Throughout the night she would occasionally become conscious of the sound of running, the sounds of padded feet and claws would shift as they moved from tile to hardwood floors and to the carpet of her bedroom. With two dogs the sound was simply part of the symphony of her house and she would roll over and let herself sink back into the darkness of sleep. In the wee hours of the morning she was wrenched out of that comfortable darkness as the sound of a baby crying filled the air. It even woke him up. The man who once slept through a typhoon. They jumped out of bed, all traces of sleep gone. It soon became clear that the sound was coming from under the bed. That the terrible sound was coming from a rabbit that had had the bad luck to cross the path of her pointer and would not survive the encounter. With tears in her eyes she walked out of the room and left him the undesirable task of ending the rabbit’s suffering.
That is an overly dramatic telling of what my mother and father went through a couple of weeks ago
when their dog brought a rabbit in through the dog door in the middle of the night. I decided to post it on my blog because of what happened after the dramatic event was over. My mother returned to her room to find evidence of the struggle all over her carpet. The prospect of living in a room with bloody
carpet was one that she had no intention of entertaining. She grabbed the hydrogen peroxide and poured it liberally on the stains and let it sit for a while. When she returned with a cloth she didn’t even have to scrub, the stains came right out. Since she also has a puppy that is currently potty training, she has also successfully used it to get puppy piss out of her carpet without any discoloring. Although, I usually use vinegar when my dog, or my son for that matter, have an accident on the carpet or the couch, because it isn’t too harsh on the material and it gets all traces of the smell out, so the dog isn’t tempted to revisit that spot. Of course, getting stains out of carpet isn’t the only thing that hydrogen peroxide is good for. One Good Thing by Jillee did a whole article and the magic of hydrogen peroxide, if you’d like to check it out. I have recently heard that hydrogen peroxide is not the best thing to use for first aid as it can actually eat away the skin around the abrasion you are trying to clean. Here are a couple of links, do your own research and make an informed decision before continuing to use it for first aid.
Since this is the second time I have featured my mother on my blog, I want to take a minute to feature my father as well. He hasn’t started crafting homemade hand towels or anything like that, at least, not to my knowledge. But he does have a blog of his own and he spends considerably more time on his than I do on mine. He’s coined himself the biking fencer, because he likes to ride motorcycles and fence.
For as long as I can remember, my father has spent some time each morning translating his Hebrew bible to English. Growing up in Israel, he was once fluent in the language, but once he moved back to the states he found himself losing his Hebrew. That was the origin of his morning devotionals, an effort to keep the Hebrew language fresh in his mind. He would sit around the table surrounded by at least two bibles, a Hebrew/English dictionary, and various texts that offered in depth explanations of what he was reading. The translation was finished sometime after I graduated college.
After more than a decade of working toward a goal, I would have danced around the house boasting about how awesome I am and then locked away my hard work, only to be shown off so that others could bask in my awesomeness. Is that what my father did? Well…maybe a little, but then he sat down and started the process all over again! Craziness!
Now that he’s retired, he has started a blog of his own. He painstakingly goes through each book of the bible, using resource material to piece together the back story of the historical characters portrayed. At the end of each book he posts his report to his blog. Honestly, the only reason I have visited his blog is to read his introduction, which is basically a family letter that allows us to catch up on what is going on in his life. It helps that his writing is superb, and I always look forward to reading about the latest happenings. And reading about myself and my little family from his perspective is an intriguing experience, that always leaves me filling fulfilled. However, since I had decided to brag about his blog, I decided to read his most recent post, rather than the intro only. This was a pretty easy task because the current post is about Jonah, and the story of Jonah and the whale was one of my favorites as a kid. It is also a very short post.
I found the post very easy to read and understand. The resource material that he combs through provides background information and helps to explain what was going on at the time and why people thought and acted the way that they did. And the intimidating prospect of reading an extensive review of Bible books becomes much less daunting in my father’s elegant hand. I think I’ll have to go back and read more of what he has written.
Of course, if you decide to visit his site, all efforts I’ve made toward anonymity will cease as he posts pictures of his family every chance he gets. But that loss of anonymity is fine with me if it gets my father’s blog a few more readers.