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11/21/16 jackets, pick up times and the cat…

We are looking for a jacket for Maggie. She has a jacket from last year but the zipper does not work all of the time. Maggie is tough on her zippers. Her jackets are in good shape but the zippers wear out. I save her jackets, one day I will learn to sew and replace her zippers. We are looking at Goodwill or Plato’s Closet, the resale shop. The winter jackets are just starting to come out. William has three jackets, he has stopped growing at 6′ 2″, and Beth had a jacket from last year, but we found one at Goodwill that she liked, so we bought it. It was only $7. If this winter is bad, I want to make sure that the kids have warm jackets. 

I went to pick Maggie up at school tonight. She had said to pick her up at seven. She didn’t come out of the building. I texted her email to say that I was there, she won’t carry her cell phone. No answer. At seven thirty I texted home to Beth to see if she had called. No answer from Beth. I don’t want to panic too early, but if she is hurt or needs me, I don’t want to wait, but its not like Maggie to be this late. At twenty after I parked the car and headed into the building. I decided that if she was in there making bracelets on her loom I would take it. I found Maggie at her normal computer doing chemistry and watching a movie. My kids do there homework with a movie on or music playing, I can’t do that. She was surprised to see me. She thought that we had set a time of nine o’clock. I said OK and went home. We live sort of close to the university.
When I picked her up later I suggested that she write down the time. Maybe putting it in her planner. She said that that wouldn’t work because she would need to get it out of her backpack and put it back in each morning. She is not a morning person and doesn’t want all of that commotion in the morning. I suggested she could write the time on one piece of paper and keep it in her pocket. Each night scribbling out the time and writing a new one each day. She said no. She would take a piece of paper and cut it into little squares and keep all of the blank squares in her jacket pocket. Each day pulling out a different paper and writing the pick up time on on. We will see how it works. 
When we got home our cat was waiting for us. She has been looking tired lately. Maggie picked her up and held her. Mandy likes to have someone with her all of the time. She likes to be held if we are standing up, but as soon as we sit down, she runs off.

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11/20/16 senior projects, field trips and the creek…

Beth’s class is picking senior projects. They were introduced today. The choices were an invention to keep an air compressor quiet, something to go around a robot or something to do with the little laser lights, making a game out of it. They haven’t chosen yet but Beth likes the lasers the best. They need to pick teams too to do the projects. Her class is going to Chicago in two weeks to see a manufacturing museum and to a manufacturing trade show. She is taking one outfit and some snacks and two teddy bears, one for her friend and one for her. She is still so young, and older. She is going out of town with her class, but chooses which teddy bears to take with them. She needed a planner for school. I never thought I would hear her say that. She wants to keep track of all of her assignments and be in all of these clubs. She likes her classes and will start reading Beowulf this week. We went to the car show yesterday.
Maggie had Environmental Science class today. They went out to the creek today to take samples and to get used to the waders and the nets. Maggie has used waders and nets in high school but to a lot of the class this is all new. They all put on waders and went into the creek to look for crayfish which live in shallow water. Maggie found a spot that looked shallow so she stepped in and it was really a big hole. She was away from the other students so she had to get out herself. Se finally pulled her feet out of this mud but she swayed and got a lot of water in her waders. She had to get out of the hole without falling into the water or loosing the net. She used the net as a walking stick to get out. The kids caught some crayfish and threw them back. They were just practicing with the nets and waders. Maggie came home so happy. She loves going to the creek to collect samples. She had wet shoes and socks and pants. Maggie went to her next class and then I picked her up at the bus drop off with no shoes and socks. 

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11/19/16 getting school books for Maggie…

When Maggie started college this semester, we had some of trouble getting her books. We bought one of Maggie’s books online. That sentence sounds so simple. I guess that if everything we did didn’t come with a story, I wouldn’t have anything to write about. Maggie needed a science book. The teacher told them that they could get it online. On all of the other books Maggie wanted an actual book, but on this one she said that an online one was OK. When she went online I asked Maggie if she was sure that this was the correct book. Remember that now that she is in college, I am not getting any information from the high school teachers. She said that she was not sure. Maggie does have a lot of science due this week and needed the book. Maggie decided to go to class on Tuesday and ask the teacher which book she needed. I said great, but please see if she has office hours that day so if you are still confused after you talk in class you can go to her office and she can pull up the book on her computer and you will know which one we should buy when you get home. 
Maggie comes home and she looks up the book. I asked her if it was the correct book…expecting her to say, yes the teacher confirmed it…but she said…maybe, I should email the teacher. She sent a screen print of the book that she thought was correct to the teacher and started doing math. We had dinner and Maggie did more math. Maggie has homework due this week and has no book and doesn’t know which one to buy and it is getting late. Maybe the teacher didn’t have office hours today so that they couldn’t look up the book. It is so frustrating when they are older and you want to help them, but can only offer suggestions.

