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Yes, I have been MIA. We have had quite a difficult spring. We thought we were staying in Where George Walked for another two years, but were informed that we are moving to OKC. The move is now two and a half weeks away.

One of our daughters has had some serious health challenges since February, so much so that her physician told us we had to halt homeschooling. We got a medical a waiver from the county so that she would not be truant. She is on the mend, and will be able to go into third grade when we move. She is a bit behind in math, but we plan on doing some work over the summer to catch her up. If we have to hire a tutor, so be it.
Last fall I found out I had a number of kidney stones. About three weeks ago, one of them reared its ugly little head. I’ve spent the past three weeks running to medical appointments and downing pain meds. I still have four more to pass in my right kidney, but the urologist does not believe they will be passing within the next month. If they hold off until we are settled, I will be happy. I do NOT relish the thought of driving halfway across the country while passing stones.
Our beloved doggie was injured and ended up having more than half of his tail amputated. The injury occurred two months ago, and he still has to wear a cone, a muzzle and a muzzle cup to prevent him from licking.
On the bright side, our little one graduated from Kindergarten a couple of weeks ago. She is quite an avid and proficient reader, and is reading far above her age level, just like big sis.
So, those are the reasons I have been MIA. I don’t know the next time I will post. Sorry.

royal wedding recap

I’m sure there is very little to add that hasn’t been said: lovely bride, gorgeous dress, happy groom, cool carriages, handsome military men, pomp, Anglophenia Overload…

I wrote out the following blog post, but forgot to make it live :)-

It’s 5:04 am here. I got up at 4:45 to watch live streaming on BBC. 

Watching the guests arrive…

Love their musical choices for the arrival of the guests. The ensemble is playing a particularly lovely arrangement of Greensleeves right now. Beautiful. 

This Anglophile is in a state of Anglophelia Ecstasy

THE PRINCES JUST ARRIVED!!!! Squeee!!! I feel like I’m 11 again, watching the wedding of Charles and Diana!


I’m back… it is now 8:13 am. I went upstairs at 5:45 and woke up Ingrid so that she could make a memory 🙂  She was pretty groggy, but woke up quickly. She wasn’t quite as interested as I thought she would be. She is only 7 after all. But she had a lot of questions: 

“Why can’t the people in the church see the wedding?” 
“Why are the bridesmaids so little?” 
“Why are they kneeling?” 
“What’s with all of those huge hats? They are getting in the way.” 
“Why didn’t the Prince and Princess kiss each other after they got married?” 
Then a declaration: “But I wanted to marry Prince William!”

Post-wedding reflections:

Glad to see Kate wearing such a beautiful, classic and cathedral-appropriate dress. Stunning. Perfect. Memorable. Timeless.

The order of service was lovely. Beautiful Bible readings. Perfect hymns. Loved the John Rutter anthem written for the occasion. (I’m a choral music snob.)

I don’t understand all British traditions. Why would Prince William wear the uniform (even honorarily) of an Irish Guard colonel when he is neither a colonel nor in the Irish Guard, but in the RAF? British friends, please explain. Not that he didn’t look spectacular, though.

Well, off to take Ingrid to school. I’m sure she’ll be dozey today. I don’t care. This will be one of those memories of a lifetime, even if she doesn’t think so right now.

Old Presbyterian Meeting House

On the way home from work tonight, Mr. BikeMan stumbled upon one of those great places that are everywhere here Where George Walked: the Old Presbyterian Meeting House Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary Soldier.

 The cemetery holds over 300 “inhabitants” and is smaller than our modest back yard.

The church is still very active, and has a membership of around 1,000. The congregation was founded in 1760. They called their first pastor in 1772, and the first meeting house built in 1775.