Friday, August 30, 2013


Available for your gatherings, weddings, whatever...

From Sacramento to Reno, San Fransisco to San Diego...Has musicians, will travel...

Thursday, August 29, 2013

So Exciting...

My daughter started a web comic, Adis & Brunn. It's about a viking girl and her T-Rex. We are just 2 strips in, I hope you enjoy it.

Also, she was accepted as an intern for a local gaming company. This is really good for her resume. Sure , she is taking 19 units and is now an intern...whatever. (Pray for her)

I love seeing things unfold.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wordless Wednesday, more or less

Sometimes you just need to sit on your deck and not think about stuff.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


I made lunch yesterday, it is often our big meal.

Pork Loin, home made applesauce, sauteed sweet potato with coriander and mixed greens/spinach salad.

It was yummy. My husband said I need to post these types of meals on the Facebook of a one of his band members. She wants to learn to cook, but is intimidated by it.

I offered to help her learn. I know she is busy in grad school but healthy real food doesn't have to be complicated or hard, or time consuming. I made this meal  in maybe 20-25 minutes. The apple sauce was made last fall and preserved, but even that isn't hard.

Monday, August 26, 2013


I have been watching documentaries this week.
It started with Food Inc. and Super Size Me for Spencer's health class. I had read one before and we watched the other years ago, but both are a good reminder about modern day food.

While at the library I chose a few others to  check out. I have watched them all this week, fascinating and information, and all well made.
Typhoid Mary. I had no idea of the details behind the title. A feisty Irish woman infecting others, even though she herself is not ill. A good historical look conditions and beliefs of the time.
A Walk To Beautiful, Ethiopian women cast out of their society because of injuries due to giving birth, (Fistulas) walk and travel far to get to a wonderful hospital that helps them get a real life back. Very moving, and eye opening. Partially subtitled
This Is Not  Film, a film director in the middle east is under investigation is banned from film making and faces  imprisonment. He catches a day in his life through a cell phone and a friend with a real camera. It was fascinating, it's like he couldn't help himself from telling life stories with film. Gives a good glimpse into how controlled their lives are in his country. Subtitles.
Under Our Skin. This is about Lyme disease and what is going on medically, scientifically, politically, and also personally through some people's stories. It is really eye opening. I strongly suggest it.

For something more light hearted we will watch about the puppeter : Being Elmo

I included links where I could find them so you could read more about them. I borrowed all of these titles from our public library system.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Don't Teach Me To Read

I was at a public library this week, browsing movies and picking up "Super Size Me" for my son's health class assignment. Nearby a librarian and a gentleman were having a conversation. He was asking if they had a form of some sort. Not sure for what, but apparently he was asking for help filling it out. It was clear he NEEDED help to fill it out, the librarian answered that they could answer questions and slightly assist but that they could not fill it out for him. They spoke some more of the subject. It seemed that the man may have had a slight mental disability, and then he fully admitted to literacy difficulties.

He spoke of how he had a job with a chain restaurant nearby where he worked in the kitchen, until such time that they tested him on a computer system and he  kept failing the tests. He knew the answers on how to wash dishes properly and handle chicken safely, but you have to be able to fully read, comprehend and work a comupter to do it, which he could not. Seems to me that since his job did not require him to use a computer, someone could have tested him verbally, but that didn't happen and after he failed again they fired him.

Here is where it gets interesting.
The librarian mentioned that this library offers adult literacy classes.
He was polite, but firmly refused. He gave excuse after excuse of why he didn't need it, or want it. he wasn't going to further his education with higher learning so why work on literacy. He wasn't going to go into work with computers so why improve literacy.

My heart broke a little for him. He can not see the value, or isn't willing to work for it.
I don't know his road, I don't know why he doesn't read well, perhaps it is a learning disability, perhaps a childhood trauma, perhaps he is just stubborn. I know not, and I will try to not stand in judgement, but it was hard to not shake my head a little walking away from the conversation.

Free help, free compassion and assistance to get past the issue, so you don't have to ask for help filling out basic forms....and a flat out no.

Okay, at least he knows it is available.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

This First Shall Be Last

He started ninth grade this year...High School.
He is my youngest, this first is a last for us.

But we are so proud of him.

This is first day of 8th grade for comparison....

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Homeschool Demographics, WFMW

Homeschooling is not for everyone. Seriously. It's not.
I LOVE.LOVE.LOVE. this graphic demographics and test scores and all that. In this household we do a morphed version of homeschooling. Some classes at home, some in classrooms with certified teachers. It works well for us....

If you have ever considered it, even a little tiny bit, check this out
It not only works for us, it works for a lot of people...

 (Again, it isn't for everyone)

Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Spider Bite?

On the very last day of being at the cabin we took a mini hike.
I had been bite free until that time.

Then I noticed a bite on my instep/upper foot.
It's weird, I don't like it, and I started researching things on the "interwebs".

I know, I know, probably a mistake.
But I would rather KNOW if it something scary like a brown recluse bite or something more benign.

Interestingly enough I found this description of a Camel Spider:
"Camel spiders are sometimes called wind scorpions or sun spiders, but in reality, they are neither scorpions nor spiders. They belong to a group of desert creatures called solpugids, and they have elongated bodies that make them look more like scorpions than spiders. The name, derived from Latin, means "escape from the sun." In the United States, camel spiders can be found in the deserts of the southwest. They are light brown in color, can be up to 5 inches long, and can run at about 10 miles per hour — often making a screaming sound while doing so."

