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Monthly Archives: November 2008

Red Kettle: Help Support the Salvation Army

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Every year, one of the things that we do is drop our change in the Red Kettle for the Salvation Army.  Miss K has done this since she was a tiny one.  To this day, everytime we make a stop, the Red Kettle gets all of our change.  I know this year, more than any other probably, many people are struggling to make ends meet.  That’s even true for us.  However, I believe in the Salvation Army and what they do.  Because of this, I decided to let Miss K join in the online Red Kettle campaign. 

If you have any spare change, please consider donating to her Red Kettle. Once you click the “donate now” button, you can choose which Salvation Army receives your donation, so you can support mine or your local one.

Dynamic fundraising meter for your Red Kettle campaign.
Personal fundraising widget for 2008 Red Kettle campaign
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What Will be in Your Christmas Stocking?

Ah yes, it’s time for yet another fun Christmas quiz.  This one is What Will Be In Your Christmas Stocking?  I sure hope it’s not a lump of coal!!  HEHE  Well, here’s my results:

Your Christmas Stocking Will Be Filled With Little Wrapped Presents

You’ve made Santa a very happy fellow this year.Don’t worry – what happens at the North Pole stays at the North Pole!


So, what’s going to be in your stocking??  Post a comment or post the results on your blog.  I’ll be looking forward to finding out who’s more naughty than me!!  HEHE

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Which of Santa’s Reindeer are You?

I’ve got so much going on right now and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.  I decided that to keep my blog going through this crazy busy holiday time of the year, that on days that I don’t have much “free time” or much to blog about, I’ll post some sort of fun, cute, clever or whatever you want to call it quiz, game or item.  I hope that you find something to play along with.

So, here’s fun little Christmas quiz!!  This one is Which of Santa’s Reindeer are You?  Here’s my results:

You Are Dancer

Carefree and fun, you always find reasons to do a happy dance.Why You’re Naughty: That dark stint you had as Santa’s private dancer.Why You’re Nice: You’re friendly. Very friendly. 



So, which of Santa’s reindeer are you??  Post a comment or the results on your blog!!

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How Thankful are You?

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I hope you all are having a day to be thankful for.  I know we are!!  These are the times that life is made of.  In celebration of today, I found a fun quiz to show just how thankful I am.  This quiz is How Thankful are You?  I know I have so much to be thankful for.  My results are:


You Are 86% Thankful

You’re an incredibly thankful person, and everyone around you feels very appreciated.

You inspire people to be more optimistic, forgiving, and grateful.

I’d have to say that’s pretty accurate.  Sometimes, I do forget, but most times, I know just how lucky and blessed I am.  So, just how thankful are you??  Post your results with a comment or in your own blog post.  I’ll be looking forward to reading about your thankfulness. 

You can even leave a comment about what you’re MOST thankful for today!!  For me, it’s my faith and my family.  I can’t do without either of them.

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Homeschool 101: Course of Study

My online gal pal, Laura, e-mailed me and said that she knows people who’d like to homeschool or who want to know more about our homeschool.  I really don’t blog much about our homeschool because it all just flows so easily.  But I do realize that many people have questions about homeschool and there’s also many skeptics out there.  So what better way to inform people than to blog about it.  Please keep in mind, homeschooling is different for each family.  This will just be ourtake on homeschool.  I’m going to call this series Homeschool 101 and hope that you all find it interesting, find useful information, get a question answered or just learn something new about homeschooling.


There’s so many things to discuss with homeschooling.  They’re all important, but I’m going to start with “course of study”.  Nobody knows your kids better than you do.  Each one is different and each one learns in their own way.  One of the main benefits of homeschooling is that you can focus on these strengths and help enforce and expand the weaknesses.  Like all kids, Miss K is better at some subjects than others.  She’s not “behind” her grade level in any subjects, but she does work ahead in some and at grade level in others.  Knowing this will help you choose your curriculum or decide on what books or methods you’ll use to teach the classes.

Another thing that helps make these choices is “course of study”.  Course of study is just the basics of what each child should know at certain grade levels.  This isn’t to say this is all that you should teach or the only things that they should know, but it’s a good guide.  For me, I check in with the grade 5 and grade 6 typical course of study from World Book.  For us, it’s a great guide to see if K is on track, falling behind or if she’s even jumped ahead.  

