Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook - January 25, 2011

FOR TODAY - January 25, 2011

Outside my window...
cloudy and dreary, but not too cold.

I am thinking...
why is it so hard to little boys to keep their minds focused on schoolwork?

I am thankful for...
The baptismal service we had yesterday. One of my teens got saved and was baptized, along with another man in the church. I'm also thankful for Josiah turning 17 months old yesterday. Where does the time go?

From the learning rooms...
I think I've decided that my kids are worksheet-oriented kids. I have made worksheets to help them with their health, science and spelling curricula.

From the kitchen...
a good one tonight: grilled fish, salad and homemade rice pilaf.

I am wearing...
light blue sweater, jean skirt, purple Crocs (lol, don't tell)

I am creating...
Saturday I made Lydia a new nightgown. I have used this pattern brand and size with Lydia before, but it turned out SO HUGE. I mean, it would fit John, who is nearly 8.

I am going...
no where until church Wednesday. To quote the song A Homeschool Family by Tim Hawkins, "We never leave our dwelling..."

I am reading...
still trying to catch up on reading the Bible in 6 months. The flu really got me behind.

I am hoping (praying)...
that I'm able to help the boys with some issues we are having with chores lately, mostly involving the constant nagging I'm having to do to keep them on task.

I am hearing...
Josiah fussing and babbling at the other kids.

Around the house...
The house is in need of some real TLC. It still looks like "the weekend" around here. Laundry was caught up Friday and now it's seriously behind!

One of my favorite things...
kisses from my kiddies!

A few plans for the rest of the week...
You know me: my plans almost always are church on Wednesdays and Sundays and a trip to the grocery store either on Saturday or Monday. ;-)

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Here's something that Josiah has recently started. You ask him a question and he raises his hand. What makes it so funny is that my kids have NEVER raised their hands in school, so I don't know where he could have gotten it from. I had just asked him "Who loves Mommy?"

Friday, January 21, 2011

Flu is EVIL!

I think that we are feeling pretty nigh to 100% ... finally. I don't think that I have ever been so sick that I actually couldn't take care of myself, but this time I certainly was. To boot, I had to try to look after 4 sick little ones too. The kids fared much better than I did. Their symptoms weren't as bad, they didn't have a fever as high as mine.

Thanks so much, ladies, for the advice, especially for fever. Our family nutritionist actually also recommended ginger for fever, but I had never had success with it. My local grocery store, out here in the rural part of the middle of nowhere, does not carry fresh ginger...or much of anything else for that matter. So obtaining fresh ginger would mean a 30 mile drive which may not be practical. That reduced my to try to get along with dried, ground ginger, which did nothing. I think I'd have to order the ginger brew Zsuzsanna recommended online. To save on cost, I even thought about making my own ginger brew, from my own root, but I found out that a good crop of ginger can take up to 2 years to be ready to harvest. Plus it has to be grown in a greenhouse or indoors and I don't have the space to spare. I'm sure we'll think of something.

I managed to grab these pictures while I was sick. What do you do when Mom isn't feeling well? Build a fort, of course.

Lydia was under the fort that the boys built, to the right. She had the good and perfectly girlish idea to decorate their fort. The boys completely objected, which hurt her girlish feelings. I managed to build her a fort also, just for her to decorate. Josiah spent his time in Lydia's fort. Lydia was completely fine with that since she proclaimed that Josiah was now in her club. Silly kids.

Another look at the fort. I just realized in this picture that John's stealing Lydia's dolly. No doubt a prisoner of war!

Here are the kids a little later. By this time they were feeling very badly. It also means that we are another week behind in school. I know I shouldn't be worried about it at all, but it does play on my mind. After all, we should be done with the school year by the first or second week of May. Oh, if you're wondering where Josiah was for this photo, he wouldn't be detached from my hip!

The kids are all close to 100% better. Every once-in-a-while I'll hear one of them hack a nasty cough, but they are mostly well. I still have a pretty persistent cough. For it, I'm taking colloidal silver (we have a homemade silver generator) and mullein. I really hope to be completely better soon.

Tomorrow we're going to a birthday part for a lady in our church who's celebrating her 90th birthday. I think it's pretty exciting!

Friday, January 14, 2011

"Lockdown" update

The "lockdown" turned out to be nothing to worry about, I guess. I wasn't particularly worried, anyhow. I more so just found the whole situation to be amusing. :-)

When I posted on Tuesday I was running a mild temperature at about 99.5. I was still pretty energetic and we went on with school even though I wasn't at 100%. By that night, it had fully hit me. What is "it?" The...FLU! Not that I've been to a doctor or anything, just going by symptoms. Nearly all of Wednesday I had a 102 temp. Thursday all 4 of the other kids started with fever and mine went up to 103 or more. Today it has come down a lot, but I'm nowhere near well: very weak, tired and still a little fevered. I have a very adorable photo I'll share when we're all better.

School has been unfortunately delayed. I'm not too happy about being another week behind. We're not really "behind" since the kids are on lesson 93 out of 170 lessons. We like to be finished in April and it looks like that's not going to happen. I like for our summer to run from May 1 to July 31. It really works out so well for us.

Anyway, I'm trying very hard to treat this flu naturally and honestly, I'm just not that good at it yet. I never know what to do for fever. I don't treat a fever until it gets over 101, but when mine got up to 103.5, something had to be done. I'd love to hear some natural remedies to help with flu, especially getting down a high fever.

