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7/31/15 scheduling classes…

written 1.13.14 Maggie got all of her classes scheduled today. She is happy with her schedule. I am so relieved that she is done. At the last parent meeting they said that we should get a copy of all of their syllabuses. Then we could know when papers are due and when tests are so that if we see that a big test is coming up and our kids are not studying, we can ask our kids about the upcoming test. It is not to follow their every assignment, just to make sure that they don’t fall off of any cliffs.
A lot of the snow has melted. This weekend we could see most of the streets but there are still piles of snow in parking lots. They are so big and cold that it takes a while to thaw them.
 Maggie’s school started last week but since the schools were closed down with the level three emergency (no one is allowed on the roads except for snow plows and police and firemen) no one was at the school. She did have her schedule done last semester for this semester, but she failed three of her four classes so she had to change her schedule. They knew at the end of last semester that she needs to reschedule, but decided to wait until school started after the New Years break. Then we got the arctic blast of cold air and a foot of snow that closed the schools for three or four days. Maggie went in last Thursday to start looking for classes and couldn’t find any that she needed that fit into her schedule. She went back in on Friday and kept looking. Maggie is a high school student but is taking college classes. The college had started their classed on Wednesday afternoon, but Maggie didn’t have any classes. She is now missing work in whatever classes she ends up scheduling.
I am upset that she didn’t reschedule on the day before the break…or she could have looked to see what was open on the night before the school opened. Then she could have gone in with a list. The college classes are listed online. Maggie needs to be sure to have enough credits to graduate. She finished scheduling on Monday. She is happy with her schedule. I am relieved, and probably need to color my hair again. I asked her to check with the professors to see if she has missed any work and to see if missing some classes will hurt her grade. It is better to know their policy ahead of time. IMG_20140209_112050 IMG_20140105_164549


7/29/15 family history, cats…

1.10.14 My mom has been recording some family history on the tape recorder. The first few days she recorded a lot, but now she records on it now and then. I need to get the recorder back from her and record the information on a second recorder so that it will be in two places.
It is about twenty five degrees today. By Friday it should be forty degrees and raining.
I was driving home yesterday and saw some kids walking home. While waiting at a stop light the kids came to a waist-high pile of snow in their path. Instead of walking around it, they crawled over it and slid/rolled down it. They were having a great time. I remember being that young. We haven’t built a fort  or had a neighborhood snow ball fight in years.
One of the best decisions that we made in the last year was to get a second cat. She has added so much to our family.
I have made my New Years resolutions. There are twelve of them. Most of them involve helping my kids do something, so they will be ongoing.
We will probably take the Christmas tree down next weekend
It was forty-two degrees today.


7/26/15 William not working, Maggie’s classes and being frustrated…

So, here starts the more realistic blog. If you like quiet blogs about crafts and cute babies, you might want to leave now.

1/10/14 long day. William doesn’t have a job. He has been looking for a job for a long time and we are both frustrated.

 Maggie’s school started last week. Public schools were closed Monday, Tuesday and half of Wednesday, but Maggie has college classes and the college is open. The weather is very cold and we have lots of snow. Maggie doesn’t have any classes yet. She failed three of four classes last semester and needs to redo her schedule to adjust for this. She was told on the last day of school that she had failed them and had all of Christmas break to look in the computer and get some class choices together to make scheduling easier and didn’t do it. Now Maggie is at school and can’t find any classes because all of them are full. She wants to come home and start looking again on Monday. School has started and she doesn’t have any classes. I am concerned…terrified…I have started hyperventilating. I said no she needs to stay and schedule her classes.There comes a point in every child parent relationship where the parent can’t help or lets the child try to do some things on their own. It’s the child’s chance to grow and see who they will become. I would have loved to make all of this right, but I wasn’t at school with Maggie and I couldn’t get there.

1/14/14 Wind chill was negative 40 today. It was over 40 degrees yesterday. An 80 degree improvement in one day. I am going to try to change the things I can change this year.

Here are some of the things that I am frustrated about going into this year.

William doesn’t have a job

Maggie doesn’t have any classes

No wood burning stove

Not living on farm

Not having 700 visitors a week on my blog

Not having posts already done for the next month

Not already having Christmas put together

not having a battery charger.


