Saturday, October 31, 2009

Our Week In Review – October 31, 2009



It’s been a pretty crazy couple of weeks around here – and mostly because of non-school (but still highly educational) activities.  So, you’ll understand if I don’t talk much about school subjects today!

1. Illness – Rosie Girl started getting sick with a cold last week on Monday (October 19) and missed her public school classes that Wednesday and Thursday.  She seemed better so I didn’t worry about taking her out of town last weekend, but she developed a fever Saturday night.  By Sunday morning I was convinced she didn’t have influenza (a real concern around here these days!), but she was feeling pretty awful.  She missed public school again Monday morning and I started her on Amoxicillin that afternoon for a sinus infection.  She’s finally looking better the end of this week.

2. Migraines – We’ve had some seriously unsettled and icky weather which has triggered a number of multi-day migraines.  (Did you know that “icky” is a technical meteorological term?  It is.)  It’s hard to keep up with the house and the school stuff with all these migraines.  And all that Imitrex is expensive!!

3. School – Yeah.  We’ve done some of that.  I haven’t even tried to figure out yet how far behind Rosie Girl is.  I really hope it’s only a few days and not a whole week.  Wild Man is doing pretty well in History but I really hope we can get some Spelling and Grammar done this upcoming week.  While I worked on Halloween costumes, the kids and I watched a PBS show about Pocahontas and Jamestown.  Rosie Girl has been learning about Botany – she’s not impressed.  Even with illness, Rosie Girl got her work for WriteAtHome turned in.  I’m just amazed at how well she is writing these days!  Her writing coach is really bringing out the best in her!

4. Project Serve – I’ve blogged in more detail with pictures here about our weekend.  Suffice it to say that it was a really fun and (I hope) useful weekend.

5. Nutrition Center – Wild Man and I have been able to go both of the last two weeks to the Senior Nutrition Center to help serve lunch.  Last week was the monthly birthday party and it was incredibly busy.  Instead of the normal 12 or 13 people that we serve, there were almost 50 clients!  After lunch, they played Bingo and let Wild Man play along.  I was really happy to let him play for a while because it gives him a chance to interact more with the clients.  This week there were 20 people because they had a Dartball tournament after lunch.  Not only that, the lunch came about 15 minutes late, and it was a somewhat complicated lunch to serve – soup and sandwiches.  We worked really hard!!  I’m so glad we do this.

6. Halloween – I broke down and sewed Rosie Girl’s cape because she’s been so sick.  Both kids now have their costumes completely ready.  Wild Man has been up at the theater getting ready for the Haunted Theater on Tuesday and Wednesday and then they actually did the Haunted Theater on Thursday and Friday and will do it again tonight.  He comes home with all kinds of makeup and hairspray on.  He looks really creepy and is totally loving it!!  He’s such a performer.  He and Rosie Girl will be giving out candy at BooFest on Main Street today – Wild Man with the Haunted Theater, Rosie Girl with the Library Club.  Meanwhile, I will be bundled up and sitting on the front stoop giving out candy to the zillions of kids who come by here.

That was our week.  Check out Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers to see what others have been up to!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Three Things This Thursday – The Halloween Edition

1. I used to stress about whether or not to “do” Halloween.  Not any more.  There are so many more important things in life to worry about – like migraines, Democrats in Congress, and the state of my kitchen floor.  And it’s not like we can “accidentally” end up worshipping the devil!!  Here are some links about Christians and Halloween that you might find helpful if you are trying to sort out how to handle the holiday.

   Concerning Halloween by James B. Jordan

   Annual Halloween Rant by Internet Monk

   Halloween Schmalloween by the Jolly Blogger

2. Before we moved to our current home, we lived in a rather new subdivision.  I like to be generous on Halloween, so I bought a lot of candy.  Since we were in a pretty new area, though, we had very few trick or treaters and we always had tons of candy left for me to take to the office the next Monday.  Don’t worry, though, my kids got lots of candy at our church’s Fall-O-Ween party. 

Now, we live on Main Street in a nearby town and things are totally different.  We have trick or treaters almost non-stop during trick or treat hours!!  I ran out of candy the first two years and barely had enough last year.  Our church doesn’t do Fall-O-Ween anymore, but my kids make good use of the trick or treat hours and don’t come home empty-handed!!

