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I know that the Simple Woman’s Daybook is supposed to happen on Monday, but I’m doing Character Confessions on Monday.  So Simple Woman’s Daybook is moving to Tuesdays, where hopefully I will reveal too much about myself and you will really get to know me.  🙂

FOR TODAY (December 9, 2008)…
Outside My Window…the snow is deep.  The noise from the road is very muffled.  The snow glistens in the light from the windows.
I am thinking…that I should get off the computer and make goulash and garlic bread for supper.
I am thankful for…snowy days and joyful children.
From the learning rooms…everyone is behind, including me.  When daddy is home, we don’t get enough done and snowy days beckon for the children to come outside.
From the kitchen…F1 just made homemade candies that tasted better than Cadbury Creme Eggs.  He is now in charge, officially, of candy making.
I am wearing…my pjs.  Still.  They are warm and the house is cold.  A pair of lilac sweatpants my grandma gave to me and a fleece blue longsleeved long nightgown with teddy bears all over it.  My tennis shoes, socks, and a long sleeve undershirt.  Aaaahhhh…I’m toasty.
I am creating…a website for my church and a pamphlet for newcomers to the church.  It is a struggle since I don’t know how to design websites, but I am learning.  The pamphlet is fun, though.  I need to get more information from people in the church and I need to take some pictures.
I am going…nowhere.  Hopefully for many, many days.
I am reading…Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana.  Still.  Also Endless Chain by Emilie Richards.
I am hoping…that Mr. Nutt gets a job soon.
I am hearing…the kids argue.  So much for joyful children. 
Around the house…is many messes.  Chores haven’t been done for three hours or more.  I need to clean my room and wash my kitchen down.  Laundry must be folded soon.
One of my favorite things…is chocolate and coffee.  F1 provided the chocolate.  Mr. Nutt is providing the coffee.  Aaaaahhh…life is good.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Work on the website.  Work on the pamphlet.  Pick a new book to read aloud to the Fruit.  Clean the kitchen.  Start cleaning my room.  Finish getting out the Christmas deco so the Fruit can decorate.
Here is picture thought I am sharing…


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I’ve found this wonderful blog by Barb (aka Harmony Art Mom). How many of us purchase The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock after perusing the CBD catalog, yet don’t have any idea how to implement it in our homeschool? I know I did, and it sat on the shelf for eight years. YES! EIGHT YEARS! I had no idea what to do with it. Our nature studies were woefully inadequate. Even though I was convinced of the importance. Even though I thought it would be fun. I was stuck. Well! I am stuck no more, thanks to Barb’s hard work and generosity. She has put together a weekly challenge to meet with our children. The following is my first time what I would call a real-live nature study with the children. As is my usual – I kind of went over board. We’ll try to tone it down a bit next time.

This week’s Outdoor Hour Challenge is a Tree Study. It is actually the second in the series, but since we’re just starting, we followed Challenge number 11, not 20. Each child picked their own tree (in retrospect, I recommend picking a family tree, especially when you have five children who are choosing trees).

Here are some pictures from the afternoon:

F3’s tree

F3 doing a bark rubbing

F1’s tree

F1 doing a bark rubbing

F2’s tree

F2 doing a bark rubbing

F4’s tree

F4 doing a bark rubbing

F5’s tree

F5 doing a bark rubbing

They also recorded observations about the trees in their nature journals. They had a really good time, although F3 was a little grossed out about the idea of touching the tree with the ants crawling all over it, and F4 complained incessantly about the heat.

Here’s a couple of lovely little pictures of my Yucca plant.

Not sure if you can see it in this one, but there is a tiny white moth in this blossom. They just hang out in the blossom all day long. Big red/black ants crawl all over these flowers, too. They are very, very moist blossoms.

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So Barbie, you ask, how is that walking going? Have you been keeping up on your habit-forming? Have you, indeed, stayed away from your beloved message board???? The answers are: okay, sorta, and YES.

I didn’t walk for awhile, because of one useless excuse after another, but I’m back on board and eager to get going again. (Part of this is motivated by the fact that I haven’t lost any weight in about two months and I’d like to get back to pre-F6 weight if I can. Obviously, I’m no longer 25 years old, and it is actually going to take some effort on my part to make that happen. Also, my hips are really, really weak, so I added walking sideways (at 1 mph) on the treadmill for a minute on each side and backwards for a minute. You would be amazed at how badly one’s hips hurt after about thirty seconds of this. Especially if one had birthed seven children.) Between Mr. Nutt and I, we realized that I could take my computer down to the treadmill and set it on the shelves next to the ‘mill. I have a Jabra USB bluetooth thingy and a bluetooth headset for my phone, but it also works as a headset to listen to stuff. I have downloaded a lot of teachings by Joyce Meyer and also a bunch from Cindy Rushton’s Mom to Mom show. But it was a pain the neck to convert them to .wav’s and burn them to cd. I don’t have an MP3 player and obviously no money to purchase one right now. So I took my ‘puter down this morning and just used it as my MP3 player, with my bluetooth headset as the headphones, and listened to Cindy Rushton’s show this morning. It worked great! I really like to listen to talks while I’m walking. So this was the perfect solution. I love it when the technology that I purchase works for more than just one thing. So, one excuse bites the dust, and I am really motivated. I’d say this habit is beyond in progress, but not quite established.

