Picture Solution

My picture-eating problem has a "fix". Someone recently posted about a new photo-hosting site on a scrapbooking board that I frequent. I was finally able to post the correct pictures in the correct spots. Anyway, the new photo-hosting site is easy - - and it's free, too. Check it out: allyoucanupload.com


Moving Right Along

I put aside the withholding-adjectives vest I was working on. I made a mistake on the back. And I'm pretty sure there is an error on the pattern on the front. I need to check and see how it works with the other sizes to be sure. But, nonetheless, it is being set aside until I have a clear head.
Here's another infant sweater I'm restarting. I'm making the one on the right. I will never buy this yarn again - it's kind of a fun look, but it's a pain because you cannot see the defined stitches. I had tried making this sweater a few years ago, but dropped a stitch. Because it's nearly impossible to catch the stitch, it had to be frogged. So it is being attempted again, but I will knit a little more slowly so as to not drop stitches. This is the perfect summer sweater for chilly nights. I was just looking at the buttonband on the pattern picture - I have no clue how to pick up stitches to knit the button band when you can't even identify stitches. hmm.


Cute Couple

I'm getting a little frustrated with Blogger. I've reposted the pictures on 2 of my posts twice now, and they still are disappearing. So, I'm testing another picture with this post.

Here is my dh in 1990 with a nice-looking tall, young lady. Don't they make a cute couple? Too bad my dh was already taken and had 2 children.

Brooke Shields was on a USO tour to servicemen in the Persian Gulf. My dh had been there for several months on duty. He went to his office to get an envelope to send me the letter that you can see in his hands, when someone yelled over to him to stand next to this young lady for a picture. Dh was the only one in the office who was taller than Brooke. She's pretty cute, but he's mine :)


Is it just me?

Or is Blogger eating other people's pictures? I put up a post yesterday and it removed pictures from another post. So I re-added those pictures yesterday. Today, yesterday's pictures are gone as well as some from the other post. So weird.



We are involved in a close-knit homeschool community and tonight is the high school graduation ceremony. We received 10 announcements out of the class of 14, so my 19-yr old and I have been trying to think of what we could give as a graduation gift that would not break the bank, but would also be meaningful to the graduates. My daughter came up with the idea to get a flowering plant for each graduate. And then I thought of getting perennials instead of annuals so they could watch them grow over the years. We chose Liatris spicata or 'Floristan Violet Gayfeather' - supposed to be easy to grow and very attractive flowers which look like this:

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Here are 3 of the plants wrapped in tissue paper and hemp:

And the card reads:

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Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams

of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

The flowering perennial represents the “tree” in Psalm 1. Our prayer for you is that you will take the time to plant this in your garden and in the years to come when you see the leaves, you will grasp the real spiritual truth of being delighted in Him.

~The ___ Family


Misty River

Pearl and I went to see Misty River in concert in WA state at a cute old theatre. I have to say that it was probably one of the best concerts I have attended. It felt like we were in their living room having a jam session. Many people are able to sing and play music, but few are able to pass along their enthusiasm and excitement to the audience like they do. Misty River is comprised of 4 multi-talented ladies. All of the ladies sing. One lady plays accordian and another switches back and forth from guitar to fiddle. The remaining two are mother and daughter. The mother plays banjo and guitar and her daughter plays an upright acoustic bass. The music varies from folk, bluegrass, to Celtic and they blend beautifully when singing a capella tunes. It was a great time for Pearl and I together and especially for Pearl as she was able to meet Chris, the fiddler.

Check them out: Misty River


What does homeschooling look like at our house?

Pearl swinging in the hammock reading historical novel.

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6-yr old doing Miquon Math using Cuisinaire rod math manipulatives with big sister helping.

Pearl reading botany assignment and planting seeds with 3-yr old wanting to help.

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Orange boy outside doing his hands-on
discovering how a magnifying glass and sun = fire.

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Playing four-square after lunch.

Fun, fun :)


Happy Mother's Day!

Having Fun with Baby

I had a great Mother's Day. Unfortunately, Dh and our eldest son were away at a funeral, so the rest of us had a picnic in our backyard under the cherry tree. It was in the 80s - absolutely gorgeous. My daughter bought me a hanging flower basket, paid for a month at the gym, the other children got me 2 Reese's peanut butter cups (definitely will need to go to the gym), and a nice card. While I was at Costco, I bought a beautiful bouquet of flowers because my dh would have if he were here. He concurred. I have seven beautiful, happy children. I am truly blessed. Hope you all had a wonderful mother's day!


Pearly's Quilt

Pearl has been working on her quilt again. I stopped helping her at the end of my pregnancy because it was hard on my back to be leaning over to cut strips. She's on a roll and hopes to get the borders done this weekend. Here are shots before and after adding the lattice strips between the blocks.


Pouty Lip

I don't know what it is about me, but I find this pouty-face look absolutely adorable. The other day, I was singing lullabies to my sweet baby and he started to stick his bottom lip out, got tears in his eyes, and was about to start crying. I stopped singing and then he was back to his old self again. When I started singing again, out came the lower lip again and he did eventually start crying. It was so funny - what a mean Mommie I am, laughing at her poor baby crying. Maybe I should be crying that he was crying about my singing. As a life-long singer, I'm trying not to take it personally ;)

Just yesterday, Pearly confided in me that she faked a cry to see if he could be coerced into pouting. He performed well. I guess it runs in the family :)


Time to Catch Up

It's been busy around here. With spring upon us, we've been busy in the yard, cleaning, etc. Also, trying to do a little working out myself. I joined a gym and have been working out with a friend for about 2 wks now and have lost about 5 pounds. Still have a ways to go, but progress is good.

Lots of schooling going on now that baby is developing sort of a sleeping/waking/eating schedule on his own. Here's my 11-yr old's science project. She's doing the botany book put out by the folks at Apologia. Thankfully, the book explains everything so my daughter can do it independently. She's got seeds trying to germinate in all sorts of places (dark place, fridge, etc). Here are some seeds germinating on the window. You can see her chart where she marks growth. Cool stuff.

PS - I have no idea why the above is underlined and a hyperlink. I cannot figure out how to remove the underline on Blogger. So there you go.


Remember those clams?

This is the part about homeschooling I like - everything is a learning project. I came from a family who did not eat seafood - except for tuna. My mom's idea of baking fish was opening a can of tomato sauce and pouring on top of the fish and baking (remember, Mom? - lol). Sorry, but it wasn't too good. I had no clue how to deal with the clams and so I assigned 16-yr old son to make clam chowder. I referred him to
The Joy of Cooking as his guide and made last night's dinner for us. Now he knows the full process: how to catch clams, how to clean them, and how to cook/eat them. Oh, and he enjoyed the process. He agreed that it was good for him to learn how to make it and mentioned that his future wife might be happy to have a husband who can cook at least a little bit.

Okay, put an "X" in the skills-you-want-your-children-to-learn box. What's next?


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