3. Halloween is the one time of year that I sew.  Otherwise, my craft of choice is knitting (and scrapbooking, but I don’t have time for that anymore).  Last year, I made part of Wild Man’s costume, but was fortunate that Grandma came to town and finished Wild Man’s and Rosie Girl’s costumes.  This year, both kids just wanted a cape – and the exact same cape that Wild Man had last year, but in different fabrics. 

We had a bit of a fiasco finding the pattern since it had gotten put in the wrong package, but eventually I got all the supplies together.  Originally, I was going to sew Wild Man’s, but he was supposed to help me and start to learn to sew (everyone should have some basic sewing knowledge, right).  Didn’t happen.  I made his cape between headaches so I did it on my own while he played video games.  Yeah, I don’t win mommy points for that, but it’s done. 

Rosie Girl was supposed to do her own cape this year since she does have some basic sewing skills.  Unfortunately, she got a sinus infection and is now behind in her schoolwork.  I took pity on her and made her cloak on Monday night.

Both kids are now ready for trick or treating.  Thankfully, all I need to do is sit on the steps and hand out candy.

Check out Three Things This Thursday to see what others are up to!

P.S.  Wild Man is part of the local Haunted Theater this weekend.  I’ll have some pictures of him in his scary makeup in a day or two.  Stay tuned!


Mythbusters as Science Class?


One of our family’s favorite TV shows is Mythbusters (on Discovery Channel) – the show where Adam and Jamie test out various myths to see if they hold up to close scrutiny.  Note only is the show fun to watch, but it doubles as science class when I’ve got a migraine!  Why?  Glad you asked!


1. Mythbusters uses basic scientific principles to test their myths.  They test the myth itself along with a control group.  They often start with scale testing to decide how to do the final test at full scale.  They also often break the myth into pieces and test each part before testing the whole thing at the end of the show.  When all is said and done, the kids are learning a lot about problem solving.  My favorite – Diet Coke and Mentos.

2. The Mythbusters actually teach science.  Yeah, they put up a disclaimer, so kids can close their eyes and cover their ears, but I have threatened my kids enough that they usually listen!  My kids have learned the science behind various kinds of explosions and terminal velocity, among other things.  My favorite – dropping a penny from the Empire State Building.

3. Even history makes an appearance in some of the myths.  Mythbusters did a pirate special in which they included lots of information about piracy in the 17th and 18th centuries.  They have tested myths from ancient Greece and ancient China and the US Civil War.  My favorite – Archimedes death ray.

4. Safety comes first!  Many of the myths that are tested are safety related.  The show about how many lights it took to set a Christmas tree on fire ended with a strong lecture on Christmas light safety.  There have been shows on kitchen grease fires and defective fire heaters, all of which end with discussions of safety.  I am also happy to see that all of the testing is done with safety in mind.  My favorite – Kitchen grease fires and water.

mb-mythbusters-sign160 5. They do a number of alcohol myths which might be off-putting to some families, but I actually don’t mind it.  Pretty much all of the myths about consuming large amounts of alcohol show the Mythbusters being quite miserable, whether from the drinking itself or the hangover the next morning.  My kids aren’t too interested in drinking to excess after watching these results!  My favorite – Beer vs. beer and shots to see which gives a worse hangover.

So, yeah, Mythbuster science may be lazy day science, but it certainly works around here!  My kids have learned some surprising things and enjoy it at the same time!

Check out Thirsty Thursday for more great homeschooling ideas!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

God’s Timing

I was writing out some Bible verses tonight to use for my meditation and I noticed a definite theme – waiting and rest. See what you think:

Isaiah 30:15 “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength . . .’”

Isaiah 40:31 “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Lamentations 3:25-26 “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks hi; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

Jeremiah 6:16 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look’ ask for the ancient paths; ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’”

Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:33-34 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.”

Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord: be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

Lamentations 3:22-23 “Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’”

So often, I want to tell God what to do and when to do it (right NOW). But, God has his own plan and I’m sure it’s waaaaaay better than mine is. These verses are all excellent reminders that I can rest in God’s timing and God’s plan for my life (my family, my church, etc.).

