Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tuesday at Home

See that stuff in the above picture? That's oak pollen and it's taking over the world. Well, Central Virginia at least! It is everywhere; falling from the trees like rain. It's rolling down the street as tumbleweeds. I've been having to sweep off our deck at least three times a day. It's in our gutters, on our cars, covering our dogs......and making everyone miserable. I kept Julianne home from co-op today because her allergies are so bad. I'm not usually bothered by pollen but my eyes have been watering since I woke up. I'm looking forward to the rain tomorrow night to wash this all away. Hopefully it will rain for a few days to get rid of all this misery!

On the homekeeping front today, I'm defrosting our chest freezer. We ordered some organic beef a while back and it's now ready for pickup. I only had a day's notice! Thankfully, our freezer in the fridge was able to hold everything while I defrost the chest. Tomorrow it will be filled with steaks, roasts, and ground beef. Yummy! Last year we got 1/8 of a cow but the meat was so good we decided to get 1/4 this year.

The washing machine is working hard these days as I'm washing all our blankets, quilts, etc. I guess that is part of my spring cleaning. I want to wash the windows inside and out, wash the blinds, and clean the fans. I have to wait until all the pollen is gone to do the windows are else when I open them, my furniture will be covered in green.....just like my car is every morning.

I still haven't made any progress on our spare room, which I guess is now a storage room. Lord willing, I will be able to get to that this summer. Sometimes I feel like I'm getting rid of so much "stuff" and there's still more of it. Jessica left a lot of her things here when she moved out. I had her go through it to take what she wanted and we got rid of the rest. It's not simple to simplify!!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Drop it! No! Come! Sit! Leave it!

Since Arwen arrived in our home last Friday my days have consisted of training, training and more training. This puppy is sooooo full of energy. She is doing well in some areas but not in others. Trying to take her for a walk is a challenge. She is not understanding that I am the one who is supposed to lead, not her. "I will be calm and assertive......I am the Dog Whisperer." Haha!

In other news, it is about 93 degrees today. Our spring has been quite cool; very lovely in fact and wham! we're in the 90's until Wednesday or Thursday. Our a/c is not working but thankfully our neighbor works for an a/c company. He's here working on our unit right now. It seems to be that it needs a valve replacement so hopefully that will solve the problem.
I went to the library the other day and picked up some books on frugal living/saving money. Even if I only get a tip or two that saves me money out of what I read, it will be worth it. It seems like every time I go to the grocery store the prices have gone up!
Julianne only has a few more weeks of school left. I have already signed her up for classes next year: biology, advanced writing/literature and algebra 1. I'm looking into Rosetta Stone for Spanish. Has anyone used this??
I hope you all have a wonderful Lord's Day tomorrow!

Friday, April 17, 2009

A New Member of the Family

We got a new puppy today! Ever since Squirt died last year we have been wanting a beagle. The other day a neighbor boy was walking the cutest little beagle. I saw him again today and asked him where he got her. Turns out a neighbor a few streets over was selling beagle puppies for cheap! So.......I called Michael to see if it would be ok and he said yes! I went right over and picked one out. Isn't she cute? I don't have a name yet but am leaning toward Arwen.....ever the LOTR geek that I am!

Dasher with her new friend
So cute!

The newest member of our household!

Free Newsletters, Recipes and More!

Homeschool Freebie of the Day is offering a great package this weekend only. Here's what it includes:

Listen My Children (MP3 audio) -
FIRST UP up this a great half hour audio story about
Revere's long life and influence, including the events of
that fateful night, as originally dramatized on the radio
program "Cavalcade of America", in December, 1952.

"Listen My Children" Listening Guide (PDF ebooklet) -
Next, you'll want to use this PDF discussion guide with
background info and questions to accompany the above audio program.

Paul Revere's Ride (MP3 audio) - Next, we have a SECOND
classic audio for you: A wonderful dramatic performance of
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's classic poem,
"Paul Revere's Ride" as performed by Frederic March.
If your kids have never heard it, they are missing
out on one of the quintessential American poems. Give it a listen!

And FINALLY, we also have a neat PDF art study lesson focusing
on paintings & sculptures depicting Paul Revere (as well as
the Minutemen), courtesy of Yes You Can! Publications.
This is lots of fun and a great way to combine history
with art appreciation & hands-on activities to boot.

All these resources are up today and for the entire weekend. While you're over there, be sure to sign up to receive a homeschool freebie each weekday. You can find them at
Rose Publishing, which makes easy-to-use Bible reference material, especially Bible study charts, maps, and time lines, offers a free weekly e-mail with a eChart you can download. If you sign up at their site, they will send you 9 charts to get started.
Dover Publications, which publishes all kinds of material including books, clipart, coloring books and more, has a free weekly sample of some their books and clipart. You can sign up at their site.
Kraft Foods offers free recipes each week that come right to your inbox. You can sign up by going to their site.
Betty Crocker offers several newsletters including one called Dinner Made Easy. I've found some good recipes in it and they usually include a variety of coupon offers.

I hope you enjoy these and if you know of any good "free" offers, let me know.

Monday, April 13, 2009

A Wise Woman Builds Her House

What does it mean to build your home (Prov. 14:1)? Not only is the structure and upkeep of the home dealt with in the concept of home building, but the family itself is included. Although the Hebrew word for "house" and "home" is the same, "home" is the preferred word here. A house is not always a home and this verse does not speak of house construction, masonry, or carpentry, but of home building; the knitting together of family and a day-to-day routine of creating a happy and comfortable place for a family to live.~Robert L. Alden

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Resurrection Day!!

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he is risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again'". Then they remembered his words.~Luke 24:1-8

.......Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time.......~1 Corinthians 15:3b-6a

Friday, April 10, 2009

Blog Recommendation

Stephen Altrogge has a great post over at The Blazing Center about soul revival. I hope you'll go over there and read it.....and subscribe to his blog. It's great encouragement every day!!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Third Day

Membership has its advantages! I joined last year so this was my second Meet and Greet!
Tai Anderson, bass guitar

Revive opened the show; we show them in June '08 at Busch Gardens when they also opened for Third Day.

Mark's amazing boots!

Mark Lee, lead guitar

Mac Powell, lead singer/guitar

Mac singing King of Glory

David Carr, drummer

Friday, April 03, 2009

Third Day Concert

I'm tired and going to bed but wanted to add one picture from tonight's Third Day concert. I've got a bunch more but will post those another day. Third Day was great, as usual. Michael and I had a wonderful time. We also enjoyed Revive and Brandon Heath.

Good night!