Saturday, March 18, 2017

Shower pictures.

Exciting Times.

My son and his fiancee are visiting from Mississippi, the first time we've seen them since November.  We celebrated Christmas a little the first day they were here and the rest of the time has been a whirlwind of activity, trying to get things done for the shower I'm throwing for them (today!) and trying to see and do all the things they want to see and do in Kentucky.  They may be relocating to Kentucky to another small town so we drove over and looked at it.  We've been shopping and doing shower prep, visiting, watching movies and playing board games.

I think the shower is going to come together but I invited a lot of people so it's a lot of food and the room we have to have it in doesn't have that much space, so I'm kind of worried about it, of course.  I'm not a caterer and not a professional at throwing events like this.  I've done one large party before, for my son when he went to college.  At that one I served tacos.  At this one, we're doing a fruit tray, vegetable tray, cheese/cracker tray, cake, chips, mints.  It's a lot of work, but I think most of it is done now.  I hope there's not a large aspect of it that I've forgotten!   I have lists and lists and lists, which keep getting revised and re-written as things get done.  :-) These pictures show the prelimary setup.  There will be a banner placed on the gift table and flowers in vases set on all the other tables and a few other things, plus hopefully the food will be beautiful.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Field Trip!

I forgot to mention that last week we took a field trip.   There is a field trip group in Louisville that only does field trips.  They don't meet in other ways as a group, no mom's nights or co-ops, just field trips.  They do them very well.  They have a web site and if you see a field trip you want to go to, you just select that and pay with paypal.  Then you show up at the designated meeting spot and enjoy yourself.  They allow college age kids to participate so we are still going to the occasional one.  Last week we went to Indiana University Southeast and saw a production of Julius Caesar that was amazing.  They did the show with minimal props and only 6 actors playing all the parts.  It was really, really cool.

Today, we are taking advantage of one of the free classes our library does and we are going to make a tartan as a craft.  I'm interested to know how we will do that.  My daughter is very interested in tartans because of something to do with her book - top secret- so she's the one who wanted us to sign up.

The last class I took at the library was the career coaching class and it was great, so hopefully this one will be too.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Frustrating Job Search.

It's really difficult looking for work.  I had a series of interviews last week with a company and today they let me know that they weren't going to hire me.  If they had wanted to hire me, it would have been a difficult choice for me because it was a long commute and the pay was not nearly as high as I had believed it would be when I applied.  Of course, I didn't find out about the pay until the 3rd interview.  :-(    The rules of etiquette forbid me from asking about the salary until I am told what it is, usually with the job offer.  I appreciate at least that they talked to me about it in one of the interviews, with the pay being about 5 dollars an hour less than I was expecting.  Anyway, it's frustrating and I hate it.

I feel like this.
Marshall's Pep Talks

Monday, March 06, 2017

What are they doing now?

In the old original homeschool group there were several families and most of their kids have grown up now and moved on from homeschooling.  Would you like to know what they are doing?

Family 1:
Son graduated last year and is working full time in a T-shirt printing company and likes it very much.
Daughter still has 2 years of high school to go.

Family 2:
Daughter got an associate's degree and then joined the air force.
Son works at a grocery store and has plans to join the national guard.
Son 2 still has one year of high school to go.

Family 3:
Daughter works as a teaching assistant with special needs children, engaged to be married.

Family 4:
Daughter is in junior year of college.
Sons graduate this year from high school and are college bound.

Family 5:
All 3 kids in college and all 3 are working part time jobs as well.

Family 6:
Oldest son works in a machine shop and attends training to be a machinist.
Youngest son still in high school.

Family 7:  Us!
Oldest son just graduated college, engaged to be married this June.
Daughter works at a local preschool.
Youngest son going to college or technical school next fall.  Plans to rule the world soon to follow.

It's fun to see them all doing something, all getting out there and being in the world.  They aren't social misfits or weirdos.  Homeschoolers are doing great.  :-)

Friday, March 03, 2017

It seems like

It seems like I'm doing a lot, but when I go to write about it, it's nothing remarkable.  I work out at PT.  I job hunt.  I clean.  I read.  I got a really good group of books at the library yesterday and I read nearly halfway through one of them last night.  Today called my congressman about some bills going into the Ky house and senate regarding homeschooling.  It seems like this is a right we always have to fight to keep.  Now that I am finished with homeschooling, I'm fighting for the right for my future grandchildren.  

