Saturday, September 14, 2019


I'm sorry I haven't blogged.  My schedule has been crazy.  I've been working 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, with an hour commute each way, volunteering at the same place on Saturdays and teaching Sunday School on Sundays.  I feel like I'm exploring new levels of fatigue.  On top of that, this week, my mother in law has had surgery and been in the hospital and I had a doctor's appointment, had to work for my co-worker and last night, spent quite a bit of time shopping for a dress for my daughter to wear to my brother's wedding, so two nights this week I've been out late, in addition to getting up at 5:30, burning the candle at both ends.  I've been very lax with my food allergies diet the last few days and very lax on doing my physical therapy exercises and I am feeling bad because of that too.   I'm sitting here this morning trying to decide if I can drag myself down there to volunteer.  I love the babies, but just getting there is a huge effort.  I don't know if I can do it.  :-(   I'll give it some time and get fully awake before deciding.  It recharges me emotionally, but I think my goal today might be to do something that recharges me physically, like eating right, resting and doing some gentle PT. 

In other news, we're getting a new mattress today.  My husband and I got it for ourselves for our 31st wedding anniversary.  It's being delivered today in a few minutes.  I'm very excited to lie down on it and hoping that it will help my back.  My sciatica has just about made me lose it this week.  It's been very difficult to sit in the car for 2 hours a day.  So, new mattress, yay!

Updates on my young people, former homeschoolers are about the same.  My daughter is working hard on her medical coding course, finishing the medical terminology part as a prerequisite.  She's still doing the art classes one night a week and she had some of her paintings made into prints.  We picked up notecards with the prints on them yesterday.  They're very cool.  Youngest son  has not found a job yet so he's been helping his dad around the house and playing a lot of games with friends, along with his sister.  They hang out with the same crowd, something that happens with homeschoolers, I think.   The oldest and his wife are still in Mississippi and we don't see them very much, sadly but they're doing good.  My daughter in law is going back to school to get her masters and my son is working 2 jobs.  They'll be back here for my brother's wedding next month, which we're all very excited about.  That coincides with the end of me working full time and finally getting a BREAK.

I have not been working on my book on homeschooling these past few weeks for some reason ... so there's no update on that, unfortunately. 

So that's it for us.   It's almost fall!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Okay, now it's pretty much gone.

As usual, the pictures are random.  This is our raccoon who steals cat food.  The cats are used to it by now.
August, that is.   Some good things have happened this month and one is that my daughter has decided to do a medical coding course.  I'm going to do it too.   I loved my job at first, but now my duties have evolved and now I'm a medical transcriptionist/receptionist.  I don't want to be a /receptionist.  I just want to do my job and not answer the phone.  I also don't like the unpredictability of my job.  Some weeks I barely work and some weeks I live there.  I've been basically living there for the last few weeks I am exploring new levels of exhaustion.  I'm so tired.  I sleep 8 hours and I'm still tired.

Anyway, I'm very excited that my daughter has chosen a career path and is getting some training.  This has been a concern of mine for quite some time.

I think the grocery store was trying to tell me something.  "Don't go nuts!"    "Think!"  

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Okay, now August is almost half over.

It's crazy how fast the time is zooming by.  I've been at work.  Work.  Work.  Work.  I both hate and don't mind it.  I hate how much I'm gone and how tired and sore I am, but my workplace is a pretty good place.   Today I'm off and I'm thrilled about that though.  I'm exhausted.

We've also been trying to deal with a huge bunch of fresh produce this week.  Our peaches on our peach tree got ripe and we picked them before the woodland creatures got them all and I've been trying to eat as many as I can, freezing some, making some into smoothies, etc.  Also, my father-in-law sent us a bunch of tomatoes, apples, beans, onions, watermelons, and peppers and we've been trying to put those in everything we eat and get those used up before they go bad.   It's been stressing me out, to be honest.  Huge bags of everything all over the kitchen has seemed messy and breaking finding time to do all that peeling and cooking has been difficult.  Today, we have an apple crisp and green beans cooked and in the fridge and a bunch of peaches for smoothies in the freezer.  There's still a lot more to do, but we're making progress.  I realize that this is a particularly first world problem to have.  Too much!  Too much paid work and too much free food.  What a week and what a weird problem.
Peach smoothie~!

