Friday, February 29, 2008

Goin' Nuts.

So, we're finishing up our school books for the year. YIPPEEE!! No one could be happier than me! Last night we did an activity from our Apologia Science book. The game is Tooty Fruity! Good stuff! I'm not entirely sure what we'll do with this information that we've acquired but it was fun.
Did you know that the following are considered fruits?
Milkweed - it's a follicle fruit
Magnolia - also a follicle fruit
Almonds- You're actually eating the pit of a drupe fruit!
Olives- another drupe.
Avocado- yes, it's a fruit and did you know it's a BERRY?
Sunflower and dandelion - achene fruit
Helicopters on Maple trees? -Samara fruit
We also learned that squash (like pumpkins) and watermelons are Pepo fruits, citrus like oranges, limes and lemons are Hesperidiums, and nuts, legumes, and grains too, are considered fruits.
Like I said, this info might be useful on Jeopardy one day but other than that? I dunno. The game was fun! We used the trivial pursuit pieces because we found that the game ended way too soon if we didn't go around 6 times. The NUTS! cards are the cards that say things like "go back 2 spaces, loose a turn" etc. The Tooty Fruity spaces are fruit identification spaces.
Just another reason that we've really enjoyed this book. Great information, easy format, fun activities!

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

It goes on... and on... and on...

Ahh, to have knights at my bedside, mourning my demise. ::swoon:: I have one though! And that's all I need,, he bought me a sheep!

Friday- I felt it coming on. Actually, no, that's not right at all. I slammed face first into a brick wall that quickly became the "it hit me like a ton of bricks" that people speak of when they refer to the flu.
Saturday- Mostly sleeping but I did go out in public and spread some germs.
Sunday- I went grocery shopping,,, again, my apologies to the person who touched the shopping cart after me.

Monday- again with the sleeping. Briefly interrupted by taking the kids to band.
Tuesday- I felt almost human! WOOT! perhaps there's something to this Zicam thing!

Wednesday- Snowy. The kids had a concert in Charleston but I woke up feeling very crappy again and I thought "we'll have to skip this one". Then a phone call came and she said that the roads were not bad and could I or someone bring the display board. No problem. Really, I wasn't really doing anything anyway and I'm always up for a road trip. So I get myself and the kids together with their instruments and books and stands and the display board. We head up to Charleston. About half way there the next ice age hits. It wasn't really that bad if you took it slow but driving slow and Charleston traffic are not synonymous. (See? I can spell some stuff, I didn't even use the spell checker there!)

We get there, slowly but surely and after looking for a parking spot I determine that we'll just park in the overflow lot and get the shuttle. Well, we waited and waited and waited. No shuttle. CRAP. I tell the boys, we'll walk and all the while, we'll keep our eyes peeled for a ride. The ride never came people,,, the ride. Never. Came.
The wind is blowing, it's cold, it's icy, I have on dress shoes and it's a LONG way to the capital. But, we got there and in time to play.
I sat down and it hit me. "I might be dying". You know what I'm saying don't you! It's overly dramatic but you know that feeling where you think "I have to lie down, I can't hold my head up". I did manage to hold my head up but just as SOON as the kids were done we got the heck out of Dodge.

Oh, and the shuttle? It took us back. I don't know where the heck it was when we were coming in.
Thursday- I feel like this:

Friday? I must go to Tester Training tomorrow night. My apologies to all that will be there. I hope you don't catch this from me! It completely stinks. I've decided that if I'm not on the mend by Monday the 3rd then I'll call the dr. That'll make 11 days. Besides,, one of the kids will surely have it by then and need to go anyway, right? meebo laughing smiley

Sunday, February 24, 2008

There's no Flu in Florida!