The habit forming in general is going okay. I’m not on the computer as much, although still too much. (It is amazing how many times one can check her email, especially considering the fact that she never gets any!) My next habit is to have a daily quiet time established. This will include the fruit, because there is almost no such thing as quiet in this house. They will need to learn that Mom is filling her cup and they need to wait to have me. So not only is this a discipline for me, but a discipline for them. Quiet times will include Bible reading and prayer (although not be limited to that, and if I get to praising out loud…might not be too quiet). I have started this and I try to read my Bible in the morning and at night right before I go to bed. I’m following the read the Bible in a year plan in the back of my NASB Study Bible. I like it because rather than an amount to read per day, it gives it by the week. I also didn’t start at the beginning, but figured out approximately what week I would be at if I had started Jan. 1. I’ve started this Bible in a year program so many times in the past, I have read Genesis a bazillion times. I’ve made it through the OT before, so I thought I’d just pick up where I would be if I had done it right. That put me in Nehemiah. I’m now a bit over halfway through Job.

I was asking God a few weeks ago why I don’t hunger for His Word. I love Him and I worship Him and I believe in Him 100%. So where is my hunger for Him and His Righteousness? I questioned a while and requested of Him that he fill me with a hunger for Him and His Word and His Passion. Then, having not been immediately filled up with a burning desired to open my Bible, I did anyway. That is when I decided that a quiet time was becoming absolutely necessary in my life. I still didn’t have a hunger, but I had a determination that God wants me to read His Word, so I would do it whether or not I felt like it. Then, last Sunday, our pastor preached an excellent sermon. In a nutshell, he said that we don’t hunger for God’s Righteousness because we are so full of junk that we don’t even know that we are hungry for it. Our spirits are craving God’s presence, but our flesh has filled us up with the things of this world and we don’t know that that is our problem. It was an absolute DUH! moment for me, and my pastor knew nothing of the struggle I’d been having over this. God is awesome, and He will answer, in His time. In the end, I came to the conclusion that the more I read and spend time with Him the more I will hunger for Him and not the junk that I’ve been hungering for (like checking my email incessantly).

Then, I’ve been reading at Cindy Rushton’s website again. Cindy is the self-proclaimed “Binder Queen” – a promoter of notebooks and the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education. I’ve flittered in and out of CM style of homeschooling, doing copywork and narrations sporadically, my whole homeschooling career. But I’ve never really gotten into the meat of the ideas. Anyway, as I was reading along at Cindy’s site, I remembered that I had purchased a book from her a couple of years ago and never read it. Out it came, along with several of her articles that I’ve downloaded and printed off. What do you think caught my attention? Habits! That was one of CM’s most important ideas for education. We must form good habits, otherwise, we’ll form bad ones. That sounds so simple doesn’t it? But then, if we fail to form the good, it is much harder to erase the bad and replace them with the good. That is where I am at. Trying to dump the bad and replace with the good.

So, habit status:
Treadmill walking (?established?)
Daily quiet time (in progress)

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The apple tree in the side yard. If the number of blossoms is any indication of the amount of apples, the tree may well collapse under its own weight. It didn’t bloom like this last year.

May 14, 2008

The garden plot. It is about 12×16. Really too small, but I was trying to keep my weeding needs down, since I’m not there to take care of it on a daily basis.

June 5, 2008

Some plants: Tomatoes, Green Bell Pepper, and Broccoli. Notice it only took a couple of nights for something to get a hold of my broccoli.

June 5, 2008

I also planted carrot, onion, green bush bean, and cucumber seeds. The beans and cukes have started coming up.

June 8, 2008

The tomatoes also are getting some blossoms already. There are tomatoes here bought from two different places. One store covered there ‘maters when the frost came in, but the other didn’t. The ‘maters that were covered aren’t blossoming yet, and the unhealthy looking uncovered-when-frost-came ‘maters are blossoming. I think it is really too early to blossom as the plants aren’t very big yet, but we shall see if the plant can handle it. (Oh yeah, and that’s Mr. Nutt in the background watching me diligently take pictures.)

June 8, 2008

And then I saw this pop up in the garden…my favorite kind of produce.

June 8, 2008

F5, after I told him not to smile. 🙂

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I spent some time last night while nursing F7 making notebook pages to go with our current unit on birds. I had planned to use Apologia’s elementary science curriculum: Zoology 1, Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day, but Mr. Nutt’s unemployment put a screeching halt to buying any new curriculum. So, I just made up my own stuff, and we’re doing a fairly quick (as in, not a whole year’s worth) of bird stuff. I couldn’t find free bird studies online that I liked, so I thought I’d post my pages here for those of you who like things pretty simple, without tons of activities. These are just the notebook pages and a book list.


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BC Comic Revisited

Yesterday’s Post

Okay. This was really bugging me, so I Googled and Googled yesterday. I came across two different theories. As well as an extra one that Wayne posted in my comments section.

The first cliche is about sticking one’s head in the sand. Obviously, this caveman stuck his head in the wrong sand pile and the tide came in. The meaning: Sticking one’s head in the sand to avoid problems doesn’t work out very well.

The second cliche would be “sticking it where the sun don’t shine.” As Curls is walking along in the first pane, he is looking at the sun. In the second pane, he is behind the caveman with his head in the water. Apparently, the caveman with his head in the water is Clumsy Carp; he has always got his head in the water watching the fish do their thing. We usually see him from the fish’s viewpoint, but not this time. As Curls walked behind him, he saw where the sun doesn’t usually shine on Clumsy, therefore finding no use in the cliche.

And thirdly, Wayne thought it might have something to do with an early bird getting the worm. Except Clumsy Carp has his face in the water, getting fish. Or something.

After reading all this, I decided that I’m going with the “sticking it where the sun don’t shine” version. It seems to make the most sense to me. I still don’t think its very funny. It just makes sense. I’m also happy to know that I’m not the only one who didn’t get it.

Thanks for all your ideas and help.

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Sorry. I needed to tell someone. I just don’t understand. What cliche?

BC – April 8

Can you help me out, here?

The answer, I think.

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