 Tomorrow I'll be having my first ever job interview on Skype, which the though of makes me very nervous.  I'll report how that goes.  The job is one that I simultaneously really want and worry that I can't physically do, so there's that.  It's an "on your feet" all day kind of job, I suspect, and that will be hard for me and my knees, but I want to do it and I need the money.

We have been doing our board game days on Saturday which has cut down on the attendance a little but it was the only days I could get the library, so we've tried it.  In April, we'll be going back to Fridays.  I guess we'll keep doing this group as long as the kids want to, though eventually, they should be able to do it on their own, without me.  A board game store has opened in our area and they do games every night so we may transition to there.  We'll see.  My youngest son still hasn't gotten his driver's license to do these things without me so I have to be involved.  I'm letting him take the lead on this as he did with reading and other things, but it is starting to annoy me.  I both want him to get his license and don't want to take him driving, so there's another one of my dilemmas.  :-)
Scoring from a recent board game tournament with abbreviated participants names.  :-) 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


It's the end of  February, almost a year since I lost my job.  I went to a career coaching class at our local library and now I am armed with a better resume and interview skills so maybe I'll find something.  Meanwhile, I'm keeping busy.  I'm continuing to work out in the physical therapy gym strengthening my legs to help compensate for the fact that I have a torn ligament in my left knee and God only knows what wrong with my right one.  I'm doing good.  I'm feeling stronger.  It wears me out on exercise days though.  :-)  I'm working on the house, working on planning the special events we have coming up, working on my reading list, re-learning French, brushing up my MS Excel skills and being the support person for everyone else here at home.

Last week my youngest son was evaluated by Vocational Rehabilitation to see if he is eligible for accommodations in college.  We haven't heard anything official but the psychologist said that he definitely saw signs of ADHD and dysgraphia.  I guess we'll hear something soon.

The scholarship search is kind of discouraging.  All I have seen so far require that he be a high school senior and the fact that he has taken a year off seems like it's going to make him not eligible for much.  I will keep looking, but I don't feel very hopeful.  Thankfully, he's going to the least expensive college in our state, the local community college system  but  I haven't found one that he's even eligible to apply for.  :-(

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Special Events Coming Up.

Right now I'm doing some planning for a couple of events.  My oldest son is getting married in July.  Both he and fiance are gluten free.  (She went gluten free after meeting him and got her Grave's disease to go into remission!)  So now I am excitedly planning both a shower menu and a rehearsal dinner cookout menu.  The wedding it out of state and the shower is local.  Both the rehearsal dinner and the shower will probably be upwards of 50 people in attendance.  I'm serving a full meal, of course, at the rehearsal dinner but for the shower, I'm going to go with finger foods and snacks.  Being gluten free makes everything a bit more complicated, especially if you are trying to stay on a budget.

For the shower, I'm going with a theme of dip, apparently, I'm doing fruit and dip, veggies and dip, gluten free crackers with a cheese ball, punch and other drinks and cake; which my cousin is going to make from gluten free mixes that I purchased at the salvage grocery store.  We eat these all the time and they are yummy, no concerns about quality.  They are King Arthur brand.  By buying these at the salvage store, I've saved about 4 dollars a box on them.  My cousin will do the icing.  She is good at this and she actually did my wedding cakes 28 years ago.

For the rehearsal dinner, it's more complicated.  We'll be 4 hours away from home in a state park and outside in a pavilion.  We couldn't afford to get a room in the lodge because we'd have to pay for catering.  Fortunately, the bride and groom are very easy going and even suggested a cookout.  So we're going to order these hamburger buns Rotella  and grill out burgers.  For side dishes I was kind of stumped.  I'm going to be staying in a cabin with a kitchen, but I don't know how much cooking I can do there.  It looks small on the web site and besides, I don't want to spend the entire day cooking.  I want to do vacation-y things.  Also, I am afraid that things like potato salad will get too warm and be dangerous.  So I called and asked and the pavilion does have electricity so that I can plug in crock pots.  I'm going to have crock pots full of baked beans, green beans and corn on the cob with watermelon slices and some of my special oatmeal cookies that I'm famous for, for dessert.  To feed a crowd like this, I'll probably have to borrow crock pots from several of my friends.  :-)

I'll probably bring potato chips to both, just in case we need to stretch the food a bit.  I need to find amounts of food to make for each and will utilize web sites like this one:  Cook Like a Caterer  and this one:  Chef Menus Quantity Chart

I think it's going to be fun!


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