Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I want to plant blueberry bushes. I've been reading up on them all day!
Here are my Pros.
- Blueberries are expensive, bushes are not
- Blueberry bushes are ornamental as well as fruit bearing
- Blueberry bushes like damp well drained soil (did someone say damp soil?!)
- Once established, blueberry bushes take little or no work
- Blueberry bushes are prolific producers.
- Blueberry bushes are mostly disease resistant, aphids being their main nemesis.
- Blueberry bushes are "low feeders" which mean they don't really need anything other than some acidic soil and leaf litter.
- Blueberries are YUMMY.
Here are my Cons.
- You should really wait until it's third season to harvest.
- You should really pluck all of the flowers off in it's first season to promote root production
- High shrub varieties can grow to 6ft high. (I don't care about this)
- Family and friends will soon tire of everything you cook having blueberries in it.
I think the pros have it don't you?
I wonder if they have Blueberry Wine in the wine of the month club ?
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
So my loverly husband says "See my dentist! He rocks!"
Awesome! I'll do that! I think this is a good idea because I'd been going to a clinic in Westmorland.
Yesterday was the day. First of all,, what was I thinking 8:15am? It turns out that was going to be the least of my troubles.
I go to the desk and tell the lady my name and she asks for my insurance. I tell her that unfortunately I don't have a card, but it should be the same as my husband's, could she possibly copy his information?
She said "sure, what's his name?"
(Here's the part where I tell you our real names and blow any anonymity that I had, it's important to the story, stalkers look away)
I reply "Chris Newman"
She- "No, HIS name"
Me- "CHRISTOPHER Newman"
She-"You have the same names?"
Me- :::dumbfounded::: "my name is Crystal"
She- ::::vacuous stare:::::: "OH! oh , ok, I'm sorry"
No biggy, she must be having a rough morning. I'm filling out my paper work when they call me back.
"Dr. Chris will see you now!"
No crap. Dr. Chris. Yet, she thought my name was Christopher. OMG.
Then on our way to the room she says in an overly concerned voice "aren't your kids going to be late for school?"
Me- "oh we homeschool, it's no big deal"
She- "oh, where is that? I've not heard of that one"
Me- ::again dumbfounded:: "home."
She- "OH! HOME school,, oh I couldn't do that"
(I'm inclined to believe you lady.)
Dr. Chris enters.
So what's the problem?
"I have this cracked tooth that needs to come out"
Just about the time I get the word out, he jabs his metal implement into my exposed nerve. I (I think understandably) jump and let out a squeak. He throws his hands back like someone claiming "no foul" and says "If you're going to be that jumpy, then there's nothing I can do for you"
I'm a little shocked by this so I said "I'm sorry, it just really hurts"
He said I'd have to be put to sleep (wha? he's jabbing my open nerve sans Novocain and now all the sudden we're talking anesthesia?,, did we skip something here?)
So, he says he's sending me to Mountain State Maxillofacial in Teays Valley. No biggy, whatever, I tell him I've been there before, I saw Dr.Krajekian.
He proceeds to talk over me and tell me where it's at.
Me- "I know, I've been there before... I saw Dr. Krajekian"
He- "It's really easy to find"
Ok... about now, I start to feel funny and not because I'm being ignored. My lips feel biggish and my throat is closing up.
I see my file in his hand with the giant red sticker on the outside that says LATEX ALLERGY.
I say as loudly as I can manage "AL DOSE LATHEX GLOTHES"
and almost simultaneously, he looks down at the folder and yells "DONETTA! EPIPEN!"
God bless the epipen. It sux getting it but man... does it work.
After we determine that I'm not going to die, and I start to be able to talk again, I go up to the counter to get my next appointments (with Mountain State).
She's on the phone and it's going something like this...
"oh, ok. No... no she didn't tell us that... no. Oh, ok.."
She looks up at me and says "You didn't tell us you'd been there before!"
"YES I DID!"
"oh, OH! Well, ok, no, no I didn't know that... no. Oh, wait, yes, it's on her file" (she was talking about the allergy, after everything we'd just been through)
By now, I'm beside myself. I go pay and they don't take electronic payments. No credit, no debit. Are they the last place on Earth?
OH! and I forgot to mention, this joint doesn't even have a spit bowl. They walk you to the bathroom with a paper cup! Medieval.
