Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Throwback Tuesday: Eleanor Roosevelt


There is so much to say about this amazing lady! I think this can say it best! 


She was a truly remarkable woman! 


The giving of love is an education in itself.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Shoot!

So on our way home from Church, T-Tot, and Lil' G decided to play Rock, Paper, Scissors: Shoot!


As I was listening to them, I thought of the possibilities the game would have should it be played with the process of elimination.

Say if one person chooses rock, and another, scissors. The scissors would be broken, and out of the game. Then the paper and rock would be left, and paper would win because the rock would be covered. Now if the scissors go against paper first, then the paper would be cut up and the rock would win as it would be able to smash the scissors. But, if rock and paper went first, then the rock would be removed, allowing the scissors to chop the paper back up, and win!

Now if you actually read that nonsensical rambling, I'll be very surprised! ;~D

Friday, August 22, 2014

I'm guest-posting!

I'm guest-posting over at  Eden's Evaluations! I encourage you to read this lovely young lady's blog as it's a lot fun! :~D


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Flippity-Flop Room Arrangement!

So when I first moved from the big room to the small room, my bed was against the window. It was that way for a while, while I shared the room with T-Tot. Then she and Lil' G shared the big room, and I got the little one all to myself. I didn't mind! It was nice and cozy to have a room of my own! We moved my bed against the wall until L-Jo moved into the room with me! She loved being in the room with me! But we had to move my bed back against the window. When we moved her to the other room last year, she was upset for weeks! T-Bug and I now share a room. My bed was still next to the window....which after forever and a day was getting rather boring. So I got out the tape measure and did the math and rearranged my room!

 Before


After :~)


I rather like it! :~D

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Temptation of Time

Time.What a temptation it is to waste it! I bought a watch the other day. I absolutely love wearing it! The shiny gold watch with a sleek brown leather band, is memorizing as you watch the seconds tick by. While I currently write this on paper to transfer to my blog later, there is a strong temptation to waste time and energy. I'd really like to chat with a friend online, but between thoughts on wasting time, I'm doing laundry (a way I can use my time better!). Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 tells about time. How there is a time and place for everything. With this watch I've discovered how fast time ticks away...


...a second lost here, a second lost there. The school season is upon me. My time is being filled with many blessings. School, my job, sisters, housework, and more! I could waste it on frivolous things or I could use it wisely. Is chatting with a friend, frivolous? No! On the contrary! Chatting with a friend deepens the bond of your friendship. So why did I choose to sort laundry? Because there is a time for everything. And the time right now would best be spend doing laundry! Use your time wisely so you don't succumb to the temptation of wasting it!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Throwback Tuesday: Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon)


I absolutely LOVE the Get Smart tv series from the late 60's! The guy who played Maxwell Smart Secret Agent 86, shares the same birthday as I do! And 99 is one of the best characters ever! Sweet, silly, sarcastic, sassy, and special! :~D


Maxwell Smart: [reads message from the secret compartment in the Chiefs desk] In case anything happens to me, contact my superior: Zebra 642. We're gonna have to look this up in the Chief's special codebooks
# 99: [pushes button to reveal the codebooks behind fake books on bookshelf] Zebra, that's the blue book.
Maxwell Smart: [Carlton reaches for the blue book] The blue book is the one with the green cover.
Carlson: Since when does a blue book have a green cover?
# 99: Max worked it out with the coding section. In case of a KAOS infiltrator every book has a cover identity.
Maxwell Smart: You see we have a cover for a cover.
Carlson: [reading from the book] It says: see green book.
Maxwell Smart: The green book is the one with the blue cover.
# 99: Max couldn't throw away a perfectly good book cover. 

(A perfect quote for my picture....I took the cover of a Bible dictionary for the shot ;~)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Homeschooler's "Rap"!

 Today marks the 2nd anniversary of this lovely blog, Home On The Erie Canal!

As tradition, I have a fun Homeschooling post!

The very first post on this blog was a post about 4 Myths About Homeschooling!
Last year I wrote a post about 100 Things Homeschoolers Love!

This year, (drumroll please!), I present the Homeschooler's "Rap"!

(email readers may need to view the video on the website)

Pencils sharpened,
Textbooks bought,
Clean Pajamas,
And hand-me-down socks!

Snazzy Saxon,
Math-U-See,
It's time for the Mystery
Of History!

