This week saw the completion of Amber's chimes choir. The choir had three chimes performances to end their year, starting on Saturday evening, then Sunday morning (yes, I had to drive her up to church on Mother's Day for an abbreviated performance while Fred slept in!), and finally on Monday afternoon. Not only was Monday the last day of chimes for the school year, but for the 5th graders it was their final year in chimes. While Amber is excited to be one of the kids graduating to handbells next year, it was also bittersweet to leave the wonderful chimes leader.
|Chimes choir performed at a nursing home on Monday.|
When Amber was able to sit up without feeling dizzy or nauseated we had school lessons at home, mostly on the couch, and also on the floor of our empty house in the subdivision across the street. Our former home is for sale, after several years of renting, and this week we received an offer on it that eventually turned into a contract! Amber and I have spent a couple of days at the "old house" fixing little things that our last tenants left screwy. We actually were at Lowe's (for the zillionth time) when the realtor called with the offer. Most of the work is finished, just a couple more items on our to do list. Then we will see how inspection goes. Prayers that this process goes smoothly and the sale completes would be greatly appreciated.
This week, when we were home, Amber has practiced piano as much as her tummy allowed. While she is usually diligent in her piano practice, it is not always enthusiastic. I'm not sure if it is the looming piano performance at recital, or just the current "fun song", but for whatever reason Amber has been turning down opportunities to play with her toys in favor of practicing piano. I think it is her new obsession with Phantom of the Opera. Today, after two hours, (I am not exaggerating) of constantly humming "Angel of Music", I finally had to ask that she find something else. She moved on to "Phantom of the Opera". At which point, I decided to mow the yard.
There has also been a lot of bird & wildlife watching by Amber and Biscotti (the kitty). Our beloved bird feeder, gifted to me by my mom when we moved in here, was broken last year by the lawn mowers (first and only time I hired people to mow my yard. It was disastrous). We finally have a new, cheap one that I bought as an after thought at the pet store. Amber has been trying all week to identify the birds landing at the feeder. Biscotti has been trying to attack the birds through the glass. So far we have seen cardinals, robins, finches, sparrows, crows, and hummingbirds (because the lady next door has a feeder and they occasionally get confused). However, the best was the rabbit attracted by my roses that detoured to eat the fallen bird seed. Biscotti spent over half an hour watching this brash critter while running from window to window, pawing, and generally carrying on. Amber sat perfectly still, trying not to scare the bunny as the cat ran around crazy. It was pure entertainment.
|Does this count as nature study, or entertainment?|
This week I had an ultrasound of several organs looking for the cause of my 4 year long right side pain. Again, it showed nothing... because it's in my intestines. On the positive side, that means there aren't any unknown tumors or growths hanging out. I'm still waiting the results of the blood tests. They took 9 vials of blood! I almost wanted to ask if they needed donations that badly, or was it really necessary to draw that much. But I kept my sarcastic comment to myself, and instead thanked the nice lady with the needle in my arm for not injuring me.
Today, Amber and I are hoping for a day of relaxation and some shopping, but it depends on how she feels and if plumber has received the special order part needed for a repair at the old house.
Happy weekend everyone!