Thursday, August 3, 2017

Hot and Hazy Makes Me Lazy

We're having our annual heat wave.
It's currently 95, which for us is approximately
the temperature of the sun.

Go ahead, laugh it up you southerners ;D

Meanwhile our neighbors to the north are plagued with forest fires,
and are sending their smoke our way.

Gee thanks, Canada.

Normally, I look out the window and see something like this:

Today, it's more like this:

A British Columbia radio station posted this view from Canada of Mt. Baker,
going, going, gone.

I'm usually thankful that no matter how hot it gets in the day,
our nights are nice and cool.
I'd made up the bed with the summer sheets and my Jimmy Buffet quilt...

and now.... not so much.

We're not used to sleeping with... just a sheet.

 Which is more than you probably wanted to know about our sleeping habits.

In funner news...

(Is "funner" a word?  If it's not, it should be...)

Gunnar and I both went to fiddle camp this summer.
Of course, we both went last year, but this year we both participated.
And the timing worked out for us to bring along Gunnar's friend A.J. who was on his way to Desert Eagle Flight Encampment.  If you've been reading the blog long enough, you'll remember that Wyatt attended in 2013.

Made the trip a lot more fun to have a buddy along for the ride.

 We stopped at some of our usual spots, like the Gorge...

I see that pool way down there and think it looks so appealing for swimming...

... for about 10 seconds, until the hypothermia sets in.

And we stopped at the Washington Pass overlook.

AJ is helpfully pointing out the spot (the curve in the road just below the pass) where his family broke down last summer, and spent the night in their trailer beside the highway... fun memories, right?

Two peas in a pod.

And stopped for lunch in Winthrop, at Three Fingered Jack's Saloon.

Aaaaaand got detoured around a "small" fire near Twisp, where they've had more than their share.

Stretched our legs at Dry Falls...

... and dropped A.J. off in Ephrata, so he could fly gliders for a couple of weeks.
(Wyatt did the "powered flight" option.)

Because I am just that fabulous, I hardly took any photos in Moses Lake.
If you've been to Moses Lake, you'll understand.

Plus, I was busy this year, fiddling instead of lounging by the pool!

The sunsets were nice.
The air conditioning was even nicer.

And fiddle camp... whew!

Only the classes for absolute beginners are divided - youth vs adults.
All the rest are by skill alone.
My friend Carol would call that "ego training", i.e. "humility building".
My class ranged from senior citizens to kids that looked about six or seven.

Two and a half hours of class in the morning and again in the afternoon.
That's a lot of fiddling!

And then we drove home.
Lots of farms.
Lots of orchards.
Lots of sage brush.

I missed stopping in Cashmere to see my friends, but...

... since they were camping all the next week at Birch Bay,
it worked out fine!

I met Bronco and Jo back in my Reachout Expeditions days in the late 80's, early 90's.

I love these people :D

And what a perfect day to be at the beach!
Notice the sparkling water and clear blue sky.
I miss clear blue sky.

Bronco has long enough arms for a selfie with all three of us :D

Big things were happening at our house while we were away.
I want to take photos and show you.
When the smoke goes away.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Winnie the Pooh Quilt

Apparently July was an unscheduled bloggy-break.

I could say that there was a lot going on,
but really...

Summer happens.

And in the words of Tolkien,
"Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend, are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway."

As we've had the former, rather than the latter,
I've not been posting much.

You're welcome.

But I do have a quilt to share.

One of our chapel families lives in Tokyo, and were expecting a baby earlier this year.  I didn't know boy or girl, just that mom likes yellow and green,
and teddy bears.

My tomboy side has trouble working with anything that feels too "cutesie",
so when I found a collection of Winnie the Pooh fat quarters in yellow, gray, and turquoise, that seemed like a good compromise!

I went with six-inch blocks to use as much of the fabric as possible.
I'm not used to working with larger prints, and didn't want to cut them into small pieces.  I tried out a few different layouts, and ended up going with the one below.

I probably over-think the whole thing, because the planning seems to take more time than the sewing!  But when I just had the fat quarters, there wasn't a lot of room for error.  Once it's cut, there's no going back!
Anyone else?

Once I got going, it all came together pretty quickly. 

I found a gray and light blue sheet at Walmart that worked perfectly for the back.

Ta-daa :D

Just some simple wavy lines for quilting...

Nate and Tomomi were visiting "home" (Nate's home) for the month of July, so the chapel had a chance to give them a baby shower and meet little Emma.

Tomomi seemed pleased :D

I used a few scraps for bibs and burp cloths.

I even used a few of the Winnie the Pooh scraps in a quilt I made earlier this year for Jim and Breanna - for another chapel baby born overseas... see if you can spot Winnie the Pooh -

(More pics of that quilt here.)

And that's ALL the baby quilts... for now.

Unless someone knows something I don't???

Friday, June 30, 2017

Year Ten - Done!

As always, my annual disclaimer...

For most of you, this post will definitely fall into the category of over-sharing.  For me, this is recored-keeping.  If you're interested in the nitty-gritty of What We Do For Homeschool, here's your fix.  If not?  Nothing to see here - move along  ;D

As I tidied up the school corner (I can't say "school room" any more!) and did some record-keeping for Gunnar's transcript I was kind of shocked to realize that this was our tenth year of homeschooling.   TENTH!  I guess I was more than "kind of" surprised!  It has felt so different this year, with only one student, and him only part time.  But here's a quick rundown on all the boybarians...

WYATT - graduated from Whatcom Community College in December - WOO-HOO!!!  He's working full-time for a local heating and air-conditioning outfit.  Yay, Wyatt!

TATE - just finished his first year at Bellingham Technical College, through the Running Start program.  He chose to take 20 credits each quarter, and maintained a perfect 4.0 while working part-time and remaining active with the Civil Air Patrol.  

Just yesterday...

Tate was notified that he's the recipient of a $2000 Grainger "Tools for Tomorrow" scholarship.

We're just a little bit excited about that!

He's working full-time this summer at the local Wastewater Treatment Plant, which also counts for TWO internships for his BTC program - Process Technology.

Gunnar - like his brothers before him, has taken three classes at the high school - Algebra, English, and Spanish, while continuing his studies at home.

Gunnar completed a one year overview of World History...

... and introduction to logic, with The Fallacy Detective...

... and a year of Apologia's Biology with labs...

... and I've got to tell you how much we love the student notebooks.
Totally worth the extra bucks.

He also read and discussed Jay Wile's Reasonable Faith, Henry Morris' What Is Creation Science?, Duane Gish's Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No!, and the Harris brothers' Do Hard Things.

 Gunnar has also continued taking private violin lessons this school year,
and we're looking forward to a week of fiddle camp.
He's planning on giving the school orchestra a try next year :D

It's been a really good year for Gunnar.  He's making the transition to working more independently and relying less on me.  I gave him a weekly schedule so we could see the whole year mapped out (and adapt and flex when we wanted), made sure he had what he needed for his biology labs, checked his work a couple of times a week, and helped him review for tests.  He's growing up :D