How funny is it that I just wrote about Florida and it's lack of flu, now I see that my other blog assignment for the day is Florida land for Sale. Awwhhh, yeah. I think I could pack up and go to Florida about now! The funniest thing I saw when I checked out the link was that there is a WATER ranch for sale on the front page. WTH? A WATER ranch? Looks like a swamp to me!laughing smiley


That's how I feel. Foul. Flu? I has it. Ugh, it hit me all at once. One minute I'm fine, five minutes later? All the symptoms. I have TOO much crap to do this week to get this sick. My kids have a concert in Charleston this week. Not only that, we're expecting some significant snow on Wednesday morning. I'm do NOT want to go to Charleston in the snow. If I'm still hacking and snotting, I'm not going. I don't wanna pass this along to anyone else. Florida? What's your secret? Why are you the only place that isn't inundated with Flu A?
I knew it would happen eventually. We've been lucky thus far. None of my people have it.... yet. Probably just a matter of time. So yeah,, I've been even more of a slacker than usual. What's better is that the kids will prolly have it by Friday, when I'm supposed to go to Tester training.
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Friday, February 22, 2008

No not much.

Not much at all. I haven't done anything noteworthy. I haven't been in the mood to write anything. It's been cold and wet and my bones are hurting. I just wanna curl up with my kitties and snooze.
I ventured out into the retail world today. My goal was to find sweats for T1 and shoes for T2. I failed. Regular old sweat pants are getting harder and harder to find. T2 is wearing a man sized shoe now and he wants shoes that don't lace. My big plan was to get him some skater slip-ons but we don't seem to be able to find a pair that fits him. When we do find a pair they're like $30.00 and I'm not about to pay that for canvas tennis shoes.
I did score them both a robe tho. They wanted one and I got a couple on clearance. I also came home with a very nice bookcase. Now I have no room for said bookcase but..... we really needed more room for books! It had been $300.00 and I got it for..... $40.00. Not too shabby huh?

What happened to Thing-a-day? Yeah, I suck. I'm over it. Too much pressure!Laughing Smiley

Other than that,, NOTHING is new. Nothing at all. I am supposed to work the words motion sensor lights into this post somehow. Check. Perhaps if I get out of this funk that I've been in I'll actually work my sponsors in with some care and thought. Not tonight though.

Here's some random things from this past week. For as long as I can remember, I've seen this cloud as I've come up over the Kmart hill on Rt. 60. No, it's not called Kmart hill, it's just the hill closest to Kmart. No, we have much more socially inappropriate names for our hills in WV. I know it's water vapor from the J.A. Power plant but I still put my hands up and say "AHHHH! IT'S A MUSHROOM CLOUD!!!"

I'm just sick like that. That is all.

My next random thought from this week? This necklace. I saw it on a lady the other day and I had to take a picture. You see, when I was young, in my little neighborhood, we were a small but tight gang of kids. There was one family who had not one but two severely mentally retarded children. They were both older than most of us but the younger girl was in our grade at school. We were fiercely protective of her and I'm here to tell you... it was HARD. It was hard because she was hilarious! If you didn't know her and you were a cruel, school aged child (as most are) then you just had to make fun of her! Well, as long as I knew her, she wore this necklace. Yes, the VERY necklace in the picture. She would do this long strided run with her arms pumping and her elbows high in the air. While she was running she would screech "I'M THE POWER OWL!" Yes,,, I told you,, it was HARD. Now you can understand why I had to get a picture right?

Lastly, I have a lot of pet deer. I call them pets because we're "in town" and I can't make them into lunch. Check out this picture. There are actually seven but one is hidden.
You'll also be happy to know that the spell checker is working again. I'll try to remember to use it so as not to offend your eyes with my poor spelling. OH! and Jenny, send me your address I need it to send you your psychodelic sweater! cnewmans at yahoo dot com

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Catch up.

This might be one of the biggest lulls I've ever had in the blog! I haven't written anything since.. Friday? What's up with that? It's been a very, very busy last few days. It's only going to get worse over the next few weeks.
I MUST get a check in the mail tomorrow come heck or high water. My tester fees are due... like.. a week ago.
  • work on the display board for our homeschool band to take to the Capital on the 27th.
  • work on the plans for Science Club.
  • get a decent project together for Co-op in 2 weeks.
  • work in the words medicare insurance into this post so I can complete my assignment.
  • call a lady about a portfolio class for Cabell Co.
  • go to tester training on the 29th
  • go to the capital on the 27th for Homeschool Day At The Capital.
  • take a friend out for her birthday.
  • get some squares knit for Warm Up America because I've been slacking.
  • finish a shawl for a friend that I'm going to see at the end of March.
  • Get a sitter for the 29th.