7/25/15 cats, volunteering, Christmas ornaments and New Years resolutions…

12.16.13 The smaller cat got caught in Maggie’s built in dresser yesterday. When Maggie pulled out the bottom drawer the cat climbed in the dresser drawer and then back behind it. We tried to call the cat to get her out, sometimes she comes when we call her. She didn’t come out this time. We tried to reach in, over the back of the drawer and get her. We couldn’t get her. Then we got their cat food dish and shook it to see if she would come out to eat. She didn’t. Next we tried the cat nip. She tried to climb out but didn’t have anything to push off of with her back legs. We gently started to close the drawer some until she was able to use the back of the dresser as a base to push off of and she was able to get out. We were all very happy that she was safe.The cat wasn’t upset by the experience at all because she tried to climb back in later.

I have all of my mandatory volunteer hours at Maggie’s school now. We need ten volunteer hours a year. I will still volunteer more during the rest of the year, but it is nice that the pressure is off.

Maggie and Beth, and Beth’s boyfriend have gone tonight to the church youth group Christmas party.

Our little cat likes the Christmas tree. She is playing with it a little bit. The morning after we put the tree up there was a chair close to the tree with the back of the chair by the tree. She was standing on the back of the chair playing with one of the ornaments. I am not really worried that she will break an ornament. Most of our glass ornaments were broken when the kids were young. One of kids was reaching for a ornament on a higher branch when they were young and pulled really hard. The tree broke in half. No one was hurt but most of the breakable ornaments were broken and  lot of the lights broke. We bought a new tree and put the unbroken ornaments back on it. Now we make an ornament each year but it is usually the flat wooden ones that we decorate with markers and our names and the year. If the cat pulls down an ornament it probably won’t break, but some are decorated and she might eat part of it.

I have started making my New Years Resolutions. I am not sure if the kids make any. I remind them about making them each year, but they decide for themselves what they want to do. To me it is a good time to look back on where I am and where I want to be. I do this twice a year. Once at New Years and once at Easter. Jesus died for us and washed away our sins on Easter, so it is a good time to see if any changes are needed.

This year I have decided to try to cook more on only pans that will fit into the dishwasher.



7/24/15 phone cords and school…

12.2.13 I have lost the charging cord for my cell phone and the cord for my Nook. We saw the cords last week. Luckily the kids have a cord that will work on my phone. Charging cords at our house are like sock, they keep getting lost. It bothers me to be so dependent on electronics. I can still text (I love texting) and call people, but I can only write on my Nook until it runs out of power, then the information on it can’t be sent to my computer to be put on my blog.I like to always have a backup plan but I don’t have a backup cord.

Maggie had her last day of guitar today. She was relieved. She liked the other students and the teachers, but wasn’t thrilled with the guitar. Sometimes you don’t know what classes you will like until you try them. And…when she decided that she wasn’t thrilled with the class, she was still carrying out the guitar to school two days a week. Her other classes don’t end until the end of the year.

12.9.13 Maggie is done with her classes. She is so relieved. She still needs to go to school for about another week. She needs to turn in her cultural events, read two books


7/23/15 charging cords and high school…

written 12.2.13 – I have lost the charging cord for my cell phone and the cord for my Nook. We saw the cords last week. Luckily the kids have a cord that will work on my phone. I can use my Nook until we find the charging cord, or it runs out of power. Charging cords at our house are like socks, they keep getting lost.
Maggie had her last day of guitar today. She was relieved. She liked the other students and the teachers, but wasn’t thrilled with the guitar. Sometimes you don’t know what you will like until you try it for awhile. Her other classes don’t end until the end of the year.
written 12.9.13 – Maggie is done with her college classes. She is so relieved. She still needs to go to high school for about another week. She needs to turn in her cultural events, read two books


7/22/15 Halloween decorations, volunteering and snow…

written 11.23.13 – We need to take the Halloween decorations that are outside down. It is almost a month after Halloween. We don’t usually leave them up this long. They will be down before Thanksgiving, so I am not worried.
We were asked at church if everyone could volunteer outside of the church. This would make a big impact in the community. We signed up to try to volunteer for two hours a month. There were a lot of area groups that we could volunteer at, at the church last weekend, like Big Brothers and Big Sisters, so we chose one that looked like the best fit for us. I e-mailed them to get more information on what help they needed. It will be nice to get out into the community to help a little bit.
I checked the thankful cloth that we write on at Thanksgiving. The kids do write what the cats are thankful for. Well…they are part of the family too.
It snowed today. It was a good dry snow with big flakes. It only lasted about a half hour and then all of the accumulation blew away. Maybe winter is here. We can never tell in our town. We don’t have four separate seasons. In one week it could be 70 degrees and sunny, the next day rainy, and the next day 30 degrees. Each day can be its own season. We keep an extra blanket in the car and dress in layers.