Knowing what is more or less expected of your child will help in determining what curriculum if any you’ll use.  It’ll also help decide on how much time is spent on each class because you’ll know how well they learn that type of material.  In a later posting of Homeschool 101, I’ll discuss curriculum and other teaching methods.

It’s just important to remember that your child is never really “behind”.  Just because you didn’t get to a certain topic or something tripped you up along the way, doesn’t mean that you aren’t still right on schedule or even maybe ahead.  If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, you’ll remember an earlier posting where I stopped everything in math and we strictly focused on multiplication.  K was struggling with multiplication facts even though she pushed on last year.  We never got “behind” because now she knows what she’s doing, has them memorized and doesn’t have to struggle with the harder lessons that we’ve moved on to.

I’ll be doing Homeschool 101at least once a week and sometimes more.  If there’s anything that you’d like to know about, request a future post, have a question on or anything else homeschool related, please post a comment and I’ll be happy to include it in one of my Homeschool 101 entries. 

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Are You a Pilgrim or Indian?

Here’s a quiz, just on time for Thanksgiving.  This one is Are You a Pilgrim or Indian?  Here’s my results:

You Are a Pilgrim

Like the pilgrims, you’ve felt persecuted for your beliefs from time to time.

You have a strong sense of right and wrong. Your morality sometimes makes you feel out of step with the modern world.You may not go as far as moving across the world, but you still identify with the pilgrims.

Well, except for the whole stealing land and killing Indians thing.


Are you a Pilgrim or Indian??  Post your comment or a blog entry and let me know!!  I can’t wait to see if we’re the same!!

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What Part of Thanksgiving are You?

I just love Thanksgiving.  I love just about everything about it too.  Of course, I love the food, but there’s so much more.  Each year I’m thankful for more and more things and this year is no different.  I figured I’d find a fun little quiz that should bring out the best in all of us for Thanksgiving and just before the mad holiday shopping begins.  This one is What Part of Thanksgiving are You?  HHMMMM  I hope nobody wants to eat me!!  EERRRR  AH  Yeah, here’s my results:

You Are Mashed Potatoes

Ordinary, comforting, and more than a little predictable

You’re the glue that holds everyone together.


What part of Thanksgiving are you??  Post the results on your blog or in a comment for me.  I can’t wait to see if you’re as tasty as I am!!  😉

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Trying to Breathe Again and Prayers Answered

Well, the big weekend is over.  I have a couple posts for the days over the weekend.  I just never had time to complete and post them.  Keep checking back to older posts as I complete and post the entries.

It turns out that the biggest news over the weekend wasn’t the Retirement Ceremony, open house, dinner or family visiting.  It turns out that the Baby dog was the biggest news.  Friday, she had some diarrhea, but we thought it was nerves and upset tummy from a house full of people.  Suddenly she started throwing up and it soon turned to blood.  We all went to bed praying for her and hoping that it’d pass soon.  When I got up Saturday morning, she was weak and still throwing up, but I had to get to class.  My dad said she was acting like she was poisoned.  I couldn’t believe that anyone would hurt her and just said she got into something with all the people here.  For some reason, class got out a whole hour early and when I got home, I was told to find a vet because my Baby was sicker than expected.  She threw up blood the whole time I was gone, she was cold and could barely hold herself up.  I called the only vet I saw opened on Saturday and I had 10 minutes to get her there before they closed.  The vet had nothing good to say.  She said that it appeared that my innocent Baby had been poisoned.  Her chances of surviving were minimal.  Her body temp was 96 and her system was going in shock and she’d be shutting down.  They could keep her over the weekend for $800 minimum and she still might not make it.  I love her like my child, but I just don’t have that kind of money and then know that she’d die without me.  So hubby held me up while I cried and held her and we asked what we could do.  The vet told us to get some Pedilyte and some beef or chicken baby food.  Thin it out and force feed her.  She gave her meds to stop the vomiting and some antibiotics.  She said that’s all that we could possibly do and her chances were slim.  I went home and announced to all our family that we didn’t have any more celebrating to do because Baby was probably going to die.  I was forced to wrap her in a blanket and leave her home alone while we went to dinner.  I was so worried as to what I was going to come home to, but she was right where I laid her in the blankie.  One of our guests showed me how to force feed her and she took Pedilyte whenever I gave it to her.  She took her meds in the baby food that night.  We all prayed that night for got to look after one of his sweetest and most innocent creatures.  

