He Sounds a Little Hollow

comic about Obama and his transparent government

(President Obama is speaking in front of a flag)
“My administration will be the most open, honest, and accountable government ever.”
“I’ll make our government open and transparent, starting with me.”
“Am I making myself clear?”

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him.

Colossians 1:16

ROFL Installation

Before I start this recap of how I installed my ROFL, I should inform you that ROFL stands for Reverse Osmosis FiLter.

Some of you may recall that we had an iron filter installed several weeks ago. That improved the general quality of the water, but I wanted to ensure that I wouldn’t need to buy bottled water anymore.

So I bought a reverse osmosis filter.

The whole system was about $170. Since bottled water is $5 per case of 24 and we went through about a case a week, it will take 34 weeks to break even. Plus I won’t have to lug those cases home from the store, and I won’t have to take the recycling out every week.

The installation is easy, in theory. When you’re dealing with an old house, nothing goes quite as simply as you hope.

On to the tutorial:

This post will tell you how to install a reverse osmosis filter. Or rather, how I installed mine.
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September Schoolwork

This is one of the first papers that Alpha brought home from school this year. I’m guessing it was when the teacher was reviewing the rules for the classroom.

child's drawing about not standing on chairs

I’m glad they start with the basics, although I wonder what rules 1-23 are.

But we discussed this rule at home and we had to amend it, or modify it. Because there are more things on which to stand that aren’t chairs. Like tables, or siblings.

Now in our home, the rule is no standing on anything that’s not the floor.

I reserve the right to update that rule as needed. Because I’m sure they’ll find a way around it (such as “I’m not standing – I’m jumping!”).

Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.

1 Corinthians 10:12

Map Problem

comic about the words disoriented and occident

Worker: Boss, we have a problem!
Boss: What is it?
Worker: The new maps were printed without the Far East!
Boss: Now all our customers are going to be disoriented.
Boss: Did someone do this on purpose?
Worker: No sir, it was an Occident.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;

Psalm 46:2

Is the Tub Supposed to be Orange?

Or, How to Clean Your Tub Without Scrubbing

Some of you may recall that we had an iron filter installed.

In case you’re wondering how bad our iron was, you can peruse this photo of our bathtub.

rust stains in a bathtub

I tried CLR without much success. Soft Scrub seemed to do a little better. No matter what I used, I had to do a lot of scrubbing and it removed much of the staining but not all of it. You may be wondering what the best product is for cleaning rust stains, not only from bathtub but also from sinks and other porcelain fixtures. The answer?
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Bluegrass Vacation: Episode 3

Continued from last week.

Our drive home took about as long as our drive there, because we stopped a few times again.

I’ve been calling this series “Bluegrass Vacation” because Kentucky is the Bluegrass State. I didn’t know how serious they were about that until we were on the freeway and I saw the blue grass that made Kentucky famous:

Kentucky blue grass on the side of the freeway

That was just south of Cincinnati. I think this next photo is in Cincinnati, as seen from the freeway:

Wegman's duck on top of a building

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Life with a Two-Year-Old

It’s always interesting raising Gamma. See for yourself:

I’m Not That Old

Gamma: Open your mouth.
Me: Okay…
Gamma, looking: There’s a spider web in there!

Where’s the Party?

Me: Do I want to know why there’s popcorn on the bathroom floor?
Wife: I don’t know. And pretzels too.

Mr. Contrarian

Gamma: No go home! No go home!
Me: Gamma, we are home.
Gamma: No go bye-bye!

They hatch adders’ eggs and weave the spider’s web; He who eats of their eggs dies, And from that which is crushed a snake breaks forth.

Isaiah 59:5