7/21/15 a storm and holidays…

written 11.18.13 – A storm came through our town yesterday. It hit some of the areas to the south of us pretty hard. I heard that a gas station was hit and lot of people lost power. The kids youth group was cancelled tonight to let people recover. There may still be a lot of people without power.
We went to the mall tonight. It is not even Thanksgiving and they have Christmas music playing. I love Thanksgiving and don’t like to see it skipped. It is my favorite non-religious holiday. We all get together and cook part of the meal together. There is something about having the whole family in the kitchen at the same time trying to cook. Everyone here likes to take a turn mashing the potatoes. We have some white material that we lay out each year and we take a sharpie marker and everyone writes on it what they are thankful for. At first it was easy, most of us wrote things like we are thankful for our families. Some of us write more creative things like we are thankful for Google Chrome and books. It is difficult to think of new things each year. We starting thinking farther ahead each year to have something to write. We also put our name and the date by what we wrote. I am not sure if the kids write what the cats are thankful for. I will need to look.


7/20/15 school, volunteering, raking leaves, tornadoes and birthdays…

written 11.17.13 I had been trying to write a long post each day. It hasn’t been working. My new plan is to write something each day.

This week has been quieter. Maggie has been staying later at school. She is a senior and the work is getting harder and there is more of it. We bring home Beth and later I go back for Maggie. We usually have dinner together at the table, but it isn’t always possible. We also haven’t been doing our devotional at dinner since we are eating at different times. I should do the devotional with the kids that are home and again later when Maggie is here. With teenagers schedules we are always making adjustments.

We need to sign Beth up for the ACT test.

At church today the minister talked about volunteering, inside and outside of the church. We need to volunteer outside of the church. They had a couple of groups that people could volunteer at. It is sometimes hard to find a good fit. I want the kids to see the value of giving back, and it would be nice to meet some other families. On Sundays we are always running late and don’t have time to get to know anyone before church.

We need to rake the leaves in the yard and save them for the compost pile. We don’t have many trees so there is not much raking to do. When the kids were little we had a lot of kids in the neighborhood. They would all come over and help us rake all of the neighbors leaves into our backyard so that we could have a compost pile. The neighbors liked it because they didn’t need to rake. The kids had fun raking. If the kids didn’t have a rakes, they brought over shovels. We were happy because we got enough leaves for the summers compost.

Each year I would save a small bag of leaves. On Christmas morning I would scatter the leaves on the living room floor. I would also get some big boots and make muddy boot prints. The kids thought that it was cool that Santa’s left muddy prints and leaves when it was snowy out and all of the leaves were gone. Now that they are older, when the leaves fall, the kids always say,,hey mom, you need to collect some leaves… I think that they are on to me.

We are having a tornado warning. It has taken three trips for us to get what we need to the basement. We probably have missed most of the most important items that we should have with us. Only one of the cats has come to the basement with us. We need a list for these times and a pre-packed bag. We are advised on commercials to have a bag, but we don’t pack one.

The radio says that there are some people without power. We have power. We need a wood burning stove. The storm has almost passed us. I hope that it passes us, then the kids can sleep in their rooms tonight. The storm came through at 70 miles per hour.

When the kids were little and we had tornado drills we took a lot of things to the basement. By the time that we got the kids and their favorite toy and everyone’s shoes to the basement and comforted them because one was always crying because the siren had scared them, the drill was over. A lot has changed since then. We still don’t have a bag packed, but we get to the basement before the drill is over…and no one is crying.

For Beth’s birthday she got her ears pierced. She is seventeen today. She is a good kid. Beth makes us laugh. She loves to sing and talk to her friends. I love my kids.


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