Thursday, August 27, 2015

Being bad.

I've been a very bad blogger lately, not updating any of my various  blogs.  They are all getting cobwebs on them ... sorry about that.   I've also been a bad homeschooler.  my son was supposed to start school on Monday, but with the visit from his brother and girlfriend and various other things, we did not start school and I haven't even ordered him the book I want him to use.  How's that for starting out well our last year of homeschooling?  At least at this late point in the game, I am wise enough not to panic.  He'll be fine.  We'll get there.  He's motivated to finish and so he's willing to work weekends and holidays if need be.  :-)

The weather has been so absolutely beautiful lately.  I told the kids they must have brought it with them, because it stormed every day until they got here from Mississippi and then the whole time they were here it was gorgeous.

Since we're not homeschooling and I don't have anything about that, I'll share pictures of the giant Mississippi watermelon that filled 5 bowls.  We were successful in eating it and not wasting any.  :-)  Also, here are 2 pictures of the moon, one at night and one in the day.

The next post will be about homeschooling I promise.  :-)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Great Stacation.

Our wonderful stacation is over.  I actually was working minimally during the week so I don't know if that counts but we did a lot of vacation-y type things and we also did a lot of homey things so whatever, it was a great week.  Now it's over and we have to go back to real life.  :-P   These are random pictures off my phone .... babies, a drawing, the dog photos I always include in every post, and the pool.  I didn't get in the pool much during the visit because I was pretty busy most of the time, but yesterday the pool and I had a reunion.  It was great.

Now, back to real life.  Homeschooling and home-college-ing will begin shortly, so stay tuned.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Enjoying the week.

We've had pictures made, visited grandmas and aunts, got to have dinner with my brother (and will tomorrow with my husband's brothers and mom and dad),  We gone to the local parks and seen the some of the local sites.  We've spent a lot of time at home, cooking, grilling, watching TV, playing games, having friends over, etc.  Sometimes when I am outside with Freckles (the dog) waiting for her to do her thing, I look in the back door and think about how blessed I am.  I hope that I can take some of my blessed peaceful feelings into the next few weeks when we are back to trying to get things done.  :-)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Having fun!

We are  visiting with my son and his girlfriend baking brownies and bread and seeing friends and family.   It's pretty wonderful.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Positive News?

I set up some google alerts some time back.  I have been dealing with depression so I set up google alerts for joy, happiness, depression and positive news.  All of them seem to work well with links to good, helpful articles, except for the positive news one.  I've thought about deleting it because it really doesn't work in the spirit that I had intended, although it did give me quite the laugh this morning.  Here are the positive news headlines I received in my inbox this morning.

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile

Cannondale-Garmin's Tom Danielson Tests Positive for Banned Substance

El NiƱo: Destructive, but positive for economy, farming

Woods at Wyndham 'would be positive chaos'

Stray kitten in East Haven tests positive for rabies
Truck driver tested positive for meth after crash

Not quite what I had intended when I set it up.  :-)

Saturday, August 01, 2015

A little less whiny today.

Maybe it was watching 4 hours of Gilmore Girls last night ( I really love that show that we have recently discovered) but I am in a slightly better mood today, less whiny.  Whatever the cause, I'm going with it.  I don't mind feeling better about things today even though nothing has really changed.
I may have defeated the wasps around our back door that kept stinging us when we were turning the key, with 3 cans of wasp spray and a glob of green playdoh (to block their entrance to the inside of  the wall.)

I art journaled my first bookmark.

Yesterday, was just a gorgeous day.

My daughter made this fake fire for VBS.  The kids were playing like they were camping out.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Feeling stressed.

I'm stressed about big things and little things; mom's house, mom's rent and all the stuff that goes into elder care, the impending visit with my son and his girlfriend (though I love them and can't wait), the conflicts between our dogs, the wasps that are haunting our back door and won't go away despite taking aggressive measures and spraying them with cans of wasp and hornet spray, my job,  my messy house, the pain in my hand, which I am really starting to think must be broken.  I did call and ask for a referral to an orthopedist today.  I'm even stressed because VBS is this week and my kids are helpers which means that I had to take the garbage down by myself and that set my hand to throbbing.  I'm not stressed about homeschooling because I don't stress about that anymore.  This is the last year and I'm kind of sad about it and maybe sad is a kind of stressed ... but we haven't started even planning homeschooling this year other than buying an engineering DVD course and planning to continue German on Duolingo. (which we recommend, by the way).    When things just keep going on and on and on like this (remember, we've been dealing with mom's alzheimers for 10 years and trying to sell her house for almost a year now) I really feel that I understand phrases like 'the straw that broke the camel's back, how it could be a silly thing like being out of chocolate that can just send you over the edge.

