Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Post #323 (In Which I Rush Outside to See the Sun)

It's weird that I've rushed out of doors to greet the sun (since I live in Africa and all) but we've not had much of the beloved presence in the last couple of months.

(My apologies to those who live in places like Seattle and the UK where this run of clouds and rain would not warrant whining.)

The sun is here today and I hope it will last or at least make frequent appearances between showers. The rainy season usually sprinkles out by the end of May and I'm just politely encouraging it to move along now. "Get along, little dawgie."

Trevor has jumped on a shuttle for Nairobi so that he can meet Darrelle's plane at 6:30am tomorrow and escort her over the bumpy roads and through the (some times bewildering) border crossing.

Jesse should be on a shuttle from Nairobi this very minute. Their shuttles will pass on the way somewhere. I wish they would both be at the same rest stop at the same time. Wouldn't that be crazy? Hugging brothers at a tourist stop, destined to be pulled apart again quickly as they continue their journeys in opposite directions. It would be tragic except that will meet up at our place by Thursday afternoon.

Byron and Tammy are doing a day seminar with the Artisan ladies. They have some issues to work out with the new line of products our fair trade project is working on. There were some funny boo boos in the first batch of the new designs. Last year we introduced angels with cone shaped dresses. This year, we're using a similar cone shape but making Christmas trees. We had some trees come in, topped with stars as they should be, but with angel arms attached. Ha! I guess it's hard to imagine an angel or a Christmas tree if you have not grown up with many, many images of these things firmly planted in your mind.

Colin is trying his best to understand how to diagram sentences and I've just spent 20 minutes watching the lesson with him. I don't understand it ONE bit. I think diagraming sentences is a foolish waste of time. (Dana, I hope you can tell me I'm right about this.)

Heather is laid up on the sofa with a fever and sore throat. The Russell twins are doing home school with Val the Valiant Visitor at our dining room table.

And me? I am avoiding the grocery shopping and the general clean up, the emails I haven't answered and the deadlines I have for a couple of little writing things as I linger in the warmth of this good sunshine.

Enough pleasuring. Back to work now...

(PS I posted today on my Conversant Life blog about my response to the news from China.)

4 comments:

Shelley said...

"I think diagraming sentences is a foolish waste of time"...Amen sister! I can honestly say that I have never used that particular skill in my grown-up life except when I have worked on it with the kid I tutor. I say move on to the next lesson.
I hope your sunshine lasts...but it will be sunny days inside your house when all your babies are home tomorrow!

Nelly said...

Sweet Darrelle just skyped me from London on her long lay-over...helped me remember that it is time to wake up...think she forgot it was only 6:22am here in California. Everyone will be there so soon! Here comes the sun.

dana said...

shelley and lisa...
yes! I am with you! diagramming...what a way to kill the love of language...

reading covers the rules...let them read, I say!

lisa, trust your heart and try not to fret the lessons that are gibberish...

look at those big boys, bet they don't worry bout diagramming...

and here comes the sun, indeed...

Tehur Simmons said...

Dear Lisa:

Whenever you can please send me your email adress I'd love to write to you...mine is butterflyfairy15@hotmail.com just in case you don't have it I can't remember. Love you loads!!!!