24 September 2016

Wow! September Almost Over!

I am still working on my WIPs and learning a new skill and my family and I are participating in our 1st ever 5K. It is at the Cincinnati Zoo and this will be the first time we have walked an official 5K. We have walked over 5K together in the past, but never on a team (my husband's coworkers formed a team) and it will be fun. The walk was for the Cincinnati Children's Hospital. I think the girls enjoyed the walk and we are going to find some others to go and enjoy in the future. I think this will be good for the whole family.

Yahoo is having issues. They have been hacked and I knew about the hack long before they sent a message about it. I had already changed my password and I have my account set to notify when there is an attempt to log in from somewhere other than my home.

Afghans/Blocks:
Log Cabin Arrow Crochet Afghan
Chevron Afghan
Crochet Star Hexagon
Spicy Diamond Blanket
Star Blanket - is made for a baby, but can be increased to larger size for older child or an adult.
Arrow Stitch Afghan

Bags:
Market Hexagon Bag

Christmas/Winter:
Snowflake
Classic Crochet Christmas Stocking  from Red Heart
Golf Club Covers
Partridge in a Pear Tree Ornaments
Tiny Angel Wings Ornaments

Easter/Spring:
Bunny Rabbit

Gloves/Mittens:
Flying Pig Mittens
Circle Fingerless Mitts - these are different. They work from the thumb out.

Halloween/Fall:
Treat Baskets

Hats:
Rock Candy Hat - This hat is so cute. It looks like something from Willy Wonka.
Hershey Kiss Hat - for newborns.
Cable Crush Hat - Very pretty.
Crochet Bear Hat for Toddlers
Happy Hearts Hat

Kitchen/Dishcloths/Hot Pads:
Rainy Day Wash Cloth
Flutter By Butterfly Dishcloth
Flowerburst Dishcloth

Scarves/Cowls:
Neon Infinity Scarf
Jefferson Scarf
3 2 1 Cowl
The Bev Cowl
Textured Cowl
Stormy Lace Cowl
All Grown Up Cowl from Moogly Blog
Fibonacci Scarf - Math in Knitting. Fibonacci is found in nature and was used to figure out how many rabbits someone would have over the years.
Siefenblasen Lace Scarf

Shawls:
Mezquita Shawl - very pretty and lacy.
Shetland Glory

Slippers/Socks:
Rainbow Slippers for Toddlers

Toys:
Ballerina Frog
Crochet Bird

I sometimes wonder what others like to knit or crochet. I know that I really enjoy The Crochet Crowd and their videos and tutorials and patterns. As for my WIPs, I have a lot of those and I am motivated to finish, so that I can make an afghan for myself. It will be big enough to share with my husband, but it will be for me. This will be a first. I very rarely make anything for me, but I want a blanket all of my own. The girls are already circling...The yarn for it is gorgeous and soft and lovely, It is from Bernat and is called Blanket yarn. I'll take a photo of it when it is finished, but for now, just working on WIPs.

*WIP - Works in Progress.


Agenda 21: Into the Shadows

I recently finished a book by Glenn Beck (written in partnership with another). This is part 2 and I feel like there is a part 3 to be written or being written. This is based on a law that the UN wants passed here and in all countries. It is a work of fiction, but is something that could happen to us and all peoples of the world.

In "Agenda 21", the first book, we meet the characters that are going to go into book 2. We see them living horrible lives in villages and eating food cubes that are just enough while Authorities are not living the same lives.

The second book continues the story and I am trying very hard not to ruin the first book and still try to let you know this book is a great read and a page turner. I enjoyed it and recommend it and the first book for all to read.


14 September 2016

Dancing with the Stars and a New Skill

Monday came and went. It was a fun day. Accomplished a bit, and came home to rest. Over the Labor Day Weekend, my husband and I took the girls and went to see his Great Aunt. A really sweet little lady. I love going to visit her. She always offers the girls food (which they refuse, mostly because we fed them just before arriving at the home) and she wants us all to sit and visit for awhile. It is so stifling hot in her room. We took our dog with us on the visit so that we could take our time and enjoy the trip. The dog likes this trip, too. She is so funny about this ride. She knows when we are making it and settles down quickly for the ride. But she looks out the window. Another thing I noticed about her, is that when she is around people who move without chairs or walkers, she is all over them, but when she gets around the people in chairs, she goes up, sits next to them and lifts her head. She is calm!