Ok, when I look at it written down, it doesn't seem like that much. It's what I should have done in the first place. When I can see it all, it doesn't seem that overwhelming. I'll break it up and do a little each day and it'll be fine.

Famous last words huh? I said that almost like I believed it!smiley laugh

I'm sure that I've taken pictures of stuff but putting them on here would require me to get up and find the camera. Maybe tomorrow.

Yesterday, Dad was home so the kids attention was divided. We did get most of their school work taken care of though. Before band practice I had a few errands to run. Needed ink for old faithful (the printer) and make a run to the bank. Yes, the bank. Uhm,, the bank isn't open on Presidents day. Duh. After band I went to have copies made (so as not to run out my fresh ink supply!) and then to Knit Night at the library. I drug myself in the door about 8:30pm and sat down to work on booklets for Co-op. About then the snow started to fall and I'll admit it, having another snow day was looking good. Alas, it was not to be because no sooner than I allowed that thought to enter my head, the snow stopped. It teased me again this morning but we were there first thing this morning bright and early. Poo.

That brings us to today. Co-op until 12:30pm then skating from 1-3. After that we stopped at Target to pick up some new sleds.

Yes, I bought new sleds. You can thank me now because this will assure that not ONE MORE FLAKE will fall this year. The bonus comes in when I tell you I got them on clearance for $2.00 a piece! WHOO HOO!

Ugh. I'm beat. Keep your fingers crossed for snow tomorrow!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Thing-a-Day #14

The kids and I were laying around reading the Guiness Book or World Records this evening. We saw that a man in India made it in for writing Happy Diwali on a single grain of rice. Just being silly, I said "oh I could do that!" and the guys were like "no way! you could not!"
Well, sounds like a challenge to me!
I didn't write Happy Dawali but I did manage to get their names on them! I could have done more with a better pen. No matter... the kids were suitably impressed.
Looking at those pictures makes me think 2 things:
A) seeing their names on the pieces of rice make me think about when I found out I was pregnant with them. They were no bigger than those grains of rice that bare their names.
B) Man, my hands are dry!
I did crochet a kerchief today but it's on my head. It's late and it's really hard to get a picture of one's head so you'll have to imagine it.
I'm freezing and sleepy so good night all!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Thing-a-day #11, #12, and #13

Yeah, I'm a little behind on the thing-a-days.
Do you ever just say "why did I do that?"
Ugh. That's what I'm thinking after finishing this little sweater.

Have you ever seen such a chunky, garish little baby sweater in your whole life? I knew almost immidiately that I didn't like it but I persevered and finished it anyway. I especially hate the loops on the bottom.

I have no little people to model my stuff so you'll have to see it on the penguin. You know what the worst part about putting sweaters on penguins is? Penguins have no shoulders. Poor shoulderless penguin!

If you like it, it's about a size 6m and it's yours, just leave me a comment and tell me you want it. Consider it my Valentines gift to you and your baby of choice. I'm not sure what pictures will be more embarrassing to show the boyfriend, the naked bathtub shots or pics of her in this laugh-in inspired get up!

Since I take requests and all... T1 wanted a little soft cloth to keep in his DS case. Knittin' Mama to the rescue! I knitted up this little dandy out of a scrap of polar fleece. It works great according to T1.

Now, the next thing a day is a big time cheat. I didn't make it. My wonderful hubby made me some sock drying feet! A lot of hand knit socks require handwashing and reblocking. That's a rough thing to do without some of these babies!

There are 2 of them there and yes,,, that's an exact tracing of my enormous foot. The holes are for increased air flow. He even sanded and painted them. Notice that they're red? Happy Valentine's Day to me! laugh

On the school front all things went well today and yesterday. You know, I press and press the kids. Partly because I don't want them to fall behind but mostly because if they don't know something they should know, it reflects badly on ME. Yup, I know that's egocentric but I said it out loud so I guess I'm owning it! Tonight a friend of the boys' came over. He's 13 but a bit on the immature side so they play pretty well together (my boys are 8 and 11). T1 had just finished up his math and don't ask me why, but he asked this boy "Are you good at Mathmatics?"
the friend replied "What?"
T1 - "you know,, mathmatics"
Friend- "I've never heard that word, I don't know what you're talking about"
T1- "MATH"
Friend - "OH! yeah, don't use such big words!"

