exhausted by 9:45am


went to bed at midnight………

up at 5:30 woke Daniel up by 6 so he could head out the door to Columbus State for his math class

took shower, did my new dark hair….still not sure about it

paid some bills online

made breakfast for Beth & a latte for me, drove her to school.

Daniel home from math class to pick up Audrey and his snake that bites then they’re all 3 off to school.

Went for walk with Dan and Anne.

Home from walk, playing on the computer…..should be paying attention to Nate and Thomas but they’re playing video games

All before 9:45am

Need to get ready for a busy day; Robotics, Thomas’ gymnastics then soccer then home again for a late dinner.

A Hurricane in Ohio

Last Sun. we were hit by Hurricane Ike. Who would have thought living in Columbus, OH you would have to worry about a hurricane? The winds exceeded 60 MPH and we lost power. For 5 days. 5 days of no electricity, no lights, no TV, no computer, no music. Well we did plug an extension cord into our neighbors house (who had electricity) on the 3rd evening so we could watch TV and turn on 1 light. But we told the kids no TV during the day! And we were able to sit on our front porch with the laptop and pick up the 1 or sometimes 2 open networks that luckily had power. We also bought a generator to power our downstairs refrigerator and freezer (which was completely full of all organic, locally raised beef, lamb, pork and chickens and the fish that Dan caught from his many fishing trips around the country this summer.) And I had my trusty and very fancy cell phone that I was able to update my twitter acct from, read everyone’s postings on Facebook, and get my email (but not respond due to some unresolved issue.)

Our first night without power after the kids explored all the dangers and destruction in our neighborhood; there were wires down in the roads, a transformer lying in the alley, tree branches every where and unsuccessfully attempting to harness the power of the wind by sail-boarding, they decided they were quite bored. What did people used to do before electricity they all wondered?

But the next morning dawned anew. Beth, Thomas, Karen & Victoria embarked on a pioneer style life. Eschewing all forms of modern conveniences to live like the pioneers did, or at least how they imagined the pioneers did, for 4 days. Even though I was able to cook on our gas stove they would only eat food they cooked over the fire pit. Which included bacon, eggs, grilled cheese sandwiches, hotdogs, smores and wormy oatmeal, which was promptly spit out. They also constructed a tee-pee, using very tall branches they found lying around the yard (remnants of the storm.) They boiled water over the fire to wash their dishes (yes, we did have hot water in the house) and to hand wash my kitchen towels that were then line dried. This reminded me of when they were younger and all still homeschooling, they spent the majority of their free time in these imaginary games with the neighbors. It was so nice to see that again and a little bit sad to know that it doesn’t happen nearly as often as it used to. But as with all good things it eventually must come to an end so if anyone chose to use modern conveniences they were kicked out of the pioneer club, thus Thomas did not get to play with them anymore after he ate chicken noodle soup he heated up on the stove.
Dan, Daniel and the neighbors spent all day Monday cutting up the branches from our tree that split and fell on the neighbors house. The same tree that just 2 weeks prior I had paid $200 to have trimmed.
After spending an inordinate amount of time doing dishes by hand, cooking breakfast then lunch, cleaning up the house and hunting down all the flashlights for the evening I joined the yard clean up. I cleared out all the dead flowers and prepared the beds for fall. On Tues Dan continued the yard work right into the garden cleaning it all up and cleaning out his shed/ greenhouse. Wed we just didn’t feel like we got anything accomplished, being powerless was starting to wear on our nerves. But Thurs came around with a renewed sense of vigor; Dan talked to our insurance co. and finally got to work on the back porch roof that had mostly blown off in the storm. He took down the rest of the hideous green corrugated fiberglass, put up a tarp and got all the debris cleaned up off the porch. Finally at 12:30 on Thurs. our power flickered back to life. 4 days of the generators Harley Davidson like roar would finally come to an end. Well not quite yet, I read that you should let it run until it the gas runs dry so you can store it away. Hour after hour we waited for it to run out of gas. Finally at 8:30pm it sputtered it’s last roar and the pounding in our heads finally ceased.

Now life is back to normal. Beth stared back to school on Fri and Daniel hopefully will be back on Mon. Thomas is back to doing his at home school work and I don’t have to spend quite so much time on the dishes. But even with the extra dish washing time I was able to clean out all my kitchen cabinets, completely scrub out the upstairs refrigerator, back to it’s brand new shine, and get a lot of the yard work done that I had been putting off. Apparently, without the computer (and the laundry) to distract me during our powerless days I was a bit more productive than normal.

The beginning

Well I’ve finally jumped in. I’ve been wanting to write a blog for a few years now, mostly to try out a new medium that is no longer new. Unfortunately, I didn’t really have anything interesting to write about. Thus no blog. Now I’ve come up with a couple ideas but there are just too many options as far as hosting sites and design. And then there’s the problem of coming up with a cool blog name. It has to describe the blog but also pique your interest enough that you’ll actually want to read it. Who knows how many people will eventually read the blog, you don’t want to have half a million readers and be stuck with a lame name.

Then I needed a theme for my blog: this blog is just going to be a journal of what’s going on in our lives. A place to write about the kids homeschooling/ highschool/ college journey and all the adventures they find themselves in. Plus I’ll be writing about some of my projects/ house renovations/ gardening and/or recipes with some pictures thrown in for fun. I imagine the only people that will be interested in reading this are family and possibly some close friends. I also have an idea for a different blog that will focus on my stained glass windows. We’ll see how successful I am at keeping 2 blogs somewhat current. So that’s it in a nutshell, now I’m off to see what happens when I push publish post.

A new pet or two


After 10 years of being a faithful, very large and VERY smelly friend the time had come for us to put our 120 pound mastiff, Rasta, to sleep. She was unpredictable around men and ferocious around other dogs. She wasn’t interested in playing she mostly just layed in a comatose heap on her dog bed. She did however fart, a lot! And she left a trail of urine when she walked through the house, so the time had come. We managed to go a whole 9 days before the new puppy arrived. Turns out it’s not as easy as you would think to adopt from the pound. First off all members of your family have to go to the pound to meet the possible pet before it can be adopted. They also need to talk to your vet to make sure all animals in the house are up to date with their shots and spayed or neutered. While all this sounds like good ideas who would have thought that they could be so particular about who adopts their animals. Finally several trips to the pound and many hours later we came home with an adorable mini lab, possibly beagle, mix. She’s 5.5 months and 17 pounds. Compared to Rasta that’s nothing, she’s more like a cat than a dog, but we all love her.


The beginning

Well I’ve finally jumped in. I’ve been wanting to write a blog for a few years now, mostly to try out a new medium that is no longer new. Unfortunatley, I didn’t really have anything interesting to write about. Thus no blog. Now I’ve come up with a couple ideas but there are just too many options as far as hosting sites and design. And then there’s the problem of coming up with a cool blog name. It has to describe the blog but also pique your interest enough that you’ll actually want to read it. Who knows how many people will eventually read the blog, you don’t want to have half a million readers and be stuck with a lame name.

Then I needed a theme for my blog: this blog is just going to be a journal of what’s going on in our lives. A place to write about the kids homeschooling/ highschool/ college journey and all the adventures they find themselves in. Plus I’ll be writing about some of my projects/ house renovations/ gardening and/or recipes with some pictures thrown in for fun. I imagine the only people that will be interested in reading this are family and possibly some close friends. I also have an idea for a different blog that will focus on my stained glass windows. We’ll see how successful I am at keeping 2 blogs somewhat current. So that’s it in a nutshell, now I’m off to see what happens when I push publish post.