So, luckily, I brought some cash. Frankly, in a perfect world I shouldn't have had to pay at all but they provided a service (albeit CRAPPY) so I paid. I had to insist on paying. Not because they were being nice but because I have a co-pay and they acted like they'd never heard that term before.
Now, technically, 911 should have been called, but I knew I'd be fine and I had the kids with me so I let it slide for my good, not theirs. The boys have terrible colds and I didn't need them picking up anything else.
What a day. We ended up skipping band. The boys felt awful and I was itchy and tired. Perhaps today will be better!
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Sunday, March 23, 2008
Happy Easter one and all! Regardless of what your traditions are for this day, I hope you have a marvelous time doing it!
My boys are busy eating NERDS candy for breakfast and playing Rainbow Six Vegas 2. It was their joint Easter gift.
Real resurrection-y huh?
This afternoon we will head up to the husband's family's house for dinner.
With that I leave you with my favorite Easter Hymn.
Up from the grave He arose,
Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus my Savior;
Death cannot keep its Prey, Jesus my Savior;
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Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Clean. REALLY clean. I love it. I don't have to shimmy sideways to get to the washer and dryer! WOOT!
Yes, you heard me,, I said woot.
Today I'm onto the living room. Aside from wiping a bunch of junk down, mopping the floor, cleaning the ceiling fan and vacuuming the couch, I should have it knocked out in no time flat (compared to the other rooms). It's a good thing because I also have errands to run today. All this AND make sure the kids learn something.
As big of a pain in the butt that the house cleaning has been, it's been worth it. Stuff doesn't stink, the lack of clutter is wonderful, and I might not even be devastated if someone showed up on my doorstep. Ok, I might still be a little devastated but at least it looks like "gee, this chick cleans but she doesn't have a lot to work with here!" Oh well.
Can you believe it's almost APRIL? How did that happen? March is 2/3rds over! I'm loving it though. I love spring. I love love love love spring! Summer is nice,, but hot. Spring is almost perfect. I could be slightly less rainy but other than that? Perfect. I've almost got daffodils in the yard, my pussy willow is covered in little fuzzy bits and my dogwood is about to burst! Ahh, gotta love it. I wish spring lasted as long as winter seems to last.
Well, I'm not getting it done by sitting here yammering on about warm weather! Later!
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Now,, if I could just get the living room clean!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
If you have a problem with drug addiction and you want to beat it, do you often equate that with luxurious accommodations? Well, if you lived in Malibu you could! This drug rehab facility is 5 stars! Gourmet foods, horseback riding, and flat screen TVs are just a few of the things I noticed. I also noticed that no where on that website was a treatment price list. I guess if you have to ask,, you can't afford it!
By the way- that's me in the picture to the left. Not.
(I did spy that knitted cozy in the picture tho!)
I don't feel like things are actually clean until I've completely gutted, sorted, eliminated, repaired, and wiped every nook and cranny.
I worked on the kitchen yesterday. 9 hours of cleaning, plus some laundry. There is still stuff in there that I need to clean. I didn't get to the stove or the tops of the cabinets. I did take everything OFF the cabinets (mine don't go to the ceiling and I use it for storage) and washed the stuff but it really needs vacuumed and wiped up there. Talk about cobwebs.
Man, was I beat last night.
Today- Laundry room. It's the smallest room in the house but also,, the dirtiest and it's packed to the ceiling (literally) with junk that needs to be dealt with. Hats, Gloves, Expired cans of food, Coats, boots, potatoes with plants growing out of them, light bulbs, appliances I'll never use, etc. You get the idea. Not only that,, but it's our mud room and it's really living up to it's name! I completely anticipate it taking me as long to clean that tiny room as it did to clean the kitchen.
Tomorrow, living room.
Saturday, kid's bathroom and scrubbing the moulding in the hallway.
It would be nice if I had some help but the truth of it is.... this kind of cleaning is better done alone. I can't ask someone to clean to my standards, it's cruel and unusual.
I'm a sadist.
It's not like I clean like this all the time. I clean like this RARELY. Once in the spring, Once in the fall.
A quick search of the interwebs didn't bring up any kind of helpful tips that I could post here so I'll post my own.
- give the room a quick tidy before you start. You know, five minutes of collecting trash and clutter, get the dishwasher going. Empty trash cans.
