This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 94

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It’s been one of those weeks. Stomach bug weeks. Lots of extra laundry, sad little ones, fevers, and enough Netflix to fry our brains while we all pile on mama’s bed and recover.

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Poor Lucy had it the worst. Temp of 103.5! That’s the worst fever we’d had over here in as long as I can remember. She was the most darling little invalid.

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Gwen and Daniel were mostly unscathed. Everybody’s better now except for me. Go away stomach bug! I have fourth of July ice cream I want to eat!

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The Quotable Benjamin:

The downside to Benjamin learning to read is that he’s suddenly aware of advertising as we’re driving along:

Hey mom! Wendy’s is open late! Did you know Gold’s Gym is free ALL SUMMER LONG?


5yo Benjamin, irritated about my conversation with Daniel: “Stop talking about blogs. I DON’T CARE ABOUT BLOGS.” Noted, son. Noted.


Well there’s some good news around here! I’m done throwing up!“- Benjamin puts a cheerful spin on catching the stomach bug at 3am, poor little buddy


The Quotable Lucy:

I fink if I watch all da Daniel Tigers den I will feel reawwy bettuh.”- Lucy, temp 103.5



I love Anthony Esolen. His book, Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child has deeply influenced how I view education. Here’s a short interview regarding Dante and Common Core.

And yes to Kendra’s post on baby-led weaning (I don’t know if she even describes it as such, but that’s the gist): Starting Baby on Solid Food for Moms Who Don’t Have Time for That Sort of Thing

This is a helpful post from Katie at Kitchen Stewardship on freezing food. We always have too many tomatoes and peppers from the garden to use before they go bad and now I know what to do with them.

Daniel wrote an awesome response to Ann Coulter’s absurd diatribe against soccer.

And these Tolkien illustrations are to die for.

Jenny of Mama Knows Coffee is great. Check out her latest piece: Won’t *something* wreck our bodies eventually?

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Happy Fourth!

Lots of love,


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  1. says

    We freeze mushrooms, onions, peppers and tomatoes – so easy! Most fruit is easy to freeze to, just needs an extra step to keep it from browning!

  2. says

    Oh you poor things.
    We had the all the bugs go though our middle school production of Hairspray two weeks ago. We had puke buckets (yes about 5) side of stage & hand sanitiser everywhere. If they weren’t throwing up, they were sneezing & coughing on me, as I negotiated hair do’s & quick changes. It felt like I was developing OCD with the number of times I sanitised between 3-9.45pm for 6 shows.
    I managed to avoid the tummy bug, but have had a terrible flu or bronchitis or something for a week since we closed.
    I hope you are all feeling better & have managed to celebrate July 4 in a wonderful way.

  3. Liz Underhay says

    Hope you are all feeling better soon! I love Anthony Esolen too, he is always so profound! I have read him on Crisis, but I didn’t know about that book thanks.

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