I also bought a "cake" (skein) of the new yarn from Caron called Caron Cakes. My husband picked out a color he liked and I am currently learning how to make a scarf using Entrelac. I have mentioned in the past, that this is something I wanted to learn to do and I am currently doing that. I may need to buy more yarn to make the scarf long enough (it has to be at least 6 ft or longer to be a good scarf) and the yarn is on sale (woohoo) at Michael's Arts and Crafts. That means I am allowed to buy some yarn (temporary break on cold sheeping) and stock up on these gorgeous, fun colors and they are perfect for the scarf. I am using the pattern from Freckles and Purls, Allison LiCicero, it is free on Craftsy. I also found a pattern for Fingerless Mitts fromJulie's Patterns that I may try after I finish making about a half dozen scarves (for people who truly matter to me). If you need a little help with the Scarf Pattern as you go, I found a great YouTube video from Very Pink Knits that will help you if you need a little help.

I am also still getting quite a few emails with pattern links and I really need to go through them and clear them out, keeping only those that interest me, what I have been doing. If there is something that interests you, ask, if I see it, I wouldn't mind sharing here. The patterns are fun to look at and dream. I wish I had more time (not to learn) but to work on things. I want to be able to sit and just work on the WIPs and get them moved on to their new homes, but all I can do is work a little at a time and enjoy the time I get.

Sunday, my youngest and I are going to work on her costume for Halloween. It involves some sewing and should be interesting to make. We will experiment and see what ends up working. We also need to make a "pad"/pillow for the bottom of the cat kennel. That should be fun and interesting. It doesn't have to be pretty, just functional. We have been learning to sew, with a sewing machine. I never took Home Ec and I didn't have anyone to help me learn this skill, so I just have had to learn on my own with the owners manual and make a mistake, learn from it and move on lessons. It is working and who knows we may all become really good at sewing this way.

I need to take my middle to the thrift shops so we can find the pieces she needs for her costume and then my oldest and I need to figure out how we are going to do her costume. Each kid enjoys having me just to themselves. Learning things and just having fun. Again, need more time in a day to just be alone with each kid.



09 September 2016

Emails Continue to Grow! Olympics Over!

The Olympics had ended awhile ago and it was fun to watch the different events. Some of the events I knew some things for (Swimming Official) or I played them in high school (not on a team, but over the summer for fun and credits). School started for my girls, we started before we had our paperwork, but that didn't matter, just that we were beginning. When the girls are on the computer for some of their lessons, I just don't have time to be on and clear out the emails. I have also been working on finishing WIPs. I am excited about that. I also need to gather the items for my niece's present and get them in the mail. I wanted to finish something else first for another person (one trip to the mail centers). I just don't get a lot of time to sit and be still. I am also studying government in a way that I never did in school. I am learning so much, especially in an election year.

Afghans:
I Love Color Afghan
Mountain Mist Afghan
Running Diamonds Throw
Slip Stitch Afghan
Slip Stitch Sampler Afghan
Floral Motif Afghan
Cats Afghan

Baby:
Moms Fav Baby Blanket
Irish Wave Baby Blanket
Princess Crocodile Stitch Baby Blanket
Lemon Lime Baby Booties

Bags:
Basic Crochet Tote
Granny Square Tote

Christmas:
Polar Bear Ornaments
Mitten Advent Calendar
12 Weeks Christmas CAL

Cozy:
Crochet Owl Apple Cozy - such a cute way to pack an apple

Flower:
Popcorn Stitch Flower

Fun:
Harry Potter Knitting Links
Game of Thrones Related Knitting Links
Lolly Pop Spiders - Just for fun for Halloween.
Crochet a Terrarium

Gloves/Mittens:
Bella's Mittens
Minky Mittens

Hats:
Sugar Cone Skully Hat - very pretty, fun hat.
Knitty Fish Hat - some time ago, I read a book where this pattern was described. I love the picture for it. I wonder if I have someone who would wear it. I will have to find out.
Minnie Mouse Toddler Hat - my neighbor's oldest granddaughter loves Minnie Mouse.
Crochet Chemo Hat