How do I wait?? Do I passively sit back and do nothing? Absolutely not! The Scriptures also tell us to be obedient. While I wait, I live my life and I obey God with as much energy as I have. But I’m don’t need to worry that God’s going to miss something. He’s on top of things.

God is faithful and I can rest in his love. So I’m going to bed, trusting that He’s got everything under control.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Project Serve

You’ve probably guessed from previous posts that we love our trips to Fort Wilderness.  So far this year, Rosie Girl and Wild Man have each been to camp on separate weeks, the whole family went to Family Camp, and I went to the Women’s Retreat.  But it wasn’t enough.  This weekend, we took a couple of teens up to do Project Serve for the weekend.


Project Serve is a program where groups can go up to Fort during the Fall, Winter, and Spring for the weekend and work wherever they need help.  Mr. Math Tutor proposed this to his small group of teens that meets for Bible study on Sunday nights and they thought it was a great idea.  Originally, there were going to be 5 teens and the 4 of us in our family.  Early in the week, we lost one teen to illness.  Thursday, we lost another one to influenza.  Friday morning, we found out that another one wanted to come, but several people in her family were being treated for influenza.  We told her that we just couldn’t risk taking her.  Later that afternoon, we got a text from her that she had gotten sick, too.

When we finally left Friday afternoon, it was just six of us instead of the original nine – IMG_0809thank you, H1N1.  Nonetheless, we had a great time!  The weather on the drive up to camp was awful.  In fact, I had had a migraine since Wednesday evening and was still taking meds to keep it at bay even Friday afternoon.  By the time we reached Rhinelander, the rain had turned to snow.  Thankfully, the roads weren’t icy!  We got to camp and got settled into our rooms in Jay Lodge – some of the older accommodations, but still nice.  And we were warm – good thing since it snowed a couple of inches overnight!


Saturday morning, we started working!  I worked in the kitchen, alongside Janet and Kathy.  My job was to do whatever else needed to be done in the kitchen, mostly getting food ready to serve, chopping veggies, cutting up bread, etc. before the meal.  After the meal, I helped clean up the kitchen and deal with the leftovers.  Bob and Karla, another couple who have helped several times before, were also working in the kitchen.  The work wasn’t very hard, and everyone was so pleasant to work with that it went by very quickly!


IMG_0831The rest of the group was on dish crew so they worked significantly harder!!  They had to set the tables before meals then get all the dishes clean and put away after the meals.  This weekend, there were about 200 campers at Fort for a retreat and we served four meals.  Wild Man wasn’t old enough to be able to work in the kitchen or the dish room, but he was able to help set tables and clean up afterward.




Rosie Girl worked as a stablehand on Saturday.  If her jeans and boots are any indication IMG_0824of how hard she worked, it must have been pretty intense!!  She got to go on a couple of trail rides in addition to the general labor of mucking out stables and filling mangers.  Unfortunately, she developed a fever Saturday night.  I was quite paranoid about influenza, given the issues that we’d had with losing team members to the illness, so I sent her to bed and wouldn’t let her go to the dining room for breakfast Sunday morning.  It turns out that her fever didn’t return and she probably has a sinus infection.


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Now that it’s all said and done, the whole team agreed that it was a successful weekend.  We enjoyed the work and had a blast!  I was also very glad that we got to hang out during our free time with the two teens that we took with us.  We played games in the coffee shop and talked.  They are really great kids.



I did manage to get everything unpacked today and the house cleaned up, but I think it will be a day or so before my feet and legs are willing to talk to me again!  And, I may just sleep for another 12 hours tonight!  Yep, I’m worn out – but in a good way!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Lessons in Humility

After med school and college, I spent ten years practicing medicine, and (if I can say this without sounding cocky) I was pretty good at it.  I knew how to manage most of the problems that came my way and I knew how to get help for the stuff I couldn’t handle.  Most of the time, I felt very qualified.

When I quit working as a family doctor and became a homeschooling mom, I still felt pretty competent.  We have a pretty laid-back educational style here so I wasn’t over my head very often with schooling, and I’m pretty comfortable with basic cooking and cleaning.

