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7 Quick Takes -life edition

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Josie is working on a painting for her arts highschool, they will be selling it at auction for a fundraiser. She continues to amaze me with her artistic talent.

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My sister and I had to have our grandfather’s driver’s license suspended this Summer.  He is suffering from alzheimer’s and was not safe on the road.  It was a hard thing to do.  Now, my sister and I take turns taking grandma to her Dr.’s appointments, and a weekly shopping/lunch outing.  My grandmother is a dear, I’m hoping to take her home with me some day <3

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Oliver: A.K.A. Evil Kitty and I have come to a truce.  I keep Emma-the-wonder-labradoodle away from the dog door at bedtime, and Oliver is free to use it without being chased.  Win/win. (no more meowing at me at 2 a.m. to be let out) Here is a photo showing how in his world, Cat > Composition homework


I am giving up on my facebook fanpage for this blog, and concentrating on google+ (watching my post views continue to dwindle on fb because they want to sell ads, is frustrating and it has gotten worse)  It’s a bit of a learning curve over there, but I think I am going to like it.  Leave your name or handle in the comments and I’ll circle you!


We dropped Demi-Sky’s online Latin class and I ordered Memoria Press First From Latin on dvd series to do instead. I’ll report back on how it turns out.  I also ordered First Start French for Josie to work with afterschool.  The books arrived a day ago, and I am very excited.  Am I the only nerd that gets super excited when the UPS truck leaves a box of books at my door?

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I started back to college to finally finish a degree, decades later.  It was really kind of scary for me.  I am taking classes first, outside of my degree, for early childhood education.  I’m thinking I would like to work with the HeadStart program part-time once Demi and Amie start highschool outside the home.  The class is mostly young people, which makes me feel old, but there are a handful of moms about my age in there, too.  The instructor has been very encouraging about me being a homeschool mom, I admit I was worried about what the reception would be about that.  When I first started homeschooling, 13 years ago, I often got negative or hostile reactions from educators, but as the years went on, the general feeling seemed to warm up.  I am really glad that with my first college class back, my instructor is sympathetic to homeschooling.


I love photography.  I love the fact that a photo can take you back to a certain moment in time.  I am going to try to post one photo memory a week that I want to cherish and I will be putting up a linky so others can share, too.  I hope you will link up!

My Burn Book {moments I want to burn into memory}

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About the author: Jenn; red-hair, warm heart, cold hands. homeschooled five children and lived to tell the tale.

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  • Barbie February 3, 2014, 8:00 PM

    Wow, your daughter’s painting looks awesome. I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. I have tried being more active on Google+ but it’s been hard. Good luck!

    • Jenn February 18, 2014, 8:47 PM


      thanks! You are one of my long-time blogging buddies, too :D Yeah, I don’t know what to do about FB, I am enjoying google+ more, but all my personal friends and family are on fb. Google+ seems to be mostly blogging folks. I’m hoping that will change with time.

  • Theresa February 8, 2014, 7:40 AM

    Yay for professors who are positive toward homeschooling!

    Your daughter is an amazing artist!

    I love these little snippet posts!

    • Jenn February 18, 2014, 8:45 PM


      thanks!!! My kids amaze me <3

  • karen sue February 9, 2014, 7:19 PM

    Great painting!
    Great for you going back to school. I tried it once, but my kids were just the wrong age.
    I’m happy that you can help your grandma. I help all the grandmas I can whenever possible,
    I sometimes miss having a cat, but I don’t miss a catbox and in this climate it is a must. So I work at a vet clinic a day a week and pet other people’s cats and dogs…
    I never took a foreign language and sometimes wish I did, but I might wish it was Italian, which was not taught at my school. I think Latin and French sound like great choices.

    • Jenn February 18, 2014, 8:44 PM

      Hi Karen,

      I always thought I was a cat person, but lately, I kind of enjoy having a dog more. We don’t have a cat box, but I still have to get after the cat about scratching on the furniture. How nice to work at a vet clinic one day a week! Great, fun, job!

      I really enjoy French, but living in So. Ca, Spanish would have been more useful. I think though, that this late in the game, my brain doesn’t want to work that hard anymore….!

  • rinaz February 19, 2014, 1:18 AM

    Hi Jenn,

    It’s really hard to juggle being a mom and studying, so I salute you for that. I’m sure that you can do it though and all the best :-)

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