What? Big words? T1 struggled through his vocabulary lesson for almost 30m today! Big words are NOT his thing!

T1- "What's 5^3rd?"
Friend- "15"
T1- "no, 5 to the 3rd power"
Friend- "yeah, 15"
T1 "Five to the third power is 5x5x5"
Friend- "yeah, that's what I said, 15"
T1 "it's 125!"
Friend "NO It's NOT!"
And arguement ensued. "MOM! is 5^3 =125?"
Me- "yes"
Yeah,, they do ok. It won't be long before we get to a place where I won't feel qualified to teach them tho. I've already resigned myself to having to hire a few tutors. The funny thing is,, we haven't done exponents in weeks! It was rude of T1 to quiz him like that and I told him so later but I must admit that at that moment, I too was a little curious if his friend knew the answer. After a few minutes T2 was filling him in on the history of the ballista and the trebuchet. Yeah, they're dorks,, but that's the way we like it.Dunce hat smiley

Have a wonderful Valentines day if you like Valentines day! I'm pretending it's not happening, it's better that way!heart

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Thing-a-day #11 Miserable Meeces

Ok, cut me some slack. It was a busy, busy day. Mondays always are. I needed a quick knit for the Thing-a-day challenge. I knit this little mousey. Pattern found HERE.

Note to self: Buy some cheese slices.

All he could find in the fridge was some cream cheese. A way yummier snack in my opinion anyway.

He's supposed to be a cat toy. My cats like laser nerf guns better than meeces. I sprayed him down with some smell good and stuffed him in my drawer.

School was torture today. T2 was just being a hard head. I'd say tomorrow will be better but there's snow on the ground so I can't see making them suffer by staying inside. Gotta sled while the sleddin' is good!
This evening at band I saw the funniest thing I've seen in ages. I won't name names but I saw an adult strait man do the a series of Brady Bunch dance moves. Oh,,,, I'm telling you,,, that was good! So in honor of that:

Well,, that's all I've got today

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Thing-a-day #10

Today's thing-a-day is an ankle sock. Technically, it took me 2 days and technically it's part of a pair so it's only half done but we won't get into semantics, will we?
I liked making this sock. The pattern is interesting and it's cozy enough. The yarn is pretty but not really suited to this pattern. There is some very cool cables and lace work but they are hardly visable because of the varigated nature of this TOFUtsies yarn. The pattern can be found HERE .
Other than that, nothing wonderfully interesting to report. It was a lazy Sunday. Back to the grind tomorrow!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Thing-a-Day #9 + Ayn Rand

Whoops! I almost forgot to post something this evening! Here's my thing a day for today. It's a cute little dishcloth! The Hausfrau sent me a link to a pattern and I had to make one up! It seems I'm taking requests! LOL

It was so quick that I had time to read "Anthem" by Ayn Rand. What a powerful book! Here's my favorite quote from chapter 12

"What brought it to pass? What disaster took their reason away from men? What
whip lashed them to their knees in shame and submission? The worship of the word

It was just a great book. I want to read Atlas Shrugged next.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Thing-a-day #8 Warm Beer anyone?

Today's Thing-a-day is a coffee cup cozy.
That's not coffee?
Well look how huge the thing turned out! Holy waste of time Batman! Beer mugs do not require "cozies"
To be fair, it called for DK and I used light worsted. It called for size 6 needles and I used 5s (hopeing to account for the heavier, if only slightly, yarn). The pattern was frought with problems.
Oh well, I guess you can't win them all!
Here's the pattern link if you are so inclined. Adjustable Coffee Mug Wrap
Maybe tomorrow's project will be better.