However, for the last couple of months, Wild Man and I have been going to the local Senior Nutrition Center to help pack meals for Meals on Wheels and serve meals to clients who come to the Center for lunch.  The work isn’t hard – packaging food into individualized containers, packing containers into bags, cleaning up.  Nonetheless, it has been something of a humbling experience!  For example, it’s really hard to know about how many servings of applesauce or salad are in one large container.  This week, I filled the 32 containers for Meals on Wheels with what I thought was a good amount and then we served 50 meals but we had a bunch of applesauce left over.  The director for the Center is much better than I am at figuring out about how much to serve and I often have to ask her if I’m giving the correct amount.

As we were working this week, I realized that, while it was an enjoyable experience, it was a little stressful because I was still learning new skills at age 42.  I was used to being very competent at my job and at my work at home so this was a new feeling.  Honestly, I think it’s a good feeling to experience sometimes.  It reminds me how my kids feel every time they try something new and also reminds me to take their feelings seriously.

I’m looking forward to getting more comfortable at my role at the Nutrition Center.  We only go once a week (when I don’t have a migraine) so it will take a little while.  Wild Man and I are still learning all the people who are there.  Generally, there are only 12-14 clients who eat at the Center, although they do have about 50 come for the monthly birthday party, like they did this week.  (Wild Man loved it because they played Bingo after lunch and let him play along.)

Tomorrow afternoon, we are going up north to Fort Wilderness to work this weekend on Project Serve.  We are taking Mr. Math Tutor’s teen/young adult group and our family and will be working with the staff while there is a retreat going on.  I’ll be in the kitchen, Rosie Girl will be in the stables, Mr. Math Tutor will be on dish crew, and Wild Man gets to just hang out.  I’m really looking forward to it, but I expect there will be some of the same uncomfortable kinds of feelings.  Of course, the Fort staff do everything they can to make it easy for us and our family is quite comfortable at Fort.  Nonetheless, it won’t be like cooking at home.

What do you think?  Do these feelings show up when you are in a new situation?  Do they get severe or are you able to brush them off?  How about your kids?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Our Week In Review – October 17, 2009


So, it’s been three weeks between weekly reviews this time!  Yep, we’re pretty busy with life around here.  Since it’s already kind of late on Saturday night, I’ll just hit the high points!

Rosie Girl is loving Choir.  She had to get character shoes for Show Choir and she was all concerned that they would be uncomfortable.  We were both thrilled when her shoes came in and she found that they were some of the most comfortable shoes she’d worn.  Rosie Girl’s Art class is also going well.  She has made a couple of pottery pieces and is almost finished with her linoleum printing.

Rosie Girl’s academic subjects are coming long pretty well.  She has had no more trouble with getting things turned in on time, although she has been known to not complete her work because she overlooked a section.  She’s more careful, now, though.  She is studying pre-Revolutionary War America in History.  She just finished nutrition in humans in biology.  I continue to be very happy with  I love that I don’t have to try to teach Rosie Girl to write, but can just advise her on her assignments!

Wild Man is doing great with reading on his own.  He has been able to do several of his workbook assignments without help from me at all (which was great because I’ve had lots of migraines).  He is learning about the 13 colonies and their relationship with Great Britain.  For Science this week, he learned about pH, so I gave him some pH testing paper and let him test substances around the house.

Wild Man still really likes his band class.  He plays percussion and has learned to play bass drum this week (it’s not as easy as it looks!).  He and I still help out at the Senior Nutrition Center on Wednesday morning.

So that’s about it.  For a busy three weeks, I’ve got remarkably little to say tonight!  Ah, well, I’m sure I’ll make up for it another time!

Check out how others’ week’s have gone at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers!

Friday, October 16, 2009

7 Quick Takes Friday – October 16, 2009


1. I’ve had more than my share of contact with health care providers this week.  You’d think I’d enjoy this, since I worked as a Family Doctor, but not really.  I saw the chiropractor twice, the dentist, my family doctor, my counselor, and took my daughter to an ENT.  I don’t want to leave the house now for a week!