- Make yourself a small bucket of hot water, a tiny squirt of dish soap and a cap of bleach. This is for the "wiping down" Nothing smells better to me than a room with no other smell than "It's been cleaned and sanitized"
- Divide your room mentally into quadrants. Tackle one quadrant at a time. Tackling the entire room wastes energy and it overwhelming.
- Follow these rules- Gut, divide, conquer, eliminate, wipe, repair, put back.
- Stand back and look at it through "stranger" eyes. If a total stranger walked in at this moment, would it stand up to scrutiny?
- Don't for get things like base boards, moulding, ceiling fans, exhaust fans, dusting your "stomped" ceilings... oh yes,, this brings us to an important point
- Dust your ceilings FIRST. Otherwise you'll just be re-cleaning everything you already cleaned.
- Designate a box for give aways, throw aways, and store aways.
- Clean out draws, cabinets, catch-alls, fridges, etc.
- Mop floors (or vacuum or steam clean as the case may be)
I'm sure there are a few more things to add but that's all I can think of for now. Maybe after I'm done with another room I'll think of more.
Have you ever looked into getting a memory foam mattress? Chris and I looked at one a few weeks ago. We were very impressed. It's so soft and supportive! We quickly dismissed the idea of getting one though, they can be very pricey at up to $7000.00. We could get a used car for that! Today I checked the prices at myluxurymattress.com and they were very reasonable! They're highest price is $1099.99! Much better don't you think?
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
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Sunday, March 16, 2008
I took this lame picture after one of the girls had gone (dummy me). But it was fun and we'll definitely have to do it again. YEA RAVELRY!!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
And finally, us marching in front of the capital on Washington Blvd.
I was SOOOOO TIRED last night. What is it about getting rained on all day that just saps your energy?? OH,, and on a different note completely
The Rt. 60 Taco Bell? Apparently I'm a "drink thief"
I pull up to the drive through and order my Steak Grilled Stuffed Burrito and a few chicken tacos for the kids. We're heading strait home so I didn't order any drinks. The little perferations in the order board said "Anything to drink?"
Me- "no thank you!"
I pay at the first window to the very polite heavily tattooed boy that works there. Seriously, he's worked there for a while and is the most polite person I've ever seen at a fast food establishment, possibly anywhere. It's not annoying polite either, it's good polite. Anywhoo.. I digress.
I go to the next window and this dorky kid is there. No shocker. Then this other girl shoves him out of the way and says:
"You didn't pay for a drink"
Me-"correct, because I didn't order one"
She- "But he handed you one"
Me- "incorrect, he did not"
She- (craning her head outside the window and practically in the window of my SUV) "I saw him do it, where's the drink?"
Me- "I DON'T HAVE A DRINK, I DIDN'T BUY A DRINK, HE DIDN'T HAND ME A DRINK" I yelled.
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Friday, March 14, 2008
Did you know that the Homeschool Estore is now Currclick? I've used the products available on this site many times. I like the instant access it provides. In the past I've gone to them for complete unit studies but there is so much more to be found! Back when it was Homeschool Estore, I would browse around but quickly get overwhelmed. As Currclick, they've updated and enhanced some very useful features.
- Wishlist- Now I can shop at Currclick like I do at Marshalls! I get a buggy full of stuff and then I get buyers remorse and put 90% of it back! You can do this without putting it in your shopping cart. This is handy because you can come back at a later time and make your final decision. Good stuff!
- Quick Preview- There is a small preview at the bottom of each product description that will give you a quick interactive preview of the product. It's neat, it looks like you're really turning the pages.
- Full Size Preview- Ok, they've always offered this but it's much more streamlined now. I do with they'd select pages from throughout the book instead of the first 4-5. Sometimes those pages are just filler and I can't "get a feel" for the study.
- Sidebar Information- At a glance you can see everything you need to know. Publisher info, your cart, your wishlist, updates, top sellers, and you can even write a review!
- Layout- The whole site has received a facelift. It's bright, clean and colorful.
- One-click- Now Curr-click can securely store your payment information. I love this. There is a seperate button for one click purchases. They've made it so easy!
