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Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good
I am absolutely thrilled with my Weight Watchers/Wii combo.  Yesterday, I was able to not only get on but actually button those size 14 jeans that have been hanging over my door waiting for me!!  They are not exactly comfy yet but that is some serious progress people!

The Bad, albeit a teeny bit hilarious. 
Last night from the bathroom there was a scream of epic proportions followed by running and sobbing.
There was a red centipede in the bathroom under the cups when Jenna went to brush her teeth.
Now, saying this kid is bug phobic would be a massive understatement.  She absolutely refused to go back in, brushed her teeth in the kitchen, used my bathroom and when I went into her, she was minutely inspecting her pajamas for bugs before donning them and muttering, " I hate everything that ends in "pede" and "erm" and "ect".  She slept in our bed declaring she would never use the bathroom again.
Naturally, Mike and Rowan were killing themselves with suppressed laughter and barely restraining comments like, "sweet dreams Jenna, don't let the bedbugs bite".  I could have killed them.
So this morning Mike tells me he looked up this criminally minded bug on Google and informs me that those dang things can actually bite and hurt!  We will not be mentioning this to Jenna.
The Ugly.
Rowan's Lyme medication, like Becky's chemo meds are now on back-order until December.  The generic version as well.  Now I have to scramble to get on the horn to our doctor and find out what she wants to switch her to and get it so that she has pills with her when we leave tomorrow for the next part of her internship.  SO frustrating!!!  We finally get her diagnosed and on an antibiotic protocol and now we have to start again!!

On the plus side, the weather is gorgeous, albeit a tad damp and we are going to see family this weekend.  Keeping it in perspective as best I can.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Daybook, September 26, 2011

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Outside my window...
It is misty, damp and gray.
I am thinking...
I wish I could just curl up in a chair and read instead of doing school today.
I am thankful...
For my uncountable blessings.  

In the kitchen...
My beloved cleaned it for me last night, he knows how much I love that.  
I will be putting Cowboy Country Stew in the crockpot shortly, it is a new family favorite.

I am wearing...
Jeans and a t-shirt and I'm contemplating grabbing a sweater.

I am creating...
Fingerless gloves on my knitting needles.

I am going...
Nowhere today, just the way I like it.

I am reading...
Across the Universe by Beth Revis for fun.
Known and Unknown by Donald Rumsfeld for information.
The First World War by Hew Strachan for school.

I am hoping...
My head-cold doesn't get any worse, I am too busy to be sick.

I am looking forward to...
Seeing family this weekend when we bring Rowan back to Old Sturbridge Village for more of her internship.

I am hearing...
My husband collecting things for the day in the basement, the chickens chortling quietly to themselves out back and crickets humming incessantly.
Around the house...
All is quiet, the cats are napping after breakfast, the kids aren't up quite yet and the smell of coffee is no doubt permeating the kitchen, but I can't smell it with my cold.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Pick up some more school materials at the library.
Go to Shakespeare Class on Wednesday.
Make more freezer meals to bring to my brother in law this weekend.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...
Dawn at our campsite. 


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Worldless Wednesday


Monday, September 19, 2011

Another Snapshot of our Life from Rowan's Facebook and Mine

Jenna: *muffled shriek*
Mom: There is a bug in the sink....
Jenna: HELLO?? Shrieking? You are supposed to come help me kill the bug...
Dad: How did you know it was a bug Liz?
Mom: Cause that's her "There is a bug in sink" shriek.
Mom: Have you had food today other than pop'ems ?
Jenna: Yea. I had Cheetos.
“The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.”
~ Maya Angelou
Watching Psych with Mom and Jenna. Dad went to a Red Sox game, so its just us girls. By the way, for those of you who have not tried it, popcorn and chocolate is soo good.
 Nothing like a pair of freshly washed cut off your circulation.
 And me, being the genius that I am, just succeeded in turning my hand purple by holding the wrong end of a sharpie. Again. I think its time for me to go to bed...
 Today, in my Shakespeare class, we studied Dr. Seuss. Best. Class. Ever.
Flip-flops! The non-flippy version, in shores now!! ~Jenna
Jenna has "VIP ONLY" signs all over the house so no one will go upstairs or downstairs at her Birthday Party. She is so silly. She told me I was not VIP. I told her, I live here, which got a blank look and a "Fine."
Mom: *To Arwen* If you step on my foot again, I am gonna punt you down the stairs.
Dad: Which will hurt your other foot.....
Jenna Skyped me then said "Bye. I have better things to do"....Love you too sis.
So I have to clean my room... Apparently, a floor is not a closet. However, someday I will convince my mother that it is, and then I will clean it of my own free will! Yup.
“If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.”
― C.S. Lewis
 And this folks is why you should do one of two things. A) Put on the timer for the chicken or B) Look at the time when you put it in.
Dad: So I heard washing the dishes makes Lyme disease go away faster....Or was it washing the floor..?
Me: Funny.
Dad: Or was it when the younger sibling did them for her...
Jenna: Ah ah ah ah no. Nice try. That is NOT how is goes.
"Often, a school is your best bet-perhaps not for education but certainly for protection from an undead attack."
— Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide)


Thursday, September 15, 2011

A "Day in the Life" or "How It Really Works Around Here"

The girls got to bed on time and fell asleep.  I got up at 6am, fed the animals, made my husband's lunch, sat down for some coffee and computer time then worked out.  Following that, I had a nutritious breakfast ready for the kids and woke them.  They got up cheerfully, got dressed, made their beds, came down and did chores then we did devotions while they ate. Then the older one started school while I worked with the younger one and all went well until lunch.  Then the younger is done and I am free to help the other one and have our rich and delightful history and literature discussions.


