Tuesday of this week found me very busily entrenched in the new fall schedule of school, babysitting, and keeping up with life in general. Both of our boys started school on this day, one returning to tech. school to complete his Business, Marketing and Management 2-yr. class, and our youngest to set off on a totally new course: Public School. Since I’ve homeschooled for the past 14 years, this was all new to both of us. Today is Day 3 of Public School and he’s slowly getting used to it all-“LOTS of kids”, “Can’t figure out how to use the locks on the lockers”, “I think Algebra is my favorite subject”…those kinds of things. After picking him up from the first day of school we returned home to find a truck in our drive and our dear friends “Momma & Jay” here to visit. They brought gifts, as is their wonderful habit: homemade jams & jellies in flavors like blueberry jam, plum jam, strawberry-rhubarb, and then something new: Apple-Rhubarb chutney, and Tomato Jelly! I must say, the last two are new to me, but will, I’m SURE, be consumed with great delight by the entire family. It’s wonderful to have such great friends who delight in pleasing others (and they live to make these gifts to give to friends, family, and even new acquaintances!). Along with their food gifts, “Momma” brought a beautiful crocheted afghan done in shades of white, pink, and grey to be included in the Ghana Project shipment. Did I also mention 38 more crocheted squares for said project? This woman has made and donated more squares for this project than anyone (maybe even me!) and there aren’t words to say how much I appreciate her. We’ve been friends for something like 37 years now and she’s one of the most generous people I know; giving of her talents, as well as her wisdom and friendship…THANKS, “Momma”! (I will include a photo of the 2 of us looking at some of her squares as soon as I get it processed).
Here are “Momma” and I admiring some of the squares she brought.
Here are the 38 squares and completed afghan!
OH! I’ve decided what I want for Christmas! (I know…not everyone thinks of that this early in the year but…it beats my ‘usual’ request for slippers!) I’m a relatively simple person who doesn’t have a lot of wants & needs, so my standard answer of ‘slippers’ is usually about the only thing I can come up with when asked: “Mom, what do you want for Christmas this year?” (I digress…sorry) What do I want this year, you ask? I’ve decided that it needs to be something USEFUL, hence I’m asking for a connectible USB port for my computer so that I can download photos straight from my camera to be put on-line! My computer was custom built by a computer company (used to be my husband’s ‘old’ computer and then I inherited it). When I purchased the digital camera now being used, it was to that end: to be able to download photos to the internet! Not so…no USB port, so I currently have to take the memory card from the camera to the local drugstore and then use their cute little yellow Kodak machine to make a photo disc so that I can insert said disc into the computer and then download said photos to whatever place I need them…time consuming, frustrating, and not practical (if anything…I’m practical!). The cost of the discs is not a problem ($2.99) but I don’t always want to trudge to the store to download 4-5 photos, just because I want them put on my web sites right that minute! Due to this, I end up making notes all over my blogs saying: “Will add the photo to this as soon as possible”… frustrating!
The past few days have been filled with driving to and from school, unexpected (but very welcome) company, putting together afghan #11, preparing the lesson for my special needs group (I taught Weds….I’m not usually the teacher), and getting ready for our annual garage sale to benefit the special needs group (that’s coming next week…lots of work, but fun).
That’s what’s going on around here these days…busy, but rewarding days.