Archive for December, 2006

Christmas is over

and now it’s time to look foward to the new year. What do I want to accomplish in this coming year? I like this idea at Mrs. Catherine’s site. Perhaps I’ll pick three things to work on. That will give me a third of the year for each new thing. (See, I passed my math classes!) I would like to learn more about photography and photo editing. I have Paint Shop Pro X, and haven’t really used it yet to the max it could be. Or even to a bare minimum, really. So, I would like to purchase a good book that explains some of the basics and even some advanced things about photography and digital photography (since I have a Canon S2IS) and a good book that explains the basics and beyond of PSPX. Off to Amazon I’ll go.

I would like to exercise…perhaps I’ll use Kim’s method, and set a mileage goal for walking. I would like to use my Tae Bo video from Billy Blanks. I have the inspirational one and have had it for about four years, but have never really gotten into doing it. I know that Tae bo is fun, and I like this one because it isn’t full of super-exercised models, but just regular joes trying to keep up with the kickboxing. I also have the book The Core Program which I really like, and I was doing really well with until March 2005 when I fell down my stairs on my tailbone and couldn’t do the exercises for a couple of months. They really do work well. Hmmm…I guess I need to figure out what I want to do most and just do it. I love my treadmill for walking. It measures miles, so as long as I remember to write it down when I do it, I could keep track and perhaps accomplish my goals in that area. If I walked a mile per day, it would be 365. (See, there’s that math again!) If I walked two miles, it would be 730. Maybe I should make it…600 miles. The Core Program takes about fifteen minutes a day, so if I did it faithfully five days a week, that would be 5475 minutes. That seems like a lot. Maybe I’ll take it in month segments…or, I know! I’ll do a four month period. So, for 120 days, it would be 1800 minutes. Let’s drop that down to 1500 minutes, because I know myself better than to think I’ll do it faithfully every day. Just doing it would be good! I think I’ll let Billy sit on the shelf for a while longer, because it is just too difficult to do kickboxing with a baby underfoot.

My last goal for the coming year was begun this last year, but I plan to begin again and maybe try to form a group to help me out with it. I began to read some classic literature last year in response to the book, A Thomas Jefferson Education, by Oliver Van DeMille. I would like to branch off into some other types of classics – math, science, history, philosophy, theology, etc. I even started a blog to talk about it with others (and haven’t gotten a response, so go check it out and chat with me about the books!) and joined a couple of Yahoo! groups. But, I don’t care for the online group style…there just isn’t a real conversation flow to it. So, I was thinking of starting a irl group, maybe with some homeschool moms (wanna join, Kim?) in my area. We would meet, maybe every two weeks to a month to discuss the sections read. I would really like to grow my mind more, and since I can’t attend school right now, I would like to make the time to bring it home to me.

Now I’m ready to start the new year! Well, I need to clean off the treadmill…and order those books…and ask Mr. Nutt about hosting a book discussion group here…but I have plans!


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Some crafty happenin’s

I knitted myself a winter accessory ensemble. Doesn’t that just sound too cool?!? Anyway, last year I managed to finish a hat – my first knitted project ever. It is a little too big, because contrary to the standard (what, me?) I knit too loosely. But it serves the purpose of keeping my head warm when I clean off the ‘burb’s windows on a frosty morning. This fall, I finished the matching scarf. So, I started on some mittens. I used this pattern and didn’t even need Mom’s help to figure out what to do. I think I made a few mistakes, but they worked in well, so I don’t think they are noticeable. Here’s some pics:

The hat
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Up close of the scarf knitting
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A mitten
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The whole ensemble
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I chose gray because it is such a good neutral color. My winter coat is purple and dark gray, so these accessories work great.

And now, my Christmas present from Mom. Well, one of them. More pictures will be forthcoming, after Christmas. 🙂

This very cute notebook holder. I wanted it for my notebook I take with me to church. It matches my Bible cover that Mom made for me several years ago.
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The inside front.
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The inside back.
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Detail of some of the quiliting.
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More quilting, on the inside.
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More quilting, on the outside.
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The Bible cover it matches. This needs washed, and it has faded a bit because I love it and have carried it with me to church for probably ten years.
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I just love the B.C. comics

Here’s another great one.