So let me get this straight, 5 inches long,  runs towards you to get into the shade caused by your shadow, WHILE SCREAMING?

Um, no.
No thanks.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pirate Map

These 40 maps of the world are fascinating...

I was taken aback by number 35. The thought may have crossed my mind that pirates still exist...but here is a map showing where they are likely to strike...

Weird, right?

The rest of the maps could be interesting or helpful for school projects...

Friday, August 16, 2013

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I'm Busy, Tomorrow....

Today is the last day to read novels by the stream, laugh with many of my family members and avoid "real life". We head home tonight. Tomorrow is packed with rehearsals, helping a friend with her daughter's wedding, and Aaron has a gig.These are all good things, and I should be relaxed and ready to go.

Yes we will have to unpack the car and laundry and all that, but it's all good.
Being replenished, being refreshed can help in the normal daily stuff.

Even a 30 minute break can do the trick.

Take a deep breath, let it back out (important to remember), and just say "Everything is going to be okay in the end, if it isn't okay yet, it isn't the end..."

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Excuse Me?

I'd like to interrupt these lovely vacation thoughts with this...
Last week on my birthday I needed to step into a Dollar Tree for something...
and to my horror and dismay (budumbum) I was astounded to see HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS.
Barely the second week of August.
I will share my birthday with school supplies, especially since school, for some dumb reason, starts next week, but this is gross.

I don't think I have ever seen them this early.

Okay, back to peaceful thoughts of whispering pines and what-not.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Thankful Ten Tuesday

Greetings from the pines of the Sierra Nevada.


1.  Breezes whispering through the pines.
2.  Babbling brooks.
3.  Friends with boats.
4.  Ugg boots and down comforters.
5.  AN opportunity to use items in #4 during August.
6.  A family of foodies that know how to eat really well, even while camping.
7.  Game night, everynight.
8.  Hiking and being in the splendor of God's creation.
9.  Clean air.
10. My great nephew, adorable and delightful.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Stop Insulting My Wife

When I get down on myself, when I am talking smack and picking on this lump or that wrinkle, or my utter failure at NOT eating something my husband looks at me with love in his eyes and speaks firmly, but softly, "Stop talking about my wife like that".

And he means it.

Have you seen "Mean Girls"? Have you watched when the clique of girls takes turns looking in the mirrror and tearing themselves down, and then they all turn to the new comer expecting her to do the same, and she is stunned and mutters something about morning breath.
It's a brilliant scene, kudos to Tina Fey.
What an amazingly terrible we live in, expecting perfection and training people to tear themselves apart if they don't live up to it.

We train our children to do the same, and unless we are filtering every bit of media, they will get the message elsewhere even if they miss it at home.

Another great moment in literature is in the book "The Help". Abeleine the maid is telling the little girl everyday that she is kind, and good. Something she was never hearing from her mother.

We all need to hear that. Everyday.

Speak life, to your kids, to your family, to your friends, and especially, to yourself.

I found this post on this blog to be interesting. She is a model saying that if you aren't perfect, don't worry...photoshop will take care of that. For me, this article is about people looking at images of other people, and never making the cut, never looking as good as, or good enough. So many look up to stars and models and yet, their own images have been "fixed".

Altered, trimmed, smoothed out, and frankly, cookie cutter stamped.

It takes out the unique features, removes the curves of motherhood, the smile lines of life, the sun kissed freckles, and truth of the real side of life.

It makes humans into illustrations.
Model is a good word for it.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Worth Repeating

I have said it before, and I will say it again...
The English language is a living thing, and it is always changing...

I love LOVE LOVE this article because it points out the true meanings of some words...

Check it out.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Forest Fire on a Cake

There may or may not be a birthday this week. It might be a slight milestone birthday, on the way to a BIG one in 5 years or so.

I usually don't care, I figure, "That's right, I am this old, but I feel the same as I did 20+ years ago".

However, my face seems to be revolting, it isn't fighting anymore, and I am losing the battle with gravity.
What's that about?

Maybe I need one of those things you hang on upside down in a doorway. 

Or perhaps to just embrace the changes and move on.
Wrinkled, saggy, whatever...shine from the inside, and you will always be beautiful.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wordlessish Wednesday

He starts High School Monday.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013


It's time...
It's time to remember what you are grateful for!
There is much darkness and crap in life, but there is more good, and goodness, and things to be thankful for.

Whenever you feel down, or grumpy or upset, or anxious force yourself to think of something to be thankful for, just do it. Doesn't natter if you start with a sour attitude, it will get better and improve your mood.

I am thankful!
1.  Genuine friends for my son.
2.  Open conversations about real life, motives, and honest feelings.
3. Technology that helps smooth out stressful planning.
4. The ability to be active.
5.  Iced herbal tea.
6.  Fresh peaches, from the yard.
7.  Card games.
8.  New adventures.
9.  Art
10. Friendly parents.

What are you thankful for?

Monday, August 5, 2013

The End Is Near

Summer days are almost  over for us. School officially starts in a week.
We will elongate this fact by taking one more trip, a very important one, to "The Cabin" with many of our family members.

Spencer will need to do a little Spanish, Health and PE while we are there, but the rest of his classes thankfully don't start until the following week.
Glory Be To God.

I have asked my future nephew-in-law to be a guest teacher for Spanish, he is fluent, and it is his heritage. I figure it will be a great to start with authentic pronunciation.

PE will take care of itself up there, and perhaps we will research edible and beneficial plants of the area for health.
Done and done.

I think it will be a great way to start the school year.