DIMS Day!!

I did it! Mostly by myself. I transformed the cluttered schoolroom into a slightly neater and less messy space. First, I removed the old short bookshelves – 4 of them, and the rolling cart of paint supplies, and the 3 buckets of wheat berries, and the chairs, and the cases of water, AND the towel drying rack and put them all into the living room. Then I swept and mopped the floor.

Now I had a clean space to work with and no I didn’t take before pictures – sorry, I’m new at this.

And then when I woke up at 4am on Saturday and my brain was buzzing with the fact that we had people coming over at noon and the dining room was all in the living room – eeks – I got up and dealt with the doggies and then started thinking and deciding and measuring. Then I moved the bookcase that my Grandpa made from the garage up the sidewalk (in a gentle mist) and up the two steps to the front door. It was now out of the rain and I went around and back into the house. When I opened the door to bring the bookcase in Lexi started her mad dash outside – except there was a big wall blocking her!

I lifted the bookcase inside and moved it into the dining room and up against the far wall where 3 smaller bookshelves had been and it looks right at home. Then I arranged the wheat buckets to the right and the water back to it’s usual home on the left. I placed two of the newer smaller bookshelves along the front wall to serve as a Bible & supplies catchall and a teacher bookshelf. All of the IGs and answer keys in one small bookcase. More room on the big one to move out the girls’ Cores from last year!



Last, but not least, I put the kids’ black cubbies on top of the new bookcase and they look so cozy up there.

IMG_0721  Oops, I cut the top of the globe off – sorry North Pole!

IMG_0719Pretty little teacher shelves ALL FOR ME!  And a potted spearmint plant on top too.  Don’t teachers always have a plant on their desk?

But wouldn’t you know someone wouldn’t be satisfied! Karra likes to put her tests in a pile next to her cubbie and there is now no longer any room NEXT to her cubby. She had a fit at the removal of her “test putting spot” (it was a good natured fit as fits go). Later yesterday evening while Kristen helped me put together IGs and arranged all of the books in order on the new bookcase (that holds all 3 kids in one place for the first time since Kurt was in Kindergarten!), Karra came down with one of her famous signs – KARRA’S TEST PUTTING SPOT! She rather haughtily pinned it above her cubby and added a sticky note with a big arrow.  (Please note the bowl of cat toys sitting in her “test putting spot” 🙂 )


Apparently I had “mucked with her methods” and that’s something that one just does not do to a Senior!!

I’m proud of how nice the dining room looks. And we are all anxious to get our new and very full and intense school year underway. But this Mom/Teacher still has loads of scheduling left to do before any of those new books get cracked open (Kurt!)

(And the two smaller bookshelves I no longer needed got upcycled to Kristen’s cowgirl bedroom for a book and paint supplies shelf. The TV cart in Kristen’s room will get a new back put on it and be overcycled to Kurt’s room to hold his overflow of books – but that is a project for another DIMS day).

Happy DIMS Day Blogosphere!!


It’s been a long week that went really fast – is that an oxymoron?  Long but fast?

Kurt had swim lessons this week, so we were up and out of the house at 10am Monday – Thursday.  You would think that 10am wouldn’t be a problem – especially if you’re laughing yourself silly because you leave at 6 or 7am every morning.  Let’s just say that I’m 17 years out of practice at leaving the house every morning looking presentable to the world.  And then there is the warm, cozy pool atmosphere that makes me very sleepy.  So, here I am nodding over Winston Churchill at 11am!  Good grief.  Or was it good night?

We survived and this morning found me out the door at 10am to grocery shop.  Why is it when you cut back to regular weekly shopping from the once-a-month monster shop that it still took 4 hours?  I did take Kristen’s pretty blue guitar in to be re-strung and the nice fella said to give her a hard time about not wiping the finger prints and smudges off the guitar EVERY time she uses it.  He was good natured about it really – they like her there since she took lessons from one of their staff.

Joel and I did our Chipotle and Sam’s Club date tonight and stopped at Home Depot (to look at little copper solar post tops for the deck that Joel is refinishing) and ended up buying two plum trees on clearance.  We planted them in a gentle rain tonight and are really happy with the purchase.

I’ve been working on getting the schoolroom switched over for the new year – the kids decided they want to start on August 20th.  Karra wants to finish at the end of May and I’d really like to actually wrap up the other two by June 12.  It’s going to be a very full year and everyone is going to need Mom to be involved.  Good thing I’m on the anti-depressant and feeling so much more in control and in the present.  Tomorrow is the day to get the bookcase inside – the one my Grandpa built.  I mopped (don’t faint) the schoolroom while I have all of the old bookshelves out.  The room is so sparkly right now.  I have two big boxes of books waiting to be unpacked and eager kids ready to see their cubbies full.  Hard as it is, I LOVE HOMESCHOOLING!

The animals are all doing well.  We love listening to Brik in the mornings.  A farm just isn’t a farm without a rooster crowing in the morning.  He’s so gentle and calls to the girls and helps them find little treats in the grass.  Sadly, two of Kristen’s three Ameracuana’s are roosters.  One of them we’ve named Eaglet and he’s a reddish and white (really pretty, but not good tempered) and he is already getting rough with my Buff Orpingtons.  The other is a pretty black and white and much calmer.  Kristen wants to try to sell him before we take the two roosters and the geriatric chickens to the butcher in the fall.  I can’t believe I’m going to give Sarah the ax, but I know that there will be other favorite chickens and it will be easier to save them if they’ve been part of the main flock all along.  The old girls just aren’t giving enough eggs to justify continuing to feed them.  I’m okay with it now, but the first morning I go out and there are no old chickens to feed and no Sarah to let out, I’m sure I’ll cry.

And I end my jumbles with the news that Karra’s BFF got married yesterday in Texas.  Good old military planning/necessities canceled the pretty wedding and opportunity to be a maid-of-honor.  The bride will be coming home on Monday and joining her groom in September – in Germany – once he’s out of tech school.  It’s bad enough when your own kids grow up too fast, but do their friends have to do it too?  I’ve known her since she was in her Mommy’s tummy!  Despite the fact that they are young, it is a match made in Heaven.  God has moved in so many ways and brought such growth to these young people in the last year.  I know that they are going to have a truly wonderful life together.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm.