Sunday, January 14, 2018

Poem of the Week: The Snow is Deep on the Ground

The Snow Is Deep on the Ground

The snow is deep on the ground.   
Always the light falls
Softly down on the hair of my belovèd.

This is a good world.
The war has failed.
God shall not forget us.
Who made the snow waits where love is.

Only a few go mad.
The sky moves in its whiteness
Like the withered hand of an old king.   
God shall not forget us.
Who made the sky knows of our love.

The snow is beautiful on the ground.   
And always the lights of heaven glow   
Softly down on the hair of my belovèd.

And happy birthday to my baby sister who indeed has deep snow in North Dakota!

Saturday, January 13, 2018


I was just about ready to jump into a new semester of home schooling this week.  I had plans for interesting new blog posts.  I had just finished my paperwork for my portfolio review on Wednesday.

And Monday morning I had a TIA.  That's a mini stroke: blood flow was temporarily blocked to part of my brain.  Thanks be to God, my dear husband found me unconscious almost immediately after it happened, and within a few hours I was able to walk and talk normally again.  I got out of the hospital Tuesday and I have been having lots of tests and doctor visits (which all showed there was no permanent damage).

Next week I'll have more tests and doctor visits.  I'm 47, which is pretty young to be having a stroke, but hopefully, by the end of the week, we'll have some answers about what happened and why, and if we can do anything to prevent more problems.

So, we are in God's good hands.  I'm doing ok, but prayers for me and my (understandably freaked out) family would be much appreciated!

I hope to be doing more blogging soon, but if I don't manage it, keep us in prayer, and may God reward your kindness!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Chilly New Year

No kidding, it has been cold here! I don't think I've felt my feet in two weeks! We've had highs in the teens and lows in the single digits, and wind chills below zero. 

For those of you sensible enough to be using the metric system, it was a high of -8, a low of -16, and a windchill of -23 today. Brrrrrrrrr.

But it reminded me that a park ranger had told me (many months ago) that I should visit Great Falls when it got really cold!


 Even more amazing, they were working on the canal, so they had drained it!

We had lots of fun scampering around the dry canal, picking up freshwater clam shells and finding heron footprints in the icy puddles.

Even better, we got to go down into the locks and see how everything works!

  It was 20 degrees and breezy (-7 C), but we ended up spending two hours outside exploring the frozen falls and dry canals!

Then we needed to go home and have lots of hot chocolate to warm up!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Poem of the Week: Journey of the Magi

I love this poem by TS Eliot!  I was having trouble finding the text, but I came across this marvelous reading by Sir Alec Guinness.   I don't think I'll ever be able to read the poem again without hearing it this way!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Wrapping Up Christmas

So, Christmas actually ends tomorrow with the feast of the Epiphany, so it seems like a good time to sort through Christmas photos.  Here some of the high lights:

Friday, January 5, 2018

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas

The Zoomlians give to you: our favorite song from our favorite version of Twelfth Night!

We hope you have a wonderful Twelfth Night and have had a lovely Christmas season!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018

On the Eighth Day of Christmas

The Zoomlians give to you: best wishes for a happy and blessed 2018!

And for extra fun: a post from Oob!

Today’s report: January first, morning.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Welcome, 2018! Goodbye, 2017! 
Indeed, I hope we can all have A happy new year. But WHAT a new year! (totally not a reference…) anyway, so the Zoomlians have been hard at work this morning, and having some fun along the way.
They opened presents! They changed the sheets! They took baths! (well, some didn’t need it.)
I wrote a post! Saying: “today’s report: ja-“ no wait… this morning, the Zoomlians wish you a happy new year (along with a merry Christmas season)! I also hope to get a afternoon and
Evening report soon. GOODBYE!!!

Blogkeepers note: Since the Zoomlians favorite (non religious) part of Christmas is giving presents, and since we like to open a present and then spend time enjoying it, we end up opening presents throughout most of the 12 days of Christmas.

For extra extra fun, here's an explanatory post along with pictures from 5 years ago today!