Wednesday, January 31, 2007
We might do it a little differently, though. Certainly we do some things differently than I did twenty years ago. Because we live in an apartment, if the boys occasionally want to use their spending money to walk to the pop machine, I figure the exercise balances out the calories. And the treat (as well as the caffeine) boosts everyone's mood and production level. Ironically, I heard that soda pop has been banned in Baltimore County Public Schools, a decision I would undoubtedly have applauded a very short time ago. (And some of you may be shaking your heads at me.)
We do math a little differently, too. Robert (16) works on his own math, then looks up to see what Peter and I need help with. Math is not my strong suit and I tend to get through seventh grade math before struggling. (Peter is in eighth.) I always thought I'd learn upper level math right along with my kids, but there was always something else...babies and toddlers, and so on. Just when I thought I'd be able to learn math along with the youngest, I decided to work on learning Braille with him instead.
And of course, that's another thing we do differently. Almost every day Peter reads in three different "modes", as I call it. He listens to books on tape, reads to me in Braille, and reads to himself a few pages of a book under the video magnifier.
This isn't a picture of our whole schoolday, but just some snippets to let you know that yes, Virginia, there really is a homeschool here.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Well, I found out that a teaspoon of powdered milk serves the same purpose. And with fresh milk well over $3.00 a gallon, I think I've stumbled onto a great idea.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Well, one nice thing is: no more html. Nice? A minute ago, when I checked out my blog, I realized that if you click on a link, then when you're done at the "other place", if you just exit, you just exit! Ha! Is that clear as mud? What I mean is that I had set up most of my links so that when you were done with them, you automatically came back to my blog (it's called opening in a new window, and unfortunately, I don't even remember HOW I did that in the first place). Well, no more. So I was just lamenting, "I want my html back!" (oh, boo hoo).
Not to give you the wrong idea. I don't "speak" html. But I know how to copy!
Well, before, I couldn't figure out how to get a picture on my template. Now I can't figure out how to open a new window...and I still haven't been able to post a picture on my template. Maybe if I keep working at this for three hours, maybe, just maybe, a headache later, I'll figure it out?
Saturday, January 27, 2007
St. Francis de Sales in his book Introduction to a Devout Life.
Friday, January 26, 2007
The reason I call it my "putt-putt car" is because I am "supposed" to drive it at or below 40 m.p.h. Obviously, I don't generally take it on the freeway. I don't generally take it too far away, because last time I did, it began to huff and puff (putting it in human terms). But most of the time - with the current driving - it purrs like a kitten.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Now I'm all ready to settle in for a long winter's read. See you in the Spring. Oh, wait; I was just kidding. Stay tuned. I will just have to read a little here and a little there...or do I mean a little here and a lot there?
Friday, January 19, 2007
However, the last couple of days people I run into while out shopping have been SO nice. I'm not even referring to the cashiers, but just people going out a door as I'm going in, and such as that. They seem to give me a big smile. So...anyone out there reading this who's been wanting to give us a smile or a hug or a kind word, maybe God is passing it on for you! Thanks!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
(In the picture above, he's only squinting because of the flash. There was nothing wrong with his vision before last Wednesday.)
Paul is an artist and as he says, a storyteller. He is a college student in Kentucky, enjoys his family and friends, and likes a good laugh. He has a strong faith and is in good spirits with a good attitude. He appreciates all your prayers.
So this morning I took out my profile. Decided I didn't like that idea. So I put my profile back up, but instead I took my birthdate out of the profile information. That did the trick! How about that! Who needs to know how old I am, anyway? I have been homeschooling for over twenty years and have graying hair. That's all you need to know.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Saturday is usually my heavy cleaning day. This past Saturday I spent a lot of the day on the phone with relatives and a close friend. It wasn't frivolous. But it did keep me from my cleaning. At nearly 9 p.m. I decided that I was too tired to clean and it would have to wait til next week...period. And then I thought of what I would be doing Sunday afternoon: I would be staring at my house in anguish, perhaps pulling out the vacuum because it was definitely necessary...when I needed the day of rest God gave me.
So I decided to just vacuum the heavy traffic areas...and clean the toilets...and sweep the kitchen. Now that's not exactly heavy cleaning. But I could muster up the energy for it in the evening and feel good about facing the next day.
Okay, I'm going to have to re-write that saying. "It's better to do (even) a 10th of a job than no job at all!"
Monday, January 15, 2007
So...in case you have a similar situation, I have now added another link which I entitled "Simple Rosary Site". It has pictures and short meditations. It even has cute little boxes to check when you finish each prayer, so you don't loose your place. I think there is background music -- if you don't happen to be using it in the middle of the night, in a place where everyone could hear whatever you do...a time when my speakers are definitely off, and my only concern my noisy keyboard (my keyboards are always noisy after I've used them for awhile. I get accused of pounding the keyboard. Who me? I think that some part of my finger memory tends to revert to the old manual typewriters (if that doesn't date me!).
Good night and God bless!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Here's where Ed works. Well, no, he's not a longshoreman, nor does he work on a submarine, but this is a part of the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore, which is the area where his building is located.
This was the day after Christmas and we were showing the Inner Harbor to the kids visiting from Kentucky. It was SO GREAT having them here with the rest of us for a few days!
I would love to show you a picture of all six kids together at the harbor; however, I have one adult among them who doesn't want his picture out there for the world to see. We will have to content ourselves with individual pictures which I will include in the future.
Friday, January 05, 2007
I don't have the ambition (or perhaps the space) to do canning, like Maureen Wittmann does, but I think I'm going to have fun and save a little money with my new project.
Maybe come spring I will even start growing something on my balcony. Could a "black thumb" become a "green thumb" if one starts out small? I have an extra bucket, so that could be my plot of land, right?