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a post not representing perfection


Wow, only two posts published and I’m already at a loss for what to write next.

Perhaps I am struggling to write nowadays because I have read so little. I am embarrassed to admit that I have only read 7 books this year. S-E-V-E-N. 7. I, who once could easily reach her goal of reading 50 books in a year, have struggled to finish 7 in 2016.

The Christmas break is approaching, and I will have two weeks to relax and read. And I actually want to read for a change. Yes, there was a period when the last thing I wanted to do was read a book. But, thankfully, that dark time has passed.

So, please, if you’re reading this, leave a comment with some recommended reading for my holiday break.

Many thanks!

Post #2 – a status update


in which I attempt blog-resuscitation


I just noticed that I have only posted once to this blog for all of 2016. Like many of my fellow blogging friends of the early 2000’s, I find myself asking, “Should I renew my domain for one more year or let this die?”

Considering that I was a daily blogger for SO MANY YEARS, it makes me sad that I haven’t made time for writing. A lot has changed. I guess, in the midst of the changes, I just didn’t want to write and hit publish at the end of the day.

Sitting…at what used to be our school table. Now it’s just a table. I’m not sad about it.

Drinking…water.

ReadingEverything We Keep: A Novel by Kerry Lonsdale. It was suggested by my kindle, so I borrowed it. Right now I’m just getting dragged on by suspense at the end of each chapter. So far, so good.

Preparing…for the holidays. I’ve done my shopping. I’m almost finished with the wrapping. The kids are counting down the days until exams are finished and school is out. Then the fun can begin.

Thinking…about whether or not it’s safe to return to facebook. Yes, I deactivated after the election. I have learned that I get along better with others when I don’t know what they think about every.little.thing. Plus, who needs to know what 480 people think about a thing? Not me.

General mood…roll tide.

That’s enough for now. I’ve got laundry to do.

 

A Local Adventure


I’ve said it before, but I don’t mind saying it again: Geocaching satisfies my childhood longing to participate in a Midnight Madness/Cannonball Run/Goonies type of adventure. The cool thing about geocaching is that we can find an adventure almost everywhere we go.

When we travel, we query for caches that have garnered the most favorite points. This allows us to visit places that are off-the-beaten path, local gems. Sometimes, we find adventure in our own backyard.

Recently, we found a cache called, “River Horse Roost.” On the way to GZ, based on our etymological knowledge, we discussed what we thought we should be looking for and where we might find it. We walked about .3 of a mile down this trail…

Narrow trail

This butterfly lighted right in front of me, a happy surprise.
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We made it to GZ, but we didn’t see the cache anywhere; it was very well-hidden. We searched all around, up and down, along the trail, along the water’s edge. Nothing. After 15 minutes or more, as we were about to surrender to defeat, Karl saw the cache…exactly what we thought it would be.

Noah scrambled about 20 feet up with a pen

and unrolled a sweet discovery — something every geocacher loves to see —
a clean log sheet. We were the first to find (FTF) this cache!

He signed the log and returned the cache to its secure hiding spot.

So, what do you think we found? Leave a comment with your guess.

 

First Field Trip of the School Year


Hello.

Today has been a busy day. I got up early to go to the hospital to take pictures of a friend’s brand new baby. The new big brother was such a sweetheart to his little brother, giving kisses and loving on him without prompt.

This was a different birth photography experience for me; this was a c-section birth. I wasn’t allowed in the operating room, which was totally fine with me: better safe than sorry, right? After the delivery, however, the mom was completely immobile. I didn’t get all the shots I would have liked, so I’m going back later this week when Mom is feeling more like herself.

Midday, the kids and I went to Tuscaloosa Environmental Services to learn about our community’s recycling efforts.

One of the kids gave an awesome PowerPoint presentation to show his fellow students why we should be recycling.

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Did you know that clothing can be made from recycled plastic bottles? Feels softer than cotton!

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Blocks of aluminum cans:

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While we were observing the sorting room, one of the trucks came in to unload its bounty. This is a short clip of the truck dumping the plastic bottles.

Tuscaloosa's plastic bottles #fieldtrip

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I’m not going to lie…there was something oddly soothing about watching all of the bottles and newspapers and cardboard boxes cascade to the floor.

After the field trip, it was time to go home for a quick lunch and an afternoon of regular school work. In other words: no fun.

We do not live within the city’s limits, so we have to take our recyclables to one of the many recycling bins located around town. I hate to admit it, but we have been throwing away so many items that can be recycled. This week we’re going to see what happens when we sort our garbage and try to make recycling a regular thing at our house.

Go, me. (September Status Update)


Wow. My daily blogging streak lasted all of 13 days.

I went on two camping trips in August and forgot all about the blog.

Then, last week, I received a sweet email from a friend:

Leslie,
 

Just a quick note to say that I miss your blogging. I was so glad to see you writing again 🙂

Hope you are well.

 
In Him,
Melissa
 
I kid you not, my first thought was, Oh, yeah, I blog. I forgot to blog every day!
 
I guess with school getting into full-swing, I’ve been really busy and disengaged from anything that isn’t demanding my attention RIGHT NOW. I’m going to rectify that beginning today, not because I feel like I have to blog, but because I want to blog.
 
The second daily activity I tried to begin again was taking at least one picture each day. I totally failed at that, which means I don’t have very much to show for the three weeks that I didn’t write.
 
I have a few minutes to spare now that the kids and I have finished up a few school subjects for the morning. At the moment, they are rebelling against differentiating and diagramming predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives, so I sent them to the backyard for the next 15 minutes. Maybe running around will help their brains wake up.
 
Without further ado, here’s a short status update for September.
 
Sitting…at the school table.
 
Drinking…nothing.
 
Reading…a grammar textbook.
 
Thinking…of another way to explain subjective complements.
 
Thinking…what’s for lunch?
 
Anticipating…getting together with other homeschool moms tonight for some conversation, fun games, and coffee.
 
Also anticipating…FALL!!!! We had a wonderful summer full of activity, fun, and record-setting heat and sweat, but I’m ready for cool days, changing leaves, and my fleece jacket. (Yes, the levels of sweat sweated from my body broke records).
 
Participating…in a women’s self-defense class this month. We had our first meeting this week. My main take-away: “Head on a swivel.”
 
Watching…the seconds tick by on my 15 minutes to blog.
 
Wishing…I had more to share, but I’m at a loss for anything interesting, engaging, or amusing. Plus, I’ve exceeded my 15 minutes.
 
Lord willing, I’ll blog tomorrow!