Kitchen:
Popcorn Hexagon Scrubby

Links:
Hats Links

Scarves/Cowls:
Dude Scarf
Autumn Infinity Scarf
Building Bridges Cowl - very interesting pattern.
Infinity Hooded Cowl
Simple Oversized Cable Cowl
Bobble Stitch Crochet Scarf
Cascades Knit Scarf

Shawls:
Wrap and Go Shawl
Lemon Lace Shawl
Easy Lace Triangle Shawl
Vintage Lace Popcorn Shawl
Greek Revival Shawl

Socks/Slippers:
Basic Crochet Socks
Fitted Slippers

Square:
Whimsical Penelope's 12 inch square
Circle with Popcorn Stitch Granny

Toys:
Elsa Crochet Doll
Boy Mouse Lovey
Girl Mouse Lovey
American Girl Doll Dresses for those little ones who have those dolls.
Puppy

Tutorials: (I love the tutorials from Mikey at Crochet Crowd. He makes me laugh and he is very good).
4 Colour Granny Tutorial
2 Colour Granny Tutorial
How to Make Plarn - What is plarn? Plastic bags (from stores) cut up to create a yarn to make something else. The ultimate recycling. I have tons of these plastic bags from stores. I save them and we have used them as poo collectors from litter boxes and from the back yard. But creating yarn to make plastic seat covers for stadiums or grocery bags that is the best. What would you make with plarn?

HOMESCHOOL LINKS:
Online Marine Biology
MIT Open Online Classes
What Anne Frank's Arrest Would Have Looked Like - I have a daughter who has become interested in all things WWII.
CrashCourse - good science info YouTube channel things that are great for science classes.
Moving Fish - Art Class
TED Speakers Reading List for Summer - this is just an idea and you can pick and choose as you see fit.
Music Theory with Oreos
Geometry - Properties of Quadrilaterals
Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Free Books 100 Legal Sites

HALLOWEEN:
Spooky Eyes for Trees or bushes

RECIPES:
Zucchini Raviolis
Slow Cooker French Toast
Chocolate Chip Halva Challah
Five Amish Recipes
Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies

WIKILEAKS - they are releasing the information that shows things are not as they seem. Good link to have for research.

21 August 2016

A Child's Uses for Mom or Dad

When my children were little, I do mean little...aged 2, 3, 4, I noticed that they don't look at you as a mom or a dad, they throw things at you or demand things from you. My mother-in-law used to say that babies and toddlers are very ego centered. They are all about themselves and I had three at the same time. This kept me very busy. I had to teach them to stay close to me, hold my hand or a sister's hand when we were crossing streets or walking in parking lots. I had to let them know that they had to do what I said, for instance, get ready to go when I say so. But I also noticed that we would go somewhere and they would take off their coats and throw them at me, here mom, hold this for me. Here, hold this for me. Mom, where is my cup? So I started compiling a list of things that my children viewed my husband and I as. It was interesting how things have stayed the same and how they have changed.

First on my list was activity planner. I would plan things for them to do or places to go. My husband to this day asks, what is on the schedule today.

2. My cousin showed me this one, she was sitting on the floor and her daughter was using her as an arm rest. It is funny, but sometimes those children just want to be close, but they also want to lean on us.

3. Bank. I noticed as the girls got older they started asking for more money. Money to go on a field trip, money for something from school, money to go with a Bible Study group. We became the girls bank.

4. Bathroom Walker. When your child is learning to potty train and for some time after you may have to walk them to the bathroom so they don't have accidents in their beds.

5. Beautician. When you have girls you get to fix their hair.When they are young, you are washing, brushing and styling their hair. When they get older, they will wash it themselves, but there are times where they want it styled and then you are back to work.

6. Bed. When your children are little, they will sometimes need to be held and sometimes they are laying across you and fall asleep. You have just become their bed.

7. With the bed, comes the pillow. Sometimes they will just want to cuddle up next to you and they will lay their head on your leg, you have just become a pillow.

8. When your kids need medical care or are going to school, you become their advocate. You fight for the care they need or for the special care they need. Don't be afraid to go toe to toe for the care.

9. Bug Catcher. Yep, when a bug comes near, you will be catching the bugs. Sometimes to help them learn about the bug, but other times because they are scared and you need to get it out of their area.

10. Bug Killer. Yep, there are times where you are just going to have to kill that bug. Catching it is just not going to happen. It needs to die!

