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Graduation and Beyond

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

It’s been two-and-a-half months since I’ve posted on the old blog-ola. I simply must break the ice and start posting again, even if it’s only a list of mama-bragging:

  • Dear daughter Kayla and her best friend Emmy Lou left today for the Mediterranean, to spend three months traveling in Europe. Kayla has taken her watercolors, paper and pens and hopes to keep an artistic diary of the trip. Have a memorable adventure, Dearie, but keep your wits about you at all times.
  • Son Seth graduates from 8th grade this evening and will be singing an original song during the ceremony. Congratulations, Seth!
  • Daughter Rebecca graduates from high school tomorrow evening. Additionally, she has already completed one year of studies at the community college, medical tech prep, and Certified Nursing Assistant studies. Way to go, Sweetie!
  • Daughter Lydia has been accepted as a Running Start student, so as an 11th grader she will begin her full-time college studies in the fall. She tested in at English 101.
  • Daughter Debra has decided to attend the community college on a part-time basis in the fall, having tested in at English 100 level. She plans to continue with her volunteer work at our local library.


Don’t let me get started talking about the grandchildren, or telling you about the adventures of my rascally old mom who recently moved to a full-care nursing facility. This wee post may suffice for now.

What a dog trainer!

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Major Computer Overhaul

Friday, October 17th, 2008

We are a six-computer household. This isn’t as surprising as you might think, since we were (before some of the children grew up ALL OF A SUDDEN) an eleven-person household.

Up until just recently, one of the computers was the Server computer. We each had our own profiles, which we could open on any computer in the house. We could store all photos in one location, and all of us could access them. Only the Administrator of the Server (meaning one of the uber-computer-savvy members of the family) could make major changes to the system. I became accustomed to this system, and knew how to use it.

About two months ago, the Server computer died of old age. Alas, the motherboard went bad. Since then, my husband has been doing “lots of things” to my laptop, to his computer, etc. He says we will now have Workgroups rather than a Domain, and no more floating profiles. Someday we will be able to share files again.

This weekend, our oldest son, who is generous with his computer-savvy-ness, is coming home to put the finishing touches on the new system. For example, I want to be able to publish from Word again. I know that I use a WordPress template, but we have our own “space” rented from Dreamhost. I just don’t know enough to provide the proper info to set it up again. Sigh. I must be patient. I’ll try to watch my son very carefully, maybe even take notes, so that I increase my computer-savvyness quotient.

My husband succeeded in making my pictures (just the ones stored on this laptop, not all the old photos) accessible again, so I hope to do a PhotoStory Friday post later today.

Did I mention that we no longer have our little digital camera? It died a wet death when a sailboat on which it was riding went belly-up. My daughter has a nice camera, though, so I’ll borrow her pictures once in a while for the old blog.

Thanks for your patience with fewer posts, due to technical difficulties. Soon all systems should be GO!

Poor Old Blog

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

If you’ve been coming to Mom’s Musings looking for pictures of the recent reception and wedding in our family, I am so sorry. I have been experiencing multitudes of technical problems which have kept me from posting.

First, our server computer, the one that enables all of us in the house to be on the same intranet system, died. All of our digital photos are on that computer. I hear tell that the pictures are safe, but just cannot be accessed at this time. This is a sad thing, and an inconvenient thing, but I trust it is a problem that will be rectified eventually.

Second, our Clearw’re internet service has been almost non-existent. On the days that it’s been working, it’s been working just enough for me to read a bit of email, but definitely not enough to do any blogging.

Third, I am now a real (as opposed to virtual) gramma. Our two-year old grandson and four-month old granddaughter are here, in our home, with their daddy and mommy. This alone would make for a busier household, but the poor kidlets have been sick with bronchitis. Grandchildren win over blogging every time.

All of our wedding company has gone home. Things are calming down. I really will try to get back in the swing of things and get some of those fun photos up very soon.

Early morning wanderings

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

I am up way too early this morning. I got up because of coughing (I’m much better, actually), and to get a sip of water. Then . . . I remembered that I had washed Seth’s football jersey, pants, and pads, but hadn’t gotten them out to air dry before going to bed. “OK,” I thought. “I’ll just quickly do that.”

First, though, I needed to fold the load of laundry that was occupying the drier.

