If we were having coffee, we might sit out in the front porch. We would have to put on a sweater or maybe take a throw out to cover up as it’s a little chilly (51 at the moment. But it’s sunny and the skies are clear so it’s nice out there.
If we were having coffee, you would see that I am a little bit down today, thinking about the shooting at Umpqua Community College this week. It’s about a two hour drive from here. Roseburg is a small town, as are many along I-5 up and down the state. I keep thinking about how devastating it must be for the community. Then, the day after that shooting, my niece, who lives in Las Vegas, posted about a friend of hers who was shot and killed in her neighborhood that morning. Her friend’s 7 year old son was also killed in a murder-suicide situation. Again, that community is in shock over a senseless killing by someone who was, in retrospect, not well.
I haven’t written much about love rocks on this blog. I’ve mentioned them in passing but I haven’t talked about them much. Love rocks are rocks that have a fabric heart glued to them (I use modge podge). They are a very simple token of love. They are left anonymously for people to find or sometimes given to someone who needs a little lift, a smile, a hug. The idea was started by the mother of two young girls who were killed by a car in front of their house a couple of years ago. It happened in Forest Grove, a small community west of Portland. The girls were playing in a pile of leaves and the car didn’t see them, ran over them, and kept on going, not knowing they had run over two girls. It was devastating to the community and the mom, in her grief, remembered how her girls had made “love rocks” for their parents’ wedding (a blended family) and how they had loved making them. So she started love-rocks.org. I make them and spread them around, often helped by Anderson and Spencer who love leaving them. Last night I made over 100 of them and am making more today. They going out to the Umpqua/Roseburg community along with a lot of others which are being made by the love rocks community all around Oregon. I will also be sending some to my niece in Las Vegas to spread around her neighborhood. It’s not a lot but it makes me feel like I am doing something to help.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we are all settling in to Anderson’s school schedule. Currently, the big problem is getting him to eat at school. He’s a very picky eater. He doesn’t like trying new foods. He will eat hot dogs or corn dogs when they are on the menu. There was also a day when they had French Toast and scrambled eggs for lunch and he liked that. But he doesn’t like anything else so all he has is the milk from his lunch tray and sometimes the fruit or cookie on the tray. So we are trying to get him to try new foods. On October 1st, the new series of Mixels was released. So now the deal is that he can only open a new Mixel on days that he has tried new foods which have protein. So far, he still hasn’t been able to open any of the Mixels because he hasn’t tried new protein foods! So the battle continues. I must say that he comes by his stubborness honestly…he gets it from my side.
This week I will be posting another one of my Introducing posts (Monday). I hope you come by and check it out. I will also have a co-written post up at Part Time Monster which I will probably reblog here. I’ll be spending some more time making love rocks each day and I might take a drive to Roseburg to deliver them. And I think this week I will find out what my volunteer assignment will be at Anderson’s school.
So now it’s your turn. What are you up to? How is your weather where you are? I know there has been some very wet weather on the eastern side of our country. Are you in it? Are you prepared for it? I hope you stay safe! Have a wonderful week!
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