11. Butler. Yep, there are times where dads become their child's butler.

12. Calendar. I can't count how many times I heard, "Mom, what day is it?" or "Mom, what are we doing today?"

13. Car Rental. Yep, there will come a time where you will have to rent a car for your kid. A way to get them somewhere because the usual transportation is not available.

14. Chaperone. I have gone on many field trips with the girls and their classes. I have gone on many trips with the Girl Scouts. It is a lot of fun to hang out with all these kids.

15. Coat Rack. When my girls were little, every time we walked into a place (restaurant, museum, etc) they would take off their coats and then hand them to me.

16. Cheer Leader. Yep, we cheer for our children. We encourage them to do their best.

17. Coach. We coach them to practice and get better at the thing they really like to do. For instance, my one daughter loves to knit. I encourage that and I coach her on new techniques.

18. Cup/Bottle Holder. When they were little, they would take a drink and then hand me their cups (bottles) and then walk away.

19. Day Planner. Moms (and sometimes Dads) plan days for the children. We take them places and get them to appointments.

20. Disciplinarian. When a child does something they are not supposed to do, we have to discipline the child, gently enough to not destroy them, but harsh enough that they won't do that again. It is a fine line and one that often is hard to walk. Don't be afraid to apologize to your child when you screw up and admit, "Hey, I made a mistake and I am sorry." It teaches them to step up and take the blame that they need to accept.

21. Dish Washer. I do a lot of dishes! A lot of dishes. I wash breakfast dishes, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snacks, supper, evening snacks. Then I collect all the dishes that didn't make it to the sink in all the previous washings and wash those, too.

22. Easy Chair. This is the one that I miss. When they are little, a child will sit on their mom or dad and get comfy. They enjoy the cuddles and the loving and sometimes they will get comfy enough to fall asleep.

23. Entertainment Center. When kids are little they expect their parents to entertain them and often we do.

24. Executioner. I mentioned bugs earlier, we kill those pesky bugs. Another way to look at this is we are the one who dishes out the punishment on our wayward progeny, if we don't want them to grow up and have to have law enforcement do that job.

25. Gift Wrapper. I cannot tell you how many times I have wrapped presents to the kids, from the kids, for parties, for holidays, birthdays. We become very good at wrapping and can do this very quickly.

26. Gym. This goes with entertainment center...the kids climb on us like we are monkey bars. They roll over us and hang on us.

27. Partner/Teacher. I am the girls education partner and their teacher. This started when they were little. I taught them to talk, to walk, to love and pray. I taught them to read and when they started going to school, I helped them with their homework, checking their work and then helping them to get it done on time. Teaching them to mind their time.

28. Hat Maker. When my youngest was 2, I learned how to knit. I started making hats for the girls. I love making hats. I would let them choose the yarn and and then make them a scarf and hat set. Every year a new set.

29. Home Work Checker. When kids are in school, we need to help them with their school work. Just because they spend time at school doesn't mean they are learning it all there. Sometimes they need us, their parents, to help them. We can take the time to learn something and help them remember. We can cater to their learning styles, something teachers would love to do, but cannot do.

30. Horse Ride. When my girls were little they would jump on their dad's back and he would crawl all over the floor with them on his back. He had biggest smile and so did they. This is great bonding time and they love to be with each other.

31. Housekeeper. Kids do not appreciate a clean house. Just doesn't happen. I like a clean house, but they don't, so I frequently don't clean it as well as I would like, but at the same time, the house is clean. They have been learning how to clean a house and they know that there are times where this activity has to happen. I don't do it every day like my mother did, but we do it as a family.

32. Hugs and Kisses. Kids need lots of love. They need lots of hugs, lots of kisses and lots of time. But we need to remember to also provide guidance and rules.

33. Jailer. When a child does something wrong we have to put a punishment in place and then follow through...we become their jailer.

34. Judge. We put the punishment in place for wrong doing.

35. Jury. We have to decide who is guilty of wrong doing, especially when there is more than one child.

36. Laundress. Laundry is a daily activity in my house. When they were tiny and in diapers, they had many outfit changes. As they got older, they would still need clothing washed and now, it is still a daily activity. I love my large capacity washer....I can get by with 2 loads a day, but it is daily. I encourage the kids to help with moving it up and down the stairs and folding and putting away. They do it their own way.