Then I thought about what an overwhelmingly busy day this day promises to be, so I thought, “I’ll quickly check my email.”

Of course, that led to checking my Facebook account, and how my (Lil) Green Patch was doing and if anyone had stolen my rainbow. Indeed, my rainbow was missing. First I needed to stock up on virtual gardening supplies before embarking on the quest for my rainbow. Thankfully, it was quickly found.

Since I was online (for just a few moments), I quickly checked Google Reader as well, and read what a few friends had just published on their blogs. One friend’s post reminded me that I want to do a Thursday 13 post today; she already had hers up in the wee hours of the morning! So, I started a post, but it ended up too serious for my liking. I saved it, but decided not to publish.

I need to be up for the day in 30 minutes. First, though, I’m posting this silly account of what I did, and kept doing, when I should have been sleeping the past hour.

Hope you all have a good day, and that you got plenty of rest during the night.

An Upcoming Wedding in Our Family

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

A BIG Congratulations
to Sarah and Justin, who are engaged to be married this September 20th. We love Justin, and are looking forward to him being our son-in-law.

For those who may be interested, Sarah and Justin are registered at Target and at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

One of Justin’s friends snapped this great engagement shot of them (graffiti courtesy of me):

I’ll do a longer post today; promise!

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Dear friends who keep checking to see if I’ve posted anything for the day:

I do plan to do a nice post today, including pictures.

We had a wonderful day yesterday, but I was too busy and too tired by the end of the day to post anything. Suffice it to say, we went to two picnics, AND it did not rain! The sky looked threatening for a while, but the weather was perfect for the day (which for me means: not too hot!).

We did see an interesting sign while we were out and about, which said: MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU! With that I wish you a belated happy 4th of July!

Salted Nut Roll Bars

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

Salted Nut Roll Bars

(This recipe is from

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Bake Time: 12 – 15 minutes

Amount: 48 bars

1 (18.25 oz.) package yellow cake mix

¾ cup butter, softened, divided

1 large egg

4 cuts miniature marshmallows

1 (12 oz.) package peanut butter chips

2/3 cup corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups crisp rice cereal

1 (10 oz.) can party peanuts

In large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, ½ cup softened butter and egg until well combined. Press into bottom of 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan that has been sprayed with no stick cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven 12 – 15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with marshmallows. Return to oven and continue baking until marshmallows begin to puff (about 1 – 2 minutes). Remove from oven and allow to cool. Meanwhile, in large saucepan combine peanut butter chips, corn syrup, remaining ¼ cup butter and vanilla over medium heat. Cook until chips and butter are melted and mixture is smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in crisp rice cereal and peanuts. Carefully pour over marshmallows and spread to cover. Cool completely in refrigerator; cut into bars. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

Thirteen Things I Enjoy About my Job

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

This week for Thursday Thirteen I would like to tell you Thirteen Things I enjoy about my job (I am a paraeducator in a middle school.):

  • I have the privilege of working with some very creative, competent, dedicated teachers.
  • I enjoy working with this age of student (6th grade through 8th grade). It’s not exactly early intervention, which I understand is the most effective, but still there’s hope of benefiting the students.
  • Each day is different!
  • It is heart-warming to observe young people engage with a problem and really think about it.
  • The job is challenging. I need to be a detective of sorts, trying to figure out, with the guidance of the classroom teachers and the Special Ed teacher, the best way to help our young people succeed.
  • I do lots of walking from one end of the building to the other. Exercise is a lovely benefit.
  • I have two children attending the school, so feel more involved with their school careers since I’m there as well.
  • With this job comes the benefit of health insurance, something my husband and I have never had before.
  • I work part-time, so there’s still time for family duties and fun.
  • I don’t work summers (although I do hope to help with summer school this year.).
  • I receive an educational discount at Barnes and Noble because I work in the field of education.
  • Working keeps me from spending even more time on the internet than I do now.
  • Now that my family is growing up, working at the school is broadening my horizons. There is less for me to do at home now, so I needed this challenge.

Baby Photos!

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Look! Look! Here is a photo of dear darling Carly:

Here’s a photo of Darren, Diederick, and Laura holding Carly:

I took these photos off Laura’s site. Darren posted them, since Laura and Carly aren’t home yet. Click here for more great pictures. 🙂