My best friend was "in town" (she only lives in Milton! but it takes almost 30m to get to Bville!) and I insisted that she meet me for lunch. We went to Super China Buffet of course. Man, they must make the NEW food on Fridays because it was GOOD. Either that or they were expecting the health inspector! Afterwards we went to Drug Emporium. Yes people, this is the exciting life we lead. We do enjoy browsing the crazy organic grains and whacked out medicial herbs. I wish I'd had my camera, there is an herbal pill for such things as puncture wounds, fractured bones, and get this.... Indifference.
Dang, I didn't know I needed a cure for my indifference!lol smiley

I did get suckered into buying some Tea Tree Oil tho. Kim and Aggie on "How Clean is Your House" swear that I need it.
I used it this evening and now my house stinks. The English have a funny idea about what smells good.

The boys finished memorizing the 50 prepositions today. I'm proud of them, I honestly didn't think they could do it and they surprised me! They actually enjoyed it! Now we can start our new grammar book Easy Grammar. I'm excited, I think this might be the thing for our grammar woes. I know all of my tens of readers (if that! ha! ) will be excited too. Perhaps sometime in the future I'll write a coherent sentence!

Well, I'm exhausted for some reason. I haven't done much but I'm ready for bed. If the weather is nice I hope to go to the gun range tomorrow! Sounds like fun, no? Nighty night!

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Thing-a-Day #7 + Mom's Night Out

Today's offering for Thing-a-day is a Snoopy Dishcloth! I made this for mom, she's a Joe Cool fan. It's really tough to get a good picture of a multi-dimentional white dishcloth. Pattern can be found HERE.

On other fronts, tonight was Mom's Night Out for the Home School Moms in our area. It was so much fun! They had half price drinks and appetizers so we just loaded the table up and shared. We chatted and laughed our butts off. (I wish, no butts were harmed tonight!)

Thing-a-Day #6

Just a quicky. I have a horrid sore throat and I feel like I've got the crud coming on. Here's the first of two booties for Thing-a-day today.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Thing-a-Day #5

Super Tuesday has left me in such despair that I needed to knit something sweet for my Thing-a-day #5. I present, the Petit Four (PDF)
Without topping:

With topping:

Monday, February 4, 2008

Thing-a-Day #4

The entire time I've been knitting, I've never knitted myself a scarf. Seems unlikely doesn't it? I had these three smallish balls of yarn that I'd gotten at a deep discount. They had been like... $15 a ball? I got them for a buck. One, thin, dollar. 3 50g balls aren't really enough to do much with so I decided to knit a strip until I ran out. The result is this pretty Daisy Stitch scarf! The yarn has gold leaf painted onto the stands so the gold flecks all over the place. Not the best plan. That must have been why it was such a deal! Anyway.. here's a few shots of the Severed Head of Eric Carr modeling my new scarf.
By the way...
it's going to be 70 degrees tomorrow.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Big Hike

It was so pretty out today. Seems a shame to waste it. Daddy and I decided to drag the kids out and go on a nature hike. It's something we do often in the warmer months but took a bit of fortitude to do today! Yes, it was warm but man,,, was it muddy and wet. Our feet were soaked to the bones. We saw a few signs of life but the swamp was mostly sleepy. Before you click the movie below, you may want to turn Finetunes off on the right. The movie has music.

Hillbilly Hotdogs

If the above slide show is being contrary, click "view show" and view it directly from Photobucket. It's being weird for some reason.

"Hillbilly Hotdogs is SO GOOD!"

"They have the best Taco Dogs!"

"That place is hilarious! You'll love it!"

Yes, I've been hearing these things for years now and I never doubted it one time. Really, I didn't. We just never got around to going for some reason. After our big hike today we made a special effort to stop. Especially after they got such a gleaming review from the WV Hotdog Blog!

I expected the hotdogs to be good, even great but I did not expect them to be DELICIOUS. I have a new favorite food. Yes, I'm serious. I'm not sure what secret fairy dust they sprinkle on those things (maybe it's crack) but they are DELECTABLE! I had the Taco Dog because I'd heard such good things about it. Sherry suggested I try it too. It's a dog on a bun, yes, but now add jalapenos, hot dog sauce (yes, I know it's chili but we calls it sauce here in Wesser Ginny), lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream. Yes, I know, you're thinking "GAG!" but I'm here to tell you, it was divine.

I expected the decor to be funny, and irreverant but we could barely stop looking around long enough to eat! The single weirdest, best dining experiance EVAH!