37. Library Runner. We go to the library once a week. We borrow, return and borrow more. Libraries are great places to borrow books, be with others who like same things and also to learn new things. Check yours out now.

38. Life Guard. When my girls were little we started them swimming as soon as possible. This allowed them to spend lots of time in water. We are their life guard as the pools and lakes have often not had life guards.

39. Life preserver. There have been times that we were the ones who would keep the kids up when they were in the water over their heads.

40. Maid. I spent a lot of time picking up after the kids (and still do) when they were little. Now, I have the expectation that they help with picking up.

41. Masseuse. The girls love to have their backs rubbed and will sit next to anyone who will rub their backs. I should specify, parents. They are not too trusting of strangers (we got that right).

42. Mr. and Mrs. Fix It. When a toy would break, we would be brought the toy and we would fix it. Sometimes it would be easy fix, just new batteries, sometimes it was a little more.

43. Nurse. I got really good at fixing scrapes and bumps. I became their own personal nurse.

44. Pack Mule. I have hauled a lot of things with me when we would go out. When they were little, I would need diapers, wipes, extra clothes, blankets, toys, etc. It always amazed me at how much I had to carry.

45. Party Planner. When your children are little, you would have to plan parties for the children for their birthdays.

46. Personal Chef. When a child is sick, you make a special meal. When they have mouth hardware, special meals, birthdays, etc. Sometimes I would have to make 3 different meals to get them all to eat.

47. Personal Dresser. When children are little, you dress them. When they are babies, you can put them in anything you want and they look adorable. When they get a little older, they start expressing what they like and don't like. You begin to teach them how to dress themselves, but still there are times where you have to tell them what they are going to wear.

48. Personal Entomologist. I cannot begin to count the times I had to tell them what a bug was, and if it was a boy bug or a girl bug. Thankfully, on FB, there is a group called Antman's Hill and he helps and it is a great resource.

49. Personal Grocery Shopper. This is where they request a special food and I go shopping for that. (This is usually for special events, like their birthday).

50. Personal PC. This gets less as computers and tablets and phones become more a part of their world.

51. Personal Shopper. This is where I am told, "Mom, I need...." and I then go out and buy it. This would happen more after they were in school and still too young to go on their own.

52. Personal Zookeeper. We have had 6 cats, 1 dog, many fish and there is a request for a snake.

53. Photographer. I love this. I love documenting things we do and places we go, this will be for the girls when they are grown up and can look back on their life.

54. Photographic Subject. I bought them cameras and they would pose me or their dad. They learned how to take pictures. This is an ongoing thing, but adds to their memories.

55. Referee. I often have to break up a disagreement, but those are few and they work many things out on their own.

56. Scarf Maker. This goes along with the Hat Maker. A new one every year.

57. School Bus Driver. This happened when they started to school. I would drive them to preschool and pick them up. After they were eligible for bus routes, I would meet them outside, but every now and then I would have to drive them back and forth.

58. Scout Leader. Another activity I loved. I had to stop when my mil had a stroke and I had to take girls back and forth to see her on Fridays. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach young ladies and help them to become better people. Also, spend time loving children who need just a little more.

59. Scrunchie Maker. This is an item that will hold back long hair.

60. Secretary. When they were much younger (before they could write), I would have to help them write thank you cards. They could write their names when they were in pre-school and slowly got better every year.

61. Snot Rag. Has anyone ever had a crying child, sniffling on their shoulder? I have. Many things caused them to cry and when that happened, the snot flowed and I often had snot on my shirts. I changed clothes many times. At some point, I got tired of wearing nice clothes to have them ruined by the children, so I just wore what was comfortable.

62. Story Teller. Kids love to hear stories. Stories about when you were young or books that you are reading to them or even stories you make up with them.

63. Surgeon to stuffed toys. This kind of goes with Mrs. Fix-It, but I often sewed up toys. At some point the girls started trying to do this on their own.

64. Swim Instructor. This would pair up with Life Guard. Many life guards I know are also swim instructors. We teach our children how to swim, how to float and how to be safe in the water.

65. Taxi Driver. "Mom, take me...." When they were little it was more take me to McDonald's (playlands were the best), as they grew it was the zoo, museums, and now libraries. My middle daughter comes up and says, "Mom, please sign me up for.... at the library." Then, she reminds me, "Mom, don't forget to take me to.....at the library."

