Tuesday Homeschool Recess 4/9

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Tuesday Homeschool Recess 4/9
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Tue, 04-09-2013 - 8:59am

Hey moms and grandmas, come on out and play.  It's recess time!

Wow, some bird is out there singing its spring happy mating song for all it's worth!  I don't know what it is but I can clearly hear it in the house with all windows closed (it's rainy & 39 degrees).  It's a cardinal or a robin, I think.  Noisy critter, LOL.

I have a dentist appointment (cleaning...I have no cavities) this morning, and then I'm going to do a bit of shopping.  Yesterday, after I got home from my bit of shopping, then I got the email from my favorite clothing store, with a special "friends and family" only discount offer.  At least it's still good today, so I shall perhaps treat myself with something.  At a minimum, if I can find a pair of black jeans, I will get them.  I love the fit of their jeans, and the black jeans I have from another store ride up and look like floods when I sit down, which I don't like as well.  I successfully found the yarns I needed yesterday and have one slouch hat nearly done.  It would be completed except the directions weren't very clear when it came to crocheting the band portion, so I had to rip out what I did and fix the directions, otherwise the hat would have only gone on a small child's head, LOL.  A friend told me about the PBS series "Call the Midwife" so I have some episodes of last season to watch, and I've DVR'd the current season so I can watch those after I finish season one.  I tell ya, this technology thing is good, LOL.  (I know, me, watching TV?  Yes, it does happen, on rare occasions!)

The happy wanderers had a good day yesterday, aside from the dust storms and high winds.  It's supposed to be very rainy today so they're finding "touristy" things to do...finally going to the Four Corners (ds has wanted to do that every time they go and my dad wouldn't drive the 20 miles to do it...but that's good because now DD gets to go too!).  DD is really enjoying the trip, and enjoying being with her brother.  She even posts on fb how much she loves him, LOL.  They are good for each other...way closer than a lot of siblings with similar age and gender differences.

The cat very obviously misses the kiddos.  I halfway didn't believe dh when he complained that the cat wouldn't leave him alone Saturday & Sunday while I worked.  He wasn't kidding around though, LOL.  I got the full dose of it yesterday.  She would NOT leave me alone, no matter what! Poor girl.  I think she misses ds the most because she loves to snuggle with him (or on him!) when he watches tv.  But, she's frequently in dd's room too at the foot of her bed while she studies.  I bet she will be one happy little girl when they get home Sunday!

Here's a picture of her from yesterday..."In Jail"


Sue
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Tue, 04-09-2013 - 10:15am

Aww, That kitty does look a little sad, and gave himself a time out in jail too! They do miss there humans a lot, when the humans are not around! Homeschooled pets are so very spoiled, but they do make great Science work, for the classroom! My lizard science needs a clean up sesion and yet, I have to over see all that. Which I can not to as the village gimp, right now. So they will have to live with a little messier cages than usual. Such is life, as my cage aka home is a bit of a mess too. Trying to get all the homework done and the priority work done, yet, other stuff just is not going to get done with Mom a gimp and Dad away and busy active kids with educations needed even more than perfectly clean enviornment.  We break out the paper plates until the dishes are done today. As I can't do it and others need lessons more than a perfectly clean kitchen. We will have played Piano, with a dirty kitchen. We will be reading and doing the drat math work with dog hair everywhere! Yet, we are eating, sleeping, educating and getting places for all that. Which for me is more important so I rest and get weller...sooner. It still hurts pretty bad. I am still really exhausted by pain even with medication. Yet, I have learned how to conserve fuel  and movement needs until the must use moments....I will be having scheduled rest so I can make it to must be places for my kids to be healthy! I have always put them first, no matter what my needs, pain, problems happen to be! They are certainly learning hard work is HARD work, as far as cooking, cleaning that they are being forced to do while gimpy Mama is not able.

I am a survivor....I can do this! I may eat to much sugar and take a lot of Advil and drink to much coffee to get thru it all, but, gladly I have all that, so I know I can live at this level as I must for now! My Dad dealing with Cancer hell makes all this look like nothing, so I know others are having much harder days! When they wish Advil, sugar and coffee could sustan them, and a nap!

Heather    

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Tue, 04-09-2013 - 12:14pm

Your kitty looks funny in jail!  Buffy has been very low key and lumplike for the past few days. She misses DH terribly. Frodo is clingier than usual.  I think he is making sure I don't disappear too.  I just booked the pet sitter for our trip south and I hope Frood is okay.  Buffy will thrive with the other dogs-always someone willing to play.  Frodo is a snuggler and a mammas boy.  DH is having a good time but he is busy- no time for Vegas fun.  He is working from 8-8 with dinner afterwards. 

I've never thought of our pets as school science.  Scooping the yard and the cat litter fall under housekeeping.  Since the fish are Ds's he takes care of them, but I just asked and he said he thinks tank cleaning is a chore.  Oddly enough we both do consider the insects DS hatches and raises as science.  Maybe because he is keeping journals, observing, and reading books with new info?    

We brought home a stack of 30 history books yesterday for the library and I also bought 5 books from the bookstore.  Zeph is ready to start studying for Nationals. Today i hope to find hotels in Nashville and Atlanta.  DH has enough points for one free night or 2 partially free nights at Holidays Inns, but I really want to stay at the Grand Ole Opry hotel.  It looks amazing on the web site, but in reality, we won't have much time to enjoy the amenities so money may be the deciding factor.

School, self studying, some light cleaning, and laundry is on the agenda today.  We both slept until 10 and now we're sluggish.   DS is working on his online history program right now.  Math and vocabulary to follow before lunch.  Lunch is sandwiches and leftover minestrone soup and apples.  Dinner is beef stir fry with kimchi fried rice. 

 

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Tue, 04-09-2013 - 1:16pm
We like to play Vet and weigh and measure and sometimes keep records on our animals....mostly when they are young and growing it was lots of fun. Now they do notice a lot sooner a change in there animals. So the work of observation and records led to being able to do that even without writing it down. We usually catch illness or problems in the pets sooner, and so that has led to healthier pets, with less medical cost! We also have read and studied about our animals...so we know what to expect. We get a lizard magazine now. In the past we got a cat or dog one..it was good reading material and education as the kids became better pet owners and better science thinkers. We are not perfect, our pets have had issues, but we have done a good job with them as the Science. The vet is usually pleased with there condition and temperament. So homeschooled pets do well in society at large....yet they still have the occasional issue, just like home schooled people!
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Wed, 04-10-2013 - 8:20am

In reality, the kitty jumped up on the chair because I put her string up there (the black thingie in the photos).  But when I looked over, she looked for all the world like she was in jail, so I took the pic.  Too funny.  She slept on ds' bed most of the day yesterday, and seemed so lonely and forlorn when she was awake.  Except when I was eating (that's now play time, apparently) and when I was trying to crochet (OH LOOK, STRING!!!!!)  Silly girl.


Sue
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