Saturday, May 19, 2018


On a completely related note to my previous post:

If you can stay together with your spouse long enough to go through some ****, you get to a pretty awesome level of intimacy.

Like when you find yourself standing in your living room with your spouse and 2 complete strangers waiting to see if your just introduced reptiles will copulate and you don't feel THAT weird because you know your backup is there, and will be there later to laugh about it with you. Because hey... you've been through worse or weirder.

Springtime amusements

I had forgotten how creative one can get when under tight restrictions.

Decided to breed Vegas the crested gecko again. I put up a classified ad on a Facebook herp group. And yes, I felt ridiculous and awkward posting a singles ad for my lizard. Complete with head shot and full body shot.

Had a slew of responses. Chose one because how similar they look and how awesome his crest looks. Super excited about it. It's fun to have a free exciting project. We're borrowing the male until they copulate. And sharing the babies with the male's owner when they hatch. Although the process takes forever with cresties.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Beyond the curtain

The one who set the earth and moon spinning in balance round the sun.
The one who made the rules of genetics, physics, biology
Who knows the deeper truths to explain how and why those rules get broken.
The giver of logic.
The defiance of logic.
Mercy beyond understanding.
Justice beyond comprehension.
Futures beyond time. Futures before time.
Holy, holy, holy.
More complex than destiny.
The speaker of the word who gave life to senses.
The one whom we yearn for.
Who we turn from.
The king we embrace when we reach for the least of these.
The master.
Our freedom.
Holy, holy, holy.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Mothers' day

Saturday we celebrated my dad's birthday and my mom, Robyn, Brenyn at Lantern Waste (Robyn and Scott's house). We got to see Brenyn and Madelyn. Madelyn is so sweet and let me hold her. The video compilation I made of videos, drone footage, and photos of our Tennessee trip turned out pretty well and we watched that. I didn't feel like I had wasted all the hours, which is nice. We also ate 5 desserts and my dad gave me a pretty post with a hummingbird feeder and I gave him a bat house. I wrote my mom a (long) poem. Marley made a card of mystical and legendary creatures she drew. Robyn gave me an apple tree, which we planted as soon as we got home. And on Sunday night a deer ate half the branches. Argh urban deer.

For Sunday mothers' day I woke up to Sage saying over and over "Nochiurwy-nobacon-hahaha". Which, it turns out, is her quoting a part of Jim Gaffigan's standup she heard, thanks to Alexa. "No cheating on your wife, no bacon, ha ha ha."

Bob also lip-synced Queen at me.

We went to church where I cried like a baby.

We came home and had a clean-out-the-fridge lunch. Marley tutored Solo in violin, Bob and the kids did chores, I rearranged some houseplants so they no longer block the windows which now show something other than winter-bleghness.

Bob made subs and hoagies for dinner. We also made milkshakes and everyone had to got to play board games of my choosing with me. We played 3 games of Mysterium and 1 game of Pandemic (which we crushed).

Today was the co-op picnic. It was great fun and there were kids, friends, sun, food, birds, creek. The good things.

When we got home I got to just sit in the front window and watch the robins foraging and bringing their babies (hatched on mothers' day) food. On one occasion a house sparrow came to the nest harassing the babies and Marley and I both bolted for the front door yelling and tripping on each other. We got outside and scared the sparrow away before it could do any damage. Than a few minutes later I saw a hummingbird in our yard. Second time I ever saw one here (that I can remember). Hopefully she loves the feeder and tells her friends.

Walked around the yard looking for baby black locust trees. I want more, I'm greedy. That smell coming in my bedroom window is a favorite.

Moon rise

In the valley
How much longer does the wait
For the moon to rise seem
When you wait in the shadow of a mountain.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Catholic Church didn't take kindly to this painting by Veronese. It was originally meant to be a painting of the last supper. But the Catholic Church was offended by the inclusion of "buffoons" and drunks. He was given 3 months to change it. Instead he changed the name to "Feast in the House of Levi".  

After this, Jesus left the house. He saw a tax collector sitting at the tax booth. The man's name was Levi. "Follow me," Jesus said to him.  Levi got up, left everything and followed him.  Then Levi gave a huge dinner for Jesus at his house. A large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and their teachers of the law complained to Jesus' disciples. They said, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"  Jesus answered them, "Those who are healthy don't need a doctor. Sick people do. I have not come to get those who think they are right with God to follow me. I have come to get sinners to turn away from their sins."
Luke 5:27‭-‬32 NIRV

Friday, April 27, 2018

Tell the kids

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. The Spirit led him into the desert. There the devil tempted him for 40 days. Jesus ate nothing during that time. At the end of the 40 days, he was hungry.

 The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread."

Jesus answered, "It is written, 'Man doesn't live only on bread.' " (Deuteronomy 8:3) 

Then the devil led Jesus up to a high place. In an instant, he showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world. He said to him, "I will give you all their authority and glory. It has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours."

 Jesus answered, "It is written, 'Worship the Lord your God. He is the only one you should serve.' " (Deuteronomy 6:13) 

Then the devil led Jesus to Jerusalem. He had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down from here. It is written, " 'The Lord will command his angels to take good care of you.  They will lift you up in their hands. Then you won't trip over a stone.' " (Psalm 91:11,12)

 Jesus answered, "Scripture says, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' " (Deuteronomy 6:16)  When the devil finished all this tempting, he left Jesus until a better time.
Luke 4:1‭-‬13 NIRV

Enemies of God can quote the Bible too.
Context matters.
What may be sin for one, may not be for another. Is turning a stone into bread a sin? No,  unless it's used to turn you away from God. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Nice day today. Woke up early to take the kids to violin. Took Roy with us because it was a beautiful day. NKU has a beautiful campus. Saw a bird that I've never seen before. It was gray around the body and tail.  Had a white mask and yellow cap and some more yellow on the breast.

Marley, Lucy, Sage, Ella and Solo played hide and seek or walked Roy and watched the twitterpated waterfowl.

Got lunch stuffs at Kroger and took them to Robyn's.  Chicken, cucumbers, grapes, pretzel rolls. Aimee gave us some of her amazing zucchini bread.

Spent time with the chickens and goats. Spent time in the woods watching the kids work on tree houses. Peaceful fun.

Yesterday Bob, Marley, Solo, and I played Old Maid. We played the opposite rules and it was an uproarious good time. Then we switched to Tenzi.  More hilarity.