It's been an interesting weekend.
- Andy parked the van on the side of the road in front of our house Saturday morning so he could move the vans around. We were all in the van, preparing to go to Katydid's violin lesson and then (a major undertaking) on to Target. But the van got stuck in the mud. (When I say this you should know that the right rear wheel sank about a foot.) Fortunately, the tractor started right up and Andy was able to pull the van out of the mud with no problem. Hurray for tractors!
- We had been planning to go to confession and Mass after Target, but then a winter storm watch was posted. It wasn't scheduled to go into effect until 3 PM. We thought we could sneak in a very quick run to Target, but it began sleeting before we got there at about 1 PM.
- We hurried home to find that the rain at home had all turned to snow. We had about three inches of very slushy snow by 8 PM.
- While I was on the phone with my mother, a car ran off the road in front of our house. Fortunately, the driver was okay, but it was Andy to the rescue again with his tractor -- twice in one day!
- He was mightily amused that the driver of the car characterized him as "The Man with the Chickens."
- We did not plan on going to Mass this morning after being caught in the sleet Saturday afternoon. The weather forecast was still bad -- calling for up to a foot of snow, 50 mph winds, and rain and ice later. None of it came to pass, which meant that we could have gone to Mass today. Then I felt bad for getting caught in the sleet to go to Target yesterday, and missing Mass to avoid non-existent sleet this morning. We watched Mass on EWTN.
- I spent the rest of the afternoon listening to Susan Wise Bauer's A Plan for Teaching Writing audio lectures. They're very good and I highly recommend them. They focus only on expository (non-fiction) writing. I think I will be using many of her suggestions in the future. (If you decide to listen to these lectures, too, start with the elementary lecture even if you're focused on the middle grades or high school. She lays out the general plan in that first talk, and she also gives many suggestions for struggling or relcutant writers of any age.)
- Andy found a book I had ordered back in February. It had fallen off the retaining wall and was tucked in behind a line of shrubs. It was, of course, very soggy. But miraculously the book inside was wrapped in plastic, so it was fine. The book? Journey to Easter: Spiritual Reflections for the Lenten Season by Pope Benedict.