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There was a volleyball game after school yesterday. There isn’t much room around the outside edge of the court, so the spectators all sat on the stage.

We won one of three games. Our team is almost all fifth and sixth graders. Both teams were young and inexperienced, so the spectators were supportive. It was fun.

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Pastries and Purple

There is a grocery store that is so close to my house I could walk to it. It’s so interesting to shop there, because it has a bunch of things I’ve never seen before, and is missing a bunch of things I have actually looked for.

One of the surprises was the fact that it had concha pastries:

I wrote about these when I was in Maui, because my trainer there likes them. I of course had to text her a picture of them. She liked it. Then she sent me a picture of a sunrise. We were always admiring those together when I was there.

Wall Walking

As I was sitting on my couch, I saw something move past the window outside. I got up and saw this:

Awww… it’s a neighborhood cat! I made “kitty kitty” noises out the window and it stopped. I did a few slow blinks and it sat down. I didn’t try to go outside to pet it. Maybe I’ll be out there sometime and see it.

I Did a Thing!

I feel like I have a dozen projects going on at home right now. I absolutely LOVE home improvement projects, so this should be really fun, but it’s all coming at once, so I’m terribly unfocused. I work on something for a little while, then go out to Home Depot to get something, and see a thingamajig I need for another project, and then my list gets a little longer instead of getting shorter. My phone is full of “before” pictures.

But yesterday I actually finished something! Woo hoo! I wanted to replace the light over my little dining table area. The old one was dim, and kind of generic-looking. I found a nice replacement online. It’s been sitting on the floor for a couple of weeks, but yesterday I installed it. Yay, Brad!

Before and after:

Many Mantises

A little while ago, I wrote about how I’ve seen a bunch of honeybees at school. Lately there have also been a lot of preying mantises.

They are often on the walls, maybe to catch bugs that are attracted to the outside lights. Sometimes they’re on the floors though, and then they’re often dead. Maybe the same thing that’s killing the bees is killing them? Or maybe people are just stepping on them.

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