Other than that. I don't even know what's going on.  I haven't talked to my family this week as much as usual.   Hopefully, this weekend will remedy that!  The young people here are going to a new game store in our small town now and they're going tonight, so maybe not.  I'm glad they are getting out.  I can remember when we were homeschooling and our homeschool group split up and socialization was a problem.  It's not now, thank goodness, and also, this is the best part, not my responsibility.  They're grown up.  I don't have to make arrangements for them.   I'm both happy and sad about that.
Like I said, it's a weird week. 

Yesterday we had a sale at the gift shop of the hospital where I work and I bought myself the most ridiculous, over-the-top sunglasses that they had.  These made me and my co-workers smile yesterday!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

It's almost August!!

Back in my homeschooling days, I would be happily looking at the Rainbow Resource catalog and having a great time picking out a curriculum for our school year, which I would then probably change out in December and start something new in January.  It was always so much fun planning and ordering and getting out supplies.  Sigh.  I miss it.

We're getting ready to celebrate our daughter's 23rd birthday.  Oh goodness.  It doesn't seem possible.   No back to school for anyone this year as our youngest has graduated college.  So it's weird. 

I'm waiting for the peaches on the peach tree to be ready to eat and hoping that something else doesn't eat them before we get them picked like they did one year.   I'm also pondering whether to apply for a full-time position that's come open at work and trying to lose weight (that never ends, but I have lost 30 pounds this year through intermittent fasting!) and casually shopping for a dress for my brother's wedding which is in October!!  I'm very excited about that.  My brother is going to get married for the first time to a wonderful lady that we all love.  I'm going to have a new sister-in-law!

I'm also working a little (very little, sad to say) on my book about homeschooling and playing the Sims 4 hundred baby challenge in my spare time.  I need to play less Sims and work on my book more.   Some things never change.   By that, I mean me.   :-) 

Thursday, July 18, 2019


I've been doing summery things.  I've been swimming in the pool most days and I love it.  We went to see Shakespeare in the park, which was fantastic again.  It's funny, Facebook notified me that we went exactly a year ago on the same day.  This year we saw As You Like It which was excellently performed, but it turns out, is not my favorite of the Shakespeare plays I've seen so far.   I've seen 4.   In order of my favorites, they are 1.  Comedy of Errors, 2.  Julius Cesar, 3. A Midsummer Night's Dream and 4.  As You Like It.  The Comedy of Errors production that we saw last year was the absolute best.  It was fantastic.  In a couple of weeks, I'm going to get to see Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which I'm also excited about. 

Also in summertime things, I made my daughter go try and pick blackberries.  We didn't apparently have very many blackberries on our property this year so she only got a very few.  It was 1/4 of a cup.  So what did I do?  I made a tiny vegan, dairy, gluten-free cobbler.  It was good!

I'm working on writing a book about homeschooling and raising kids and trying to work on that a bit every day, hoping to have my rough draft done in December.

My husband is working at home at lot this summer, which is nice.  He's getting to be here and not do the long, long commute 3 days a week.  

The young adults who live here are still doing gaming and D&D, hanging out with their friends.  My daughter's job is out for the summer and hopefully, my son will find his first job soon.  

That's our summertime update, which admitttedly, I am writing mostly for myself.  If any blog readers are still reading now that I've stopped homeschooling, hello!  


Homeschool printables.

Great homeschool printables here. 
5 Js Homeschool.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

A little better.

I just passed the 3 month mark after my surgery and I had a really normal day yesterday.  Nothing was particularly hurting and I was able to get a lot of stuff done.  It was wonderful!  I hope to get to the point where most days are like that.   I cleaned.  I cooked.  I got in the swimming pool.  Yay, normal life!

Saturday, July 06, 2019

I made it.

Of course, I made it through working 4 days this week.  It was a little hard on my knees and hard on my back, but honestly, at this point, I'm used to working through the pain.  I got a lot of work done and it was fine.  I wish I'd been more on top of the cooking and meal planning, washing dishes and other things around the house, but I was pretty much wiped out every evening after work.  I was off on the fourth and used that time to get caught up on the laundry and dishes, but still, for some reason, didn't cook anything.  I've been eating a lot of oatmeal this week, so I guess that's good for me.

Last weekend, we met our oldest son and our daughter-in-law in Alabama and had a couple of relaxing days visiting and hanging out.  We had a lot of good gluten-free food and played a lot of games and enjoyed the company.

Youngest son is now officially on the hunt for a job, since he graduated and now we're back from our tiny but expensive vacation. 

For the fourth of July, we didn't party or do fireworks this year, we just went to the movies.  We saw Yesterday, which was a really fun movie.  I highly recommend it!


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