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10/29/16 SurveySavvy – surveys and referral program…

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8/26/16 winter preparations…

Fall is coming in soon. The leaves on the trees have already started to change colors. I have heard that this winter might be worse than a few winters ago  We need to insulate the house a lot this year. Instead of getting two bales of straw for the back of the house, we may get eight and put them all along the back, two levels high. We do live in the city but our backyard is sort of blocked off so I don’t think that anyone will see. We have a crawl space that has water pipes in it that needs protecting. I think that it will take four bales of straw to go across the back of the house. William cut down all of the growth at back of the house today. We can start getting the straw soon. Next summer we can use it in our compost pile. Eight bales of straw will make a lot of compost.

 

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8/25/16 job search, and starting school…

William is sill looking for a job. We are doing a few applications at a time. If we do too many all at once I am worried that too many companies would call for interviews all for the same day and William would not be able to get to all of them. We have decided that he should apply at places that he would need to be driven to and say that he could only work on the weekends. Then I would drive him. He just looks so lonely. The girls have gone back to school and William is still at home. The only problem with this plan is if they want to interview him during the week.
Maggie started school today. She is in full college. No more college and high school. She had a good day, seeing a few familiar faces. She has four classes and she looks like she is looking forward to them. I am so relieved. Beth starts school tomorrow. She has first week. The kids are grouped together and do projects and presentations for the week. First week lets the kids get used to the school and there is at least one student from each grade in each group, so the students can get to know everyone. The regular school classes start next week.

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7/15/16 mom’s new house and interviews…

Mom bought a new house. She likes to buy houses that need work and fix them up and sell them. She says that she is getting older and that this may be the last house that she buys. She got the keys for this new house last Wednesday and the moving van comes on this next Tuesday. There are a lot of things that she takes over in her car. She has a lot of glass, pictures, potted plants, some statues, coo coo clocks…we take these things over in our cars. She could have the movers move them, but she doesn’t like to pay them for the extra time that it would take. This new house is nice. It doesn’t need a lot of work. It needs a new roof and the inside needs painted. Mom seems very content at the new place.
William has had a lot of interviews. He is even shaving for interviews. He normally will only shave once a month so this is a big deal. None of the companies that he has interviewed with have called back for a second interview. William wants to get a job and move out into an apartment. Then maybe he will go back to school.

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7/14/16 drivers permits – part two…

Maggie had her temps last summer but we didn’t get to drive enough that she was ready for the test. She got her permit this week and we had gone out driving for the first time.  Maggie said that she needed another tour of the car because it has been a while. We went to the same parking lot that Beth and I had gone to. Maggie and I traded places in the car and prayed over her and gave her the same tour and talk that Beth had gotten about the car. Since Maggie had some experience it was easier. We went around the parking lot starting and stopping, and then moved to the street. I also took her picture. This time there was a lot more traffic. These drivers were in lanes that all had the stop signs but lead onto the street that we were on, but they all raced up to the sign and stopped all at once. We had the right of way so if the cars had stopped gently and slowed down before the signs we could have gone smoothly around the circle. Since we were never sure if they were going to run the stop signs we had to slow down to almost a stop for each oncoming car. It was unnerving for Maggie. If people are headed to the hospital or are new drivers, sometimes they run stop signs. So since they were all going full speed to the stop signs we had to be extra careful. We made it around the circle without any problems. I hope to take the girls driving each day.
Their grandma currently takes them to school each day. She has diabetes and the eye doctor said at the last visit that when she got her eyes tested this year she might not pass and would not be allowed to drive any more. Mom called to tell me this last month. She asked that the girls get their licensees as soon as possible so if she doesn’t pass we can still get them to school.

 

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7/13/16 drivers permits – part one…

Maggie and Beth got their drivers permits yesterday. We were all so excited. William isn’t ready to get his permit yet. I took Beth driving first. She was really apprehensive but has been driving go carts at school for three years.
She was thrilled and scared to get into the drivers seat. She wants to drive so badly but doesn’t want to try anything new. We said a prayer before she started and then I gave a short talk. The car is a two thousand pound moving piece of metal. The main goal is that in the end she is unharmed, the people with her are unharmed and everyone around her is unharmed. I talked about keeping an eye on what is around her. If a small child runs into the middle of the road, she needs to know if the other lane has a car so she can go quickly into that lane. We went over the turn signals and lights. She has never sat in the drivers seat so she needed to know what was what. We also looked at the heater and all the choices for heat and window defogging. The whole talk lasted less that five minutes.
I think that the most important part of driving is stopping. We have a place by us where there used to be a mall. The mall is taken down but the road around it and one parking lot are still there and in good shape. I had Beth drive a few feet in the parking lot and stop. She did that over and over for about fifteen minutes. Her stops became very controlled and not jerky. She was ready for the surrounding road. We pulled out and started driving around. She is a good driver. There is some traffic on that road. The business surrounding the mall are still there, but there was almost no traffic today. She was able to keep the car in the lane, not pulling to either side. I got out my phone to take a picture of her driving. She was so thrilled that I was comfortable enough with her driving that I would get out my phone. That was her moment of triumph, being trusted with me looking away. We went around the mall once and went back into the parking lot. She turned off the car and we traded places. She was very happy. We went back home and I picked up Maggie.

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