To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Never Mess With a Millipede and Other Random Stuff

Seriously, stay away from the millipedes. Yesterday my friend was visiting and the kids were playing outside, when all of a sudden her oldest started screaming about his eye and came running inside. At first we were thinking maybe he had gotten dirt in his eye or something but that was not the case. He said he was playing with a big worm and it spit in his eye.
Can you say F-R-E-A-K-E-D O-U-T??? Because in my mind big worm = snake. A trip to the emergency room, a talk with Poison Control and a trip to the eye clinic at West Florida Hospital and it seems that those harmless looking millipedes have quite a defensive mechanism. Poor ~A~ shouldn't have any lasting ill effects but man, is he sporting a shiner right now!
(You have no idea the relief when he insisted that whatever it was had legs! I despise, abhor, and detest... snakes.)
My friend Sarah over at Creative Home has some really cool stuff on her blog. Craft and recipe goodness for the win. I can personally vouch for the Leeks in Cream Sauce...that stuff was oh, so tasty!
As long as I am mentioning my blogging friends be sure to keep an eye on Melynda at We Are Culbertson. She is starting a Frugalicious Christmas Saturday series and the woman is nothing if not frugal and creative. I'm looking forward to whatever she comes up with.

With five kids in the house bath time can get pretty hectic and take forever. To help keep things in a somewhat reasonable time frame Sam uses our bathroom to bathe. He leaves behind some interesting toys each night.
Sam seems to have turned some kind of corner developmentally and school is happening at a delightful pace. Get this. The boy absolutely loves grammar. We use Shurley Grammar and it has this neat little question and answer flow to help with identifying the parts of speech in a sentence...he gets so excited doing it that he giggles almost the whole way through.
The frightened horse raced quickly away.
What raced away?
Horse raced away. (giggle)
Horse subject noun.
What is being said about horse? (giggle)
Horse raced.
Raced verb. (giggle giggle)
And so on and so until all the parts of speech are labeled. He is so fun.
Speaking of growing up. Used to be that whenever Claire got together with ~J~ there was always some form of confrontation between the two, but now they are best buds. How cute are they?
And in the news today...
A nineteen year old boy sustained minor injuries to himself and caused his three passengers harm when he crashed into a tree. He told the police officer they had been playing a game to see who could hold their breath the longest when he passed out.
Whatever happened to the license plate game or punch buggy no punch back?

I am trying a new recipe tonight. It's called Beefy Mushroom Potato Pie. Rob and I first tried it when we stopped in Publix for something. It was yummy enough for Rob to ask me to make it. I'll give a review and the actual recipe tomorrow.

And hey, did you realize today is the first official day of Autumn? Bring on the cooler weather!


iarepilotswife said...

His poor eye!
I didn't know they could spit! Neither did my boys. Poor kid's pain turned out to be a homeschooling lesson for us.

I had a friend who got stung or bitten or something by a centipede in the middle of the night. She said it was horrible.

Lauren said...

Glad we could contribute to your homeschool lesson. If you want more info for your boys, this is the identified culprit: . The compound they spit actually has cyanide in it! Crazy.

iarepilotswife said...

Uhg. He's not a pretty looking fella. Do you know there is a whole community of people out there who actually keep these things as pets?

iarepilotswife said...

Oh -
when I said he's not a pretty looking fella, I meant the millipede, not the kid.

Just wanted to clarify that.