September 6th, 2015



We are falling into fall. The cold, the rain, the grey, the dark, the falling leaves. The fields are all stripped and plowed; haybales dot the hills. Geese and swans are flying fast; it's coming. Because we had nearly no summer, it feels as if it's been fall for some time. It's not that I'm ready, exactly, but resigned, at least.

Yesterday was the annual crayfish party that rotates among Anders' old Scout friends. He wasn't here, unfortunately, as he's still in Italy, but the kids and I went and had a nice time despite that and the weather. Yesterday was bizarre. The weather was completely bi-polar: mad swings from sunny, blue & warm to pitch black and pouring rain... all day long. We were in a tent, but Mikael had rigged plenty of heaters and it was actually quite cozy.

Anders is the only one who eats whole crayfish, though Karin will eat some of them, so we brought pre-peeled crayfish tails and shrimp, and a quiche to share. There was cheese and grapes and bread and butter and several different quiches, and we made a good meal of it.

We didn't stay super late...Karin was asleep in the living room by 10:30 so we packed it up and left just after; first to go. Everyone was calling to me to let loose and stay out late while Anders was gone, and I just laughed. Staying until 10:30 IS cutting loose for me.

I just realized my feet are cold. Guess it's time to start remember to wear socks around the house.

Martin handed in both his big projects on Friday and Saturday and now we're starting the next one: studying for the SAT. We checked out SAT prep apps and found several that seem useful. We spent about an hour and a half going through questions, and I deduce that if I took the test today, I would probably get roughly the same score I did when I actually took it back in 1982. Excellent in English, Horrible in math. Some things never change, eh? But I did get a couple of math questions right (by guessing) and told Martin (who was rather shocked) that my success was because I was psychic.

The plan is to work on the Questions of the day every day from now until he takes the test on November 4. There are 30 questions, 10 from each category...but he'll have to do some extra studying for the grammar. Even I can never remember what past perfect is, exactly. I just know when a sentence is correct or not.

I just paid the fees for Anders and I to be Karin's driving instructors. Now, we just need the official papers and then she'll hit the road. Both of them practice-driving at once, EEK! Although we do need to get MUCH better about forcing Martin to take the wheel.

Anyway, Karin wants the computer back so that's all I have time for.

Megsie, if you read this, I'm thinking of you. Hope you are hanging in there.