Saturday, March 31, 2012

Project 365/90

We made our first beach trip of the year today.
"Beach" being a bit of a euphemism.
"Trip" being a bit of a euphemism as well. :)
However, it's our little local slice of heaven
and it was heavenly.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Project 365/89

I ran across the Epic Old Man gags on youtube this week and watched a few today.
What I want to know is, why haven't I ever run across someone actually pulling a gag?
What a riot that would be. :D

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Project 365/88

We saw a little bit of everything in the weather today - wind, rain, snow, and hail.
Everything but the sun.
Those little white dots are tiny little hailstones bouncing off the deck railing. :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Project 365/87

It looks like things might have gotten a little rowdy while I was at the homeschool conference.

I noticed this picture in our bathroom this morning, and couldn't believe I didn't notice it the first time I went in there after arriving home!

It baffles me how anyone with an advanced degree could think this looks right! AND put Scotch tape on the corner of the frame that broke. AND think it would take me months to notice.

In case you can't see it well in the photo, that's pieces of gray foam around the edges of the mat. :)

However, apparently I need to take the quoted verse to heart:

"A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense."
Proverbs 19:11

A perfect opportunity to practice a little wisdom. :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Project 365/86

I've been working on getting my videotapes converted to DVDs.
I spent some time today watching one to make sure it was okay.
It was way better than okay.
Watching my two boys together made me want to cry.

Project 365/85

Instead of taking pictures yesterday, I took a Tylenol PM.
For some reason it hit me like a ton of bricks.
I was already in the bed by the time I remembered my blog.
Too late.
But, it occurred to me this morning that I can still finish my Project 365,
since there's an extra day this year.
Sweet leap year. :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Project 365/84

I've been at a homeschool conference since Thursday
with Mrs. Smith and her littlest guy.
We have a room with a view!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Project 365/83

Sleeping like a baby :)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Project 365/82

This is what I got to play with tonight! :D

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Project 365/81

I spent some time this evening getting caught up on the news.
Now I'm wishing I hadn't. :(

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Project 365/80

We've been playing a lot of mancala lately,
which I love, not only because of the strategy,
but also the gorgeous glass pebbles. :)
This is my favorite color combination of late...
orange and varying shades of green.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Project 365/79

I love how lush these plants are getting in the sunshine we've been enjoying lately.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Project 365/78

One benefit from being sick is down time for reading.

I picked this off my bookshelf today and for the life of me I can't remember how it got there - and it's signed by the author, no less! It's an interesting read about a successful businessman ending up homeless.

There but for the grace of God go I.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Project 365/77

I'm starting to think buying Jed's Easter candy early wasn't such a good idea. :)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Project 365/76

Things are starting to heat up around here.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Project 365/75

The best part about being sick?
Hand made get well cards from your favorite 8 year old.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Project 365/74

This is what my day has looked like.
Hope yours has been better!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Project 365/73

The strawberries are back!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Project 365/72

I took this picture earlier in the day because this little pillow just makes me happy.

But then this afternoon Jed and I spent some time in the back yard
nd spotted our first little bird of the season. So sweet!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Project 365/71

This is our work for tomorrow. Yikes!

It has occurred to me a few times lately that perhaps I should be making an effort to take more artistic photographs for this 365 Project. I'd like to do that, and hopefully I'll be able to this summer, but most of my pics right now are homeschool related because that's what fills most of my days. Even my weekends are full of it - yesterday I did lesson plans for this week's Five in a Row book, and today I did lesson plans for the next unit in Health.

I'm hoping I'll get more adept at this, because right now I feel like I'm climbing a mountain most days.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Project 365/70

Jed and I are both huge fans of a curriculum called Five in a Row. The basis is classic children's literature, with lesson plans written for social studies (culture, geography, history, etc.), language arts (vocabulary, story telling, literary devices, etc), science, math and art. The idea is that you read one of the books on their list each day for a week, and cover the lesson plans in one of the subjects each day.

Actually, the idea is that you'll pick one of the lesson plans in each subject, but being OCD like I am, I try to include them all, which makes for some long school days sometimes. However, they are totally worth it, to both of us, so we press on.

What I have not been factoring in is the preparation time. That's been a continual struggle, so I finally decided to get all the research and prep work done the weekend before.

Now you know what I've been doing But it was totally worth it, because now I am at least semi-literate in both World Wars. Quite an accomplishment for one Saturday, don't you think? :)

Friday, March 09, 2012

Project 365/69

I gave up on cookie-baking years ago. Back then I had an extremely temperamental oven that would invariably burn the bottoms of cookies while the tops remained undercooked. This continued with unflagging consistency throughout many experiments with baking temperatures, oven thermometers, baking times and parchment paper, until I decided that I could live very well without homemade cookies and quit trying.

That worked until my husband came along, the man who believes that cookies and milk are a food group unto themselves.

I had better luck with the oven in our first home together, but the results were still inconsistent, and remained so until my mom saved the day by buying a replacement oven that was too small for the cookie sheets she owned. She had no idea the boon that would prove to be to my baking skills!

Thanks, Mom, for passing along your cookie sheets to me. :)

PS - Mrs. Smith, this bodacious cookie was taken out after 12 minutes at 350 degrees!
PSS - Mom, those aren't scratches on that cookie sheet - they're just character lines. :)

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Project 365/68

You know it's going to be a good day when you open your mailbox
and find two hand-lettered envelopes waiting inside with your name
on them. :)

Thanks Kitten!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Project 365/67

I had the weirdest experience today. I cooked a roast in the crock pot over the weekend and heated some of it today for sandwiches. It exploded in the microwave, making a terrible mess, and I ended up having to heat up a bit more beef. The second batch exploded as well. Unfortunately, this time it didn't happen until after I had taken it out of the microwave.

I've never seen anything like that happen before! Also I've never seen roast beef on my wall or ceiling before. :)

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Project 365/66

It's done!
Another item checked off the to-do list: priceless

Monday, March 05, 2012

Project 365/65

Jed and two of the Smith boys celebrate birthdays in October and November. This year Mrs. Smith and I hosted a pirate party to honor all three mateys. I made flags for each of the boys, and Jed's been trying ever since then to figure out what to do with his. I surprised him with this pillow today and told him if he didn't like it, I'd keelhaul him or make him walk the plank, his choice...although I'm partial to keelhauling myself. :)

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Project 365/64

It's official.
I'm getting old.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Project 365/63

Tracy and I decided to track our spending for the month of March.
I started us out on March 2 with a check for almost $1300 for car repairs.
Thankfully we're not in a race to see who can spend the least amount.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Project 365/62

It took me longer than I expected, but I finally managed to get the sanding completed on the little shelf I started working on a couple of weeks ago.

I haven't used stain in the vast majority of the furniture refinishing I've done. Tung oil deepens and enhances the natural color of wood so beautifully, it's all I ever used as a finish until I ran into a couple of pieces of pine furniture. No amount of tung oil can give pine a rich color, so I tried using stain with it, with some measure of success.

However, I think I might have overdone it a bit with this little shelf. I used a medium stain but I must have been heavier-handed with it than I realized. Trying now to decide if I should just go with it or start the arduous task of sanding again.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Project 365/61

I knew it.
I KNEW this would happen.
As soon as I take down the winter decorations
it snows.