this week at the FPL

Today was a race to get ready for Library time. Between FPL gatherings our hot water heater died, leaking all over the back room. As of this morning the contents of that room and all Ray’s plumbing supplies were spread throughout the house.

He was working on it, I was trying to clean the house without the help of water when Jackie arrived. It was 10 am, library starts at 4. “My grandmother told me to go to the library and help Miss Adrian get ready.” He messed around building things in the living room. I cleaned around him. Before departing, he showed me a painful trick on his bicycle–the front brake stopped the trick a little suddenly.

At the community garden the collards are suddenly bolting. I filled my wheel barrow with them and brought them to the library where the first order of business was stripping and trimming them. At first it was just me, Talese, Jorge and Cole–all volunteers, but then the kids began to come in. And come in.

We had carrots from the garden too (yup I started the healthy snack thing this week with carrots and celery stuffed with peanut butter). Who knew that the most popular activity of the day would be, not eating the healthy snack, but chopping the carrots up with sharp knives, then wondering if there might be any ranch dressing available…?

Meanwhile, inside the house the carton from the water heater was being converted into a vehicle for intergalactic travel. Markers were put to use decorating the box both outside and in. Harper was stationed inside the box drawing the controls for the space ship. With a couple more weeks work it should be ready for launch.

Meanwhile, bags of collards went home with kids–and I need to clean up again. Still, it was a mighty fine day at the library.

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