Friday, October 24, 2014

Yard sale today.

We've just been moving stuff around all week.  Today we are going to sell it, hopefully.  It looks like the weather is going to be very nice but I have gotten up at 6:00 a.m. to try and get some of my work out of the way and there isn't any work.  I may have to just take my computer to my friend's house and work there.  :-(  I have paid time off now, but it accrues very slowly and I used it all up taking off for the state fair or something.  One of those times I had to take off, I had to use it and I haven't quite accumulated enough for another day, so I have to work.  I am not very happy about it, truth be told, but I guess I'll just deal with it.   We went to see the Realtor yesterday and he's going to put the sign up so now I have to get in there and get the rest of the stuff out of the mom's house.   Fun, fun times.  I tell you.  Thankfully my kids are very good about helping and my friends are wonderful, they are good at moving things and packing things and have had yard sales before.  I guess I have lived a sheltered life, because I have not moved much, only once since I got married and haven't really done many yard sales.  I actually haven't done one of those since I found out my youngest was going to be a boy and sold some of my daughter's baby clothes.  He's 16 so it's been a while.  We've put school on hold this week, for the most part, as we deal with stuff, stuff, stuff and more stuff ...

Praying the house will sell quickly, the yard sale will go well and this will all be done and I can concentrate more on visiting with my mom, instead of arranging her affairs.  :

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Frustrating day.

I got up at 5:30 to get my work done before a field trip for the kids this morning.  Then when I got to the field trip, realized that it was a hike and I definitely did not feel like hiking.  One of the other moms agreed to bring my kids home and so I left them with her and came back to the house.  We had a plan for the homeschool group to meet me at mom's house today and start packing up some things for the yard sale this weekend at 2, but it's 3 now and they are still not back.  So, I've been sleepily waiting, for 2 hours (they were supposed to be finished with the hike at 12:30) for them to come back.  I've occupied myself with messaging another mom through Facebook, who was texting her daughter and keeping me updated on their progress.   We might get one load/trip done today and we might not.  They have to be someplace else at 5:30, so I guess we'll see.

I've been keeping myself occupied by doing a little cooking and a little bit of housework and contacting my brother and the realtor about getting the house sold.  :-(

***** Update:  Our wonderful friends and kids made it back and did an awesome job of moving the stuff.   Still a ton to do, but quite a bit got done.  It feels good, but we are pretty tired now.  :-)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday with the Homeschool Group.

We had 4H yesterday and since we are doing a financial unit, the assignment was for 3 teams of kids with moms to go to different grocery stores and write down prices for basic necessities and then see which grocery store was the least expensive.  The items were things like rice, milk, spaghetti, canned vegetables, fresh produce, potatoes, etc.  In our town, the stores were Kroger, Walmart and Save-A-Lot.  Kroger had the best prices on 4 items, Walmart on 3 and Save-A-Lot had the best prices on 21 of the items.  They had ground beef for 2.99 and canned goods for 45 cents.  It looks like we might all be shopping there next week.  I wonder if the Kroger gas incentives offset those savings?  Someone needs to do some math.  :-P   Also, Kroger has those coupons they send sometimes for 15 dollars off a 150 dollar purchase and sometimes they have double gas points on the weekends ... I'm sure they make it this confusing on purpose.  :-(    I do know that Walmart is cheaper on Chex cereal and the whole foods near where my husband works has the gluten free bread for almost a dollar less and the salvage store is really inexpensive but doesn't always have things we can use ... but I don't really have time and it wouldn't save money anyway if I drove all over the countryside looking for bargains.  Yes, there is probably an app for that, but I don't have it on my non-smart phone.  I do have a pretty good head for remembering numbers so I know about what I have been paying for most groceries and can at least recognize a lower price when I see it.  That may just have to be enough.  Just doing the best I can here.

After 4H, we went to dinner at our friend's house and then we had our moms Monday night bible study.  We didn't get home until pretty late, listened to our book and then went to bed.

It's going to be a busy week because we are really going to be working on my mom's house this week.  I am not looking forward to that.  :-(

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Been busy.

In my spare time, I've been art journaling and working on the scrap-ghan. It's getting big.  

Friday, October 17, 2014

Then ...