Composition notebooks,
Geometry tools,
McGuffey Readers,
With golden rules!

Vinegar, baking soda,
for a volcano.
Barometer, thermometer,
For the snow!

Good job stickers,
Smiley face stamps,
Song time now,
Let's all clap our hands!

Paperclips, staplers,
Elmer's Glue,
Cooking, cleaning,
For Home Ec too!

School is done at
Work and play,
We do it on the weekends
And on every day!

Time for a field trip
in the car!
Will we discuss amphibians?
Or the stars?

First, Second,
Third and Fourth,
In these grades we learn
South and North!

Fifth, Sixth,
Seventh and Eighth,
You learn to trust
And walk by Faith!

Ninth, Tenth,
Eleventh, and Twelve
You memorize the Dewey system
And how to shelve!

Being homeschooled
Is the best thing in the world,
No matter if your hair is
Straight or curled!

If you're homeschooled,
Won't you agree,
Being homeschooled is,
The best thing you can be!

Beautiful Blog Award!

The lovely Julia awarded me the Beautiful Blog Award!

 (A picture for no reason in particular ;~)

She gave me a few fun questions!

1. What makes a good book "good"?
When a book makes you laugh, cry, and want to squeeze a pillow all at once, then it's a good book!

2. What are three of your talents?
Dancing, singing, and teaching!

3. What's your favorite girl's name?
I like the names Cheryl, Lynn, Rose, Rosalinda, etc.! :~)

4. Boy's name?
Hmmm.....I like names that start with E-L-I.....

5. What books have made you cry?
Usually true stories in which one person overcomes obstacles and becomes stronger in the end.

6. What's your favorite Bible verse?
Probably.....Isaiah 64:8 :~)

7. Favorite prayer?
I memorized Ephesians 3:14-21 a while back. I encourage you to read this prayer, written by Paul to the Church in Ephesus!

I nominate anyone who would like to do this! :~) If you would like to write up a post and pass on the award, just comment a link to your lovely post!

Here are a few questions for you to do!

1. Favorite Author?
2. Favorite Bible Verse?
3. Favorite Cookie?
4. Favorite Dance Move?
5. Favorite European Country?
6. Favorite Friend?
7. Favorite Good Memory?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Science Saturday: Peppermint, Milkweed, and Queen Anne's Lace!

(Some peppermint from our garden!)

We absolutely LOVE peppermint! Currently we have peppermint, citrus mint, chocolate mint, spearmint, and lemon mint, growing in our garden!

A few interesting facts:
  •   Peppermint is not native to the USA. It was brought over with English colonists. Peppermint was not native to England. Peppermint was a hybrid of two European mints (watermint and spearmint). 
  • Peppermint is not very good as cross-pollinating. Instead it sends out underground runners which sprout genetically identical peppermint.
  • Peppermint is probably one of the most well known flavors/scents
  • Milkweed has very deep roots which enables it to continue to grow no matter how many times it has been cut back or dug up.
  • Milkweed has a very unique way of pollinating. The surface of the flower is slippery and designed to have insect legs slide down until one of them has landed into a small hole in which pollen sacs are hidden. When and if the insect can get free, it transfers the pollen to another milkweed plant.
  • Throughout every stage of it's life, it is edible! (If you want to eat it, if I were you, I'd research it to know how to prepare and eat it, etc.).
  • Queen Anne's Lace is one of the most common abundant wildflowers! It's named after Queen Anne of England. We've all heard the story of how the red flower in the middle of the flower is a drop of blood from where "she pricked her finger while working on her lace."
  • Queen Anne's Lace is related to carrots which is part of the parsley family! Celery, parsnips, parsley, dill, caraway, fennel, coriander, cumin, and anise (one of my favorite spices) are also related.
  • Despite it being a wildflower, Queen Anne's Lace has a delightful scent!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Throwback Tuesday: Kay Thompson

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Kay Thompson, (picture from the musical Funny Face ), was a charming actress, author, and singer. I absolutely LOVE her in Funny Face! Her comedic expressions and classic style of acting make it highly enjoyable! She, Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn were great co-stars. She is also the author of the Eloise books!

"Let's give 'em the old pizazz!"

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"Lettie, take an editorial! "To the women of America...!" No, make it to the women everywhere. "Banish the black, burn the blue, and bury the beige. From now on, girls, think pink!""