A weird day. Dear Wife was supposed to go next door and "watch" the Beloved Great Niece, with mom due at work at 07:00 so Wife over there around 06:45 (dad doesn't leave until around 07:10 for an 07:30 start). But at 06:35, wife got a tearful call from niece. Telling her "don't bother". Seems niece and husband had A Big Fight last night (don't know, but I suspect it involves some constant friction with his mom who lives only two doors down and is a rather domineering personality), and niece slept in the car in the driveway. Yeah, a Big Fight. I'm staying OUT of the whole mess, none of my business. But a bit sobering. We've come to love them both, and the Little One, and I seem to get along OK with his mom and dad, also his sisters and their husbands and his brother and wife, all of whom live quite close by. So I stay out of it.
He decided to call off work, and stayed home. She went to work, late, and came home not long afterward, and we heard not a peep from either nor saw any sign of them until just a little bit ago. They came outside to do some yard work, part of which involved taking apart the sand box that the Little One just never uses. So, while he pushed a lawn mower around, I helped swing a shovel, emptying the sand pile into a couple of those small garden-type wheelbarrows (like the ones Rubbermaid used to make when I worked there) and then hail the -- VERY wet -- sand over to some low areas by their driveway and dump the sand there. A whole lot like work. And not much conversation other than what was necessary. Finished up, put tools away, came home. Wife's heating some leftovers, and I think it will be an early night.
I had a bunch of stuff that I'd intended to do around the house, getting into prep for the coming winter, also some stuff that just needs to be done regardless. But much of it can't be done when Wife is home, some of the fumes affect her badly and some of the noise etc. would bother her. So quite a bit is being deferred for a better time.
And I'd received a request to help out with some grunt work for a locally-based foreign ministry, work to be done either today or tomorrow. I'd promised to show up tomorrow, largely because of the need to do some stuff here and partly because when Wife is watching the little one, their dog needs taken in and out and she can barely make it up and down their steps as it is, so I get drafted. So everything gets kicked back a couple of days.
The Old Testament passage for the day is chapters 23 and 24 from the Proverbs.
I generally don't make commentary on the Proverbs, I don't think they need explanation and if they did, I'm not the one to do it.
The New Testament passage is chapter 5 of 2nd Corinthians.
II Corinthians 5