It's official - I am a legal resident of the U.S.A.! I got my card this week and I am so pleased! It is good for 10 years and after 3 years, I am able to apply for citizenship! Normally, it is 5 years, but I've been married to my Historian for almost 18 years and he is a U.S. Citizen, so we're good for the 'fast track'! The children are already beginning to quiz me for the civics test - American History 101! It's funny what they think will 'for sure and for certain' be on the test! We are thanking the Lord for this part of our immigration journey completed! What a journey!
This week has just flown by! We have had three days of rain, and now three days of sunshine - which is a real blessing! The mowers are out in full force manicuring the estate lawns in our neighborhood, so our Dreamer's allergies are giving her some trouble! Our lawn is the only one sporting a fresh crop of bright yellow dandelions and I have been blessed by many lovely bouquets already! Chemicals are for the birds - give me happy healthy children safely playing on the grass any day - perfection is highly over rated! I'm seeing from my sweet note note that it's time to teach the Dreamer how to spell 'bouquet' - maybe after we get through this present math dilemma!
We've been putting in many long hours doing schoolwork. I know some mums can 'get it all done' before lunch, but we are not that family! We seem to be all day at school right now, and it isn't much fun! Dreamer is struggling with expressing fractions as percentages in math and Storyteller is resisting reading practice, as usual! It has been hard to maintain a positive attitude, but the promise of getting outside to play helps the work to go more smoothly.
Everything is the garden is doing really well - no too much loss this winter, thankfully. I think we lost the foxglove to mole tunneling - but it may surprise me and come back yet. One rhubarb plant didn't make it, but the rest are soon going to be giving enough 'fruit' for pies and crisps! I wonder if we'll have enough to make rhubarb punch and stewed rhubarb! I hope so, but as these plants were just put in last season, I'd guess not.
This week I visited a wonderful place - the Living Simply Soap Kitchen in Dayton, OH! I bought some fragrant soap 'seconds' by the pound, wonderful Lavender and Sage cream for my hands and a Carrot Cake candle. Mrs. Brown gave me a sample of her new product 'Little White Lye' stain stick to try out and give her feedback on. My goodness - I was so impressed!
After our last Homeschool co-op on Thursday (yes, there were tears), we ran to Sam's Club to buy some fresh fish for dinner and the children asked for treats (we had just dried our tears, mind you). The Storyteller enjoyed most of a 4 Berry Sundae, but on the way home dropped the rest of it right down his front - he was choking on a huge blackberry and just turned his whole treat upside down! He was fine, but very sticky and very stained! The outfit he had on was purple from the berries and he was really upset, knowing that purple is not an easy stain to remove! I sent him directly to the shower (yes, it was that bad!) and grabbed his clothes - and applied the 'Little White Lye' stain stick - and at first I was horrified! The purple turned black! I thought I had ruined his only decent khakis and best button down shirt - a creamy yellow one! I put everything in the washer and I was happily delighted when everything came perfectly clean! Now there's a product I can endorse - all natural ingredients, built in scrubbing action (cornmeal) - and it works! We have tried it on grass stains and blood - and it works so well. Next big test - I'll be tackling the socks to see how it works there! I'll keep you in the loop and let you know how it performs!
If you'd like to visit the Living Simply Soap website, just click on the picture or name and take a look around. Her soaps are lovely and quite long lasting! We bought some last summer during the farmers markets and now we are hooked!
Today is beautiful but we are expecting rain soon. We are waiting for drywall compound to dry so that the final sanding can be done. My Historian has had to put up with a mess in his office while the pipes in his storage closet were being repaired and now there is drywall dust everywhere! I hope to get it primed and painted next week so he can get things back in order there. I'm thankful we still have some paint and primer left from that room - nothing to buy, just the work! This time Mr. Handyman (our contractor) is insulating those pipes really really well and hopefully our next cold snap will not produce freezing bursting pipes! What a mess!
The children are practicing for Homeschool Sandlot Softball which begins for both children next Saturday morning. We have been batting, throwing and catching every chance we get! This is our last Saturday of ease for a couple of months! The Historian is doing some yardwork and I have been cleaning but I'm about to head out in the sunshine and enjoy it while I can!
Have a great weekend!