Friday, June 29, 2007

It's not over until the fat lady sings

I looked up the meaning and history behind the saying "It's not over until the fat lady sings" and I couldn't find too much to clarify the story. As far as I could figure, it was meant to be a sort of threat, meaning it's not over yet and we still have a chance, it's not over until it's over, etc. I didn't want to post it if it's meaning was meant to be rude and insulting, but the only thing I found rude about it and in it's history is that you shouldn't call people fat and doing that in this sentence is a prejudice against Opera singers. I haven't heard much opera, certainly not live opera, and of what I've heard I mostly don't like except for what I've heard of "Carmen". But that is a whole different subject from what I am going to talk about in this post. Here's an interesting article about opera.

This post could also be titled "Hog update number three".

Mr. ------ apparently re-applied for his building permit immediately after the meeting. We knew there was a strong possibility he would fight the decision made last Wednesday. We found out the day after the meeting that he had re-applied by reading the Omaha World Herald. We have not been contacted by any officials as far as another meeting, and we don't know what will happen next. So this is still hanging over our heads, with an uncertain future decision. That can be so depressing. I was so hoping that Mr. ------ would consider how many people live in the immediate area, and our position on the proposed CAFO, and decide to just farm the land instead. But men are naturally sinful and want their way, and Mr. ------ wants no less!

So, it's not over until the fat lady sings.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Hog update

I meant to post this last night, but the internet wasn't working. Sorry to keep you all waiting.

This morning was the meeting of the board of Supervisors, to discuss and vote on the hog confinement planned for next door. Dad and Mom both took off from work and the whole family went, except, of course, for our dearly departed sister(dancing in MS) and our brother (independent working man). So we got the boys all dressed in clean clothes and went down to the county court house.

The meeting only lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes, and most of that was made up of us on the opposing side giving our arguments, again. And again, Mr. ------ said very little. His building contractor spoke for him, and one other person, but they didn't have much to say. It was pretty tense- the two speakers were not rude as they were last time, but more forceful. It was implied by the opposing side that we would go to court if the board approved the CAFO. The board members again didn't seem to care about health issues; the reason that seemed to most motivate them to vote against the CAFO was mainly the force and size of the opposition, -us. We were told that on average, in our county there is a livestock operation for every square mile, but this is the first time that there have been so many people living near the proposed site, and that those people have been so strongly against it.

It has been such a weird day!

There were maybe thirty people at the meeting on the opposing side, and only about seven on the other side. The board is made up of seven people, and so we needed four votes against the CAFO to win.

We got five!

We won round two, and we really(really, really, really, really) hope there will not be a round three. There is a strong possibility that Mr. ------ will go to court. So I'm not sure how much we should celebrate, but I am very glad that we won. It was a surprise to us that we actually got five votes. We are all very happy with our district supervisor, who said strait out, "These people are in my district and I'm voting against it." We are all for voting him back in next election day! So now some of the pressure is off. Our neighborhood is having a "celebrate fresh air" party some time next week, and for now we just have to keep our eyes on Mr. ------ and watch for a lawsuit.

I went outside today and I breathed fresh air! Hallelujah! The skies were blue and there was no smell! Thank you, Lord! There is still a plain cornfield next door- I love you, cornfield! I'll never complain about the view again! I love our house, our land, our neighbors, and our God!

Monday, June 25, 2007


We set the pool up last Saturday, and the boys have spent every minute possible out in it. Andrew has been wearing his swimming shorts all day, and he keeps asking if he can go out now. Chores and school get harder to do every day, with the swing and the pool both beckoning.
It's 91 today, and it will be in the 90's all week, so it is good weather for swimming.

We are painting the upstairs hallway. Whew! Caleb and I just did the coat of primer and it almost took us all day. Why do people build such high ceilings? We both got covered with paint, and so did the stairs and woodwork even though they were covered with sheets and newspaper, so we ended up spending the last forty-five minutes scrubbing white spots off the woodwork. It was exhausting and I wish we didn't have to do another coat.

Painting the stairway is just one of the projects on my to-do-before-I-leave list. Even though I have roughly a month and a half before I actually do leave, I feel like time is swiftly fleeting and I won't have time to do all that I need too. I am going to be starting a email list to use for updates on my ministry and learning experience in NC, so if you want to get email updates from me, just let me know. I figure if you don't already have my email address, I don't want to you to know more than I will be posting on my blog, so that shouldn't be a problem. I am planning on putting more personal information in these emails than I will be putting on this blog. Also, I am going to get a new email address soon(before I leave!) so I will be sure to send that out to you close friends as soon as I get it.

Thursday, June 14, 2007


The boys caught the flu today, the end result of hanging around too many cute girls. So we are all trying to keep taking medicine to stay healthy. I want to be in good health when I leave for Ft. Bragg, so I've been taking some steps to improve my health, which is alright overall but could be a lot better.
I've changed my morning routine so that I am now taking(daily):
  • One spoonful cod liver oil- it's really not that bad.
  • One acidophilus pill-supposed to be swallowed whole but I just can't do that.
  • One tablespoon chlorophyll in my water- chlorophyll is actually almost tasteless, and therefore easy to take.
  • One tablespoon apple cider vinegar in my water- not very tasty, but I can take it.
  • About half a cup unsweetened healthy yogurt- it's really pretty sour, but you can get used to it.
And that's my breakfast. It is very filling and takes awhile for me to finish. In the next few weeks I'm hoping to a regular doses of Vitamin C, per the chiropractor's orders, and bowel cleanser, along with a parasite cleanse. That all sounds pretty disgusting, I guess. The one thing I ought to do but just really don't want to, is exercise.