66. Teacher. We are our child's first teacher. Teachers come and go, but we will always be the first. Some of us continue to be their teacher, by homeschooling. Do I say that this is the best? No, I say that it happens and we all have our reasons for doing it. Some children do best in homeschooling, some do best with others as their teachers. You should always do the best for your child and only YOU know what is best.

67. Team Mate. I cannot tell you how many times we have played games together and I have been a team mate for one of the girls. I have 3 so when we play a game that pairs, I am a partner to one of them.

68. Time Keeper. Sometimes you do an activity where everyone has to have a turn and you have to time keep to make sure they all get the same amount of time.

69. Tour Guide. I have taken the girls to places and shown them around and taught them about the place. I do a lot of research before we go, so that I can teach them as we go.

70. Towel Boy/Girl. This falls in the Coat Rack. We go somewhere with water and my girls toss their towels at me or they ask me to hand them their towels.

71. Toy Maker. I have made many toys for my girls. Recently, I had them go through their stuff and get rid of things. Even though they haven't played with it for awhile (they grow their likes and dislikes change) they refuse to get rid of the toys I made them.

72. Trampoline. When they were little, they would jump on my legs like I was their own personal trampoline.

73. Water Girl/Boy. This is when they are in bed and are thirsty and need a drink, or they are playing a game and they forgot their drink.

I know that as they grow and move into new stages of their life, they will assume some of these roles and I will get new ones. I look forward to my new parts in life.


05 August 2016

A Quiet Friday Night

Friday night, my girls were at a lock in at one of our libraries. They had been anticipating this event for the whole month of July. My husband had to work that night and my kids gone for 6 hours, I was alone with just the cats and the dog. It was just us. The animals paced around for about an hour searching for the girls. They just couldn't figure it out, then they came and sat with me in the Family Room/Classroom. I was able to sit and listen to a book on tape (they can be borrowed online and played on phones or tablets or whatever you put the app) and knit. I worked on big things that I hadn't worked on for some time. I enjoyed the silence and the time alone. Time that meant I didn't have to be available to anyone, but the animals. They sat on me, near me and they all got along. I was able to be me, not mom, not wife, just me. To many that may seem harsh, but when you are mom or wife all the time, you need that little bit of time where you can be silent and listen to God. It was a nice evening. I didn't even get onto the internet.

When my girls were little, they wouldn't sleep, they fought sleep all the time and I told them constantly, we are boring and they could go to sleep and nothing would happen. That is basically what I do I enjoy the silence. For the first time in a long time, I didn't feel alone, but I was alone.

What a great way to get ready for the new school year. School will be starting for many on August 11th. I will be starting my girls then, too. We have so many things planned already for this school year.

Afghans:
Painted Desert Sunset Afghan
Granny Square Afghan - This is listed as a Granny, but is different than the ones I used to make all the time, so I want to make some and see what happens.
Traditional Cable Knit Afghan - The picture shown with this pattern is all white, but the cables are very pretty.
Lego Block Afghan
Checkers Game Afghan - it is actually suggested for use as a picnic blanket
Country Star Afghan - This is such a beautiful piece of art and I would love to have a few of these in different colors for my girls.
Comforting Kitty Afghan
Prairie Star Crochet Afghan
Colorful Chevron Afghan

Bags:
Crochet Book Bag - this would be good for my girls. They love to read and they carry books with them everywhere.

Dish Cloths/Kitchen:
Blooming Flower Dishcloth

Geometric Designs:
Crochet Squares Curtains
Geometric Crochet Afghan
Old Maid's Puzzle
Hexagon Motif

Gloves/Mittens:
Kimberly Mitts - These are very pretty cabled, fingerless mittens.
Zimtstern Mitts - these are fingerless mitts and they are knit different from other ways that I have made mitts. This is a challenge piece.

Toys/Amigurumi:
Freddy the Froggy
Bearies - when I first looked at these, I thought of this food that my cousin ate when she was in China for a business trip. She took a picture and I thought it was pretty cute.





