02 October 2015


6 years ago, a small black cat appeared in my back yard. She was starving and scared. She was very feral. So very slowly, I started by putting food and water out where she could come down and get it safely. I would keep the door open a crack (not much just enough that I could talk to her). I would talk to her while she ate. Eventually, after months of this, she would let me sit outside with her. Then, finally, she let me touch her. This was how we found out that she was a girl. As Halloween was approaching we decided that we would empty the garage of cars and set it up for her to be in until we could get her to a vet and then decide what to do from there. She turned out to be a very healthy 1 year old cat. She is still tiny, but she has become a great blessing to us.

28 September 2015

October is Almost Here!

Wow! September is almost over and it is hard to believe that it has been a month since my mother has moved on. Over a year ago, I joined a group of people who help genealogists find information in cemeteries. Basically, you receive a request to walk a cemetery near your location and take photos of the stone. If you cannot, you provide information on the cemetery (for instance, it is very old and the stones are missing, broken of faded beyond reading) and send it to the requester. It is a great service and it is fun to walk the cemeteries and find what is a help to another person. I took a list and my daughters and we went and walked a cemetery and found quite a few. We will be working on another very old cemetery tomorrow. Wish us luck.

Here are more from the FB pages:

Hermione's Mitts
20 Stash buster Blanket Squares
Little Pigs
Candy Corn Baby Hat
Mystery Amigurumi - CAL with Crochet Crowd -
Dover Plains Box Afghan
Hobbes - Cat
Parlor Cat
Laid Back Cat
Share Kitty - I need to make this for a friend's daughter...she likes pinks.
Reusable Swiffer Pads

Slow Cooker Lava Cake - need to buy chocolate cake mix, chocolate chips and ice cream!
Challah Bread Recipe
Iris Cohen Video for braiding rolls
Pumpkin Bread and Icing

Anatomy of a Eye with food
Non-Newtonian Fluid
Gallery Astrophotographs
How to Use a Semicolon
8 Science YouTube videos
50 Reasons Homeschoolers Like being Homeschooled

Harry Potter Style Party

Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

Cozy Fall Reads
Best YA Books
14 Laugh Out Loud Books
14 Books Like "To Kill A Mockingbird"
13 Books That Aren't on HS Reading Lists

Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog
Words to "Slipping"

A few weeks ago, I caught my daughter listening to something and another daughter knew what. When I found out, I had to research the song and found out about this little Sing-a-long blog. I watched it after the kids went to bed and loved it. Then I let the watch it. Now they watch it more often. They sing with it and love the whole story.

11 September 2015

Birthstone Knits

September 2015 is Here

I saw where someone had made flowers and put them in a vase. I thought this would be a good way to have flowers like the ones that were in my mom's wreaths (which we got rid of on Monday). If I make enough I can make sure the girls all have some in their rooms.

Lily of the Valley
Roses - mom's wreaths had white roses and red and pink
Double Crochet Flowers - they look like roses
Gratitude Flowers
Crocheted Flowers
Spring Daisy
Crochet Flowers
Crochet Flowers Links

Also, I love to make pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes. I use a lot of spices when I bake, so when I saw this on FB, I just knew I had to save it! To make your own pumpkin pie spice this is what you need: DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice ~ 1 tablespoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 2 tablespoons cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 teaspoon allspice. Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. - this is from Rita Helms Shearer

Homemade Butterfingers - this was one of my favorite candy bars. 

Hooty Owl Crochet Baskets - these are so cute. 

Mystery Crochet Along - from the Crochet Crowd. I did the Mike the Monster one. Now, I will make this one. Not sure who will get it. 

Crocheted Owls - one of my girls is really getting into these. 

Fanciful Pot Holders - I might make a few of these as gifts and for around my house. 

Banned Books

Some Banned Books by Year:
1982: Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
1983: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
1984: The Color Purple – Alice Walker
1985: In the Night Kitchen – Maurice Sendak
1986: Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson
1987: Forever – Judy Blume
1988: The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier
1989: The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
1990: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Alvin Schwartz
1991: Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
1992: Sex – Madonna
1993: Go Ask Alice – Anonymous
1994: The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
1995: To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
1996: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
1997: All But Alice – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
1998: Daddy’s Roomate – Michael Willhoite
1999: Fallen Angels – Walter Dean Myers
2000: Captain Underpants – Dav Pilkey
2001: Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
2002: Harry Potter Series – J. K. Rowling
2003: The Giver – Lois Lowry
2004: King and King – Linda De Hann
2005: It’s Perfectly Normal – Robie Harris
2006: And Tango Makes Three – Justin Richardson
2007: The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
2008: Gossip Girl Series – Cecily von Ziegesar
2009: The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
2010: TTYL – Lauren Myracle
2011: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie

2012: Pedagogy of the Oppressed – Paulo Freire

To see the whole list for a year you can look here.

12 Books to be Thankful for Reading in English

12 Life-Changing Books from English Teachers
1.       A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare
2.       To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
3.       The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
4.       The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
5.       The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
6.       Lord of the Flies – William Golding
7.       The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
8.       The Odyssey – Homer
9.       Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
10.   Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
11.   1984 – George Orwell
12.   Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

08 September 2015

Required Reading for Middle School and High School

I saw a list of books for Middle School and High School and it asked how many have you read? I have read quite a few, so I will make some notations, but I am saving this list for my girls to pick from, also. 

Middle School Required Reading

1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

2. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit - I read this on my own. It was never required for me to read. 

3. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume - I read this on my own, again, never required reading. 

4. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

5. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - Required reading for high school, not middle school. 

6. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - I have a copy of this book, that I just got recently, I have not read it yet. 

8. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle - I read this with my daughters. 

9. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis - I read this on my own, I didn't have to read it for school. 

10. The Giver by Lois Lowry

11. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

12. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

13. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

14. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

15. My Brother Sam Is Dead by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier

High School Required Reading

16. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

17. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

18. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - I had to read this for college. 

19. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - I read this on my own as an adult, I never had to read it in school. 

20. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë - I had to read this for college. 

21. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë - I had to read this for college. 

22. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad - I had to read this for college. 

23. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - someone else had to read this for high school and threw the book away on the last day (that is what a lot of the girls did), since I loved to read, I snagged a lot of books this way.  I read it over the summer. 

24. Lord of the Flies by William Golding - I had to read this for college. 

25. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - I had to read this for college. 

26. The Iliad by Homer - I read this on my own. 

27. The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Another I read on my own. 

28. Animal Farm by George Orwell - my cousin a teacher at my high school told me not read this book voluntarily, she had not liked it. 

29. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - I read this on my own and then for college. 

30. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - I read this in college. 

31. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - I read this in college. 

32. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe - I read this on my own. 

33. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - I loved this book, I have read it many times and read it on my own in middle school. 

34. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut - I read this on my own. 

35. The Color Purple by Alice Walker - I read this for college.