Monday, June 11, 2018

Youngest son.

He's turning 20 today.  It's crazy how fast childhood goes.  Here's a picture of his birthday cake from 10 years ago.  This year, we're celebrating a day late so his brother and sister-in-law can be here. 

Thursday, June 07, 2018

A few pictures this week.

One day we decided to braid Cosmo, not sure why.  

I went to art class with my daughter this week and got to watch her finish this drawing.

It's such a beautiful day today, I just decided to take a picture of the road on my way home.  

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

A bit of light reading.

This is what my youngest son has checked out of the college library for the summer.  It's not for coursework, it's just things he likes to read about, linguistics and ancient Persia/Mesopotamia.

Just your typical 19-year-old.  (He'll be 20 next week!!!)

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Study about Homeschooling Twice Exceptional Children.

Bridgette Whitlow-Spurlock, a doctoral candidate at Liberty University, military spouse, and homeschooling mother of three children, is conducting a study in which she hopes to identify and describe the curriculum, instructional methods, and structure used by homeschooling families of gifted and twice-exceptional children.
If you have homeschooled a gifted or twice-exceptional child for at least two years, you may be eligible to participate in the research, which will be conducted through online chat applications.
To inquire about taking part, contact Bridgette at

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Time to start thinking about Father's Day!

Please visit my store.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Feeling blessed.

In most things lately, I'm feeling blessed.  I've got a job now and it's mostly good.  I do have some stress issues about the new responsibilities I'm getting thrust into but I'm trying to call that what it is and deal with it.  It's fear and fear is a liar.  Fear is a Liar by Zach Williams   The young adults are doing well.  The house is getting remodeled (slowly).  I'm volunteering again and it's wonderful.

Freckles posing amongst the new pillows from Ikea that I'm not crazy about.  I wish they were a more vibrant color.  
Post homeschooling, I'm still extraordinarily glad that we did that, kept the kids out of the schools and kept their psyches intact, let them play, read to them a ton and helped them become these amazing people.  It's great to have them around and we are so lucky to have them around as much as they are.  We get to see my oldest and his wife once a week.  It used to be Monday night dinner, but due to circumstances beyond our control, we've had to do a schedule shift this week and change it to Tuesday night dinner.  Still, we get to see them every week!  I don't know how long it will last, how long they will be in Kentucky, so I'm enjoying it to the maximum right now.  The younger 2 are still living here in the house, taking the lead on the remodeling while my son is out of college for the summer and playing games 4 nights a week.  They play Dungeons and Dragons on Mondays, Starfinder on Tuesdays, Dungeons and Dragons on Thursdays and Fridays.  It's a busy schedule but for a long time, after our homeschool group broke up, they had no social lives at all, so this is important for them. We encourage them to spend time with their friends.  

Cosmo decided to join us for a board game playthrough that we did for another family to help teach them the game.  We gave him a game piece, but he quickly became bored.  I don't blame him, it wasn't a great game.  
Last night, I went to art class with my daughter, which I do sometimes, just to keep her company.  She's working on an amazing drawing of a cat.  I worked on one of my regular drawings while sitting next to her.  One of her paintings was sold after the recent gallery exhibition and she heard from someone that it is now on display in a real art gallery in our town.  I'm very excited about that!  We will have to go soon and check that out.  

The kitchen is blue now.  The color is called "High Noon".  We still haven't got the trim back up.  
For comparison, this is the color the kitchen was.  This picture was taken right after the wallpaper border was pulled down. 
Anyway, feeling blessed and thankful in the little things.  Nothing exciting going on right now, but life has fallen into a good pattern and I'm enjoying it.  I've got lunch with some friends from the old homeschool group today and will we're still hanging out with some people from the new homeschool group on Tuesdays.   Homeschooling has added so much to our lives and I'm thankful.  

This is the green that the bathroom was.  As soon as we painted it this green, we didn't like it, but it was a year and a half before we (my daughter) re-did it.

Now it's a soothing blue gray.  Ahh.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Long work days.