30 July 2016

July on the Way Out

July has flown by and is almost half over (and by the time I finish this post, it will be over). I worked on getting the next year's syllabus put together (and yes, I do make a syllabus), so that the girls can work on their own with the work. We are going to continue to work on things that they struggle on and move on to new things as well. We are going to study Government, as this is a Presidential election year. This will be interesting and fun. I learned from a wonderful man who works as a teacher at Lebanon (5th and 6th) and the library that the library has a blog! A for real blog! I looked it up. I saved it to my computer and will continue to search through the pages. Lebanon Public Library Blog - great resource for books. They even tried to keep them according to events. Check it out! The Library is interested in having things for homeschool kids and things where the school and homeschool kids can get together.

I am still cleaning out my emails, but I had to take a moment and save the Pokemon patterns to my blog (they got their own post). It was prompted by what has been happening with Pokemon Go and the fact that my kids still like Pokemon, but are not interested in doing the Pokemon Go, because they have seen the things that have been happening (bodies being found in creeks, people getting hit by a car or hitting a telephone pole with their car, etc).

I am also getting back into my knitting and crochet. I am wanting to finish things and make things that are small (and easy to carry with me since we are constantly on the go). Large projects are waiting and I will get them finished as soon as school restarts in August. We will have to do more work at home and get some books from libraries and get them working. I am excited by this year's school lessons and I hope that the girls get on board and they have fun, too.

Columbus Zoo is having a Hoofit Program! Each one has something different, there is one in August that is about heart attacks and strokes and one in September about regular checkups. I am really interested in going to these with the girls as they will be good to include in our school plan. We have to do programs on health, first aid, fire safety. I had things all mapped out, but it is easy to include other things into our schedule, that is the beauty of homeschooling! We can go attend a program and walk the zoo and learn so many other things while we are at it.

Also, for the record, August 2nd is National Night Out. Our town (Lebanon) is having an event and my girls have volunteered to help with another city's National Night Out. The Youth Director for a church we go to didn't know what program he had agreed to get help for, he just agreed. Should be a fun day.

Lock-in at the library, also happened this month. The girls have been kept busy all summer long, thanks to all the library programs. Their absolute favorite is a 6 hour lock in at the library. They have games, food and lots of socializing (for those who think, how do you socialize your child, here is the answer). They also have 3D printing lessons on Saturday and so many other things to do. This should be a really fun weekend for the girls. I am so glad that we have libraries providing these programs. It helps my girls learn new things and then they want to learn and do more.

Afghan:
Spiral Lapghan
Parquet Tiles Crochet Blanket
C2C Fox Blanket

Baby:
Baby Jester Hat

Bags:
Errand Bags
Crochet Owl Bag - adorable!

Christmas:
Crochet Heart Ornament
Christmas Tree Amigurumi
Christmas Elf Amigurumi
Christmas Angel Amirgurumi
Christmas Reindeer Amigurumi

Cleaning:
Swiffer Cover (Crochet) I have made this with the knit pattern, so it is nice to know that there is a crochet version for those who can't knit.

Dishcloth:
Captain America Dishcloth
WTF Dishcloth
Sine Wave Dishcloth
Sherlock 221B Dishcloth
Batman Dishcloth
Green Lantern Dishcloth
Flash Dishcloth
Winter Snowman Dishcloth
Dahlia Dishcloth

Dr Who:
7th Dr Hat
Bow Ties are Cool Dishcloth
Jayne Hat
Adipose Dishcloth
Cyberman V1 Dishcloth
Cyberman V2 Dishcloth
Cybermen Logo Dishcloth
Don't Blink Dishcloth
Bad Wolf Dishcloth
Jelly Baby Dishcloth
Dr Who K9 Dishcloth
Dr Who Logo Dishcloth
Dr Who Ribbed Cowl
Seal of Rassilon Dishcloth
Simple Dalek Dishcloth
The Angels Have the Blue Box Dishcloth
Tardis Dishcloth
I Heart Heart Dr Who Dishcloth

Gloves/Mittens:
Margarete Fingerless Mitts
Top Down Mittens - for big kids
Animal Mittens for younger children

Harry Potter:
Pygmy Puff

Hats:
Twisted Reversible Hat
Joy Inspired Hat - for toddlers
Minecraft Inspired Creeper Hat

Potholder:
Snowman Pot Holder
Flower Hotpad - this is a really pretty finished item.

Scarf:
Meaning of Life Scarf - beautiful cabled scarf.

Shawls:
Blue Jeans and Moon Beams Shawl

Socks:
Small Shell Socks

Toys:
Blue Bunny
Stacking Panda Pillows