That’s what it is, you know. Those of us who work at animal shelters know these things. And I did my part and brought home a bunny today. Her name was Hopper, but as bunnies are never clever enough to know their own names anyway we have rechristened her Valentine. She’s a grey and white dwarf, her previous owners brought her into the shelter because they don’t have room in their apartment for her. I wanted her the moment I first found she fit in my pocket, but one has to go about these things carefully when one is still under a parent’s roof. I first thought of our preacher’s son who has gerbils and takes very good care of them, so I called Mom to ask for his phone number. Here is the conversation that took place:
Equus-Chick-“Mom, do you have Wayne’s phone number?”
Mom-“Yes, why?”
Equus-Chick-“Well, he has all those gerbils so I was wondering if he wanted a mini, really mini, bunny rabbit and…”
Equus-Chick-“Yes, someone brought her in today. She’s real sweet.”
Equus-Chick-“She’s on my desk right now, if Wayne doesn’t want her I can put her on Petfinder.org or ask bunny rescues about her.”
Mom-“I was just thinking about how much fun it would be for Whose-its and Whats-it.”
Equus-Chick-“She fits in my pocket.”
Equus-Chick-“She is so cute.”
Mom-“Oh, bring her home.We can always call Wayne later.”
Equus-Chick-“It was so hard to talk you into this.”
Mom-“UGH! Don’t you call me about these animals anymore, start calling other people!”
At this point I began making various triumphant signals to Mitzie across the office, who was cracking up. When I hung up the phone she said, “That was your plan the whole time, wasn’t it?!” I’m good.
In all seriousness, we may not have space to keep Valentine permanently, but we’ll make a good foster home for her while I look elsewhere. So now it’s your turn. Do you part, adopt a bunny! =D

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VHS-DVD recorder

‘Tis me again. At the moment I am looking up VHS-DVD recorders online, to see which would be the best to get, as Daddy said that if I found one, he would buy it, and hook it up, and then I would be able to burn all our home videos to DVD. The reason he said so was because he had heard on the radio some guy who said he had a lot of home videos, and he would pay someone to burn them to DVD. Daddy thought that it would be a good idea to do to our homevideos, and if anything like that came up again, we could make some extra money.
However, considering I don’t know anything about VHS-DVD recorders, it’s going rather slowly. I read somewhere, though, that some of them are as cheap as $120. I also read that they are rather a trouble to hook up. *sigh* Hopefully I will find something soon, as it is rarther tiring to read about DVD players, and such like.
Oh, and on another note, the Zookeeper has told me that from now on the first thing I must do on the computer is to post. So, you shall be seeing me a lot from now on. I am unsure whether you should be scared or pleased.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Copywork or Dictation material:

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

First Corinthians, chapter 13


Vocabulary Study:

From Your Dictionary:

Etymology: Middle English charite, from Old French charite, from Late Latin
caritat-, caritas Christian love, from Latin, dearness, from carus dear;
akin to Old Irish carae friend, Sanskrit kAma love
Date: 13th century
Inflected Form(s): plural -ties
1 : benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity
2 a : generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering;
also : aid given to those in need b : an institution engaged in relief of
the poor c : public provision for the relief of the needy
3 a : a gift for public benevolent purposes b : an institution (as a
hospital) founded by such a gift
4 : lenient judgment of others
synonym see MERCY

From the Newberry House Online Dictionary:
… 3 [U] the act of stopping oneself from judging others, (syn.) forgiveness…

From wordsmythe:
… Definition 4. unwillingness to judge others harshly; benevolence;
Synonyms kindliness (1) , good will (1) , benevolence (1) ,
considerateness {considerate}
Similar Words kindness , forbearance , graciousness {gracious (adj)} ,
mercy , leniency , tolerance , compassion , philanthropy , indulgence ,
Definition 5. in Christian theology, unselfish spiritual love for others.
Synonyms caritas , love (5) , agape2 (1,2)
Similar Words altruism

Related Words: good, goodness, love, donation

From Webster’s 1828 dictionary:

1. In a general sense, love, benevolence, good will; that disposition of
heart which inclines men to think favorably of their fellow men to think
favorably of their fellow men, and to do them good. In a theological sense,
it includes supreme love to God, and universal good will to men.

1 Cor. 8. Col. 3. 1 Tim 1.

2. In a more particular sense, love, kindness, affection, tenderness,
springing from natural relations; as the charities of father, son and

…6. Candor; liberality in judging of men and their actions; a disposition
which inclines men to think and judge favorably, and to put the best
construction on words and actions which the case will admit. The highest
exercise of charity, is charity towards the uncharitable.

7. Any act of kindness, or benevolence; as the charities of life…

Writing and composition:

Littler children: Use any of these words in a sentence. Can you think of any of our stories we’ve read where one person shows love for another person? Tell me about it or make a puppet show about it.

Middler Children: Think of an example of this kind of love and charity from one of your school books. Write down your narration of what happened.

Older Children: Write an essay about charity (length will be determined by parent). Inclue in your essay an example of charity taken from any book you’ve read for school this year (or month, or week).

Woven paper heart basket– this is a favorite Valentine’s craft,
but we love these little red and white checked heart baskets-
make them any size- put tiny rubber stamp designs in the pattern if you like-
lovely and not too difficult.

Quote for the commonplace book:

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” -Goethe (thanks to Jennyanydots, who included this quote in a valentine to me)


Memorize 1 Corinthians 13 OR ‘God is love,’ OR one of these poems.

1/3 c. butter
1/4 c. honey
2/3 c. oats
1/3 c. dry milk
4 tsp. water
3/4 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt (optional)

Mix butter and honey. Add oats, milk, and water. Mix well. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Roll dough 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut with heart-shaped cookie cutter. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. Makes 12. Eat on Valentine’s Day. NOTE: You may chill the dough before rolling and cutting.

For extra math practice double or triple this recipe- or mulitply the number you eat.

We hope it is understood that all of these activities are considered optional and entirely at the discretion of the parents and children.

Note: substantial updates and additions on February 5, 2006

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Pipsqueak is posting.

Yes. See me post? 🙂 Just thought I’d pop in- or rather, the Zookeeper told me to “at least comment.”
We just got back from our Grandmama’s, we were watching Sue Thomas F.B.I., but it was a To Be Continued. I don’t like to be continueds. They are so annoying.
And now I have to do the kitchen… I was supposed to do it for lunch, but- shall we say it “slipped my mind?”

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Testing, testing, one two three…

This is rather difficult, this whole blog posting business. It starts when one is required to remember both one’s username and one’s password at the same time. I was brain storming for ten minutes before I hit on the right combination. =P
But enough of such mundane matters, the Equuschick was inspired this evening. It all seems so obvious now that she thinks of it. She is moving to Greece. There she was, watching her sister’s video on ancient art, and there was a moving shot of waves crashing against a Greek shore, and she thought- “Ocean, warm weather, interesting culture, and olives. All I ever wanted!” Is her family joining her?
Not only was the Equuschick inspired, she is pleased because she has just finished watching her beloved Errol Flynn Robin Hood that she recieved for Christmas and only just now found time to watch. *pats it lovingly* I don’t see why Kevin Costner even bothered making his version. To think he could he even hold a candle to Errol Flyn is insulting. Pshaw. His hair isn’t half as silky and bouncy, his moustache is not half as dashing, and his shadow isn’t half as attractive on a castle wall. Oh, wait. He never even bothered with the moustache and the shadow on the wall, did he? Just goes to show what he did wrong.

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