2. Speaking of ENT’s (Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists), Rosie Girl had a visit today with one.  She has had about six months of getting “junk” in the crypts in her left tonsil.  She has to get the white stuff out with a Q-tip and it tastes and smells bad.  As expected, the ENT told us that the only real treatment is to have her tonsils out.  Right now, we’re considering having it done around Christmas time.

3. Speaking of Family Practice (we were, you know, at least, I think we were), I do want to go back to work eventually.  But, I think sometimes about doing some kind of full-time ministry like working in a depressed area (rural or urban).  I don't want to leave this area while the kids are still at home, but I remember how much I enjoyed working at the boy’s ranch in Venezuela several years ago.  Mr. Math Tutor is also not adverse to the idea of full-time ministry work in the future.  Where and when?

4. I always said that I would never marry an engineer or a pastor.  Mr. Math Tutor has a degree in Electrical Engineering, although most of his work was in software engineering.  He’s not a pastor, but he has been an Elder in our church for the last four years, which is pretty darn close to being a pastor.  God is laughing at me.

5. Next weekend, our family and Mr. Math Tutor’s small group of young adults are going up to the Northwoods to help out at Fort Wilderness for the weekend.  I’m going to be working in the kitchen, Rosie Girl will be in the stables, Mr. Math Tutor will be doing dishes, and Wild Man will get to goof off!!

6. The weather is nice and chilly, so I’m making Ham and Tomato Bisque as well as gingerbread.  Definite fall comfort food!

7. It appears that some neighbors may be conducting business of questionable legality.  Law enforcement visited there a few weeks ago but the procession of people of young age and moderately unpleasant appearance in and out hasn’t changed.  Sigh.

Check out Conversion Diary to see what others are saying this week!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Three Things Thursday

Home School Dad hosts Three Things Thursday over at his blog every week.  This is my first time to participate, although I should do it more often, if for no other reason than to support a homeschooling dad.  In our family, Mr. Math Tutor was the homeschooling parent while I was the “make the money” parent until my migraines took over life four years ago. 

Now that our roles are reversed, I am seriously grateful for all the work my dear hubby did for those first several years.  It’s really kind of funny to read Home School Dad’s posts and remember back to the years when Mr. Math Tutor was doing the grocery shopping and taking the kids to the library.     

But, back to our regularly scheduled program – this week’s Three Things Thursday has the theme Three Fears.  Of course, after I gave such a glowing review to Max Lucado’s book, Fearless, I wonder if I should participate at all.  You might think I’m not practicing what I learned.  But since I live in the real world, I’ll go ahead and post about my fears, which I definitely have!

1. I have a great fear of losing control which shows up in lots of different ways.  For example, our church’s women’s group goes to a women’s retreat every fall.  When I was working, I didn’t go because I usually wanted to hang out with my family on my free weekends.  In the last few years, though, I’ve come up with other excuses for not going. 
They boiled down, though, to fear of having a wicked migraine and not having my husband there to “run interference” for me.  I was afraid of losing control during a migraine – vomiting, crying, etc. – and having other women worrying over me.  I’m glad to say, though, that I went this year.  I told a friend about my fear and she promised to help me find a quiet spot if I had a bad migraine.  I also took every migraine medication known to mankind (OK, that might be hyperbole) with me, even taking a little ice chest for the refrigerated medications.  And the retreat was wonderful – I was so glad I went.

2. I’m afraid of snakes.  I don’t know why.  I’ve never been bitten although my cat was when I was in high school.  He was bitten by a water moccasin (we lived in Florida) and had to stay overnight at the vet’s office.  Other than that, I just don’t like their slithery bodies . . .

3. I am afraid of ruining my kids with homeschooling.  My fear isn’t that homeschooling as a concept will hurt them, but that I will do something so bad that they will grow up to become bums living off of me and Mr. Math Tutor until they are 45 (which would definitely be a tragedy).  This is probably my least rational fear.  My kids are socially well-adjusted and seem to be reasonably well-educated.  Wild Man is learning to deal with his dyslexia and can read independently.  Rosie Girl is doing just fine in her high school subjects.  But, especially when I have a week with lots of migraines, I hear that little voice again that I’m not doing a good enough job.  I know that this fear is not based in reality and I have to keep telling myself this.  Over and over and over and over and over and over. . . .

