Why Lemony?
(the “About Me” page)

January 22, 2006

slow construction but happy children

The rate of progress on the new bathroom construction has slowed from a trickle to an occasional drip after a row (pronounced rahoo- meaning a fight) between Billy and the dry wall guys over shoddy workmanship. One got 'fired', one got another chance but he only comes to work on it in odd moments (he has a full time job already and an eight week old baby to boot). That means we're still sleeping in the basement while Billy tries to get up the energy to put up a piece of drywall or two late at night here and there. I've come up after the girls are asleep a couple of times to try to help and I actually got to cut a piece of drywall all by myself with a hole for an outlet and everything. That was fun. But then Teresa woke up and nursing her back to sleep in the dark kind of interfered with my momentum.

I've also unpacked a good deal of the mass of boxes taking up most of the basement. We still have tapes and books to go through and decide what needs to be out on shelves, what we want to keep in boxes for later and what needs to go away. I don't think we've gone through our stuff this thoroughly before. It's really good but very emotionally tiring. The girls like to grab onto my legs these days and have me drag them around and that's kind of like what it feels like to comb through all of our accumulated stuff. I've already got my stuff from ages 0-18 down to one box. It's the 18-32 that's so hard to cull. I used to be really into making mix tapes (back before CDs) and I seem to have quite a few tapes collected in boxes that I never listen to any more but they meant so much to me when I was struggling through college. And Billy's got boxes and boxes of taped talks by House of Justice members. How could we get rid of those? I guess that's what our storage room is for. Little by little I can see more of the floor down here. Slow progress.

The cousins, however, haven't wasted any time getting into great adventures, especially with two of them around the corner now. Here are a couple pictures of their last foray into the woods across the street:




Posted by Bahiyyih at January 22, 2006 03:04 PM

The top picture with Devine pointing the way (in those boots!) and Nadine(sp?) and Georgia doing their thing is perfect. There's so much personality coming through that it's hilarious just to imagine what was going on.

Posted by: Nathan at January 25, 2006 02:13 AM

Dear Bahiyyih and Bill,

Have you tried digitizing your old tapes to save them in less space and for a longer period of time? Eventually the magnetic tape will become brittle, and your good stuff will be lost. Being the technically savvy folk you are, you've probably already thought of it, but a program to do this that I've had recommended to me is called Nero (making music while the CD burns). Someday soon I will follow my own suggestion and do this, too.

It was wonderful to see you all over Christmas and be able to help what little bit we could with the move. Love to you both and the children,


Posted by: Sherri at January 25, 2006 02:22 PM