Bullet Journal Fail

A few months ago, I bought myself a little notebook and declared it a bullet journal.  I used it for a few weeks – a month, I think.  Guess what?

I’m back to digital. Continue reading

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What I Read in April / May

Some books about food, as I (once again) thought about cleaning up my diet:

100 Days of Real Food  – Good ideas about eating foods with fewer ingredients, influenced heavily by Michael Pollan.

The Case Against Sugar – Gary Taubes is such a good writer.  He is so convincing! At first I wanted to throw out anything with sugar lest we be poisoned from its toxicity. But upon further reflection, I just don’t know. Maybe it’s more complicated than that.  We should probably all eat less sugar. But perhaps it’s not to blame for all the world’s woes.

The Obesity Code – More low carb dogma. I was on a roll.

Nourishing Traditions – Fascinating but also strange. Foods made from scratch at home are better for you than processed foods with unpronounceable ingredients? Yes, absolutely, I am with you.  It’s also necessary to soak your grains before cooking/baking them? Hm, I’m not sure. We should eat bone broth and also animal brains? Now you’ve lost me.

I also skimmed/read Grain Brain and The Primal Blueprint, but didn’t “count” them on Goodreads because I didn’t truly read them and I’m an honest girl. 😉  I tried to “go primal” but then I remembered…I ate low carb/keto for two years and didn’t lose any weight to speak of. Also, I love toast. Like, a lot. So I went back to The Every Other Day Diet. Thus the obsessive food reading cycle ends once again. Continue reading

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Blogging More, Blogging Better

…but not more better.

I bought Crystal Paine’s blogging introductory course, since it’s only $7 (today, anyway). Sometimes I think I’d like to improve my blogging. But I actually hate blogs that are obviously monetized — all the pop ups! the constant begging for my email address! the “duh!” topics – so I’m pretty sure I don’t want to create anything like that. But maybe I’ll find some other helpful advice. Probably I just need to write more often. And learn how to take better photos. 😉 Continue reading

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Thoughts on Education in Community

Recently I’ve been listening to some older episodes of my favorite podcast, Close Reads, as they discuss Wendell Berry’s novel “Jayber Crow.” In the episode I heard today, they were talking about the (fictional) town of Port William and how it was dying out at this point in the novel – its very way of life as an agrarian society was disappearing. They discussed how farming is more rewarding when done as part of a community, how there’s an internal satisfaction in doing your work, on your farm, while knowing that your neighbors are doing the same sorts of things on their farms. You plant at the same time, you harvest at the same time. You help each other. You share the experience with the community around you. Tim observed that if you’re working a farm alone, just you and your family, it’s just a lot of hard, often discouraging work.  Living in an agrarian community changes the experience of farming.

Homeschooling can be like that. When I’m alone, isolated, trying to educate my children can be a hard and often discouraging task.  I question myself. I question the curriculum. I question my ability to do this enormous thing. Continue reading

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My Sunday Best

Most Sundays I intend to get a picture of us so I can participate in this link up, but for whatever reason it never happens.

A couple of Sundays I did take a picture of the kids playing in the church yard after service, because I love that they do that. Most people stick around after service and visit; the kids bring sports paraphernalia and play outside.  Once, a few weeks ago, a couple of people rode by on horses and stopped to let the kids pet them. (They pet the horses, not the people. Just to be clear.)

And even today I didn’t get a full picture of me or my people, but I can show you the most interesting part of my outfit: my broken shoe.

Obviously I didn’t realize that these shoes were completely falling apart until we were in church. And that wouldn’t even have been such a big deal, except that I had to play two songs on the piano, and sing two songs. The piano is in the front of the sanctuary, and the other musicians that I sang with were in the back. So I walked to the piano, played the first song, then walked to the back of the sanctuary. Thwap, thwap, thwap, went my shoes on the wood floor.

After the song, I returned to the front to sit with my family for the sermon. Thwap, thwap, thwap.  After the sermon, back to the piano with my noisy, dangerous shoes. Then, again, around to the back. I was watching my feet like a toddler learning to walk, afraid I would trip over the silly things and fall on my face!

As soon as service was over, I gave up and took them off.

You can read about people who didn’t wear broken shoes to church at Rosie’s My Sunday Best link up!

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My History as a Quitter

One of the enjoyable features of Facebook is the ability to look back and see what you wrote in the past. Yes, it can be fun (and heartbreaking) to see your children all tiny and sweet, but did you know you can also look back at old posts and mock yourself?

I present for your amusement (and mine): Melanie tries to quit Diet Coke. Repeatedly. And these are just the times I wrote about it on Facebook… Continue reading

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A Goodly Sum

Wayne was supposed to reenlist today, to promise the world’s greatest Navy another six years of faithful service.  A ceremony in D.C., by the World War II memorial, was planned.

That reenlistment was supposed to come with a bonus.  To quote Raylan after Lindsey stole his nest egg, “It was a goodly sum.”

What happened instead is that some incompetent sailor didn’t process Wayne’s paperwork properly.  It never left his desk.

So the bonus didn’t get approved.

So Wayne didn’t reenlist.

Never fear, he does have a job. Because we moved a few months before his enlistment was up, he had to sign an extension to his current enlistment.  He’ll be in the Navy for a couple more years.

After that? Who knows.  This is a big deal, and frankly it’s not being handled very well by his command.

We’ve had a rough few weeks. The desktop computer died, the washer broke, we have ants in the kitchen and all the bathrooms, I’ve had a painful stiff neck and headache for four days, and oh yeah some moron kept us from getting a bonus that you’d better believe we had plans for.

I do believe that God works all things for our good and his glory, so maybe someday we’ll see the good in this debacle.

But if one more thing goes wrong this week, you may find me sitting on the floor laughing hysterically at nothing, babbling incoherently like a crazy woman. Stay tuned.

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