So, what about you??  What are you afraid of?  Is it rational?  Check out Three Things Thursday to see what others are saying!!


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Is God Random?

I have heard an argument against biological evolution that says that God wouldn’t allow the universe to develop randomly or by “chance”. The argument was that God must have created the universe in six 24 hour days according to a literal reading of the first chapter of Genesis because He would not have allowed the Big Bang to occur and then allowed everything else to develop just by “chance”. I used to think that made sense, but I don’t anymore.

The Bible is clear that God has planned everything that will happen, even before He created the world. Proverbs 16:4 tells us “The Lord works out everything for his own ends.” In Ephesians, we read, “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.”

The idea that God would not use evolution as a means of creation because it is “random” doesn’t hold water when we consider that God already knows everything that is going to happen. Even a sparrow doesn’t fall to the ground apart from the will of God (Matthew 10:29). What appear to us to be random events - genetic mutations, the roll of the dice, the clothes the kids put on the morning - are events that were known to God from the beginning of time. There is nothing that has happened from the first moment of Creation – whether it was 6,000 years ago or 15 billion years ago – that was not expected and known by God.

And this gives me great comfort. God isn’t surprised by my migraines. He doesn’t freak out when a Democrat is elected to the White House. As a speaker I once heard said, God isn’t on Prozac and pacing up and down in Heaven worrying about the mess down here. And that’s because He’s completely in control.

The words “random” and “chance” aren’t in God’s vocabulary. I am convinced by the scientific evidence that God used evolution as His tool in the creation of His universe. I’m also convinced that nothing that exists or happens is the product of chance. I can rest in the assurance that God loves me and is taking care of me. And I’m thanking God for that every day!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Updates on Life

Wow.  Two weeks since I last posted.  Actually, that’s kind of good because it means I’ve been living “real” life!!  Let me give my very few readers a quick update on what’s been going on.

  • Rosie Girl and Wild Man are still enjoying taking public school classes while doing their academic work at home.  Well, I’m not sure I can say they enjoy their academic work, but they do it without excessive complaining.


  • Rosie Girl joined the teenage group at the public library this week.  I had a migraine so Rosie Girl rode her bike to the library on Wednesday afternoon.  A friend from Choir class was there and asked if she wanted to stay for a SWAT meeting (SWAT is the name of the group – I have no clue what it stands for.) so Rosie Girl stayed for the meeting and became part of the group!!  They will be doing something during the town’s Halloween celebration next weekend.  In addition, Wild Man is going to a Tuesday afternoon art club downtown and they are doing decorations for a downtown Haunted House.


  • During the first weekend in October, I went with our church women’s group to a women’s retreat in the Northwoods.  We had a blast!  The speaker was great, but I mostly enjoyed getting to hang out with other women.  I had one migraine that responded quickly to medications – thank you, Lord!


  • Last Monday, Mr. Math Tutor’s grandmother passed away at the age of 93.  He went down South from Tuesday to Saturday while the kids and I stayed home.  Unfortunately, I had a migraine from Sunday night through Wednesday.  Ick.  I really don’t like “single parenting”.  I was sooooo glad to see Mr. Math Tutor again on Saturday afternoon.  That being said, I was still quite happy that he was able to  be with his mom when she needed him – and she needed him more that week than the kids and I did.


  • While Mr. Math Tutor was gone, I was able to get Wild Man’s Halloween costume made.  Of course, I think that aggravated my migraines.  Rosie Girl wants the exact same cape, but I told her that she’s going to do most of the sewing this time around!!


I think we’re almost back to normal now.  I have a dental appointment tomorrow, a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday, and Rosie Girl has an ENT appointment on Friday (more on that later), so we’ll have our fill of the health care professions by the end of the week.  Otherwise, we’re now wearing warm clothes and I’m totally enjoying my Uggs boots!!

So, keep reading.  I plan on trying to post a little more often because I have so much going on in my head that it needs to come out somewhere and this is as good a place as any!!