One of my children was assigned some cleaning today.  When I came back home, that person said "Well, I was cleaning, but then I learned to juggle."  LoL.


We finally got the bill for our son's wreck last spring.  :-(.  It's a big one.  That's going to have an impact on a lot of things.  Car shopping.  Christmas.  Not fun.

Today though, business as usual.  Homeschooling.  Working.  Going to see Mom.  Maybe this weekend we will get her house cleaned out finally.  It sure has been a crazy year.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Finally looks like fall!

I love fall so much.  It is so beautiful!

As to what we are doing today, my youngest son took the PSAT and said it seemed "pretty easy".  We'll see.  He said that there was 1 math problem he guessed on because he didn't want to work out the answer and 1 he didn't get to.  The hardest part for him, was writing a statement swearing that he would not talk about the questions to anyone, since he has dysgraphia and writing is difficult for him.  Other than that, it went pretty well.  :-)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

11th Year.

Someone is doing a poll on Facebook asking how many years everyone has been homeschooling.  This is our 11th year.  We decided to pull our oldest out of school for 1 year before he started middle school and it snowballed from there, with us quickly seeing many, many advantages to schooling at home and pulling our other 2 out of the public school system a few weeks after school started.  So when we started, we were homeschooling a 6th grader, a 3rd grader and a 1st grader.  Fast forward 11 years and the oldest is a junior in college with good grades, the 18 year old has graduated and is working on her own crafting business and writing a novel and the youngest, in 11th grade, is still homeschooling, but with less and less input from his parents as he finds he can do the work himself (with some writing help from his sister due to his dysgraphia).  He's going to take the PSAT tomorrow.  I'm not sure if there is any advantage to taking it for him, scholarship wise, but it only costs 14 dollars, some of his friends are taking it and he's looking forward to giving his brain a good stretch.

We have never regretted our decision to home school, not for one second.

Monday, October 13, 2014

My Review - The Action Bible Guess-It Game

In my excitement at having a giveaway to do on my blog, I forgot to write my review of this game!  The winner was Kathryn C. and we are in the process of getting her address so the game can be sent to her and her family!  

Here's the review I did on the Family Christian website. 

"I think this would be a lot of fun for a church trivia night. by Fatcat on 10/7/14
There are bible persons, places and things and each beautifully illustrated card lists 20 clues, at first very vague clues and then increasingly specific. The earlier in the clue process you guess it, the more points you get. We played it at home but I think it would be more fun at a trivia night party. There are a few variations of how to play, which are helpful because if you are like me and have a child who knows pretty much all the answers but hates to write anything down, there is a no-writing variation. The game made us think and it sent us to our bibles to look some things up, so it was a learning experience for us as well! The only drawback that I saw was one of my children was confused about the wording of some of the questions and did not like it that things like The Ten Commandments, were referred to as "I" as in "I am the 10 Commandments" so after the first one like this, I changed the wording as I read the questions. All in all, an interesting take on a bible trivia game with several variations!"
 I think that it is a good game to reinforce bible learning!.  As a homeschooler I know how much the kids learned and how much they enjoyed it when we would pull out a game to supplement our studies.  This is excellent for that!   


This weekend was my daughter's most successful show ever.  She's been doing craft sales for a couple of years, so it was pretty good.  The rain stayed away Sunday all day.  We even got to take down the tents and load everything up into the cars without rain.  It was great!  The sun was even out!  I didn't take any pictures the second day, so this is a picture of Saturday, when it was kind of early and very overcast.  

As to what my daughter is doing now that she has graduated homeschool (which is what everyone asks), she is crafting and doing the craft sale circuit and working on a novel.  Apparently, it's a pretty unusual thing to be doing, according to our family and friends, but I don't think taking a year or so to decide what you want to do is a bad thing.  When I was trying to decide what to do about college and career, I was in the public school peer dependent mindset and I made all of my decisions based on what my friends were going to be doing.  My daughter is making her own decisions.   Meanwhile, she's got a way to make some money while she writes and is happy as a clam crafting and writing.  :-)  

The club is possibly doing another sale this next weekend.  :-)  

I'm having another catch-up Monday today, working on my calendar, my blogs, my Words-With-Friends games ... and the housework.  It's gonna be another busy week!


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