While I was checking Currclick this morning I ran across two products that caught my eye. Handwriting practice books for highschoolers (7-12). They'll be a perfect addition to our curriculum for next year! T1's handwriting is ..... well.... unique. He writes as neatly as he can but his letters just have an very unusual shape. Most handwriting books that I've used have been geared towards younger children. That's still great for my 8 year old but T1 needs something geared towards his interests. A Backpackers Alphabet and A-Z Homesteading Cursive fit the bill! They are stunning! That's the only word I can think of to describe them! The copy work is useful and interesting and the artwork around the edges of the page will appeal to him. Last but not least, the price is very reasonable. Quite a few of the products available on Currclick are writen by homeschool parents. When an item is as cool as this it makes me feel good to know that another parent is making a little money!
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Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Math is coming along wonderfully for both boys. I wish everything was as easy as math. Math is black and white. Math is a puzzle. I can DO puzzles!
Grammar is coming along nicely now that we've started using Daily Grams and Easy Grammar. Wonderful programs, we'll use those from now on, that's for SURE!!
T1- Vocabulary. Giant forehead smack. He had to tell me what surly and agile meant today. He said he'd never heard either of those words in his whole life. Perhaps he hasn't but I was using them in sentences and there was enough context clues to figure it out. All I can figure is that we need to read aloud more.
T2- Spelling. How many times have I complained about this? The child makes absolutely NO connection between the sounds of letters and how words are constructed! I mean,, I'm no spelling bee champion but 9/10 you can figure out what I was TRYING to spell. Not so much with T2. It's ATROCIOUS. We've been over the phonics and spelling rules until we're blue in the face. No matter,, he refuses to apply them.
He's smarter than me you know,,, he doesn't need me to tell him anything.
He may have issues with authority (I wouldn't have any clue where he gets that from! har har) but he'll never get anywhere if he doesn't know how to spell his own name. That's a stretch, but he did misspell his last name the other day. No lie.
UGH!! Some days I fell like I'm going to need drug rehab!, or at least take up drinking!
Now I admit, I've heard a bit about Real ID but I haven't taken the time to educate myself on it up until now. The Real ID Act is a JOKE people. The creater of this Act, James Sensenbrenner has been quoted as saying that the National Real ID " actually prevents having a national ID card". (Lou Dobbs interview found HERE)
How is this different? You took the word "REAL" out? Very clever Mr. Sensenbrenner! You *almost* had me fooled! not.
Here is the bare bones of what Real ID is:
The REAL ID Act of 2005 requires people entering federal buildings, boarding
airplanes or opening bank accounts to present identification that has met
certain security and authentication standards. The Act is Division B of an act
of the United States Congress titled Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act
for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005. It implements
- Establishing national standards for state-issued driver
licenses and non-driver identification cards;
- Waiving laws that interfere with construction of physical barriers at the
- Updating and tightening the laws on application for asylum and
deportation of aliens for terrorist activity;
- Introducing rules covering "delivery bonds" (rather like bail bonds but for aliens who
have been released pending hearings);
- Funding some reports and pilot projects related to border security;
- and Changing visa limits for temporary workers, nurses, and Australian
Now, I know, you're saying, "well, that doesn't sound so bad, I'm willing to give up a little bit of privacy for my family's safety" right?
Know this, this will NOT protect anyone. Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer has been quoted as saying "give me half a dozen high school students and a kinkos and I can get you a fake Real ID"
Real ID is just another move by the government to reduce this nation's sovereignty and to blur the lines between the states.
You might argue, "well, my credit card company has as much information as the Real Id Act requires!" The difference is that you voluntarily gave that information. That information wasn't required for you to enter a VA hospital or for you to drive your vehicle. That information wasn't stolen from you. It's not an invasion if you open the front door and welcome them in.
Don't welcome Big Brother in your front door West Virginians... Don't do it!
Here is the info on Friday's Rally.
Senator Barnes, Author of SB248 against West Virginia implementing 'The Real ID Act of 2005' has set up a meeting to show support for legislation against Real ID in West Virginia and to create public awareness about Real ID. We hope to pack the halls of the state capitol building with as many opponents to Real ID as we can muster. Senator Barnes has said that some senators, and the Commissioner of the DMV are expected to attend and the Governor has been requested to attend, but he has not yet confirmed. The press will also be made aware. Please attend if at all possible, numbers mean everything. Bring your family, your friends and your neighbors. Spread this far and wide. Tell your local press about it. The rally will begin to gather at 1:30pm Friday, March 14th 2008 at the rotunda (under the dome) of the State Capitol. The meeting begins at 2:30 PM in the Governors conference Room. We need to be heard loud and clear. Feel free to bring anti-Real ID signs, etc.
