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randomness from my cranium.

The rain’s pounding on the big front window; the tin roof is getting creamed and it’s loud. The trees are being tossed and shaken; they look like they are dancing wildly. I hear the wind howling all around the house. I can see the sun shining in the backyard; the front is still bright, yet gloomy. It hasn’t rained in a couple of days, and I like this rainstorm. Eric is sitting in the chair next to the little desk-like table I am sitting at. He’s playing with his new slingshot from Jocelyn. Louie’s sitting on the floor. He seems to think that if he is not by me 99.9% of the time, he’s about to die. You should hear him; he’s pathetic. As usual, he’s got his leash caught around the chair Eric is sitting in. He’s sitting lazily on the floor by my chair. And I mean he sits lazily; he doesn’t sit straight up. And I just thought of my title. :)

I am really excited that Jocelyn redid my template. How do you like it? I love it! It is awesome, and she did an awesome job on it. I had no idear she was gonna do PEACOCKS. I LOVE PEACOCKS. The peacock in the header is so pretty too! And so realistic-looking too. The colours are wonderful and go together beautifully. :) I am quite happy with my new ‘face’ on the internet. Thanks a ton, Jocelyn! All right, I’m done with my rave about my new template. ;) A little more calm in the next few paragraphs. [hopefully] :P

I have wanted to draw something for the past couple of days, but I haven’t done anything yet. I can’t seem to just get my sketchpad out and draw anything. I found some photos I wanted to try to draw. They have a lot of detail, though, so it is kinda daunting to me. But I am going to try one of them; I just have to get it out and try it. I also learned with my parrot drawing that I need to slow down when I draw and not be so hasty to finish it. I don’t have to finish it the same day I start it. I’ll work on one and post something about it sometime. :)

Hannah’s making some lentil-white bean soup. I love it that my siblings cook; even Caleb, the 6-yo, likes to cook. He made cabbage and and eggs the other day, with only being instructed by Mom. Hannah’s gonna add some veggies to the soup: potaotes, zucchini, carrot, onion, garlic. If we had celery, I’d tell her to add that in. She’s a good cook, and loves to do it. She makes some awesome cinnamon buns too. Eric made some plantains earlier; they disappeared in a jiffy. Those things never last long around here.

That reminds me: my tea is gone; I should get some more. Do you like mint tea? We make it with green tea and peppermint essential oil. It’s great with honey, and sometimes I like it with stevia if we’re low on honey. It took a little while to get with the whole stevia taste, but I can handle it now. We don’t have any milk, so I can’t have any coffee. I like a glass of fresh, raw milk with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but I don’t know the last time that I had one of those. Oh, yeah, I remember! It was when we went to a friend’s house for Shabbat and that’s what they had for ‘snacks’. But there was no milk that time.

Samo came up to me a little while ago and asked me if I could play ‘tooooo-marrow’ for him. It’s this song, if any of you are familiar with it. I played it a couple weeks ago, because it popped in my head, and ever since then, he’s wanted to watch the video and sing the song. Lucy loves it too, and even Eric sings it. Samo’s a sweetie when he sings it though; he’s so cute! “I love you, toooo-marrow, I love you!” Such a dear. :) I loves him immensely!

I think the rain has stopped; the noise is gone. Yep, it stopped. The sun is shining on the hilly pasture in the front, and the trees are dancing calmly now. The sunlight is peeking in through the trees onto the grass in the front.

Rifka’s puppies are doing fine. Six days old already! Samo loves them to pieces, but he doesn’t understand yet that they can’t be held. He says he likes the all white one, and then he likes the brown and white one. Then it’s the brown one, and back again to the white one. I think he just likes the puppies. :) Funy little squeakers! I have a photo, but my blog won’t upload it and neither will photobucket. So I’m sorry. :(

**EDIT: It let me upload the photos. :)

oh yeah, Hannah put some photos up of the puppies and Rifka too, so you can see those in her post: Rifka’s New Puppies

I think this post is getting long enough. :) But on an end note, tell me what you think of this paragraph I wrote in one of my books:

“My ideas were warped and incorrect: reading and writing opens doorways to faraway places where you could not go otherwise. It brings you into contact with people who, though they are fictional, teach you things you wouldn’t remember otherwise. They bring ideas into your head and resolutions are often formed by one character’s actions or words. I have found in books friends, comforters, inspiration, wise men and women, and an everlasting thrill which I have to this day when I read a book. Even if I have read it a hundred times, I still get that same thrill and excitement when I know a part that has impressed itself on my mind from the very first reading is coming up.”

I haven’t been writing much lately, mostly just reading and editing. But I’d love to know what you think of it.

Oh and before I go, remember something: “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Just you remember that.

as ever,

5 Responses to “randomness from my cranium.”

  1. talindamood says:

    I love the sound of the rain on the tin roof. We lived our first ten years of marriage in a 1972 mobile home. Sometimes the rain came through the roof! I can still hear it in our house because we have a near flat roof with beamed ceilings and thus no crawl space/attic to buffer the sound. The peacocks and color here are beautimus! :-) Puppies! Fun!
    talindamood´s last [type] ..Leap Sale!


  2. Hannah says:

    I love Samuel! In regards to your post “Samo’s a sweetie when he sings it though; he’s so cute! “I love you, toooo-marrow, I love you!” ” He also says “hick up my chin an rin!” and then he repeats that too! :) I love you Rachel. You hae such an imagination! :P I love ya, today and tomorrow!

    Hannah´s last [type] ..Rifka’s New Puppies


  3. Sonja says:

    Beautiful post Rachel. I loved reading it.. It was almost as nice as chatting with you–which will hopefully happen soon. I hope. >.< Oh! and I loved those books by Lousia May Alcott. LOVE.LOVE.LOVE. them!!!



  4. Clara says:

    Another newsy post. :D Very enjoyable!
    I also love the sound of rain on the roof – we’re hearing it right now, too… :)
    Those puppies are SO cute! I love baby animals – there is something so special about babies!
    I look forward to seeing what you draw, when you get to it… And you’re right – sometimes I’m tempted to hurry my drawing, to get it done, but going slowly on it is really worth the time as the results are often even more satisfying.
    Enjoyed your paragraph down the bottom of the post too – you do have a way with words! :)
    Your little brother sounds like he must be a real cutsie.
    Oh and I hated the taste of stevia at first too, but after awhile I got used to it. I still prefer other sweetenings though (like raw honey or coconut blossom sugar).


  5. Farmgirls says:

    I love this post, Rachel! I was sitting there beside you, drinking in the Costa Rica weather and everything :)

    I sing that song randomly, too :D That is so cute about Samuel singing it!

    And I love your paragraph…I understand that ‘thrill’ that comes from reading a book :)

    Oh, and I just noticed that you had a reader from ‘New South Wales’…and it made me think of another song “Here we are in New South Wales, shearing sheep as big as whales; with leather necks and daggy tails…” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TEACjM8RNs

    It is funny what random things will make you remember songs you know :)

    Love you, and hugs! Remember that you are a dear and wonderful and much loved girl ;)

    Farmgirls´s last [type] ..Update on Meredith…


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