Hi!  It’s me!  Lily!

I finished my presentation!  It’s sooo cool!  It has videos and graphics and everything!  I learned all the parts of engines too!  I learned about the spark plugs, and pistons, and connecting rods, and bearings, and crankshaft, and flywheel too1  I learned about the transmission (sooooo many parts!) and all of the other stuff!  I don’t know if I could fix an engine, but I could tell you what might be wrong!

Maybe.

Beth and David finally finished their project too.  So we had a presentation!  They built a little robot that scooted around and scared the cat!  I explained how all the parts worked together, and everyone politely clapped.

Then Dave asked me what the differences between a gas and diesel engine are.

Crap.

More studying, I guess.  He just smirked.

Dave then took me out to the garage, where there was a shiny riding lawnmower sitting there.  I asked him what that was all about, since we didn’t have a huge lawn.  He just grinned.

“It doesn’t work.  Make it work.”

“But…”

“You wanted to learn this stuff, right?  Well, here it is.  It’s got an engine a lot like a car’s, I bought it for very little because it doesn’t work.  I’ll buy whatever tools or parts you think it needs, and I even found a service manual for it.  But I want it working by the end of the year or an explanation of why you can’t.”

“What will you do with it once it’s working?”

“I haven’t thought that far.  Just fix it.”

“I don’t…”

“Lily.  You can’t break it worse than it is.  Do you want to learn or not?”

I sighed.  “Do you know what’s wrong with it?”

“I know as much as you do.  You can start troubleshooting tomorrow.”

Well, I guess I’m learning how to fix a riding lawnmower.

Still might be fun.

Sabby worked with David on cooking today.  He didn’t make dinner, but he did make us a snack.  It was edible.  Not the tastiest thing in the world, but it did the job.  He seems to actually like it!  Maybe it’s because cooking is just applied chemistry?

Speaking of applied chemistry, I love Jack!  Did I mention that?  His job is going well, his driving lessons are going well, he seems to be doing better since his parents started taking more interest.  But I hope to see him soon!!! I miss him!!!

Love you all!!! ❤

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