Friday, October 4, 2013


Early this morning I was awakened by a loud buzzing that could not be ignored no matter how much I wanted to. When I finally turned on my lamp, I found that I was under siege by a large number of 'longbottoms' or 'dive bombers'--a harmless but very irritating species of bug. These bugs defy all common sense in the fact that they can fly at all--they have a big fat tail that takes up about half of their body, and tiny wings that somehow enable them to zoom around lights, crash into walls, and frequently dive onto the heads of unsuspecting victims. You learn to avoid sitting under lights when they are around, and the droning buzz they make is surprising loud for an insect of that size. So, I woke up and found that there were quite a number crashing around my room, climbing up into my bed, and generally making it impossible to sleep. I had to turn on the light and slaughter large numbers of them three times before I finally had reduced their number to the point were I could go to sleep. This morning when I swept up the carnage, I found that I had about a whole dustpan full of them! I would love to know where they were all coming from, and why they had to start flying about in the pitch dark at 3 in the morning. I also hope I got them all, and that tonight will be quieter and bug free.

We had our Medieval themed birthday party this Wednesday; it went really well all things considered. I helped decorate the dining room before rushing back to change into my gown. The 6th and 7th graders played a piece as the students went in for supper, and then I joined the grade 8 and 9's for "Sumer is Icumen In," a genuine Medieval round. I was very tired by the end of the day, but was thankful that the day had gone so well. Birthday party is often a rather trying day because the kids are so excited that it's hard to get much work out of them, but Beth and I had prayed together that morning specifically for that day, and the Lord sent extra grace our way!

Coming up in the busy third term schedule is our first half-term next weekend, and the grade 7 exams the week after that. This term is just galloping by...

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