I can't take the Gilmore Girls advice and wallow because I don't have time but maybe Gilmore Girls will come from Netflix and I can at least escape reality for a bit while watching it.  We've just discovered it and are all really enjoying it.  

It occurs to me too.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Awesomeness and modesty.

We were sitting around today talking about possible college majors for my daughter who has to go to college to keep her Dad's health insurance.  I went to college right out of high school with no idea what to major in  and finally decided on Child Development.  I planned to be a preschool teacher because I like kids and I had several years of teaching Sunday School and I really had no idea what to do.  If I had it to do over, I might major in architecture or interior design.  I mentioned this and my youngest son said "If you'd majored in something else besides Child Development, I might not have turned out so awesome."  :-)

True that.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Great Homeschooling Article

Homeschool This. Go read this article.  It's awesome.

Here's tiny excerpt:

Gather supplies. Here is a helpful list 
  • Books. More books than you can accomodate. Go to libraries, book sales, yard sales. Let the kids bring any book they want into the house, short of pornography. Even ‘Garfield’.

Limping along.

I'm trying to enjoy my summer, despite being on my third round of antibiotics this summer and feeling, basically, like crap all the time.  I'm doing the Finding Nemo thing .. "Just keep swimming.  Just keep swimming."  and even when I feel very, very bad I'm still getting in the pool and exercising.  I'm really worried about my mom's house not selling.  This picture kind of sums up how I'm coping with that.  Not well.

But, look how beautiful and clear our pool looked last night.  My husband does a really good job keeping it clean.  It's really awesome.  

I could see this spider web from the pool.  It was so detailed and symmetrical.  
For some reason, she decided to lie down on the bottom part of the table.  
This is her position to watch me eat a sandwich.  I thought it was cute.

Here's my son's plate from the other night when my family cooked dinner.  My husband grilled the pork chops and made green beans and corn, my daughter made mashed potatoes (not pictured because they  had already been eaten) and my youngest son made peas.  He kind of likes peas ... :-)

Friday, July 17, 2015

A few things.

Mom and I worked on our warm colors/cool colors afghans the other day.  We switch off and do rows on both so they are totally a team effort.  At some point this week, we went to Hobby Lobby to get red yarn for the warm one and the kids saw this poster of puppies and took a picture because it's the cutest thing they've ever seen.  

But that's only because we never got to see Freckles as a puppy.  :-)

And I've been art journaling flowers, as usual.  

I've been doing pretty well with getting in the pool and exercising and I think I feel stronger, so that's good.  That is about the only thing that's going according to plan this summer it feels like, but at least soemthing is.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Rescue.

Yesterday I went to see mom and we worked on our afghans.  I managed to hide my fear and distress over her financial situation and we talked about this and that.  She remembered my aunt's birthday party, so that was good.  When I came home, I was greeted with the news that Piper was missing.  My first thought was "I didn't do it."  I've never been a Piper fan.  We had a rule in our house, that was 'no puppies" and I meant to stick to it, but my husband and kids overruled me, ignored my objections and brought this *&^% puppy home anyway.  She then proceeeded to chew up every single thing that we had outside, including the pool filter, which did not endear her to me at all and lately, she's been viciously attacking Freckles who is the only dog smaller than her.  I have been thinking about listing her with a courtesy re-homing service run by the humane society, but who would want her, really?; she chews, she is aggressive towards other dogs (not people), she's not house trained.  Sigh.  Anyway, I didn't take her on a long, one way drive though I have thought about it.  I'm good to her and pet her and talk to her, even though I really wish she would go live with a different family.

