My Motivation is Back

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I’ve been very unmotivated the past few months. I haven’t wanted to do much of anything. I thought it was because I finished school in May and was “taking a break” from it all. Nope, I can’t see myself going through all of that work in school to do nothing. The problem was the let down. A person spends all that time in school and there’s no job waiting at the finish line. It can depress a person and make them unmotivated to do anything.

I’ve found a part-time job, for which I’m currently in training for. I’m so happy! Yes, it’s only part-time, but I’m doing something with my degree and I’m still home with my kids every day…that’s what matters. The whole reason I went to school was so that I could find a job working from home. That’s hard to do when you don’t have experience. I’m thankful that one of my best friends is in the business and she’s willing to give me a chance to do what I want to do at my own pace.

So, now that I’ve gotten rid of the depression (I think, lol), I can get back to work on my blog! I did do a few things over the summer (like take another trip), but I just haven’t sat down to write the posts.

My computer is still working…stupid thing. I’ll admit that I know nothing about hard drives, but when your computer tells you that “Hard drive failure is imminent”, wouldn’t you think that it would go within a day or so? Not months! I’m so thankful that I haven’t gone out and bought another computer yet! If this one quits before I buy a new computer, Bob will just have to let me use his computer for a little while.

Free “Workbook”–Currents in Literature–American Volume

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Last year I posted a “workbook” for Currents in Literature–Genre Volume. I still haven’t finished the type in pages, mainly because the way I was doing it was way too time consuming. This year, I was smart and kept everything generic. No drop-down lists or anything like that. Clone of Bob was disappointed, but I informed him that he was plenty old enough to type in his answers. He was getting off easy as it was.

I did not make a printable copy. If there is interest, I’ll make one. Right now, my kids plan to use the type-it-in forms, not the ones I have to print (I’m sure my printer is thanking us).

Anyhow, I got all of them done for this book…I still need to go back and finish the ones for the Genre Volume. Clone of Bob goofed off last year and didn’t even finish the book…needless to say that his Literature “grade” is not impressive.

Again, this isn’t a teachers guide or an answer key. These are type-it-in files so that your child does not write in the book. The ISBN# of the book I used is: 978-1-56765-144-7. I have not gotten an answer key yet, so I don’t know the ISBN for that.

Currents in Literature: American Volume (Microsoft Word files)

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Currents_Literature_AmericanCH2

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I’m going to play with these and see if I can convert them to PDF, but still maintain the type-it-in aspect.

The Computer is Taking Forever to Die

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A while back, I posted that my computer informed me that it is dying. I expect that it is, but I can’t sit around and avoid using the computer to make it last longer. I’ve been avoiding putting files and stuff on my computer for fear that I’ll lose them when the computer does finally crash. I backed up everything when it told me that “hard drive failure is imminent.”

A week or so ago, Microsoft informed me that my Office subscription now comes with 1 tb of storage. So, I’m saving everything I can to the cloud so that I don’t lose any files.

Anyway, the computer is still working, and until it dies I’ll try to get some posts up.

We’re Going Under Captain!

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Yesterday, my computer notified me that it is dying. :-(  Apparently, my hard drive is on its last legs. I’ve run all kinds of scans and they’re all telling me the same thing: replace the hard drive.

From what I can gather, it isn’t easy to replace the hard drive on a laptop, especially my Dell. You have to practically dismantle the whole thing to do it.

So this means that my time online is limited to my tablet until I can either replace the hard drive or replace the computer. I am currently writing this post from my tablet. It’s not quick, I can tell you that.

I’ll be MIA for a week or so…

Had a Great Trip, Now It’s Time to Get Back to Business

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We had a wonderful trip visiting family in New York State. We had a lot of great food, saw people we hadn’t seen in years (and, unfortunately, missed a few as well).

Binghamton, NY is very proud of the six wooden carousels they have. We were able to get to one of them. The next time we go up, we hope to take the time to ride all six, just so we could say we did.

Binghamton Carousels

Information Board telling about the carousels.

Information Board telling about the carousels.

You're never too old for a carousel ride.  Eileen's Perpetually Busy

You’re never too old for a carousel ride.
Eileen’s Perpetually Busy

Oh mom, do you really have to take a picture? Eileen's Perpetually Busy

Oh mom, do you really have to take a picture?
Eileen’s Perpetually Busy

We also went up to Cayuga Lake. Poor Boo sliced her foot on the rocky shore, but they still had a blast.

Those rocks can be mean, but very cool to see. Eileen's Perpetually Busy

Those rocks can be mean, but very cool to see.
Eileen’s Perpetually Busy

What a ham! Eileen's Perpetually Busy

What a ham!
Eileen’s Perpetually Busy

The rest of the trip was visiting and lots of food.

 

I’ve got some posts up my sleeve…I will probably borrow my mom’s sewing machine again so I can work on a couple of special projects.

Busy, But Will Be Back, I Promise

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The next couple of weeks will be busy as we are going to visit family. Since that requires packing and traveling, I won’t have time to post. I also have this thing where I make sure the house is just about spotless…nothing like coming home to a funny smell, so I try to avoid it if I can.

I’ll be back soon… :)

This could happen if I'm not careful

This could happen if I’m not careful

This probably WILL happen

This probably WILL happen

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Refreshing the Dining Room Table Set

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My dining room table and chairs didn’t match. The chairs were from one set and the table from another. I loved the chairs and I loved the compact size of the table. The fact that they didn’t “match” was driving me crazy.

Over Winter Break I decided to paint the set and recover the chairs. I had some mis-tint paint I bought for $5 from Lowe’s. It was a creamy white, very pretty and it had the primer already in it.

Some lessons learned:

  • Don’t try to paint outside in the cool damp winter weather.
  • If you’re using paint from a can, not spray paint, use a roller, not a paintbrush.
  • Paint with primer in it, even just a satin finish, will dry tacky.
  • When you have funky shaped chair seats, they don’t make foam pads to fit, so you have to improvise.

Again, this isn’t a tutorial, just some pics of my progress…

I sanded the table, this was after I tried painting the chairs outside and figured out that I would have to do this project inside.

I sanded the table, this was after I tried painting the chairs outside and figured out that I would have to do this project inside.

This was the result of painting chairs outside in the cool, damp weather using a paint brush.

This was the result of painting chairs outside in the cool, damp weather using a paint brush.

The result of painting inside where it's warm and dry, and using a mini-roller.

The result of painting inside where it’s warm and dry, and using a mini-roller.

The fabric I used on the seats.

The fabric I used on the seats.

I was able to buy a 4-pack of foam pads for the chairs, but they were square, whereas my chair seats were not. I had to improvise…

Chair pad with pieces of an old blanket to help fill in and thicken the pad.

Chair pad with pieces of an old blanket to help fill in and thicken the pad.

Old blanket

Bob helped me staple everything to the bottom. We used a clear tablecloth to  protect the fabric and padding from spills.

Bob helped me staple everything to the bottom. We used a clear tablecloth to protect the fabric and padding from spills.

Finished chair pad

Finished chair pad

6 months after using the clear tablecloth ($5 at Walmart) I’m finding a couple of holes, but we do have cats and that doesn’t help.

To fix the “tacky” issue I mentioned above, I sprayed a couple of coats of clear spray paint over the top of the table as soon as it warmed up enough to do so. It made a huge difference! Papers and napkins don’t stick to the top of the table anymore.

I wish I had taken a “before” pic of the set so you could see the vast improvement a little paint, fabric, and a clear tablecloth gave this set!

The finished set!

The finished set!