Until I feel well again...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

(Home)School in Lockdown

My husband called me in the middle of school, which is unusual. He doesn't call during our typical school time unless its something important. When he calls he tells me that someone who lives near our rural home asked if I usually locked the door. He answered yes, although I never, ever do. He said that he saw a Department of Corrections truck, a helicopter flying over head and several men with shotguns standing (I think he said) at the end of our little street. There are several prisons within a relatively small radius of our house. Jeremy was checking to see that we were safe, that the children were indoors, and that the doors were locked.

So here we are in "lockdown." LOL! I guess its a lot different than a public school lockdown. The kids have no idea what's going on. John (the most observant of my kids) has asked why I went around and locked all the doors. I've tried to skirt around his questions. The kids continued to do their schoolwork and are now playing cowboys and Indians.

Today I've been a bit more alert to what's going on outside. I checked the revolver to be sure it's still loaded. My conscience will have no trouble unloading it in the face of someone who enters my home. :-)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Taking a Deep Breath

The Christmas holidays came and went in a whirlwind. We took a grand total of 3 weeks off and got back the grind next week. Tomorrow will start our second school week of 2011. I suppose that I've had the time to blog, I'm just having trouble finding what to blog about. Let's just do some random highlights:

  1. We spent the week between Christmas and New Years working on random projects at home, mostly organizational and minor repairs. It can be really interesting doing stuff like this with my kids at their current ages. John is old enough to where he can be some help, but he gets a little overzealous and ends up making a mess of things. Ethan is pretty good help too, but not quite as sure of himself. Lydia and Josiah just go right behind you wrecking whatever it is your doing. :-)
  2. I've decided that I really, really would like to lose about 20 pounds to get within what the CDC calls a healthy weight. I don't know if this is an attainable goal for me, but I'm going to work at it. I'm not really "dieting" but just trying to make even healthier food choices and do some exercises. I had read where someone recommended working out for an hour a day and I laughed out loud. Who has that kind of time?!
  3. I've also decided to try to read through the Bible in 6 months. My husband is reading it through in one month. Here we are 10 days in and he's now in the book of ... err ... 2 Chronicles. I know that would be an unachievable goal for me and I didn't even consider it. LOL Reading it in 6 months will be a good challenge.
  4. Lydia will be 4 and John will be 8 next month. I've been brainstorming birthday ideas.
  5. I've been really impressed with how well the kids are doing in school. Ethan's once chicken-scratch cursive is getting pretty good for a kindergartner/first grader.
  6. I (we) did 7 loads of laundry and, alas, only got about halfway finished.
  7. Jeremy decided to deep clean our bedroom. Anyone else have trouble with your bedroom becoming the catch-all place? Anyway, his project got me to cleaning out the bathroom cabinets. We threw away tons of pharmaceutical drugs and just pure junk that I didn't even know was there. A little blessing of it was that we discovered a leaky, cracked ring in the sink plumbing and missed out on future water damage. Yay!
  8. I am seeming to have a bit of trouble with stress at home lately. I'm getting increasingly frustrated with my boys and I seem to just get worked up over stuff that amounts to nothing. I don't know what the key is to getting them to obey the first time, right away, with a happy heart. Sometimes they do. When they don't though, they do the the polar opposite of what I ask.
  9. We were ecstatic to see my brother and sister-in-law Christmas day. They live over 300 miles away so we don't get to see them as often as we like.
  10. We typically put Josiah in the church nursery. I don't particularly like a nursery, but we usually let him play with the other children. Well, the past 2 or 3 services we've kept him out because he's started to cry when we take him there. I'm proud (of him) to say that he's been NO trouble. I actually had all 4 of them by myself Sunday night (Jeremy was in the sound booth) and we sat on the first row (our usual seat) and all of them were great. John and I even had a good conversation today about Sunday's message.
  11. I was given an iTunes gift card and was delighted to buy Champion Baptist College's CD Because of What He's Done (another credit to Dr. Capaci's ministry) and a collection of opera. The CD is entitled 66 Most Beautiful Opera Arias. Yeah, I like opera. I've only heard a few operas I didn't like.
  12. I've been so disappointed with Rejoice Radio as of late. I'm able to get their radio ministry on my car radio and it's always been a source of great conservative music. They've been throwing in a bit of southern gospel here and there. The first time I heard it I actually checked my radio dial because I thought that I perhaps had bumped it onto a country music station. Now, I'm not against all southern gospel; some of it I really like. The McKameys and the Inspirations are good examples. There have been several incidences where I've actually had to turn off the radio because the music had very loud drums that overtook the melody of the music. Also, some of the singing style has not been to my standards. By that I mean that their style sounds more like Shaniah Twain than conservative gospel music. One time, as a more liberal song came on, John said, "Mom, I don't like that wicked music! Please turn it off!!" LOL Rejoice was the last source of conservative music on the radio. Maybe I could look into getting my iPod to play in the car?
  13. I'd hoped to make Lydia some more nightgowns. I found a cheap, easy pattern. I found cheap flannel. It's not done yet, but I'm not giving up hope!
  14. We're trying to get Josiah sleeping in a regular bed. He seemed so excited to get to sleep on the bed with his big brothers!

Well, he doesn't seem too excited here. LOL Isn't he just adorable?!

And, keeping with tradition we finally made and decorated sugar cookies.

These were actually really good this year. I tried a different recipe.

I hope that everyone is well and I hope to not be away for 2 1/2 weeks again. :-)