When I first had to do long work days (8 hours, like a normal person!!) I had to figure out a way to help myself get through it.  The first day I did it, I drew the regular hash marks (also called tally marks).

Then one day I decided to draw a flower for each half hour.  That was enjoyable and even pretty, but it didn't help me keep up with the time because I had to just count them every time.
This is not the actual flower I drew at work.  I did this one at home with real markers.  The work ones are colored with highlighters.
So yesterday, I came up with this brilliant  (not) idea of drawing a circle then putting an x in it, the first half of the x at the top of the hour and the second at the half hour.  Unfortunately, then I also just needed to count to see where I was.

Finally, about halfway through yesterday, I just wrote the times down and marked them off.  Not elegant, but it got the job done.

What I feel that I need to do is somehow make getting through the day a game that I'm winning.  It helps me feel better about my day for some reason.  Does anyone else do this?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Good week!

My friend gave me flower bulbs a couple of years ago when my mom passed away. 
It has been the gift that keeps on giving!  
I talked to my boss and got my schedule changed so that on the weeks when they don't have anyone out, I'm only there 2 days.  It was great this week.  3 days off!  I worked Monday and I'll be working tomorrow.   Next week, of course, I'm needed and so I'll be working 3 days, but this week has been a much-needed break.  It seems like all of the weeks for the past couple of months, when I've been off a couple of days, I've had about 4 days worth of errands to get done, so I'm enjoying this break thoroughly.  I slept in until 8:30 today. Bliss!  Tomorrow, I'm back to work and on Saturday I'm volunteering.  Then Sunday we will be cleaning the house like maniacs because Saturday we'll have out-of-town guests for Monday night dinner.

In other news, the young adults living here are joining yet another Dungeons and Dragons group.  That makes 3, in addition to the board game nights.  I have a feeling I don't really have to worry about their social lives anymore.   They will be playing on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, at least until my son's summer break ends.  He may have to quit something so he can study.  He hasn't tried studying while in college yet (he just finished his second semester).  He breezed through the first one with all As and Bs, but the second one, from what I hear, did not go as well.  He said that he's going to need to do physics again and the next time, he's going to need to study.  :-P   I think he's decided on a major.  He's planning, at the moment, to do business administration.  He does not want to get a 4 year degree.  He wants to get a 2 year degree and start working and then start working on his dream of being a land baron otherwise known as a landlord.  He's going to buy property and rent it out to make a living.

A purple iris!  None of these bloomed
last year, so they are a new gift!
Daughter is still not sure what she's going to do but right now, I've made a deal with them to do some work around the house and I will buy them a Nintendo Switch.  It will be inadequate pay for the amount of work they are doing, but they are happy with the deal.  She says that she's never seen youngest son so motivated to do anything.  So far, with his assistance moving things and doing prep work, she's painted the bathroom ceiling and walls and is ready to start on the kitchen.  I'm excited.  I think the bathroom looks great and I can't wait to see the rest of the work done.  After this, she'll have some good skills that maybe she can translate into a business or a career.  (She may end up working for her brother, the property baron!)  I know painters make good money.  She's also been doing some painting in the other way, as an artist and has been making some money doing that too.  Right now she's painting on gourds that my father-in-law will sell for her at the farmer's market.

My husband is working from home 2 days a week now, so he's here, which is weird.  We'll all be going about living our lives and suddenly, he'll start talking loudly to his team members and startle us.  We'll get used to it, I guess.  It saves money to have him not commuting and having lunch out those 2 days.

Oldest son and lovely wife are working on getting different shifts where they work and hopefully they will and will have an easier time of it.  The shift that they have now is kind of exhausting for them.

So that's what we're up to, quite a bit of stuff, getting ready to go into summertime.  I need to get the tomatoes in the ground TODAY, so that's the first plan.  Then I'm going to go see my aunt in the nursing home and pick up some things in town.  So nice to have a day off without an overwhelming amount of things to try and cram into it.

Have a nice day everyone!

A painting I did.  The bottom is my first effort, then I decided I needed to add some contrasting colors.  I think the above looks much better.  


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