Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Peppermint to the Rescue!

I have a really bad stuffy head today.  My head feels like a giant balloon and I can't breathe at all.  The internet said peppermint is good for that so I have been boiling peppermint and breathing the steam.  It helps for a short time.  At this point, I'll take any help I can get.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lesson Plans

Every week I sit down and make up our lesson plans for the week.  I look back over the past week to make sure everything is going well.  If it is, we move along.  If not, we stop and review.  I don't like to make lesson plans to far in advance because I hate changing them if something comes up.

I've tried several web sites for planning and keeping track of our school.  Homeschool Tracker worked well.  But it only works on PC and we are now Mac people.  All the others that I have tried are too labor intensive.  I want the system to work for me.  I don't want to work for the system.  So we went back to pen and paper.  I sit down at the dining room table and write out what their lessons are for each week.  We check them off as they are done and record any grades that need recording.  At the end of each year we start a new notebook.  Until someone can come up with a better way, that's how we are going to do it!

A Picture Just For Me!

I have a very talented daughter.  One of her many talents is drawing and today she drew a picture just for me.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

In the Garden

Bad Kitty!
It was a great day to be in the garden, sunny and cool.  I didn't get to do much because I had to be some where at 12:00.  Maybe tomorrow afternoon I can do more.  Usually, this time of year is not a good time to work in the garden but the weather has been so mild.  Highs have been in the 60's and 70's.

Right now I have snow peas, green peas, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, carrots and green onions growing.  I planted some more carrots, lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower today.   The lettuce and green onions are the only things ready to eat right now.  I love being able to go out in the garden and harvest a salad for lunch!

Broccoli Seeds

Broccoli Plant in the Garden

Peas Last Week
Peas This Week

Friday, January 27, 2012

So Far It's Been a Wonderful Day

Between work and Jury Duty, I have not had a day at home all week until today.  It was nice to get up and not have to worry about rushing off some where.  The kids both have colds so we took it easy but we still managed to be productive.  School work was done, including a history test, biology test and a lesson on geometry proofs.  I haven't done a geometry proof in 30 years and our Saxon math book doesn't really explain how it all works.  But I did find a good web site that explained the thought process behind it.

I also did some much needed house work, cleaned the kitchen and the bathrooms and swept really good.  The kids are supposed to sweep every day but they miss a lot.  Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide make a good cleaner for the bathtub.  Just mix the two to make a paste a spread on the tub.  Wait 10 minutes and scrub.  It's not harsh like store bought cleaners and works very well.

Yay!! I Have a Blog!

My very own blog!  Of course, now that I spent over an hour trying to set everything up, I've forgotten what I wanted to write about.  But it will come back to me and I will be able to post things as they pop into my mind.  How cool is that!