10 December 2017

Still Here!

Woodjie fixing dinner.

I've had some major surgery which I'll just describe as "about as extensive as your Thanksgiving turkey underwent this year and also very similar."  I'm home now and recovering rather nicely so far, but it's been a hard go of everything, really.  Perhaps preparing for a large and horrendously embarrassing surgery is the worst bit of it emotionally and physically.

Anyway.  One thing I did do (to my credit!) was to teach the littlest children to make grilled cheese before I went to hospital.  All I have to do now is pop the burner on and make sure there is some margarine, bread and cheese handy.  So Woodjie not only made us all dinner the other night, he let me know that I'm the best mommy EVER because I allowed him.  (Yay!)

Rose is also doing her own hair now.  Her part is not perfectly straight but it's a pretty decent job of two simple braids.  Now she will do her hair every morning all by herself.  I am well enough now that I did her hair this morning just because.

Rose can do her own hair.
I planned way ahead and ordered all kinds of homeschooling video lesson$, but wouldn't you know that the computer picked just that time to crash and/or not recognise the various players and websites etc etc?  So that hasn't worked well so far.  Oh well.


15 November 2017

Seven Photos/ Seven Days

Recently there has been a "challenge" on social media to share seven black and white photos over the course of seven days.  There are to be no people in the photographs.  This first photo is sooo cute, it's of some Polish pottery mouse bank I found at a local store. 

Same store, but a My Little Pony plushie.

I found these Dansko clogs at a thrift store for $2!  I think someone got them new, wore them once and decided they hated 'em.  These things are great.  But I don't know what to wear them with.

My button collection.  I haven't added to it in many years.  It just sort of sits there until I need another button...

Gingerbread house by Rose and Woodjie.

I made these skate covers out of a pair of pink shorts I picked up at a thrift store for $1.99.  So the only material added was a bit of thread all about and elastic on the bottom.  The elastic at the top is from the waistline of the shorts.

I took this photo of some of my homeschooling stuff... but I was homeschooling at the time so it looks as though I only have one thin math book instead of seven and a bunch o'workbooks.  Oh well.

04 November 2017

How to Make a Scrunchie

DIRECTIONS for making scrunchies:  They're just strips of cloth, folded lengthwise "pretty" or right side in, sewn on one end, flipped rightside out.  Then elastic is threaded through and the ends of the scrunchie are sewn together. 
Rose has just sewn her scrunchie together and is using a pencil to flip the fabric "right" side out.
This is what the scrunchie looks like right side out before elastic is added and the scrunchie sewn shut.
Woodjie proudly displaying the scrunchie he made for a friend's birthday.  We had a lot of fun on this project.

Brave Girls Confidential

Tommy Nelson's Brave Girls Confidential details the lives of five preteen friends.  It gives your preteen a little taste of what their (fictional) lives are like without too very much detail.  For example, we won't see why a divorce is happening, but we'll be able to see how it's dealt with in a family and so on.  No "TMI" posts.  You do get the basic "I" bit, tho'.

So I'd say it's pretty appropriate for girls ages eight and up. Perhaps a bit younger if your daughter is going through issues or a tough time in life.  My daughter Rose is nine and she absolutely loved this book.  It's one of her favourites.  I think she liked all the characters and the fact that they each have their own interests and so on.  She's been inspired to make a video review about the book.  I hope you enjoy it!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

24 October 2017

Woodjie and Rose Dancing



I'm only including the video in which both children danced together, but they did very well.  I'm still organising and settling in from our trip, believe it or not.  Things have to be put away in 500 different places throughout the house.  I suppose people who travel frequently just go ahead and get another toothpaste and so on.

21 October 2017

Roller Dance Competition!

We just got back from a roller dancing competition in Union, Missouri!  That's near St. Louis.  We had a great time and met people from several states.  Do you like the kids' new outfits?  Many of the people competing from our roller rink got the same costume so we all matched.  The same person who did our outfits also did the same outfit in other colours for other rinks.  Well, it makes finding your people a little easier.

The children won several events, including the dance competition.  Frankly, there was a much more advanced pair of skaters in their division, but they weren't moving together so well and apparently that's a big big deal in dance pairs.  Our coach taught Woodjie and Rose a simple dance and he taught it over and over and over. 

It's good to be home, though.


Rose wearing makeup for the first time.  Apparently that's a thing to do at these events so we splurged.

D took this photo of Woodjie and I cropped it and used a filter. 


03 October 2017

Citizen Newt: the Making of a Reagan Conservative


Citizen Newt:  the Making of a Reagan Conservative details Gingrich's career path from college professor to Speaker of the House.  It's an authorised biography that pretty much leaves out every detail of his personal life and focuses solely on the man's politics, his influence and his advocacy for the constituents of his district in ethnically diverse Georgia.

Here you'll find a reminder that politicians from a given party and time aren't all carbon copies of one another.  Newt Gingrich has always adamantly supported civil rights and was one of the few Republicans favouring a national holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr.  He's championed so-called "green" causes and is a staunch conservationist.  Back in the day when quite a number of people were seriously bandying about the idea of quarantining AIDS patients, Gingrich stated that the cases ought be reported but not quarantined, and that treatment ought be available.

At the same time, here's a fellow who supports food stamp work requirements and generally opposes tax increases.  But he's not always in line with his own party.

The one criticism I'd have of this book is that, while it's very detailed on many of the political infights and deals through Gingrich's career, the book ends as he becomes speaker.  It's certainly very detailed and well-researched and is likely to become a go-to book for any political writer wishing to gain insight into this time period in American national politics. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”