Monday, October 24, 2016

bits of reading and birthdays upcoming

First off, I'm really, really glad I had started that Amazon program when I did... because we have a good collection of birthday gifts set aside to wrap for Esme, and the time is drawing near.  The reason that is first on my list is because of the truck repair - it was a lot - and if I had been left trying to buy birthday presents with money (and not Amazon gift cards), we might not have had it.  So, I'm grateful.

And I'm philosophical on what I'm reading.  Not the actual book... because it's kind of a silly one (Bay of Sighs, Nora Roberts), but because I've given myself a short amount of time to read it.  I should renew it.  But I might have it done.  I might be starting to read as a competitive sport with myself.  This does not even mention the three other books on my Kindle that I've started bits of and put off for later (after this book is returned), or the three other ones beyond that which are downloaded and waiting...

I wrote a Niume article on it:

How does deadline, font size and other issues affect how much you want to read a book?  How does it affect how you feel about the book once it is done?  Why do I do these things to myself?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday writing and more

Our truck made a quick visit home, but then it went back this morning.  One thing was fixed, but  now there is something else wrong.  They're working on that, now.  I'm looking up some additions to Esme's wardrobe, as we kind of threw something together for the pep rally this morning but it turned out pretty good.  It's really hard to find something that fits in specific colors!


I sat down and wrote this sequel to Esme's language journey on Niume.  I'll write one about our homeschooling, too, and about the book that Esme made.

 Public school with expressive language delay
Our Kindergarten experience was great.  We had a lot to get through, but we worked through it because we honestly had a great teacher.  Then, we had a bad  - or at least severely distracted and harried - teacher, and it caused a huge change in Esme and in our lives.   I've said all this on the blog before, but I am putting it on Niume to reach another audience.  I remember how relieved I was to read other stories when I was going through it - to know it would eventually work out.  I want to make sure anyone else going through the same thing can see that yes, it's hard, but it IS possible.

A Yearly mediation
An article about my yearly birthday ritual of meeting the sun, and reflecting on the moment. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Our truck is at the shop

Last night when we were driving home from the grocery st ore our truck was making an awful crunchy sound.  Mark thought it might be about to throw a wheel bearing, and the potential consequences of that really scared him.  So I didn't go into work today - and the truck is at the mechanic.  We still haven't heard back from them.  Yikes.

Esme is home from school.  She says she has a dozen friends and would like us to call some little girl's mother for a playdate (although we haven't got a phone number yet).  She has a line in the school program coming up to memorize.  Early this morning, she was worrying over getting a 'B' in reading.

In other news we tried to use the local Kroger for more than just the sale items, as we didn't want to have milk and frozen stuff in the car waiting between trips.  It was sad - they were out of so much, and it was the middle of a Tuesday afternoon.  We learned our lesson on that.  It's a sad one, as people often say that Walmart ran out the little stores on low prices... going somewhere and they have completely empty shelves of bologna or cottage cheese... that was a 'real world scenario' we hadn't had to face in a long time.  The disappointment was pretty deep.  So, we will probably not be going back there much unless something is really appealing, and then as a side trip on a slack day, not as a grocery trip.

It was strange not being able to go into work today.  I had to call and ask someone to fax an order for me, as I couldn't get there to do it.  I downloaded a few books, read a chapter, wrote a few more articles on Niume today (and Mark read some of my previous ones)... Mark says I should post the articles I write there at the end of these posts - to keep it all together.

When the Words Wouldn't Come : Expressive language delay

A recounting of what it was like working through Esme's language issues when she was little, how it affected us both and how as a family we finally sought help and got her tested.  Back then I was kind of at my wit's end.  In my opinion, what the testers told us, and the speech therapy they provided really helped.  Mark says he doesn't remember it being so stressful... but it was.  I teared up just trying to write this article.

Photo Essay : Knitting Continental Style

A picture study of a continental stitch, and a bit about how I started knitting in the first place.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

This was the first novel by author Jamie Ford, and it was a chance find at my local library.  It flip flops between the years 1986 and the early 1940s, rich in detail, giving a true sense of a time and place I previously knew little about.  I really came to admire young Henry's strength.  As the novel unfolds we see the past ripple between Henry's relationship with his father and the future relationship he has with his son. ... full book review

Sunday, October 16, 2016

recap and pancakes

I made pancakes this morning.  I'm out of practice, some.  I used the same recipe but it came out thicker.. and that made the heat and timing a little off.  But, the new bottle of real vanilla extract was noticeable.  The pancakes smelled strongly of vanilla.  Everyone ate two (Esme's were large) and liked them.  It's getting to be winter weather temperatures (according to Mark) so I'll need to get more practice.  Also according to Mark the refrigerator is not a place to let butter warm up... compared to the freezer my brain said it would soften up nicely in there.  He pointed out that the refrigerator is 30 to 40 degrees and my polar bear heritage from Minnesota was showing greatly.

It's the perspective.

But yes, it is getting colder.  The bed warmer was turned on this afternoon and apparently that was all I needed to get sucked into a two hour nap.  I'm not sure how good of an idea that was considering I now have a full week of getting back on early mornings from a week where we all slept into 8 or 9 every morning.

The recap.  I've gotten all of the presents I really planned to get for Esme's birthday.  Mark still has one thing he needs to pick up.  And - we have two weeks or so to go.  I do plan on buying some nice wrapping paper.  And there will probably be spontaneous something. 

I was really coming along in the Outlander book before the nap zone got me.  I made the pancakes, we cleaned up (Mark did the dishes, I did some other house maintenance), and then after all of that adulting was done (I'm not really for saying 'adulting' but a friend said it once and now I can't get it out of my head)... I sat down to read.  Claire and John Grey both think Jamie is dead.  Wow.  They've gotten married to keep Claire from being arrested as a spy.  That's a twist.

I have some (probably harebrained) cookbook diet book I ordered for four dollars off of Amazon.  It is supposed to show ways to balance the chemistry of the food you eat so the glucose/insulin effect is more metered by the natural digestion of the food combinations.  I've been trying to eat less sugar and more fat/protein to tide me over in between... so there might be something I can get out of it. 

I've made two more posts on Niume today.  It's an interesting site for one-subject articles I've been thinking about writing about.
Visualization while reading   
Esme and I were talking about what the best thing about reading was - and I related to her someone at my work who says they cannot visualize while they read.

 I've started shopping differently
A little article about how I've started couponing and looking at shopper ads before I shop now, and have been saving money doing it.  Does the time spend outweigh the benefits?

Friday, October 14, 2016


Still reading.  I was mentioning to Mark we've gotten to sleep in every day this week (except Wednesday, when Esme went to the museum), and it is going to be very tough getting back on the early schedule after Fall Break.  But I have to work early Saturday... so it might pull me around.  I was thinking about making pancakes on Sunday, because I have that day off.

More than 3/4 way through : Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (glasses... really need to make an appointment).  Still reading Outlander book 5.. almost done.  I can turn the font size up on the Kindle.

Late nights every night at work... which I guess was a good thing they were paired with the break days Esme didn't have to be out the door by 6:30 am.