Saturday, June 12, 2010

All The News That Is News

I've been meaning and meaning to post a little something, but each day I seemed to put it off and put it off. I was flabbergasted when I realized that my last post was on May 20th. I guess I have just been too busy living life to write about it.

We are at last finished with school. Daily logs are in order, portfolios completed, and the kids have been to our evaluator for their interview and to have their portfolios reviewed. All that's left is a medical exam and eye exams that are required by the state. On June 30th, all the paperwork, portfolios, daily logs, and evidence of medical, dental, and eye exams must be turned into our local school district. I always heave a big sigh of relief when that day rolls around.

Next year our little homeschool will have a freshman and a senior. They have both decided that they would like to get a jump on their school work over the summer and get a subject or two underway. That will lighten their day some once September comes 'round.

The last couple of days has found me trying to catch up on the housework that gets behind during the school year. Babies are arriving all around us, and I have been working on an outfit for a little princess that was born over a month ago. (If you think that is late, I have to complete a little boy outfit for a little guy that was born 3 or 4 months ago). But at least now there is more time to work on these things.

I have had so many gifts to make lately, that I am afraid my Etsy shop has been neglected as well. So, I need to get things moving on that as well. It amazes me that it has almost been a year since I began that little venture. Although it has not been as well stocked as I would like, it has still been plugging along. I am so excited because I have 14 people who have marked my shop as a favorite (and only 1 of those people is someone that knows me). So that is pretty neat when I think about it.

We (I use that term loosely) have put in a little garden. We have some roma tomatoes, sweet green peppers, jalapeno, habenero, and chili peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, bush beans and onions. Oh yeah, and 2 volunteer pumpkin plants. Well, there were about 30, but we pulled out all but 2. Our garden just isn't big enough to accommodate that many pumpkin vines. I have to admit that the only thing I was responsible for was planting the beans and the marigold seeds around part of the perimeter.

I hope we have a better harvest than last year. The local wildlife apparently thought we were the farmer's market because they helped themselves to most of our small, pitiful crops. And what should I see today, but deer tracks in the garden? Let me tell you, I am no fan of Bambi when he starts pilfering my produce and destroying my plants.

My daughter's dearest friend has graduated this year. She's been home-educated all her life. (She is the sweetest, gentlest girl you'd ever want to meet. I think of her like my own daughter). She is an accomplished cook and baker, a budding needle woman, and her homemaking skills are outstanding. So this weekend is her graduation party. I've been baking a batch or two of spritz cookies everyday this week for the party. My oldest gave me a cookie press for Christmas last year. It was a Pampered Chef cookie press, and I love it. I've heard a lot a people complain about working cookie presses, but this one has worked like a dream for me. I've been concocting all sorts of flavors, and it's been a lot of fun. I came up with a Hazelnut coffee flavored cookie dipped in chocolate. I've got to admit it is pretty good.

The picture at the top of the page is of a plate my oldest daughter picked up at a tea shop. She said she saw it and just knew I would love it (AND I DO!) She had planned on it being a Christmas gift for me next year, but couldn't wait to give it to me. In case you can't read the writing on it. . .

Enjoy the little
things in life for
someday you'll look
back and realize they
were the big things.

You just have to thank the Lord God for all the "little things" with which He has blessed us.
And one of the little things that I am thanking Him for and looking forward to is a couple of months of sunshine and following my creative spirit.

Well, I hope that I haven't "bent your ear too much" or bored you. I hope to be able to post a few of my sewing projects here for you over the next few weeks and maybe I can even add another tutorial in my "sewing lessons for the young" series. I haven't added anything to that since last summer.


momawake said...

Nice to see a new post. ;-)
I've heard that your state isn't very homeschool friendly. That's an amazing amount of hoops to go through. I know you just get used to it and just do it because of how important homeschooling is, but still! Do the PS kids have to do all that as well, all the doctors' visits?
I'll look forward to seeing what you put in your shop? Anymore patterns on the horizon? :)

Nanci said...

The public schools do their own physical, eye, and dental exams. But it seems we homeschool moms must do a lot more to document that we have taught our students than the PS teachers do. I would love to be in a state where I could just homeschool my kids without all the added regulations. Pennsylvania is one of the toughest states in this respect.

In regard to the patterns, my husband got a scanner for me so that I can offer PDF files of the patterns. I still need to re-work the instructions on the first pattern a little as you suggested. I, also, need to learn a little more about offering PDF patterns. Now that school is over for the summer, I'll have a little more free time to work on that. When that's done, I'll send it out to you.

I have made another pattern (well at least the pattern pieces), but as of yet I haven't taken any pictures of the construction process or begun writing instructions. When I've finished it (not sure when that will be), would you be interested in testing it?

Charree said...

I am glad that the school year is finished for you and that your pupils are so eager to get a head start.

I found the part about the garden really entertaining, especially the part about Bambi. I hope that the wildlife leaves your garden alone though. It is disappointing to put the effort into a garden and not have much to show for it.

Have a blessed week!

momawake said...

I would love to test anything you want to send my way. Well, almost anything. :)

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