Monday, September 1, 2014

Something about a barn...

There's something about a barn early in the's peaceful and relaxing.  I was sitting here listening to horses eat their grain and all was right in the world.

A little later, I let these three out of their paddock to head out to the green grass and had to laugh that all three immediately stopped at this feed bucket that belongs to an elderly horse that seldom finishes all her food.  All three had to check it out to see if she had left anything for them.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Way too comfy...

Abby doesn't get up on the bed too often in the summer but apparently the brand new down comforter was irresistible.  She does look pretty darn comfortable.  An old dog deserves to be comfortable, right?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Now what?

Yep.  It's an old door.  A very old door.  Original to the house actually so probably about 1923...and apparently people were much shorter then since it's quite a bit smaller than the door next to it.  

There are so many cool things that people do with old stuff on Pinterest and I find this lovely old door in my basement and just stare at it and go, "now what?"  I guess for starters it should be cleaned up a little along the bottom where it appears a dog or something tried to scratch it's way through the door.  It's also not exactly "square.  The bottom edge is quite a bit shorter on the right side - maybe by a good inch or more.  Maybe a coffee table?  With some industrial type black iron legs?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Smelly stuff

I really like those little plug in things that make the bathroom smell good.  Face it, I have two males in the house and bathrooms can smell bad.  What I don't like is paying for them when they only last about 2-3 weeks.  Yeah, I know, that's how they make money.  I just don't want it to be MY money.

So off I go to Pinterest to figure out how I can make my own or refill the dang things.  And there are ways to do it but all of them just looked a little too complicated for me. I like easy.  Then I stumbled on these little gel things that definitely looked easy and could be put in small jars.  I have those.  I have lots of jars of all sizes from when I used to be Mrs. Granola and canned my giant organic garden to feed my babies (who were not wearing cloth diapers).  I miss my garden...

But back to the smelly stuff.

I was at Meijer the other day and wandered into their craft area and found these candle scents for $0.99:  Lemon Verbena and Basil something.  I like those well enough so I bought them.  I think I have a peppermint or something around here as well...anyway, I followed the two step directions that included gelatin and skipped the food coloring in two of them since I only had red (where does that stuff disappear to?).  Now to let them sit for 24 hours to solidify.  I had to put a sign next to them that says they are NOT to be eaten.  Gotta warn Motocross Boy/Man.  

My nose is having sensory overload now...

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Sunset Ride

Equestrian Girl has a JOB!!  As in one that PAYS MONEY!!  Yes, this is quite exciting though it does mean that she is quickly learning what "long day" really means.  Yesterday after working 8 hours she made it home for a quick rest, dinner and then we headed back out to the barn to ride Mata Hari.  She'd had Wednesday off so skipping another day for a horse in training wasn't really an option. It was a beautiful evening if a bit humid...

They worked long and hard at the trot and the work is paying off.  They look lovely!

This little horse has a BIG canter but its so clear and rhythmic.  She's found her balance now and they are working on straightness.

 Ah this just makes me so excited to see what Mata Hari is becoming!!

This makes me happy too.  They have a love for each other that is pretty special.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Homeschooling 2014-2015

This was going to be a monumental change year in our homeschooling history with both kids enrolling in school for the first time in 6 years.  Equestrian Girl was going to be taking one class at the local high school  and the rest of her classes at the community College.  Motocross Boy/Man was going to be taking 4 electives there and homeschooling the core classes.

Motocross Boy/Man is still doing what we planned.  Or at least for as long as it lasts because we all have a feeling he's not going to like the structure of public school any more now than he did 6 years ago.  Even though two of his four classes are gym... But we'll see.  Maybe he will surprise us.  In the mean time, I'm ordering his Math and Science curriculum from Switched on Schoolhouse, then patching together an English class that will focus much on reading and writing.  

Equestrian Girl is a senior this year!  Well, she is again now.  We had smooshed all her classes done over the past 3 years into a two year transcript and called her a junior thinking we could enroll her at the public school that was and she could take 2 years of dual enrollment classes to transfer to university later.  After much juggling and talking, we found out it wasn't going to work.  If she enrolled at a homeschool student, she had to take one core class at the school and she could only take electives at the college but NONE of them would transfer.  If she enrolled as a regular student, she had to take a bunch of electives and again, nothing she took at the college would transfer to university.  So much for THAT great idea.

Instead, she's going to pack in the classes as a homeschooler and graduate this year!  Deep breath.  I thought I had bought myself an extra year with her at home but now, it just sped up too fast!  But I have a smart girl and she's being very smart about how she's going to tackle college so that she will have little to no debt when she graduates.  

I was fortunate enough to have no debt when I graduated but it seems that's so much more difficult for kids and their parents now.  I've been saving for their college tuition since we adopted the kids but it still won't be enough.  Not nearly enough.  Maybe enough to cover two years each if they stay local and live at home....

Monday, August 18, 2014

Random Thoughts

It's funny how it's so hard to "catch" your car when it hits those big milestones - like 50,000 miles.  I was two miles too late...

This pile of papers talking about using less paper struck me as hysterical!

Apparently I'm not the only one who gets accused of always thinking she's right...they had all sorts of these signs at Meijer.