Saturday, May 28, 2016

Long time.

I saw this table at a thrift store and impulsively brought it home.  We decided to decorate the top of it in our own way.  Who needs lamps or flower arrangements?
It's been a long time since I posted and honestly, I feel like I am wasting the blog posting about my life now, when it has always supposed to have been a homeschooling blog (despite the fact that I almost always posted about  my life more than homeschooling) now that we are no longer officially homeschooling.  In our house though, nothing has really changed.  Youngest son still schools himself constantly about everything.  This week, he's learning everything he can about Persia because he's interested in using the culture as a backdrop for either a game or a book.  With the 2 aspiring young authors in the house, there is always research for something going on here.  Our work also continues for the shop that my daughter and I sell our craft creations in.  My daughter has been getting a lot of orders for her chicken and egg washcloths and last night an order for hot pads that look the same but are double thick.

I have proved this week that I am the second biggest wimp in the world.  I started a job on Thursday and quit it yesterday.  When I was leaving, another employee came up to me and told me that I had lasted longer than the lady last week, who only lasted one day (hence, I am the second biggest wimp).  When I quit, I recommended a friend and she is meeting with the guy today.  The job was stocking bread on the Walmart shelves and it sounds easy, but it is very hard.  The bread company I was working for had 75 different types of bread in that bread aisle and also displays elsewhere in the store that had to be stocked twice a day from these huge bread trays and there was no order to the way the deliveries were stacked, no order to the invoices, so I had to stack and restack these big trays something like 15 times and bend and stretch and reach and it was really hard on my body and a little hard on my brain trying to remember the 75 types and where they were.  I need to do 2 things, get in better shape and get a slightly more sedentary job.  I don't want to be sitting all the time because I know that's bad for me, but standing all the time is very hard for my arthritic knees.

So anyway, back to unemployment.  I feel bad about it, but I really don't think that I could ever do the job in the amount of time that they expected it to be done in.  For example, yesterday afternoon's restock was supposed to take half an hour but it took me almost 2 hours.  I don't think that's a good sign for my efficiency in the job.  I mean, I would expect it to take me slightly longer, but not that much longer.   I had overly loose joints as a child and young person and was constantly spraining my knees and ankles ... I mean all the time, it was crazy...and now I am paying a big price in that my knees and ankles are always stiff and sore and it affects how quickly I can walk.  There's no getting around it.  Anyway, enough about that.  My friend hopefully will start next week and will love it and I will try to find something else.

My son and his girlfriend have gone back to Mississippi and we miss them but we might get to see them again in August, so I am excited about that.  We had a good time while they were here.  In the next little while, we've got working at the craft store, taking mom to several doctors appointments, my youngest son's 18th birthday and then he will get his driver's permit and we will teach him to drive and hopefully getting the pool up and getting in there to exercise and get in better shape and maybe I'll find a job along the way someplace.  I hope that someone comes up to me and says "I heard about this job that would be perfect for you ..."  :-)

This is the best picture I could find of the chicken and egg washcloths.  

This is a coloring page I made to sell at the store.

This is a similar one after I have colored it.

This is a sign someone else has for sale at the store. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Many thoughts.

It's been storming a lot lately.  
I have a lot going on inside my head right now, trying very hard not to spend all of my time worrying about mom,   I do spend a significant amount of time worrying about mom, maybe half of every day.  It's not good.  It's something I've been struggling with, but we've got the oldest son and his wonderful girlfriend coming for a visit on Sunday and I'm excited about that.  Hopefully they will provide a distraction from my worries and we will have some fun.

We are finishing up homeschooling.  Basically, the boy is done with everything we had planned for him and he's going to keep studying the things he wants to study on his own.  He's planning to become 100% fluent in German on Duolingo and then learn several of the other languages they offer.  (He's 22 percent fluent in German right now).  He's going to keep reading extensively on all subjects.  He's kind of gotten a reputation at the library as a voracious reader, which is a good thing.  I am thinking of putting him in piano lessons this summer and he's going to turn 18 and get his driver's permit and start having driving lessons, so life goes on, educating ones-self goes on.

The deer population has become increasingly bold about being right in our yard lately.  
Since I have been a homeschooling mom for 12 years, I've become increasingly critical of the public schools and what they are doing to our nation's children and I've become more of an unschooler over the years.  I've learned to trust that when the kids want to learn something, they will learn it.  They will find a way.  My youngest son pretty much taught himself how to read when he was ready to learn and has taught himself a million things by reading since.  I participate in a lot of on-line forums and try to give advice and share my hard earned wisdom with younger homeschoolers but no one listens to me so I thought I'd share on the blog.  Here it is.  Don't push them.  Don't drill them. Don't fight about it.  Enjoy them, read to them extensively, take a lot of field trips and most of all, have fun with homeschooling.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Funny dream.

Youngest son fell asleep last night while watching Friends.  It was the episode where Joey is in a WW1 movie and takes Chandler to see it and Chandler falls asleep.  After the movie, in order to get Chandler to admit he fell asleep, Joey asked him what he thought about the scene with the kangaroos. Chandler does not admit he went to sleep, but replies that he was surprised to see kangaroos in a WW1 movie.    Youngest son says his subconscious took it from there, saying "okay, World War 1, kangaroos, lets make it happen"  resulting in a funny dream.  He didn't elaborate further, but I'm sure it was hilarious.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Thinking about what to do now.

My youngest is graduating from homeschool.  I am trying to change careers.  My mother's living situation may have to change.  I am going to be an old lady with only adult kids now.

My daughter and I have been keeping a little bit busy this week doing crafts for our table at the craft store.  She's been crocheting chicken and egg dishcloths and I have been making a ton of my best sellers, bookmarks.  

We're trying to decide what to do about youngest son's graduation from high school, whether to do a big party or a small party or no party at all.  We'll see, I guess.  

Changes, changes.  :-/


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