We all awoke Sunday morning to bright eyes and a wag of the tail.  She was very weak, but tried to make us all feel better.  The family departed and she stuck her head out of the blankets for kisses from each of them.  By the end of the day, her body was warm and her eyes were bright, but she was weak.  She was drinking Pedilyte on her own, but still only taking baby food a couple times during the day.

Today, she has been up walking around the house.  She wags her tail and she eats dog food soaked in Pedilyte.  She’s still very tired and curls up in the blanket often.  She even went outside to go potty and came right back in to warm up with her blanket.  We’ll take her back to the vet tomorrow.  We want her checked out to see what they think of her progress.  Tonight was the last of her meds, so it’ll be a good time to check in with the vet and get an update.  It does appear that Baby is going to be alright though.

God does listen to our prayers and he is good.  He truly takes care of his creatures.

I do ask that each of you say a prayer for Baby as we take her to the vet tomorrow.  It’ll be the true test of her healing and getting back on the healthy path.  Even if the vet says she’s going to be alright, she’s to a long way to go to be herself again.  She’ll be needing all our strength and love to get her fully well, but we’ll be there!!

In between nursing the Baby, we’re trying to do laundry, clean up the house and do our classes for homeschool.  The last thing we want is to be off schedule right now.  Plus, let’s not forget the Thanksgiving feast just a couple days away!! 

Ah yes, we have much to be thanful for!!


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I’m Back!!

I want to say THANK YOU for all the well wishes while I was sick.  THANKS for all the caring words and checking on me.


After being knocked out for 2 days, I’m back!!  I just barely made it through class on Saturday.  I came home and went strait to bed.  I got up Sunday and went to church, but came strait home and went back to bed.  Yesterday, Monday, I was feeling better, but moving slow and got tired so easily.  I managed to get our classes taught early and took a couple of naps.  Today, I woke up feeling good and every time I blow my nose, my head explodes!!  I mean literally too!!  I had a head cold and my sinuses were full.  I can finally hear again today too.

I know many of you wondered or thought it was from the flu shot, but it wasn’t.  I was already tired when I went in for the shot.  I probably got it from one of the kiddos I teach, bowling or even someone sick at the hospital.  The shot had nothing to do with it.  I fully believe in getting the flu shot.  I’ve never gotten sick from the shot, nor has kiddo.  She gets hers every year right along with me.  If you get sick from the flu shot, that means you were already carrying the virus and it won out.  I can’t afford to get the flu.  The last time I did, I passed out.  I could die from the flu.  Well, anyone can, but I’m high risk with my diabetes.  The flu, with fever and vomiting, just throws my sugar out of whack and my body can’t handle it.  The Man and K are on pins and needles to see if I make it through.  None of us have had the flu since we started getting our shots.  We might get symptoms or extreme mild cases, but nothing like those around us.  Yep, I believe in those flu shots!!  This year, the needle was horrible.  It’s normally small and I don’t feel a thing.  This year it was more like the pneumonia shot….yuck!!

Anyway, it was a busy day, recovering or not.  The cake is ordered and 2 large sandwiches.  The veggies are bought for the veggie tray and some of the fruits too, along with cheese and crackers.  Did I mention I ordered a HUGE cake??  HAHA  It’s going to be delish!!  I bought almost everything at Sam’s.  It’s just a better price for quantity needed for an Open House/Party. 

I’ll be in a new outfit while I’m on stage with Lean Green.  I found some gorgeous purple open-toe pumps I just had to have.  After having them and not a real outfit to go with, I decided to roam my closet and then go shopping.  I bought a pretty 3/4 sleeve purple sweater that I’ll just wear a black tank under with gray/black pin stripe slacks.  That way, warm or cold, I’ll be ready for the weather.  If it’s too cold, I’ll have to wear a coat.  Yes, this whole retirement ceremony is done outside.  It’s quite awesome though.  Some of the trainees will be in formation and the horse-drawn cannon will be part of it.  Lean Green will, of course, be dressed in his Class-A uniform.  He’ll never again wear his Drill Sergeant hat.  I’m sure going to miss the brown round.  It definitely became part of our life.  However, if his unit does as they’re supposed to do, they’ll take up a collection and get him a nice plaque with a brown round mounted on it.  He’s spent 3 years donating to those leaving so they can receive one, I just hope they pay him the same respect.  He’s earned it, that’s for sure!!

