May 29. After half a night’s sleep, I woke up to the sound of chew, chew, chew. Daddy was sleeping so up I got to see what the creature was into now. The rice bucket! He had chewed quite a bit around the edge of the lid and even had a couple little holes chewed out of it. It’s a wonder he didn’t knock the lid off the bucket. It doesn’t fit tightly. The flour bucket was empty so I took all the rice out of the gray bucket and transferred it to the flour bucket. The flour bucket has a tight-fitting lid and is made of stronger plastic. I set that bucket on a kitchen chair for the rest of the night. Did not hear the rat anymore the rest of the night. But I didn’t get anymore good sleep the rest of the night either. It was a couple hours before I finally got back to sleep at all; and after that, I would just doze off for short periods, only to be awakened each time by a bad dream.
About 5:50 I got up because there were clothes to hang out that we washed yesterday evening. After getting those hung out, I made a wee batch of pancakes for my breakfast. Besides breakfast and quiet time, I needed to get the keyboard set up in the schoolroom for music practice and finish getting the game plan ready for the math game this morning.
The morning was cool, cloudy, and windy, and we had some sprinkles of rain off and on. I thank the Lord that the clothes still got dry by around noon so the only things I had to hang in the house were a few pairs of socks.
I thank the Lord for His strength for the day. While the students were doing their English test at the end of the school day, I put eggs on to boil for our lunch and made some more biscuits for Daddy.
I was thankful for a fairly good nap. After nap, I checked over the sentences on today’s spelling quizzes and then graded the English tests. The sun was shining this afternoon so I went outside for a stretch in the late afternoon sunshine. It felt good to get outside.
After supper and cleaning up the kitchen, I finished up next week’s lesson plans. Also started washing the dishes and Daddy finished them for me. I was grateful for his help as I had quite a bit of work to do in preparation for this coming week of school.
“I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” John 17:4
May 30. Rain, rain, rain a good part of the night and a small part of the morning daylight hours. People were late for lotu as we expected they would be in this weather. Matthew was latest of all because he got stuck on the other side of the mountain in his garden house where he had gone yesterday to work. The rain and darkness kept him from waking up on time so when he finally woke up, he high-tailed it over here so he could do the teaching this morning. In the mean time, Dallas led in a couple songs. I sat out in the meeting room part of the time, but got too cold out there so came in here by the fire. Matthew preached on James 1:5 this morning, about asking God for wisdom to know His will.
I certainly do hope we can get rid of that rat soon. His next “project” is eating soap. So tonight all the soap will get put away. What will he think of next? He is such an awful pest.
After lotu, Esau, Steve, and Dallas cut firewood. We have really been going through the firewood with all this chilly, damp weather. I got the history units collated that I had printed out last night, punched holes in those and the Bible lessons and music lessons, and got everything put into the students’ notebooks. After that, I got journal notes ready for Christy and Connie. By then it was noon and time to put dinner on to warm. No fresh veggies today, but I added seaweed to the rice.
After nap, I went out for a short stretch in the filtered sunshine before washing my hair.
Yesterday afternoon, Nuanda’s mother passed away. Amos said that he went last night to the cry.
“For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.” John 17:8 How thankful we are for those who HAVE received Christ’s words and believed on Him!