Last night, when we were going to take Freckles out for the last time, we looked for Piper as usual because she has to be restrained while Freckles is out.  (This is really annoying to have to do several times a day although the kids do most of it.)  We couldn't find Piper so I decided to take Freckles out the back door as usual and just watch her in case Piper showed up.  When we got out there, I called for Piper and heard thump, thump, thump and then a high pitched whine.  She was under the deck and apparently stuck and the thumps were her wagging her tail when I called her.   After trying to entice her out with treats, my husband finally realized what she was stuck on and released her so she could come out.  Anyway, we had a tiny adventure but everything is back to normal now.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A few things this week.

The beginning of this week has been rather uneventful I guess, as I wait for things.  I love waiting.  


Anyway, I'm waiting for mom's house to sell and for my 2 co-persons in this enterprise to decide wheter to take the estimate that I got and repair the house.  Meanwhile, I'm doing everythign that I can to market it myself, mostly on Facebook.  I'm also waiting for my hand to heal up from where I fell on it last week.  Not fun.  It feels okay for a while and then I forget about it and do things like actually try to use it and it hurts.  The things I try to use it for include driving, crocheting (holding the yarn), opening things, holding the sketchbook when I draw and typing, which I do for a living.  So, it's pretty often that it hurts. :-(  

Also this week I printed out my very last Letter of Intent to Homeschool, as youngest son is going to be a senior.  Can't believe it!  Cannot process.  

Enough about that.  For your viewing, uh, pleasure, I've uploaded some lovely photos from my phone, a lovely collection.  
A dragonfly on a chair.  My son took about 12 pictures, identical to this one, but maybe with the dragonfly's wings in slightly different positions.  I'll only share the one.  
A box we had used to move things out of mom's house that we only noticed this week has Cosmo's name on it.  A couple of it thought it said Cosmo Proof (like that could exist!) but it says prof.  I have no idea what that means but found it interesting.

And now here at two pictures of Cosmo, the goofy dog that he is.  He's making himself right at home.  

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Party time.

We had a big surprise birthday party yesterday for my aunt, my mom's sister.  I wanted my mom to be able to attend so I drove the 2 hours to get her and bring her and was prepared to repeat that and take her back after the party by my brother volunteered to take her instead and so I got a break.  It was a good thing, because parties just wear me out.  I can behave as an extrovert the whole time I'm there, but when I get home, I crash.  I crashed hard yesterday and went to bed at 7:00 p.m., slept a couple of hours, got up and hung out with the family for a little while watching Chuck, then went back to bed.  I'm still worn out today for some reason.  I hope I get more peppy in a little while because I would like to get some cooking and cleaning done today.  Anyway, mom seemed to do well at the party.  She seemed to be enjoying everything and everyone, though when she talks, sometimes she can't make a lot of sense.  The  Alzheimers makes the wrong words come out.  :-(  Still, she seemed to have a good time and all of her sisters and brother and neices and nephews were thrilled to see her, so it was worth it and would have been even if I'd had to spend 4 hours in the car.

Thankfully, it was not raining/storming yesterday like it is today.  Again.  I think it's probably rained every day of the last 20-25 days, except yesterday.  Today, it's 9:00 a.m. and it's raining and as dark as night outside.  I really don't want to do anything when the weather is like that, but curl up under a blanket and read.

Or play Words with Friends.  :-)

Or draw.

Thursday, July 09, 2015


I'm annoyed.  Seriously annoyed.  I had called a furniture company to come and look at my mom's furniture to see if they would buy any of it, basically to save my kids the trouble of carrying it all out of the house and the guy offered me 100 dollars, total.   Even if I sold both sofas, the loveseat, the all wood bed with book case headboard, both dressers, the bookcases, the oak file cabinets, the treadmill and all of the other stuff for 10 dollars each, I'd have more than 100 dollars.  So I am beginning the laborious process of trying to advertise it for sale on the internet.  We'll see how it goes I guess, but seriously, I'd rather donate it to a mission store than give it to that guy for 100 dollars.

And to add to the fun I'm having here, I fell on my way into the house and hurt my hand pretty badly.  I'm having a seriously hard time typing this and don't forget, never forget, I type for a living!  At 9:00 a.m. I will call the doctor's office and see if I can get an x-ray.

Fun, fun times.

Sorry, this post is not about homeschooling, but hey, it's summer.  :-)


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