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In All Things

My bulletin board for this year is done. We’re just starting to have the eighth graders pic a “Bible verse of the year”, but we forgot to have them do it at the end of last year, so we don’t know what it is yet. So I used the verse for Lutheran Schools Week. – Colossians 1:15-20. It’s about how Jesus is in all things, so I wanted to represent that somehow.

I used pictures from magazines, but the only ones I had available were art magazine pictures. It was hard to get a variety of things. If I had more magazines, I think I would have done smaller pictures.

If I did it again, I might make the top and bottom of the mouth similar colors. I think the dark/light makes it harder to see the cutout shapes. But I’ll leave it the way it is. Too many times I have messed with something to make it “better”, and it ends up wrecked.

Stone Semblance

My work on the raised bed by the preschool/church entrance has slowed down. There is a big clump of areca palm there. I’d like for it to be gone, but I’m not sure how to accomplish that.

I did clean out much of the iceplant groundcover around the palm. There were some rocks sticking out of the plants, and when I cleared it away, I saw that the rocks were arranged in the shape of Maui. I had been told that Russell did it years ago. West Maui had crumbled a little, so I spent yesterday repairing and rearranging.

When you stand at the edge of the planter, the north side of Maui is facing you. At first, I was confused, but then I realized that it was oriented in the planter the way it is in real life. As you stand at the planter, you face north. Ha! So interesting! Here is the rock-Maui picture flipped so it’s “north side up”

Russell even put a little Iao Needle in there! I love it!

I want to make a sign that says “You are here” and put it on the rocks.

Cabinet Commencement

Yesterday was my first morning back to exercising with Cristina, my trainer. She had been out of town when I first got back.

I decided not to go to school. I have some planning to do before I can work in the garden bed any more, and I wasn’t in the mood to do any classroom stuff.

I had some coffee and read a little. It was a pleasant morning. After being lazy for a while, I decided to start on a Project – I was going to get the kitchen cabinet trim ready for staining. I want it to be a darker color than it is now, and there’s a product that is stain and polyurethane in one. The wood just needs a little prep first.

I washed it with naphtha, then sanded it with 220 sandpaper, then wiped it with mineral spirits. It really cleaned it up. But it took me a while to get going. And I think the fumes got to me because I didn’t open the window. I only got four cabinets done. Wah-wahhhh…. (that’s supposed to be a sad trombone noise)

The ones over the fridge aren’t done… you can kind of see that they’re a little darker/dirtier

Sponge Substitute

Unlike my mom and my sister, I use a sponge to wash my dishes at home. I’ve been doing it for a long time. I like that it has a scrubby side and a spongy side.

The drawback is that after a while, sponges start to smell. I do let them completely dry out between uses, since I don’t make many dirty dishes from day to day, but still, they get old after a while.

I have often seen silicone “sponges” and have wondered if they work. A big “plus” for them is that they rinse completely clean, and dry very quickly. No smell! I decided to give one a try and find out.

It’s a little slippery while using. It does basic cleaning ok, but it doesn’t have much scrub power. Regular plate stuff that’s just dried on takes a bit of work. More stubborn stuff, like a frying pan, didn’t work for me at all.

I will be going back to regular sponges. Maybe I’ll keep this silicone sponge around so I can just touch it from time to time. It feels weird.

Crowning Achievement

Happy Bradaptation Day! This is the anniversary of my first regular post back in 2006. Wow. That was a while ago. It hasn’t quite been uninterrupted. I think there were a couple times where I missed making a daily post. But if those exist, they were a long, long time ago.

It’s also Michele’s birthday. As I was looking back in the archive, I saw it written. So let it be written, so let it be done. Happy Birthday, Michele!

And now, to our regular post, which according to Bradapation records, is the 5,487th post.

I scheduled various appointments for these days back at home before school starts. Yesterday was a crowning! I went to the dentist for my eighth crown. Now all my lower molars on both sides are crowns. This last one is temporary for about a month, and then I’ll have another gold crown. Three gold crowns! My mouth will be so valuable!

They play a looping video on the ceiling at my dentist’s office. It’s an aerial tour of Hawaii.

After the dentist, I went to a garden center in Kihei that I’ve only been to once before. It has the look of a landscaping center more than a retail garden center, so I was a little intimidated as I walked through. But it was beautiful!

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