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I have been a stay at home mom since Oct 31st 2006. My children started school in 2008, so I decided it was time for me to go back, too. I have been a full time student for over two years now, and it seems like I am learning about more than just my schoolwork.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Finished Projects and New Ones

I finished the hat for Emma that I was knitting. She says it doesn't cover her ears, so it looks like I may have to make her another one. I haven't decided yet...

I also found a pattern for a crocheted bun cover, like the ones Mom used to have. That was pretty simple to make. I finished it in just a couple of days.

Another 'project' I have finished was the book that my sis-in-law wrote. I was hooked, and now I am waiting for her to finish the second book. If you are interested in the sci-fi/fantasy stuff, check it out! Support a newly published author!!

As for new projects, I finally got hired with the census bureau and started my training today. Looks like it's going to be a good way to make some money! I am a little concerned about my ability to balance work, school, church stuff, the kids, and the housework. Now I can add part-time employee to full time student and stay at home mom. Is it possible to have two full time jobs and one part time job? (8+8+4=20) I guess I don't get much sleep...

As of right now, it's only for about a month, so we'll see how I do, and if I can cut it. I think after this, though, I need to wait until I am either done with school, or the boy is in school full time...

Saturday, February 13, 2010

This is the Week/Month of Illness

Luckily, it is not me, or my kids, mostly extended family, but it still sucks!! First my MIL, then my SIL, then my GIL (Grandma-in-law??) I would say that it must be the water, but none of them live in the same town, so that theory is blown out of the water.

On another note, we are becoming more and more hillbilly, if you can believe it! Currently under construction in the back yard is a 20 foot by 20 foot by 6 foot high....Chicken coop. Soon to house over 40 chickens and 3 turkeys. The gentleman who has them now is a customer of my husbands. Seeing as how he can make instant friends with just about anyone, it did not suprise me when he told me of the gentleman and his predicament, and his chickens.

Apparently, the client is an older gentleman with no children (no living children??), no wife (ex-wife, hasn't spoken to her in decades), and no family left. He's going in for surgery soon, and while he has friends who will come and check up on him, no one seems to be able to care for him and the poultry.

So, since we have always talked about having chickens, my lovely husband told him we'd buy his chickens. He gave us wood for building a coop, and instructions on how to build it, and we are almost done with it. Of course, our decision to use a broke down, empty trailer as a roost for them made our work a little easier.

It seems, with this news, that we will have fresh farm eggs for sale. At least a dozen a day. Too bad I don't like eggs!

PS. On a school related note, I sent in my FAFSA information, so I should hear from the school in the next week or two on how much I get for next semester. Fun Stuff!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tithing, Test Me in This

My review of Tithing: Test Me in This. This book was not what I expected at all. I wasn't sure what to expect, quite honestly. It blended nicely the use of Biblical text and real world situations to show tithing as more than an "old, outdated practice." Each chapter is written using it's subjects verbage and wording, which gives it a nice variety. My only problem is that chapter 7 is written in very technical terms, and for a non-business person, can be hard to understand. The ending left me a little confused, but other than that, it was a wonderful, well written book.

Booksneeze & my First Review

A few weeks ago I found a website called booksneeze.com. This is a program that bloggers can sign up for. You get to pick a book to read and review. Then, here's the best part, you get to keep the book you pick.
When I signed up, there was only one book available for review. A book on tithing. In fact, the title is Tithing. Since I have been struggling with this particular practice, I thought it appropriate that it would be the first book I read.
So I am going to review it, here and on christianbooks.com. Then I am going to get another book to read.

This is great!! Anything for a free book!

Monday, February 1, 2010

I think someone was playing a trick on me...

I started this project with some of Mom's old house dresses. Cut them into squares, and made little pillows for the grand kids. I got creative, and decided to put little pockets on them, so that each kid could have a picture of themselves with Grandma D.
So I need pictures now. I really wanted ones of just the grand kid that gets the pillow, and Grandma. We have so many pictures of ALL the grandchildren with Mom and Dad, I wanted it to be something special.
So I had my sister send me some pics of her kids and Mom. Problem is, she wrote on the back of them with permanent marker, then stuck them all together. So a couple of them have black writing on them.
My Monday night instructor is really good with Photoshop, so I asked him to show me what to do to remove the smudges from the photos. So we sit down at the computer tonight, and start scanning pictures. Except the scanner decided to be all crazy, and even though it did the work it was supposed to, it did not read the pictures. All that was coming up was a blank white screen.
We tried everything. Switching computers, restarting everything, unplugging things, and even uninstalling stuff. With no luck. So, no pictures tonight. Hopefully the computer will work on Wednesday night and I can at least get the stuff scanned into the computer!!