Monday, August 03, 2015


All of my studying paid off. I was accepted into nursing school and will start in just 3 weeks. This acceptance brings with it a lot of changes and challenges. I will be at school or in clinicals 4 days a week which means I'll have less time to be with my kids for homeschooling. Because of this, we've decided that both DDs will we doing a high school correspondence program on-line while helping my 2 youngest DSs when I'm not here. Oldest DS will now have to be up and out early so that I can drop him at college 2 days a week-a big change for him since he's used to sleeping in. He's also going to have 2 classes that go until around 10 pm-another change. Since he's still not driving yet, this was the only way we could work his classes so that someone could drop him off and pick him up on time. He'll be spending a lot of down time on Wed. between classes, hopefully studying but more likely goofing off. He is a 17 year old boy after all.

Speaking of driving, DD 1 S will be going for her learner's permit today. I think now it will be a race to see which oldest will get their license first. M is a very cautious driver (unusual for a teenage boy, I know). Because of this, he's been reluctant to get behind the wheel to build up the required 45 hrs. of driving time. We have three weeks (pre-start of school for everyone) to get as much driving time as possible for both kids.

The program I'm going into is a 12 month intensive program. Because of the pace of the program, I'm going to have to spend a lot of time both in class and studying. This means less time to get things done at home. I've set my oldest three the task of making dinner three nights per week, their choice for the menu. I remember when I was in high school, my sisters and I would be responsible for making dinner at least a couple of nights each week, so I'm pretty sure my kids can handle it. Three weeks to teach them how to make a wider variety of dinners than mac and cheese, spaghetti, hamburgers or pizza.

The prospect of having little free time for the next year has me trying to get through a mile long "to do" list. If I can accomplish what I want to, I should have 2 quilts to share pictures of as well as a linen closet redo, along with a whole lot of rearranging/straightening/cleaning/pitching out the junk. Fingers crossed I can get everything done.

In the meantime, here is a pic of DDs and their two best friends working on a physics experiment from about about 2 1/2-3 years ago. All but the youngest are now teenagers.

All of us from a trip to Iran, last year.The girl in pink is DH's niece. Sorry about the funky colors; the SD card was dying.
While busy with studying, I'll be dreaming of doing this
and this again.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has enjoyed their holidays and here's to a peaceful, happy new year for everyone.

A kid's perspective on New Year's Day-

"I haven't taken a shower since last year!" - 9 year old
Copyright Charles Schulz

"I haven't eaten since last year!" - 16 year old
Copyright Jim Davis

Saturday, August 02, 2014

There's a light at the end of the tunnel...

and it's not an on-coming train. ;D

I have just one more test to go this semester then I can get back to doing so sewing and blogging. Yippy!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Woo Hoo!

I got 100% on my first test...only 26 more to go by Aug. 10. :O

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Slacker...kind of

Ok, I know I'm a slacker. I've been meaning to post for ages but you know how life is. This is the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway week and I really wanted to take part again but I didn't have anything ready, so maybe next time. You can check out the other giveaways here.

I do have an excuse though. I've decided to go back to school and get a second degree...this time, a BS in Nursing. There's a program at the university I graduated from that allows you to get a BSN in one year if you already have a BA or a BS. First though, I have to take care of 7 prerequisites, 3 of which I have to redo because my sciences are well past the 5 year expiration date. So, I'm trying to do 5 of the 7 classes during the summer while my kids are taking a break from homeschooling, leaving me only 2 to manage during the "school" year. Classes officially start Monday but I've got my books and have already started working my way through some of them.

I may not post much between now and August but I'll still be checking out other people's blogs.

Wish me luck. :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I don't have anything new that I'm currently sewing because I've been spending time cutting my batiks into nickels, 2.5" strips and the random 2-3.5"x5" brick. This is only one set, I've got another set cut and about 18 more to cut into.

I've also got a little wall hanging that I'm finishing up from teaching a beginning quilting class to 8-14 year old homeschool co-op kids. The 8 and 9 year old boys in the class did far better at this project than the 11-14 year old girls. I should have taken pictures but never thought to bring my camera.

I never got around to showing the last baby quilt I made. I got it delivered just a couple of weeks before the baby's arrival. His 5 year old "big" brother helped pick out a lot of the fabrics for the snowball blocks. I didn't get a close up of the quilting but it's just wavy intersecting lines with loops in the black corners.
Sorry about the shadows. I didn't have time to get a better picture. That's ds2, my 8 yo, acting as official quilt holder, poking his head over the edge of the quilt.

Happy St. Patrick's Day or...

what happened to spring?
Here's a closer look for you.

It feels like we've had about a billion inches of snow this year. Nearly every week since mid-December, schools have been closed at least one day for either extreme cold temperatures or snow-mostly snow. This winter feels more like when I was going to school in Indiana rather than most other winters here in Virginia. I think I can safely speak for a lot of Virginians and say "We'd like spring to start any day now, please!" BTW, this snowfall was predicted at 2-4 in. yesterday afternoon and we're expecting at least another inch. That's another trend this year; the snow totals have been off the mark more often than not exceeding predicted totals.

This was taken two days ago when temps were around 60.

My 8 year old ds just came up with a new concept. He's not homesick, he's warm and sunny days sick. At least they've gotten good use of their sleds this year.

Here's wishing everyone sunny and greener days!

Monday, January 06, 2014

Happy New Year and Design Wall Monday

First off, a belated Happy New Year to everyone! It was a pretty quite night here but enjoyable none the less.

Here is what I'm working on right now. It's the baby quilt that I mentioned, oh, about a month ago. Right now it's at the sandwiched waiting to be quilted stage but I haven't taken another picture. Yesterday was the baby shower but since I've got a little guy running a fever I didn't make it. Which is a good thing, since the present was still waiting to be quilted. The baby is due at the end of the month but, fingers crossed, I'll have the quilt finished by the end of the week. (It just depends on how quickly H. recovers and whether or not anyone else gets sick.) This will be the first quilt I've finished or even worked on since last March.

I haven't been idle though. I've been working on crocheting. I, along with some friends, have made several baby blankets and scarves that were donated to foster children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. If you're considering ways to give to others, please include the residents of this community in your thoughts. This is one of the poorest counties in this country with many homes holding up to 13 people because of a lack of affordable housing as well as little chance of earning a reasonable income. Instead of asking for monetary donations, this website includes lists of needed items for the various communities on the reservation. ( You can read more about the reservation here and here.

These three are the items I worked on and the ones below are everyone's contributions together. Aren't the baby hats and dress adorable?