Wierd Quirks

When my husband is out of town on a business trip I will stay up way too late reading or perusing the internet in bed. I may go to sleep with the light on. I may go to sleep watching a DVD in the laptop. I will go to sleep surrounded by books and writing material. I will totally take his pillow.

What I won’t do?

Sleep anywhere but my side of the bed. I don’t take his side, I won’t even spread out and take the middle. I stay strictly on my side of the bed, just as if he were where he belongs, next to me.

Because in my heart, he is.

Yes, this week my husband was gone, He left Sunday afternoon on a business trip and he got back yesterday evening with enough time for a nap before our monthly singing (we had around forty people). This is one of the weightier reasons why we had decided that the boys would not come until Friday, but when asked by the five year old I couldn’t resist and so they came on Wednesday instead.=)
I could NOT do this if it weren’t for the way all the Progeny at home and even our summer Gumly (guest/family) really pull together and pick up all my slack. They are all amazing.

How did he feel when he found out we got the boys so much sooner than we’d said we would have them? Well, my husband says my low sales resistance to adorable five year olds is one of the things he loves about me.=)

I am richly blessed and it is a humbling thing.

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Freudian Slip?

Obama promised greater inefficiencies in Health Care. See the video here.

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Liberty and the Government

Jefferson believed that government was the greatest, if not only, threat to individual liberty. He wrote that “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”[6]This is so because those who gain positions of power tend always to extend the bounds of it. Power must always be constrained or limited else it will increase to the level that it will be despotic. Jefferson wrote to Judge Spencer Roane in 1819, “It should be remembered, as an axiom of eternal truth in politics, that whatever power in any government is independent, is absolute also. . . .”[7]With this principle of necessary limitation in mind, Jefferson declared “that a bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular; and what no just government should refuse, or rest upon inference.”[8]

Jefferson’s position was that neither the United States, nor any of the branches of the government, nor of the states, is the ultimate arbiter of the Constitution. Ultimate authority is not vested in the United States government. It is a limited government. On the dispersion of powers among the governments, he wrote to Joseph C. Cabell in 1816: “Let the national government be entrusted with the defence of the nation, and its foreign and federal relations; the State governments with the civil rights, laws, police and administration of what concerns the State generally; the counties with the local concerns of the counties . . . .” and so forth. “It is by dividing and subdividing . . . that all will be done for the best. What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and powers into one body . . . .”[11


More here.

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The Equuschick Was Visited by a Creative Spirit This Morning

(That doesn’t usually happen, really.)

In the process of wrapping a birthday present for a friend she discovered that the only wrapping paper she had was either wedding or Christmas themed. Just not the thing for a July birthday, you know.

But as this particular friend is of a creative turn of mind herself and is fond of cooking, The Equuschick dug out a number of cooking magazines from the recesses of a cupboard somewhere and selected some recipes with yummy-looking illustrations and cut out enough pages to wrap the gift neatly and at the same time, preserve the recipes.

She tried to persuade the Creative Spirit to stay a while and have some tea, but one supposes that sort of spirit must always be busy finding distracted morons like The Equuschick to inspire.

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The HG and Being a Nanny

“I need some ideas,” Mom, she told me last night, “On entertaining six children under five.”

I told her I’d ask the blog world, and she said that would be fine.

Yesterday she had those six under fives in her room and Strider got online. They have webcam access. At first the children were slow to warm up, but Strider is not a shy violet. He quickly gained their interest, if not their understanding in exactly how this magical machine worked.

He showed them the family dogs, first one, then the other. He showed them something else. Then:

“Hey!” asked a five year old, “Can you show us a sheep?”

So… suggestions for amusing six children five and under- what have you got for us?

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