough outside to wear it again.  "On Wednesdays, we wear pink." 
I needed to find some Joy today. 
I went over to Eric's Dad's to hang out with him while Mom ran for a haircut.  As soon as I arrived, Dad started to get worked up because of catheter trouble. As his bladder filled, he got more uncomfortable, and upset, and I couldn't do anything to help him.  Dad is the kind of guy who doesn't complain.  It's never been his nature, but prostate cancer has changed that.  Things are changing, and he doesn't like it. It was upsetting all around.  We didn't last 15 minutes on our own before we were planning a trip to the hospital.  And they weren't fast either, but don't get me started on that.  It was very PTSD for me of yelling at various doctors to "Fix The Baby!"  They didn't hop to "Fix Dad" either.  That upset me, and I try very hard to relieve Dad's stresses, not add to them. Mom got her haircut in record time and met us at the hospital.  Days like this I want to get up and go behind the counter, and fix things myself.  I don't have enough degrees to do that though.  Like I said, it was very frustrating. 
After a very stressful couple hours, Dad was ok, and got to come home. 
I got into the car, and just cried. 

A lot of stuff happened, and I cried all the way home. 
Normally, I can vent to Eric, but he was busy.  Buzzkill. 

At least the trees were pretty. 
It's probably our last beautiful day for a while.  It's supposed to rain the next couple days, then turn cold. I hope our Band contest this weekend doesn't get rained on. 

Meanwhile, Chris had the night off from band, and he was content to join Eric and I for an episode of Star Trek: Voyager.  I noticed as I was sitting there, how similar their focus faces are, the same slope of the forehead, and stern brow.  It's like they're related or something. :D 
They made me smile.  I'm so Blessed I have all my Boyz to make me smile, or I'd lose it entirely.