So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9

Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished! Luke 1:45

Friday, September 29, 2017

Comprehension Questions

This is a list of the comprehension questions I have had to make up for my little reader:

Meet George Washington

Phoebe the Spy

The Skippack School

A Time to Dance: Virginia's Civil War Diary Book 3

I will add to them as I make more.

A Time to Dance

Rugrat is currently reading My America's A Time to Dance: Virginia's Civil War Diary. It is the third book in a series although we haven't read the other two. It goes along with the history she is currently studying.

Once again, however, there were no comprehension questions available even though several sources recommended it as a good book for teaching with this time period in history. So, I sat down last night and made my own.

They can be found here if anyone else needs them.

You're welcome.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Chick and I went to a Ladies Retreat two weekends ago. When we came home, we decided to share a couple of the things we learned with Rugrat and Hubby.

New card games.

While Rugrat liked playing "9 Hole Golf," she really enjoyed learning "Trash." I have no idea why they call it that. It took her no time to catch on and she has asked to play it several times since.

The Cowardly Lion Goes to the Vet

State Fair 2017

This year, they had something called $2 Tuesday which was good because that was the only day we could go. In addition, my schedule has been crazy and the fair kind of snuck up on me this year.

On the last two days before it began - hence the last two days they are available, I tried two different places to buy advance hand stamp tickets (for unlimited rides) at the discount and neither had it. I went home disgusted (and frankly okay with NOT going this year for the first time in over a decade) and decided that if we wanted to go, we'd just pay full price.

So we went.

Every ride was one $2 ride ticket which worked out quite a bit cheaper than buying 3 hand stamps in the end as long as we were judicious with them. It also allowed one or both of the boys to join us on the rides if they so chose which was nice for a change.

Of course, we had to hit the ferris wheels, Rugrat's favorite.

Even though it didn't seem like it at the end of the night, we ended up spending 7 hours there. No wonder I was so tired when we left.

School Daze

We actually started our second year of home schooling at the beginning of August. I wanted to allow plenty of time to do our family trips and take time off when we needed it. Plus, I figured we would be sure to get out early at the end of the year that way -- which is when I will probably need it more.

She is always up for Art. It is still by far her favorite subject...

although a few of her science experiments have been on par with Art -- like this one that required her to make a paper mache ant and then identify the body parts.

You know you're having fun if its messy, right!

Things got off to a difficult start (as usual) but then we seemed to hit our groove. So much so, that one day recently, I took her to for a treat because she had done so well.

When I told her where we were going, she excitedly proclaimed that I was the best mother ever. And then she said, "I'm glad you didn't have to fight in the Civil War."

No, she didn't think I was that old. Can you guess what we have been studying?

And, in this case, she was also slightly put out when she learned that only men used to fight in wars. But, I guess she was okay with it if it meant she got donuts eventually. I don't know. I am slowly learning to just go with it.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summer Joy

I keep telling Hubby I'm a simple girl. Here's proof right here. This little pantry door shelf makes me obscenely happy.

It arrived today and I installed it. And suddenly it felt like my pantry was twice as big. Which is really saying something because it is basically a linen closet in my kitchen. Our house has 4 bedrooms, 2 floors, and close to 2500 square feet. But for some reason, the architect thought that we needed only a space about the size of two kitchen cabinets stacked on top of each other to store our food. ????  I can only assume that they think everyone eats out for 90 percent of their meals nowadays.

I have decided after living here and dealing with these size pantries in our last several houses (when it has one at all) that I don't want another house with no pantry. It will either need a large, walk-in and dance sized pantry or a place that can be converted to one.

But this little hanging door shelf helped tremendously. And once I filled it, I was able to do some organizing.

I found a few things I didn't know I had. And that I had extras of a few things that I didn't realize I had. For example, that jar of pickles against the back wall. I would have sworn I bought more but when we had hamburgers the other day, I couldn't find them anywhere. Even taking stuff out and moving things around. I decided I had fooled myself.

Imagine my surprise when they were right there, hidden beneath the tuna and behind the cans of tomato sauce. Corralling all the vinegars/sauces/oils in that bin was another very good idea I found while talking myself into buying that shelf. It was a little more than I liked but it is made to be sturdy and holding quite a bit of weight so I got it. Not to mention how nice it is to be able to see everything.

Rugrat is a simple girl too. Sometimes. For about $10 more than my shelf, we found this on sale at Big Lots and got it.

It is just her size (the water comes about to the top of my hips) and she has literally asked to swim in it every day since we got it. Even when it was raining outside on one of the two days it has rained this year in Oklahoma. I'm joking of course. It's rained on four days. ;)

Anything making you obscenely happy this summer so far?