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A little explaining in order…

This is in response to a comment from Kim in my Christmas parties begin post.

Lol, Kim. That would be read F “negative” 3. As in, Mr. Nutt’s oldest son, who is now 27. My stepchildren are identified with negative numbers, since they were around before me. lol So the oldest is F-4, then F-3, F-2, and the youngest, F-1.

Hope that clears some things up for you all. I don’t have pictures posted of them yet, since they are all adults and I feel that I should have their permission first before I go plastering their faces on the internet. But when/if I get their permission, I will make sure I identify them properly so you all can keep up with my silly names. 🙂

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Loved This Comic

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The Christmas Parties Begin

Tonight was the Christmas party with my family. We had a wonderful time. Mom and T. made Chicken ‘n’ dumplin’s, mashed potatoes, gravy, creamed corn and apple pie. I made a yummy fruit salad with a yogurt-cinnamon dressing and a chocolate cream pie. T. also made some cookies. Needless to say, I’m packed! We each got a couple of presents for each other, so there was some passing out of and opening gifts. We do it the old fashioned way…T. and I grew up knowing that we weren’t allowed to open presents until all the adults in the house had eaten their fill of dinner. Oh, the memories. Waiting anxiously while our aunts and uncles leisurely finished their meals, talking and laughing all the while. Sitting and staring and the beautifully decorated tree…fighting with all the cousins over who would get to be “Santa” that year…finally the moment neared when a particular aunt and uncle showed up late and had to have the opportunity to eat their fill. And at last we could begin.

Well, since most of the kids present at the modern day family Christmas party are mine, with little B. and her brothers J1 and J2 joining in for the first time this year, it just doesn’t seem to hold the same…punch…to make them wait like we had to. Besides, I’d rather see the joy on their faces over their gifts than the torment of having to wait so long. So, we hurried through dinner, enjoying every bite, but not making them wait for pie to be finished before we did the gift thing.

F1 got a neat little game from Mom and a Star Wars Transformer guy from T. F2 got a mini Robosapien from Mom and an Army guy in a boat from T. F3 got a Kelly doll from the Twelve Dancing Princesses collection (a pink one) from Mom and a diary and cool pencils with charm things on them from T. F4 got a Kelly doll from the Twelve Dancing Princesses collection (a blue one) from Mom and a Fairytopia bubble blowing doll from T. F5 got a couple of cute little books from Mom and a Thomas train from T. F6 got a couple of cute little toys from Mom and T. So the booty was nice, but not overwhelming. I’m really trying hard to decommercialize Christmas, one year at a time. It helps that everyone is so broke this year, lol.

So, now we’re home and waiting for Mr. Nutt to get back from the airport with F-3 and his girlfriend LT. They will be here until Wednesday sometime. F-1 will be arriving sometime tonight, but they all will be spending the night at their mother’s house, as they have her family Christmas party tomorrow.

I think we’ll watch a couple of Christmas movies while we’re waiting. The Toy that Saved Christmas and a Charlie Brown Christmas are on the top of our list.

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Found this at Kim’s blog.

You Are an Angel

A truly giving soul, you understand the spirit of Christmas.

What fun! I do love angels. I’ve been collecting them for since I was a little girl. Lol, not the kind who stay with me and keep me protected (although, I don’t know, maybe I’ve been collecting them, too. Lol) The beautiful figurines. So, it seems appropriate that I’m a Christmas Angel. Although I feel a bit grinchy this year. Actually, it isn’t grinchy I feel, as much as fed up with all the “have to’s” that don’t amount to anything more than consumerism and showing off. I wanted this year to be much more a year that would make Jesus smile and look down and say, “Now that’s how I want my birthday celebrated.” Instead, because I was trying to do both – be the regular, traditional house decorated, presents purchased, holiday dinner planned kinda mom and the giving, taking care of the poor and orphaned, truly Christian-charity kinda mom, I ended up being a grouchy grinch. Sigh. Maybe next year, I’ll have it all together and I can dump the trappings that I think are man and not God, and we can be servants to the world. That is my New Year’s prayer.

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