Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Goats, Chess, and Other Ramblings

I was planning on sitting down and banging around on the piano while I baked – er, while the stuff in the oven baked – but the little kids started watching Andy Griffith in the living room.  Since the piano is located in that same room, and since they don’t appreciate having someone drown out the movie with music, (and I don’t like my music drowned out by a movie,) I’m blogging ’bout random stuff instead.  So.

Stephen and Esther have been involved in quite a few chess-related events lately.  I originally taught Stephen how to play chess, back when we were just kids – but we basically just fumbled about while playing it, not really knowing what we were doing.  A couple of years ago he started studying it more seriously, and taught Esther how to play.
They found a nearby chess club just a few months ago, and since then they’ve gone to several tournaments.  Somehow or another they’ve also managed to pick up two or three chess coaches.  I’m not really sure how that happened…?  O.o
They went to yet another chess tournament last Saturday – Esther won first in her division, and Stephen was in a four-way tie for first in his.  I don’t know how they do it, but I’m glad that they’re enjoying themselves and doing well.  As for me, I know I’d go insane if I had to play chess ALL DAY.  One game every six months or so is enough for me.  It doesn’t seem to bother them, though – after getting home they played some more.  Strange people.  ;)

Some friends of ours are currently on vacation, and so we have the adventure of taking care of their goats.  (We’re also taking care of their polar bear- I mean, dog – and chickens – but that doesn’t qualify as an adventure, since we’ve been taking care of dogs and chickens for almost as long as I can remember.  Taking care of goats, however, and especially milking goats, does qualify as an adventure, since we’ve never done either before.)
I was originally informed (by my family) that I was better than the rest of them when it came to milking the goats.  Maybe that had something to do with the fact that I was the only one willing to try for more than thirty seconds?   Esther does fairly well, though, and once Lizzy got over her squeamishness she did just as well as I.   Which is good, because I didn’t want to be the only one milking them all week.  :)

Then there’s this video – if it doesn’t make your skin crawl, I don’t know what will:

Adolf Hitler once said that, “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the Future!”  He did his best to indoctrinate the children of Germany, and all around me I see the same type of indoctrination going on today.  It’s not a new thing, not by any means – but it has become more and more blatant in recent years.
A quick foray into the children and youth sections of any bookstore is enough to make me gag.  Hate, envy, greed, lust, rebellion, pride, witchcraft – all of these are prominent themes.  Oh, and vampires.  Ugh!
Public schools, obviously, are huge culprits – they teach young minds socialism, humanism, collectivism, evolution, and all sorts of other God-less isms.   And then there are all those other ridiculous stories we’ve been hearing about extreme gun paranoia and all that nonsense…
The institution of the family is being attacked in so many ways.  No-fault divorce makes a mockery of marriage vows.  Feminism warps the way people view children and the proper roles of men and women.  Homosexuality is touted as “normal”.  Public schools usurp the parents’ God-given role.  Television depicts all sorts of rebellion against God’s created order.  And what does the church do?  Pathetically little.
Anyway, I’ll stop ranting now.  I need to make supper, anyway…
*takes a deep breath*  Calm down, Hannah.  You might be mad, but you don’t have to take it out on the ham -

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