I hope to see you there! I'll be there, this is too important not to make the effort.
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Sunday, March 9, 2008
No one had to make any dangerous trips to work and we had no obligations.
This made it a great day for sledding. The snow was mostly ice and boy was it slick! You can't tell by these pictures but this is the PERFECT hill . It could only be better if it had an escalator. Ok,, that's just my opionion but whatever... wouldn't want to get any excersize now would we? It's so steep and if you get going fast enough you hit a second hill and keep on going. The kids passed OUT tonight! There were no arguements about bedtime.
By the way, have you noticed that Photobucket has improved their photo editor?!! There's all kinds of fun things to do now! The above pictures are the result of me goofing around with it this evening.
Don't forget to set your clocks ahead tonight!!!
Friday, March 7, 2008
- Pick a topic. Popular ones with us are Cars, Animals, Cartoon Characters, and Movie Titles.
- Start with the youngest person
- Each person has to name something in the topic that starts with that letter. i.e. if you're doing animals the first person might say "APE" or "ANTELOPE" or "AARDVARK". The next "BABOON", the next person, "CHAMELEON" etc.
- You go through the whole alphabet of course. Sometimes the person can't think of anything, that's ok, we all try it and if no one can think of anything,,, we skip it.
Today, the boys wanted to play the LOST alphabet game. Oh HECK yeah! I'm game! We're all a little sick with LOST mania!
G- Guns (they always seem to have them)
O- Oceanic Flight 815
P- Polar Bears
X-eXodus (ok, we know this one is a stretch)
Y- Your Ultimate Destination (An Oceanic Air reference)
Z- Zinger (as in Sawyer's names for Hurley)
The kids are just as obsessed as I am. I'm good like that, passing my vices off on the kids.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2008
We had Co-op today. Our class completed our study of the Olympics with a brief study of the geography of China. I sent their binders home with them. It should be a nice addition to a portfolio for those parents who use that option. Before heading to class this morning, I had to run to Office Depot for copies and the Dollar Store for crayons.
After Co-op was skating. Nothing eventful there. No bones broken and nothing bleeding = good skate.
When we came home, it started pouring the rain like gangbusters. I opened my balcony door and curled up under the blankets and SNOOZED. Oh, baby,, you know that was SA-WEET!
That's about all the news that's fit to print. OH, my friend's cow had a baby! I can't wait until she gets her pictures off her camera. I'll post one maybe!
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Sunday, March 2, 2008
If you look closely, you can see a little school of fish!
The geese were really.....uhm..... wow.... uh..... making a lot of baby geese.
"THE GEESE ARE FIGHTING!! "
"No, honey, they're making baby geese"
"but they look mad!"
"No, only the girl goose is mad honey"
This picture just said "Lord of the Rings" to me.
The turtles were so skiddish! As soon as I snapped this picture this turtle took a swan dive right into the water from that high spot on the log. Too funny!
Another half dozen turtles on a log!
The water looked so pretty with the sun shining!
"Aren't you guys coming down?"
The guys checking out the Beaver dam. There was freshed downed logs, freshly packed mud and all of the weeds had been cleared. Busy Beavers!
We hiked for about 2 hours before we decided that it was time to get lunch at Hillbilly Hotdogs.
Unfortunately, it was still closed. Sharie's brother passed away. Our condolences to the Knight family and Sharie's family.
We were really in the mood for some WV dogs so we drove to the downtown location. I didn't think it was as good but it's hard to mess with perfection! If Rt.2 is a perfect 10, then the 3rd Ave. location is a 9.75.
T1 got a chicken sandwich.... made with chicken nuggets!
T2 got 2 plain dogs with ketchup
Daddy got 2 WV dogs (in very un-WV-ian fashion) with just sauce and mustard. A real WV dog has that + slaw and onions =YUM.
I had a Rahall Red Hot. It was really good. hot mustard, jalapenos, kraut, grilled onions, on a mett. It was good, and it definitely cleared out the sinus (if only temporarily) but not as good as the taco dog!
And finally,, happy things. Two kitties waiting on the bed,, ready to snuggle. Ok, not really, they mearly tolerate us but all the same, it makes me happy!
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