Monday, September 27, 2010

Mice & Oktoberfest

There were/are mice in the house. This saga started a couple of weeks ago when I noticed droppings in the basement around my stored potatoes. Husband also noticed that his brewing grains had been ransacked. Little did I realize how extensive the damage was. Our basement is partially finished, but we hadn't been down there much since the flood in August. Well, that was to our detriment. The more I looked around, the more I realized that there was mouse poop EVERYWHERE. It was even all over the kids lego table (which brings up ideas that it was living in the lego castle...) and in the toy box. They gnawed their way through picture albums, Christmas stockings and pooped in all my spare pans and canning supplies. The more we uncovered, the sicker I began to feel. We had caught one last week and then nothing. So we started cleaning and cleaning and cleaning. Last night Husband was cleaning his workroom (where all the grains had been stored) and a mouse actually ran by him. Off to the store for more and different type of traps. He promptly caught two more. Where will this end?! We now have a variety of traps all over the basement. Do I dare be positive and think there were only three? The amount of cleaning we have been doing is massive, but I still feel like the basement is contaminated. The only (and I mean only) upside is that we have really cleaned out a lot of stuff that we just don't need. This will come in handy when we eventually have to have waterproofers come in and tear up the floor. But, I would much rather just not have a mouse. Between the basement flood and mice, apartment living is looking very attractive.

On top of this, September and October are busy months for the band and Daughter's German dance group. It has been fun playing at the various Oktoberfest's, but I have realized, again, how I really don't like crowds - especially ones with lots of drunk people. I think I am getting old and crotchety :-). Thankfully, when Daughter performs, it is usually in the afternoons and the crowds are mostly families.

I hope your Septembers are going well and mouse free!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

RE & Teachers

I know most congregations face this issue - how to get enthusiastic volunteers to teach Religious Education classes. This year I am the chair of our RE committee and it has been super frustrating. Our ingathering was last weekend and we are still looking for teachers. In fact, we had another one just drop out. I just don't know what to do. We have a great congregation full of energy, but we are struggling to find volunteers. I, and the RE Director & committee, feel all this pressure to put on a good RE program (and are trying really hard to do so), but can't get enough people to volunteer. It is has become disheartening. How do you all do it? How do you get the congregation (not just parents) involved? How do you get people to see the value in teaching? I am open to any and all suggestions!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Yep,

words are still coming out wrong. Moving to Wyoming is looking better and better.

When I am not making a fool of myself and annoying everyone around me, I did manage to go apple picking and can applesauce. Daughter made her first apple pie - all by herself and I made this fabulous dessert.

On a UU note, we had a great ingathering and picnic. It was so nice to see everyone after the summer "break".

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Quietness

It the last few days, every time I open my mouth, the words come out all wrong. I think I will just hole up for awhile and not talk.

Friday, September 3, 2010

UUA Children's website?

Does anyone know if there is a childrens/tween/young adult area on the UUA website? I didn't immediately see one. If there isn't one, who do you contact to encourage them to develop an area dedicated to those age groups?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Illness & Girl Scouts

It seems like the moment we stepped foot in the school, we got sick. I have had at least one sick child (often at home) since school started. Now I have got it, yay. Thankfully, though, the rest of school seems to be going well.

I also had my first Girl Scout meeting tonight. It was great to see the girls after the summer. We are down to just five girls in my Cadette/Junior troop. We are small, but have lots of fun. I really like these girls and am looking forward to all the cool things we will do this year. I am secretly hoping that they will be together trough graduation. The girls don't necessarily hang out together at school, but they jell well in the troop. It is a nice mix of personalities.

Hopefully I will be back on the blogging bandwagon next week!