Well, I’m off.  I’ll be getting caught up on all the blogs as I have time.  If I don’t make it around, don’t be upset or think I’ve left you.  Tomorrow is homeschool bowling league, our regular classes, cleaning and my religion class I teach.  Thursday, the families all start to arrive and we have hair appointments on top of our regular Schoolhouse.  Then Friday is the BIG day….the Retirement Ceremony!!  When that’s all said and done, we have our Open House/Party.  I imagine people will be coming and going most of the evening.  Saturday is our family celebration with a nice dinner out and an Army friend from Germany will be joining us (with our parents).  Sunday, the families start the departing process.  So, you see, I’m not abandoning you.  I will be around as time permits and well, if there’s no time, look for me early next week (although I’m sure I’m going to need to release a bit and get online!!).

Ya’ll have a GREAT one…and stay healthy!!

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Army Life

This week’s Army Life is being postponed.  I’m still not feeling well.  After church today, I went right back to bed.  The good news is the fever seems to be letting up.  I have quite a bit of scanning to do for what this Army Life would have been.  It was supposed to be photos from Germany.  I’ll get back to it soon.



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Sick in Bed


Yes, the above picture resembles me today.  I’ve been zapped.  As soon as I got my flu shot, I didn’t feel good, but after a good night’s sleep, I awoke feeling fine.  Then last night, I had such a sore throat that I could barely talk and it was all swollen.  I decided not to let K sleep with me just in case I was getting sick last night.  The Man had duty and wouldn’t be home until this morning.  I slept alright, but woke up with a runny nose and the throat was worse!!  I had to drive on because I had class this morning.  I made it through class, but I came home and crawled in bed.  I’ve fallen asleep a couple times.  I can’t seen to catch my nose….it really took off running.  As night has come on, I’ve gotten a fever to go along with it all.

I’m just so annoyed that I’m sick right now.  There’s so much work to do around the house and shopping to do.  There’s only 6 days until the Retirement Ceremony and all the family will be here the day prior.  What a time for me to be down and out!!  UGH  I can’t stand not feeling good, much less having so much to do.  Ah, why me and why now!?!?  SHEESH

I know the shot isn’t what made me sick.  My resistance must have already been down.  Then I got the shot and my body doing what it’s supposed to, tried to attack it and this nasty cold took over.  One way or the other, I’ll trudge through.  We have to go to church tomorrow because K has Altar Server duty.  I don’t plan on being out any longer than necessary.  At some point, I’ll get all my work done.  I just want my bed right now!!

Ya’ll stay well!!

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Flu Shot

We went as a family today to get our flu shots.  The way the hospital on post does it is that they set up certain days and times for dependents, retirees and so on to get shots.  They even offer a couple of Saturday sessions.  Since I’m high risk (diabetes), I didn’t want to wait any longer to get my flu shot.  I printed out the form off the hospital’s web site and had it filled in so I was ready when we got there.  Everyone who didn’t have it done, had to step aside to complete it.  We only had a 15 minute wait and it was over with.  Well, the shot was over with, that is.  We had to wait 15 minutes to make sure that I wasn’t going to get sick or have a reaction.  I guess they thought since I have diabetes that I’d pass out or something.

I do wonder each year about the location of the flu shot clinic.  It’s down in the basement of the hospital.  The room it’s in is very generic and white.  It’s not remotely comfortable.  Even more curious is the fact that you have to walk past the morgue on the way to the flu shot clinic.  It’s down a hall that’s off to the right as you pass it.  But you know it’s there.  Rather creepy!!

I have felt queasy most of the day since getting the shot.  The shot location hurts too!!  This is the first time that I’ve ever had one hurt.  It feels more like that horrible pneumonia shot.  They used a huge needle.  The nurse said it’s larger than the one they usually use, but this is what was ordered for this year.  I have to keep moving my arm or it knots up.  Miss K and Lean Green aren’t bothered by theirs at all.  I’m going to be alright after I sleep, but it sure is annoying!!

Stay away flu season!!


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