The service was wonderful. Sherry was a hoot. I didn't even mind that they didn't have any Pepsi or Onions! They didn't have these 2 very common items because today was their last day of business until March. They said that they close up shop every February because business is so slow. Good thing we stopped by huh?

Stephanie, they still haven't done anything to protect the radiator. It's a little worrisome. Folks, if you go,, don't TOUCH THE RADIATOR! it's HOT,, like LAVA hot!

I would say, even being sans onions and Pepsi, the experiance was a TEN!

Thing-a-Day #3

I hesitate to post this. Just as I sat down to put up my thing-a-day for the day, Jennifer sent me a comment on how sad she was that her kids had no one to exchange Valentines with or no one to make cupcakes for. Jennifer, I highly recommend getting involved with a group or a co-op or something. If nothing else it's better than seeing the same 4 walls every day.
But yes,, on with the Thing-a-day.
It's cupcakes. (sorry Jenn!, I'd already made them!)
It's more stuff for Co-op Tuesday. I know it's a bit early to be making food, but it's just cupcakes and I've got a nice cold spot in which to store them. Mondays are hellish (as I'm sure you've heard me mention scads of times) and I'm not going to have any time to do it tomorrow. Nor am I going to feel like it.
We ran around all day today. We went on a HUGE nature hike and replaced all our burnt calories at Hillbilly Hotdogs! More on that later!

A surprise for T1!

He's been vorociously devouring this books as fast as I can afford to buy them. The library only has, like, the first 2 of the series. The trailer looks way more ominous than the book actually "feels". I read the first one before allowing him to read them. I'm a good mom like that! LOL

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Thing-a-Day #2

Today's thing-a-day is this cute little eyelet preemie hat. A grandmother in our extended home school community announced that her son and daughter in law were suprised with a 3lber. Out with the needles! The pattern is thanks to Carissa Knits

I used regular old red hear baby yarn and the recommended size 3 needles. I think I'd go down to #1s or #2s if I knit it again (and I'm sure I will!) . My gauge is always loose.

Ok, that's out of the way, on to more important things. I have an public service announcement to make.


Ok, I'm glad I got that off my chest. I know you know what I'm talking about. Lounge pants with pictures of Pepe le Pew on them are NOT meant to be worn to the Wal-hell. Unless of course you mean to warn me of your odiferous state with the character depicted on said pants. Another curious thing is that when I see a young lady with these on, they aren't even cute pants. They appear to be the only pants they own. Grey, dirty, disgusting.

Please girls, take a little more pride in yourself and take a moment to dress properly. I'm a fat girl and it's a pain in my butt to get dressed, literally. If I can do it, so can you.

Now speaking of Wal-Hell. I've noticed in most areas that I've visited that have 2 Wal-marts that there seems to be a "good" wal-mart and a ghetto-mart. Huntington is a perfect example of this. Last night I had to run some donations down to Norway Ave for a friends church rummage sale. On the way home I stopped at the Rt. 60 Wal-hell because I needed some fabric glue. Do you know what's worse than any day at the Rt. 60 Wal-mart? ANY NIGHT AT THE RT. 60 WAL-MART.




It's always a sociology study. Even on a good day it's akin to the Star Wars Cantina. Just go ahead and stop in at about 11pm on a Friday night and you will fear for your life! Wow. Take a friend.... that's all I'm sayin.
Well, that's enough righteous indignation for one post I think. The spell checker still seems to be on the fritz so excuse the horrid spelling mistakes!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Thing-a-Day #1

Here's one of the Valentine's Cards the boys and I made for Co-op on Tuesday. They stamped the paper, folded the cards and I crocheted the heart pins to attach to the front. After the card is long forgotten a little pin for your coat or sweater will remain!
Clever? yes.
Time consuming? Way more than I thought! I had to make 60 of those little devils! I won't do that again! Why do I do this to myself? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE doing it but I always get in over my head with my grandiose ideas.
The boys will probably never want to touch another stamp again. They filled 30 pieces of card stock with pretty Valentiney things. Then we used the paper cutter to cut the pieces in half. Next we folded them and started the assembly line of signing!
I call that "handwriting lesson" for the day don't you?
Well, I only have a few minutes more to get this posted before the midnight deadline for the Thing-a-day challenge.
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