20 + Years

Life after Homeschooling

For over 20 years (5 children) at this time of the year I would be making lessons plans, gathering unit study supplies and making books lists in preparation for the new school year.
Not this year. This year I am under the shady tree with a cold drink and a stack of my favorite magazines.
#myjobisdone #lastchildgraduated

When Illness calls and Brings an Ambulance With

The good news is for now, everyone seems to be stable. Things are not rosy and Christmas will be bittersweet, but we will deal with it.

On my son’s 24th birthday my Mother in law had a stroke. I took her to the ER where she had been several years earlier for a trip and fall while walking her dog. She is now in a rehab center where she used to work and has a steady stream of employees coming to visit and catch up.

The next morning my Mother, who had been vomiting all night was taken by ambulance to the ER at big northern California medical center and teaching hospital. She in currently in the Oncology floor.

Two Grandma’s fell ill with in 15 hours of each other. Our two families have been doing a lot of miles visiting. My children have double travel miles.


Broken Parts and The Kindle

I broke our printer. It has been a work horse over the years. It handled everything from school reports to printing out photos of Homestuck fan art. It was also an outstanding scanner.

I was printing out the recipe for Asian Meat and Potatoes when the paper fed in wrong, tore a bit and then error messages happened that I could not clear. After about 15 minutes of opening, closing, turning off and on, with flash light in hand I pulled on something I should not have.

My recipes are on my laptop. I do not want to take my lap top and set it on the kitchen counter where splashes and spills can happen. The Kindle saves the day!



















I went on-line to find out if and how I could put Word doc. on the family Kindle. It is really my husbands, but we are a bookish family and everyone uses the Kindle.

Sure enough, well no, you have to convert your Word doc. to a PDF file. Ok, Amazon does the converting after you email it to your Kindle email address. You did not know you had a Kindle email address? Well neither did I!

Using you laptop or PC, go to your “Manage Your Kindle” account at Amazon. Click on “Personal Document Settings”. Here you will see your Kindle email address.  Also on this page, towards the bottom, you will add the email address from where you are sending the file attachment to your Kindle email. If it is not on your list, you will not get the email. I think it is a spam prevention. When you email from one account to the other, in the subject line type convert. It takes a few minutes for the conversion to happen. About 1/2 hr. after I sent my first email, I turned on our Kindle, clicked on Menu, choose “Sync and Check for Items” and it automatically downloaded the PDF (via WIFI).

Here is more details from the Amazon site.

You and your approved contacts can send personal documents to your registered Kindle devices, supported Kindle reading applications, and your Kindle Library in the Amazon Cloud by e-mailing them to your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address([name]@kindle.com). Your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address is a unique e-mail address assigned to your Kindle device or supported Kindle reading application upon registration.

To successfully send personal documents using your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address, you must ensure that:

Attach the document to a new e-mail or forward an existing e-mail with the document attached to the Send-to-Kindle e-mail address associated with your Kindle device or Kindle reading application.

A subject is not necessary in the e-mail, unless you’d prefer to have the document converted to the Kindle format so you can take advantage of functionality such as variable font size and annotations. To have a document converted to Kindle format (.azw), the subject line should be “convert” when e-mailing a personal document to your Send-to-Kindle address.

Each Send-to-Kindle e-mail address can also be modified to send personal documents to a supported Kindle device via Wi-Fi, if available, and to the e-mail address associated with the Amazon account to which the device is registered. Modify your Send-to-Kindle address from [name]@kindle.com to [name]@free.kindle.com. If the document can’t be delivered over Wi-Fi to your Kindle device, you can use the e-mail to download the file to your computer and transfer it to your Kindle device using a USB connection.

Personal documents in supported file formats smaller than 5 MB are typically delivered to your Kindle device within five minutes (per document) if your device is connected wirelessly. Personal documents larger than 5 MB or in some file formats (such as PDF files) may take longer. Your e-mail provider may have additional limitations on file size.

In the Home Today

I only cried 2 times yesterday. Going on a field trip helped. I am waiting for the museum curator to give me permission to post the photos. I signed my name agreeing I would do this in order to take the photos. They had several employees of the museum watching me, well they just kept walking through the rooms I was in, every single room. Serious business – this museum stuff!

Our oldest daughter called this morning. She is having a grand time. They were on there way to a near by town for lunch and a movie. It really helped to talk to her. I only have cried 1 time today. Dad is having a harder time today.


The Joys of Homeschooling {NOT}

I can safely say, after 18+ years of homeschooling and graduating 3 high-schoolers who went on to community college, that rough days like today will not make me give up!

After taking off most of December and the first week of January, it is very hard to get back into the swing of things this week. It always has been with our family. I expect it. I plan for it and I pour myself some good hot coffee to get me through the morning.

No one wants to get up at a decent hour. No one wants to write or do math. Stomachs hurt and and breaks are given, several breaks.

It will take all week and most of the next week to get back up to speed. Years ago (practically the dark ages) when I had all 5 I was teaching, I used to get discouraged that we had so much trouble after Christmas break. Being in a support group and talking to other moms helped me see it was a normal event. Not even a problem. Looking at the big picture helps.

Back To School Night

I have never been to a Back to School Night. Having homeschooled all the kids (3 to graduation so far) it was very interesting to go to Miss N’s back to school night. Not many parents showed up.

I can’t take any credit for how she is doing school. Her family has done a wonderful job raising a hard working student. Her teachers are thrilled to have her in their classes.

Miss N. is completely surprised at the rowdiness of the students in the class room. Culture shock I guess. In Japan, the high school is not free – parents pay. It is also very hard to get into a high school. There is strict dress codes and behavior codes. No nail polish, make-up, ear rings. School is 6 days a week. Miss N gets home at 7:p each night.  Your teacher also comes to your home during the summer. If you get a summer job you will be kicked out of school.

We have had a very good first week. I offered to take Miss N. to Otto’s in Sacramento, But nope, she wants American food. I think she is sleeping well. I am sure she will get homesick soon.

First Day of School

This Will Be Interesting…

This Will Be Interesting…Our adult son was once again mailed a summons for jury duty in Superior Court.

Last year his group never had to come in. This year his group did have to come in and He and I spent the day first waiting for his name to be called and then sitting in the actual court room.

There were so many potential jurors in the court room there were barely enough seats. Slowly the Judge went through some initials questions to weed out who could not serve because hardships or prejudice because of the nature of the case.  The Bailiff immediately knew there was an extra person in the room and made an announcement. I said it was me and I was here to assist my son. Outside the courtroom the  Bailiff asked what the nature of his disability was? I told him that Alex has Autism. He asked if there were any accommodations needed? I said no and that now that Alex was familiar with everything, I would not be coming into the court.

Alex does not drive. I will have to drive him into the city and bring my laptop or a book.

Alex handled it all very well. We have to return on Thursday. The prosecution and defense will decide who they want on the jury.

The number of children diagnosed with Autism has increased dramatically. It will be interesting to see how courts handle so many potential jurors in 8-10 years who have Autism.

I have no idea if it matters that a juror has Autism or not.

Update: The court clerk called. Alex was released from Jury Duty and his service is complete. We never had to go in for the interview


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