Tuesday, September 16, 2014


More things to fix. Looks like at least one washing machine overflow happened. The vinyl tiles that were there just lifted right up.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014




Having trouble identifying this frog that I'm assuming is the parent of the tadpoles in the wee pond out front. Anyone have any ideas?

Friday, September 5, 2014


Got the results from the dog's allergy testing, and he's allergic to several things. However, his main allergy is dust mites. Like, on a scale of 100-5000, his reaction came in at about 3500. Other allergies were down near 100 or 150. So yeah. Vet did say we could try zyrtek (sp) for his itching if we wanted to. I had him get another steroid shot to give me some time to think. But, with the exception of food allergies, he's allergic to 23 different things.

Poor doggie.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Took a short hike through the woods out back. Hard to find the trail at first, what with the grape vines in the way. But here's a couple pictures for y'all. About walked through the Web of an orb weaver spider. Couldn't get a snap of her though because she was fairly small.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Reigning in

I know a few years ago I was hoping to have a full size market garden and a small herd of cattle for meat.  I have now scaled back from "hopeful farmer" to "optimistic homesteader." I'll learn to can and otherwise preserve garden bounty. Chickens are definitely in the future, but for eggs. We'll use the farmer's market and maybe a CSA membership for meats and things I don't feel like messing with. But my plans are very much scaled back now. I just want to be able to provide for my family.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

more reasons I want to homeschool

Really wonky things going on with the standardized testing being implemented in the state's public schools now. They dropped one testing platform and have decided to launch another that no one really has any idea about. Even the principal at the boy's school is saying that they don't know how to prepare for it other than to teach everything and teach it well. Which I suppose isn't really a bad thing, but the problem is that no one knows what to expect because the tests haven't even finished being written, from what I understand.

Fundraising for things like painting classrooms and new playground equipment. I'm cool with selling wrapping paper or cookie dough for band or art, because they're seriously underfunded in the grand scheme of things. But, for general fundraising? Leave my kid out of it. And don't put so much emphasis on the prizes for the kids that sell the most junk. Makes the kids who can't sell that much stuff feel out of place at best.

Lack of individualization or even suppression of the individual in the school setting. Wacky hair? Nope. Funny clothes? Nope. Bending gender stereotypes by boys playing with dolls or girls playing with Tonka trucks? Can't have that. It's a system of indoctrination and not one of intellect.

Focus on testing and achievement, and not on actual learning or ability. I think the CRCT was dropped because the schools had started teaching to the test more than anything else in the weeks leading up to the testing.

Wrong socialization. My son needs to learn to interact with people at, above, and below his age. Schools lump kids in with other kids of roughly the same age and the kids then begin to believe that those are the only children they can interact with. So, they don't learn how to interact appropriately with adults or older children unless they have siblings.

So, there's some more reasons I want to homeschool. I'd also like to send him to private school, but that's not gonna happen because I'm not spending $15k a year on tuition and still have to fight traffic both ways to get him there and home. There's only one non-religious private school in the region, and that's about 45 minutes away from here in good traffic. Plus, there's no guarantee he'll be admitted anyway. Thus making the small sum of $400-$700 for a complete curriculum much more palatable. Also, there's a very active, giant, inclusive homeschool support group in the area, in addition to smaller ones in the more immediate area.