Friday, September 26, 2014

Why I Need A Goose for Monday and other Random Things

1. Remember how I was worried about Elsa's speech.  Well she seems to have picked things up a bit in the last few weeks and is now combining words..sorta.  She still isn't speaking in full sentences, but she has combined 2 or more words a few times. 

where baby
on ack-et (John, jacket)
Mommy, out.

She has even added a few phrases. "I don't know"... seems to be her current favorite phrase.  Probably because she hears it so much.

Me: "Where's your math book?" 
Kid: "I don't know."

Me: "Why is there cocoa all over the floor?"
Kid: "I don't know."

2. Thank you for all your prayers on our unemployment situation.  While still no job yet, there have been some positive signs that things may not be totally hopeless and even an interview scheduled in early October.  Keep praying friends. 

3. Is anyone else completely penny-wise and pound-foolish?  When we are watching our budget I tend to balk at buying simple things (like a can opener) but then somehow feel I NEED more expensive things (like vitamins or downfall).  It doesn't make sense, but it's the way my mind works until I finally breakdown and buy the darn can opener anyway. 

4. Speaking of things worth spending money on, if you homeschool and have a middle or high school student, I can't recommend enough the recorded classes from Homeschool Connections.  It has made my life SO.MUCH.EASIER.  Heidi is basically doing Spanish, History, Literature, Math and English all independently.  Independent work is the name of the game folks. 

5. Speaking of homeschooling, are you ready for another I've changed my mind post.  Everyone loves those, right?  When I first started homeschooling I was pretty much against all homeschool oversight, and now I'm generally in favor of it.  Not super stringent regulations, but enough. to help prevent educational neglect, which I now think IS real. Stay tuned for that future post coming.

6. So, in the interest of healthier eating, I've been trying to make healthier "treats" without any sugar at all.  You know, things like avocado cocoa balls sweetened with dates. can't be done.  I mean, it can be done but it probably shouldn't be.  

7. So, until I started reading Catholic blogs, I had no idea that the feast of Michaelmas (September 29) was even a thing.   But apparently it is, and a lot of people make it a BIG THING.  Which is kinda cool. But, I'm terrible at parties and celebrations and all that.  But maybe I should look for a goose and blackberries we can eat on that day.  Apparently there is an old British saying that goes like this.
“Eat a goose on Michaelmas Day,Want not for money all the year”.
 So...if you hear of any missing geese from the local duck pond..well I admit to nothing.

Now, go see Jen for more Quick Takes 


  1. Luckily, if it came from the Brits and postdates the 1530s, you can disregard it as Protestant twaddle. ;)

  2. Ha. I am the same way with money - too cheap to buy some things but more than willing to buy more expensive unnecessary things. And I laughed out loud at that goose picture and caption. I have seen so many things about Michaelmas and blackberry picking but peak season here was in July, so clearly that is not a tradition normally celebrated in the south. ;)

  3. Somehow I totally missed your Elsa speech post! So, I would definitely do two things: have her evaluated by Early Intervention and see an audiologist for a hearing test (They're super easy and pretty fast. And like most other testing at that age, it's pretty much just a game for the kid). Maybe you'll discover it's something easy to fix or maybe they'll soothe your fears. The earlier you can figure out what's going on, the easier it will be for Elsa to catch back up! We'll keep it all (plus the job front) in our prayers!

  4. #3 Is my husband. Absolutely!! I have never celebrated Michaelmas and while I wish I savvy I have no interest in making goose. :)

  5. I'm really excited for the "I've changed my mind" post! We're still pretty new to the homeschooling world but it definitely seems pretty easy for people to homeschool for religious reasons and not have any guidelines and really do their kids a disservice :/

  6. You make me laugh! And I do pray that a job materializes quickly!!! That is such a HARD wait. God bless your family right now!

  7. Praying for you and your family.

    I like when you change your mind. You're open-minded and honest. And oh yes, I can be inconsistent about spending money.

    My mother was German. One year she decided to cook a goose for Christmas as is customary over there. Or was, I don't know. Well, none of us could eat it, it was too fatty. My mother couldn't finish it, either!


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