The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. -Proverbs 1:7

Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost you all you have, get understanding.-Proverbs 4:7

Friday, October 25, 2013

Bringin' it back...

Fabric Friday, that is.

This weekend's agenda:

1.  Fleece socks for all of us.
2.  1 of 2 blouses for me.
3.  Lounge pants for Jac.

The pattern was on sale.  I have a piece of fabric I'd like to turn into a jacket.  Because Quentin and Stacey are always talking up jackets.  I guess that only makes sense if I tell you there are pieces in that pattern to make a jacket?

The creepy "pippi" piece? could I not buy it?  Maybe Pip will want to give out gifts and I can use it for something.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A River Runs through It

I hate cell phone pictures, but if that's what you get then I guess that's what there is. 


Monday, October 21, 2013

Flag Burning

For service well performed...

Friday, October 18, 2013


1.  We went college looking today.  Shippensburg.

2.  I would be remiss if I didn't include my thoughts on this whole process. 

First of all, I don't really get the whole "let's drive all around the world looking at colleges" business. 

Second of all, I don't get the whole "education isn't the first selling point."  In my world, the whole point of going to college is to get enough of an education and to gather enough skills to get a job.  Not to drop a couple hundred thousand on a social experience. 

But, then I remember "Oh, yeah...they are a business.  It's their job to sell you all kinds of things you don't need and in the process, they make you think you need it."  Somehow, their marketing has extended to making American parents feel guilty if they don't buy into this whole trap.  Or, as I have noticed, American parents don't even have to be sold on it...they already feel guilty.  But then, I guess that's another conversation for another day.

Cynical much?

So, to that end...there we were.  At the gift shop (Every college has gift shops cleverly marketed as "book stores".).  I wasn't expecting a whole lot beyond wasting an entire day being dragged all over campus only to return to the car where my child would say "Hmm...I'm probably going to need to look at another couple dozen places"...a process which always seems to include an overpriced t-shirt.

What really happened:  This place is a perfect match for her personality.  I realized it during the hour long sales pitch by some old dude running the show.  Early in the tour, she realized it.  She's sold and announced in the car there isn't any need to visit any others.

Hmm...  I guess it's settled?  I feel like we should look at two more.  We should, shouldn't we?

Monday, October 14, 2013

First Class Gardening

1.  I am now a merit badge counselor.  This is not something I saw coming (a year ago), but hey...if you can do it you might as well? 
2.  Ahh...let me think about this one.  I have something to say, but it just doesn't look right in any of the word combinations I type.  Maybe tomorrow.
3.  Remember that hydroponic garden?  We FINALLY earned the merit badge for gardening.  Yes, I said "we".  After a gazillion years of Girl Scout experience I have to say that Boy Scouts take their awards far more seriously.  Earning a merit badge is a mission.

Sunday, October 13, 2013


I think I recall posting yesterday that I would start to begin observing interesting things in my life again.  Umm...maybe tomorrow?  Today was busy.  And not all that interesting.

Random shots from today...

One more class finished.  This one caught me at the end.  Pretty sure that is supposed to be a colon in my title instead of a dash, but I've already submitted.  After almost all the hours this weekend spent on it, I'm over it.  If I lose points over that dash, well....I guess I'll have to live with that.

Everyone was working hard, as you can see.

In my quest to live on a strict grocery budget, some of your comments have led me to think you all must think I'm feeding everyone white bread and chicken noodle soup.  No worries.  That's not the case.  What is the case is we spent 75% less on groceries than we did in August.  We are on target for the same for October.  Awesome, huh?  I mean... most of it isn't organic, but I'm too busy thinking about college and retirement to concern myself with that.  Some is organic.  Hopefully, we'll survive it.

Football traitor...the kind that makes cookies.  Not sure what happened to these, but they taste fine.

I wanted to make something, but didn't have time for all of that.  Found this super-easy craft to indulge myself.  It's free.  Just print, cut, round, punch and string.  Easy-peasy.  And cute.  ;-)

Saturday, October 12, 2013


As it turns out, taking over the world (or whatever it is I'm doing) is a process which contains significant stretches of time where I forget to document all things interesting in my life.  Or, maybe, there isn't anything interesting happening?  Is the proof of that the fact the only pictures I have from the week are of a pot of butternut squash/kale soup and my kid ignoring my ranting that he needs to clean his room?
There's interesting stuff happening, I'm sure.  I just keep forgetting to pay attention.  Which has led to this public acknowledgement I need to commit to not being so busy.  Tomorrow.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Divide and Conquer

It was one of those "divide and conquer" weekends.  What that means is 2 parents + 2 kids = 1 parent takes 1 kid while the other parent takes the other.
Ryan took Jac kayaking.  Because it's cool to capsize your friends all day long, he didn't take the camera.  So...there is only my half of the weekend.  Minus the nap and the homework and the couple of hours I wasted in front of the murder channel.

I spent all of Saturday in the yard. between driving Alicia to work and picking her up again.  Girlie needs to get a job closer to home.  Weeding.   Yay? have no idea.  It was gorgeous outside this weekend.  Who even cares if I had to deal with weeds while I was out there?

And then I remembered this is the weekend I say "Oh yeah...I was supposed to be making Christmas gifts this year."  Ahem.  So...might as well start a knitting project?  I didn't have needles big enough for what I wanted.  So, I cut a dowel in half, sharpened it in the pencil sharpener, sanded it down and made little sculpey balls for the ends.  They work well enough.  And were free.  Because I made us go on a budget.


Had to chaperone the Homecoming Dance at my school.  Ryan, when he saw this picture, was all "I can't tell what you are thinking."  Umm...I was on my way to a high school dance.  A 4 hour dance.  What do you think I was thinking?  :-)

While she was taking pictures, Alicia said "Hey.  Let me get one in your natural state."  So, I rolled my eyes.  I kind of do that a lot.  Because, people are ridiculous.  Always.

Lacrosse an hour away from home ought to be illegal on Sunday mornings right when the sun is coming up.  For real.  It's even more fun when it's so foggy the spectators can't see the ball.  The beautiful thing about lacrosse is timing is not a surprise.  1 hour.  Pip and I survived.