Friday, December 10, 2010

Grandpa's award, Big Storm, and Gratitude for a whole host of things...

I have been awarded this from Grandpa.  I am honored!  He already gave it to Faith and Chai Chai, so I can't give it to them again (can I?)  You should go check out all their sites, if you haven't :).  

Today I got a lot done, but that was because I forgot my cell phone and the internet was down all day at work. I was forced to grade papers.  Actually, I was going to do that anyway, but now I was assured of the time and lack of distractions.  I also got lots of curriculum planning done, which was good.  Actually, considering I was in faculty meetings from 7:30 to 10:30, and I left work in advance of the storm at 3:00 - I am amazed at what I did today!  Yay, me! 

Yes, we are expecting thunder, lightning, possibly lambs...and six inches of snow on Mauna Kea.  It looks so beautiful once the clouds have cleared away and you can see the snow up there.  I don't like to go up because of the elevation, but maybe my husband will take whichever kids would like to go.  We don't have many opportunities, because it doesn't snow up there every year, and sometimes it isn't very deep, but when we get a lot, the kids like to go up with boogie boards and "sled".  Hawaiian sledding. 

(Actually, the Hawaiians did have a type of sled - holua.  They would slide down hills with these wooden sleds which would go very fast. It was fairly dangerous, but a lot of fun, apparently.  I would really like to try sometime - maybe the bunny hill of holua slides...)

I am sorry this is a little disjointed, I guess I am a little giddy from the five inch stack of student writing I waded through.  On the farm front, my ewe's udder is still growing (I will take pictures tomorrow morning, Chai Chai - it is so cloudy and dark tonight.)  but she doesn't seem to be showing any signs of labor - no restlessness or lack of appetite.  It would be quite dramatic if the thunderstorms and buckets of rain were crashing down as the lambs were born - but on second thought, yeah, I could give that a miss.  

I am also slightly giddy because I just found out that one of my best friends from childhood who just 18 months ago was literally weeks away from dying is running in the Honolulu Marathon this weekend.  It is her 32nd marathon, and I am grateful beyond words for her life, strength, and for God's wonderful miracle.  


Faith said...

Congratulations! I'd say this award suits you very well. You are honestly scrapping out some beautiful successes with all your hard work.

Has this ewe ever lambed before? I usually keep a close eye out for softening of the vulva, as they can sometimes fool me if they are simply maturing in age.

NancyDe said...

Yeah, the ewe has lambed a couple of times already. I am going to post some pictures of her, so someone with more experience can help me out. I check her all the time, but when I am at work....