Hi!  C'mon in!  The house is mostly company-ready because that is just how we roll around here.  (Whoops, lemme just grab that bra and hide it out of the way form where I threw it.)  Have a seat and I'll share with you how it really works, at least today.

I got up at 7am instead of 6am because I was up late reading, Cure Unknown, Inside the Lyme Epidemic by Patricia Weintraub.  (I highly recommend it, by the way.)
I didn't sleep well because Mike was in Jenna's bed and she was in ours.  Apparently she is in another round of bad dreams because she came in the night before as well. 

I fed the pets, made Mike's lunch, and hit the computer to check all my morning news, blogs, boards, Twitter and Facebook.  About an hour later, I had leftover white pizza for breakfast, put a pot of tea on for the girls and killed the 30 minutes I could have been working about playing Sims on Facebook.

Jenna woke up and sat curled up on the couch and I went to wake Rowan to take her Lyme meds.  She needed more sleep so I brought her a couple leftover pancakes to eat, some water and her pills and let her go back to sleep.  Nobody but me has done chores yet.

Things actually progressed well for awhile after that.  Jenna and I did Bible, literature and history together while she had her tea and chocolate chip pancakes leftover from yesterday.  Then she sat to do her independent work.  Grammar and outlining went fine, she did her science and independent history reading and then tackled math.  Which didn't go very well.  She got confused with terminology between fractions and decimals and melted down.  After she had calmed down, we did it together and she remembered it all from last year and school was done for her.  At present she is checking her email and working on her book.  Chores still aren't done.  She probably won't get dressed at all.

The 15 year old still isn't up yet.  This is often the case of late and it isn't a matter for discipline or of laziness.  The truth is, Rowan has Lyme Disease.  And if you are, like I once was, of the mind that Lyme is no big deal, let me just tell you that you couldn't be more horribly mistaken.  I won't go into detail but I will say that we have a very sick kid on our hands and so if she needs more sleep, it takes priority over everything else she has to do.  It is what it is.

To sum up, the school in my head no longer exists.  The school we have we do to our utmost.  It is a lesson in balance and faith, trust and letting go.  It is so difficult for me to overcome my perfectionist tendencies, my control issues and my schedules and work with what we have been dealt.  But I am because I have no choice.  And there are many blessings.

The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.”
~ Maya Angelou


Sunday, September 11, 2011

My Kids Make Me Smile



“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children. “ 
~ President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001
 No, there is no forgetting.  The images of the plane hitting the tower, the towers burning, falling, the smoke, the screams, the horror in the voices of the newscasters.  It is burned on my eyes and in my soul.
I sat in speechless terror, our almost 1 year old in my lap in the rocking chair as the scenes unfolded, as the hours passed.  I sat still, riveted to the events unfolding on the screen before me, uncomprehending.  

The sky was so blue, I remember that well, the perfect, clear, cloud-free blue of September.  It seemed so wrong, this perfect day, so incongruous with what was happening.  For 10 years now, when the sky looks like that, I think to myself that it was just like it on "that day". 

To this day it remains unfathomable. 
This is kind of an unfinished post, but I still struggle to write about it.  But I will never, ever, forget.


Friday, September 9, 2011

This Year Here at Fresh Pond

Though I still feel unready for school as yet, here we go on Monday.
 Language Arts:
Going "old school" with Language Arts this book will last 3 years, love that!  Intermediate Language Lessons in workbook format with the Teacher's Manual.
Bible and Literature:
I am using those portions of this unit study, Further Up and Further In, Diane Pendergraft.  Jenna adores the Chronicles of Narnia, this will be our 3rd year reading them through.
Science is a mix of books on a wide range of topics and Beakman's World.
Story of the World 2 with Activity Book and a reading list
English Composition and Grammar/English Literature
Finishing BJU online Biology and heading into The Spectrum Honors Chemistry
Teaching Textbooks Algebra II 
Logic and Doctrine
Socratic Logic, Peter Kreeft 
Handbook of Christian Apologetics, Peter Kreeft with Ronald Tacelli
Foreign Language
Latin II
So You Really Want to Learn Latin Book 2, Galore Park Publishing UK
Fine Arts:
Art of the Western World
The Annotated Mona Lisa
Annenberg Media Course: Art of the Western World
Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live book and lecture series
Contemporary World History: The Great War– 2011 through books and film
19th Century rural New England studies   (junior internship at Old Sturbridge Village, 250 hours)
Shakespeare Set Free, a weekly 2 hour class taught by MaryEllen Oliver


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Many Faces of My Favorite Place


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