Things--great things--are happening in the garden. Great things are also happening at home. Summer is squeaking to a close, autumn is around the corner, most of us are back in school, and the nights are getting cool. Here is a summary of current events on the Hislop Happy Half Acre.
Lance lost 30+ pounds and found five lawn mowers. The one we ruined because we neglected to oil it is hanging out in the barn. The first used one he bought that does not work is sitting in the garden. The new one he found on sale online recently arrived after a month long delay. The second used one he bought to use for the month until the new one arrived is also sitting in the garden. And the third used one he got for parts to fix the second used one he bought is also hanging out in the back of the truck.
Believe it or not, the lawn mowers are indicators that Lance is doing much better. He is healthier and happier than he has been for years. Currently he is teaching keyboarding, business and marketing and career exploration and coaching cross country for Syracuse Arts Academy.
Chick is working on the phones at Focus, on the hill behind Aunt Linda’s house, on the roof of the hen house and at the stove in my house. He is our new Sunday chef and I love it. He attends a Young Single Adult ward in Roy and starts school at Weber State University on Monday.
Tanah is working her dream job at the Treehouse Children’s Museum. Years ago it was experiences on the Treehouse’s stage that conquered her stage fright and launched her stage career. Payback is heaven; she loves her job. And, speaking of love, at SUU she found her love of drama pinpoints to a love of costuming. Recently she singlehandedly costumed the entire Highland City Arts production of “Willy Wonka Jr”. When all is said and done she probably earned $0.32/hour but the experience was priceless and the credit on her resume will pay off. She plans to submit mission papers in October.
Grace is also working her dream job, in between trips to Florida and Washington State, a state 4-H judging competition, and showing animals for the Weber County Fair. During youth conference, when she was participating in the B.S.A. (Boy Scouts of America) high adventure ropes course, she so impressed the supervisor that he offered her a job on the spot. “My summer is pretty full,” she warned him. “We will work around your schedule,” he promised. And they have. Grace flew (on a plane, not by herself…..she is not that good yet!) back to Florida to help her Aunt Nikki drive their five young children to UT. She worked the B.S.A. job before and after the trip. Last week she started her senior year in high school and this week she was nominated as a Homecoming Queen candidate. Her escort will be Esther (the sheep). It’s not a baaaa-d idea! (....though that was probably a bad pun….)
Miles is the only unemployed member of the family. Unemployed but not unoccupied. He has earned all the merit badges necessary for his Eagle, sans the camping one. There is some irony there. Though he has camped well over 20 nights with me, to earn the merit badge he must camp 20 nights with his troop. There is some merit to that requirement. His Scoutmaster is an amazing man and requiring Miles to spend time with him will turn out well. He is an 8th grader now and says the best thing about being an 8th grader is that he is no longer a “sevie”.
It has been a busy summer for me—Southern UT field trip with OPA students, Youth Conference and Girl’s Camp with the Young Women, King’s Peak with Miles, Hamilton, Cooper and the Housleys, a week in Mesa Verde with the Dragos, a contract with Davis County Schools to put an 8th grade science course online, a trip to Washington State for a Noel family reunion, a trip to Denver for an A.V.I.D. (Advancement Via Individual Determination) education conference, and the Spudman Triathlon in Burley, ID with my sister, not to mention weeding and watering a garden. Upcoming events include a field trip to the Redwoods with 60+ 8th and 9th graders and the “Salt to Saint” bike relay with my sister. I am still in 8th grade at Ogden Prep.
Thanks for sharing our summer with us, be it physically or electronically.