What with all my pontificating of late I forgot to mention that we are participating in a high school exchange program organized by my son's very industrious German teacher. Tomorrow, I head off to the airport to collect as many German Gymnasium students plus luggage, as I can fit into my SUV. We get to keep one of them - at least for the next 5 weeks. Our Very Own German (VOG). In June, my son will go to Germany to become a German family's Very Own American (VOA).
We are very excited - this is the first time we have done something like this, however, I am totally freaking out because the house is a mess and I really need to clean the carpets. I know how Germans are having lived among them for some time - and if there is anything you need to know about Germans it is that Ordnung muss sein. You just won't get around that one.
In other, unrelated news, I have bought myself a winch from Northern Tool. The reason I bought it is because it was only around $10 and they seemed to be very excited about their $10 winch and as I was buying a rain barrel anyway (to collect a bit of the downpour we had been having for summer watering - which stopped the second I clicked "Buy" in my shopping cart - sorry Southern California), I decided to purchase the winch as well.
It has now arrived and it looks much like a giant pencil sharpener without the outer casing and grinder thingies, but is quite sturdy and I am sure is quite useful for something. I am getting a real kick out of the fact that I am now officially "a wench with a winch" and am off to Amazon now to look for a book on "Fun With Winches" or "The Top 5 Useful Things To Do With A Winch".
I would love to brag about my new rain barrel but I am afraid that if I do, I will cause another drought here in SoCal, and then everyone will be mad at me.
Ta for now,