Now where did I put that?


Last week I needed the packing tape to tape something at work. Now, remember that librarians have the best adhesives on the market. We have awesome tapes and glues. Some of the tapes are expensive though, so you need to make sure you are using the cheap tape if you are just taping a regular something rather than a book. I spied the packing tape next to some packages waiting for the mailman so I snagged it and finished my project then promptly forgot to return the tape. My coworker wandered out and snagged the tape back and commented that she rarely misplaces things so she knew someone had liberated it.

I was gobsmacked as JK Rowling would say. She ‘rarely misplaces things.’ I cannot imagine life on her planet. It is unfathomable to me to live in a life where I am not searching for something or another…keys, purse, camera, planner, kid (okay I am pretty good with that one), phone, grocery list, current book…what haven’t I lost? 

I lost my broom once for about a month. When I got done sweeping I spotted a closet that would be ‘a great place to keep the broom’ much better than beside the refrigerator. I did that with my new camera in December. I actually have a reward out on that one. If you happen across my camera, I will gladly pay you $10.

I saw a book on organization a year ago so I checked it out. They pointed out in the first chapter that when you go to get a plate from your kitchen, you know where it will be because you always put it in the same place. True. I do always know where my clean plates are. I thought “Ok, start small. I can do this with my keys.” I found a place in my purse for my car keys. Since then I have found my keys in the compartment next to that compartment, on the floor of the car, in coat pockets, in the couch, on my bed and once in the garbage. I didn’t read any further. Clearly disorganization is a lifestyle for me.

Snow Days


Sunday Leo told the minister about the pond he dug in his front yard and that he built bridges and dams and got his cows stuck and went on for an uncomfortable amount of time during the children’s sermon. The minister was most impressed that he had a pond in the front yard. I have a spot in my flower garden which gets no sun. I could plant impatiens there or I could let the gentlemen dig.

Leo and Paul’s mud hole Monday.    


Leo and Paul’s mud hole Tuesday.


After three dire warnings of blizzards this winter which amounted to about 2 inches of snow total we finally got hit. We got 11 inches, and about an inch or so of moisture. The kids got two days off from school, and I even got a snow day! Eleven inches of snow in November will probably be around in March. Eleven inches in April is great, and we need the moisture so bad. The second day I left Ed in charge, and I worked from 10-8. The kids left the house at 8:30 with their sleds. Ed said they stayed in the park for a couple of hours. I was delighted that everyone was still speaking to each other at the end of 10 hours together and the house was not noticeably worse that when I left.



This is the back yard halfway through the storm.

We live across the street from a seven acre or maybe ten acre park. It has a baby hill for timid sledders and a great hill known as “Suicide Hill” which it probably would be on a bike, but it is perfect for sledding. Everyone in town drives over here to sled.

Last Wednesday Paul built garages in Grandma and Papa’s alley.


I was so proud of myself last weekend. I am trying to get some native stuff to grow in the alley instead of the hollyhocks and bulbs that tend to look ragged as the summer goes on. I have several grass clumps out there, (side oats grama, little bluestem, switchgrass) you can see them in the background of the kids in the snow (and some asters I still plan to kill). I found some seeds from my very favoritest flower of all time ever, scarlet globemallow.

I have had no luck getting the darn plant to grow in the past, but now I have the right soil, so I have been watering my seedbed and watching the water drain down the alley.  I got my hoe out and started some gravity irrigation. I am gonna have to build up my dam every Wednesday after the garbage truck smooshes it, but otherwise it should work okay for a couple of years until everything is ready to survive on rain (or the lack thereof around here).