Sunday, March 1, 2015

Roofs

So, we finally had the roof redone. We knew there'd be surprises, because it's an older house and has a history of weird inhabitants. But some of the stuff that was found when the singles had come off... wow. 
Apparently, at some point, some of the weak spots had been stuffed with cardboard in some jack legged attempt to shore them up. Much of the front porch area had been rotted, including some of the supporting 2x4. And it just kinda went on from there.

It totally could have been worse, though. We only needed 2 extra sheets of osb. The roofer was telling us about some houses where they needed 30 sheets. So I'm not complaining.

I'm just aghast that someone had stuffed cardboard... I just... wow. That's about all I can say.

It looks so much better now. And no more of those thermostatic vents. Now we have a full ridge vent system.

But, now, after the gutters go on, I'll probably need to paint the house. Damn.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

An issue

There's an issue with people and the Internet. Not everything is as it appears.

People use the Internet for a variety of reasons. Some are good, trusting people who couldn't fathom another person would try to do everything in their power to screw with another person. Others are scam artists and swindlers working harder at hurting other people- compete strangers- than they would ever work at an actual job. They use their emotional manipulating to get people to give them money. Fear, empathy, compassion, are just some of their tools.

Be aware that not everything you read on the Internet is reality or the whole truth. Much of it is carefully crafted to open your wallet and part you with some of your money. Some is genuine, but be weary of all things on the Internet. There are even people who dedicate themselves to simply changing as many wiki pages as they can so that lies are spread instead of truth.

Basically, if you can imagine someone doing something, there's been at least one other person that decided that was a good idea and followed through. It works for good and bad acts, although not equally.

The Internet is still the wild west. Be careful.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Confused

I'm so confused. My views on the blog shot up last night.

Did someone say a thing about me that I couldn't find by Google?

I'm really curious to know where all those views came from.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Bonnie plants

Spawn brought home a baby cabbage yesterday from school. Bonnie plants gives out cabbage babies to 3rd graders nationwide for them to grow and submit into a contest for a $1000 scholarship prize in the fall.

I need to figure out where to put it so it has a good chance of becoming a behemoth. I may very well just buy a large pot and some potting soil and have it on the porch. I don't want a lone cabbage plant in my beds... that have yet to be built.

Friday, February 13, 2015

summer bridge (homeschool) planning

It took me forever to figure out how best to go about planning out a summer-bridge-that-may-turn-into-homeschool program for the child. I had an idea of what I wanted him to learn and work on over the summer, but I also wanted to make it easy-ish on myself to transition it into a full homeschool program should the summer experiment work out that way.

So, here's a bit of a breakdown of what I did to get to where I'm at:

-I looked up the state standards for his next grade level. This gave me a good indication of what he had been taught this year and what I should focus on over the summer so that he can transition back into school without missing a beat. (Note: The ELA and Math standards, as far as I know, are basically just ideas of what the children are supposed to learn. No actual layout of what mechanics they're supposed to be taught was available, that I could find. However, the other subjects seem to be specific as to what they should study at a particular grade. *shrug* Thanks, Common Core.)

-I used (some) of the standards to figure out what he should learn and bought a book. The rest I can accomplish with existing materials and/or online.

-I figured out how long I had to teach. I gave a week break every four weeks, so there's eight weeks of learning and two or three breaks. Anyway, it's timed so he has a break the week before school starts back up.

-I broke out, in a general way, what I wanted to teach and when.

-I started making detailed, weekly plans including all the required and extra subjects.

Tada! And that's how I made a summer bridge program that may or may not turn into full homeschool.

For history/ELA/reading we'll be using the Smithsonian Children's Encyclopedia of American History and some literary books related to the studies. Math will use Khan Academy and be self-paced. Cursive will build on what he's been taught this year, but I do have a practice book floating around somewhere. Science standards were broken down specifically by the state, and we'll use a bit of my college-level astronomy text and the internet, Grammar we'll use the site dailygrammar.com. Spelling we'll do a bit with the All About Spelling kit I got last year, but I don't see doing much with that, honestly. I think I covered everything.

None of this is going to be especially in-depth. It's really only to bridge between his current and next grades. But, I can easily (in my head, anyway) make it into a full year's worth of instruction.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Yay seeds!

Here's a list of what I ordered from Southern Exposure.

Matt's Wild CHERRY TOMATO
Bolloso Napoletano Basil
Thyme, Creeping 
Sage, Common 
Dad's Sunset TOMATO 
Costoluto Fiorentino TOMATO 
Zucchini, Grey (Tender Grey) 
Early Prolific Straightneck
Seminole PUMPKIN 
North Georgia Candy Roaster 
Oregon Giant PEA, SNOW dwarf
Tennis Ball LETTUCE, BATAVIAN/CRISPHEAD 
Wild Garden Lettuce mix
Georgia Green (Georgia Southern, Creole) COLLARDS 
Tatsoi MUSTARD 
Contender (Buff Valentine) Snap Bean (Bush) 
Danvers 126 Carrots 
Marketmore 76 CUCUMBER 
Rosa Bianca EGGPLANT 
Southern Giant Curled MUSTARD 
De Cicco Broccoli 
Early Wonder Tall Top Beet 

I wanted a fair mix of seasonal varieties. And limiting myself to 2 large beds this year helped keep things sane. The one Georgian squash and the tatsoi were ordered just for funsies, honestly. The rest were just kinda normal. 

Well

I screw up sometimes in this adventure towards a balanced life. I do things like get a set of fake nails or buy froofroo coffee more often than I really should. I spend too much time on the Internet and have become a master procrastinator.

But I try not to screw up quite so often as I had in the past. The use of pine straw bales may turn out to be a huge disaster. I don't know yet.

And yes, there is a lot of use of the word "i" in this post. I can't speak for anyone else nor do I deign myself important enough to tell other people how they should live their own adventure. So I speak only to things that apply to myself or that I see for myself in the near future.