Friday, September 16, 2016

giveaway input

 If I can get enough traffic on this blog, I can host some giveaways.



I love giveaways!  I love to win and I love to give stuff away!


Now for your input - what kind of stuff do you like to win?


Until next time...

 JenT

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Chicken Run

I've actually never seen the movie Chicken Run, but I thought it was a catchy title.

We have chickens.  A lot more than what I have here, but they were scattered hither and yon, and I didn't feel like chasing them down just for a mug shot.  We also have ducks.



These are the latest acquisitions.  We have had them for about an hour or two.  We bought them from a local place that sells a large variety of birds.  We bought eight chickens and three guineas.  The silver/gray birds are the guineas.



We had a small flock born about a month ago to one of our other chickens but through one mishap or another managed to lose them all.  *insert sad face*  This little bantam hen hatched two little chicks and this one survived.  Hopefully, it will continue to thrive. 



We have also just started getting eggs from our layers.  We have a few Golden Laced Wyandottes, several Americanas/Araucanas, and a couple of Rhode Island Reds.  Today we bought three white Rocks, one Rhode Island Red, a Barred Rock, a Black Rock, and two Silver Laced Wyandottes.  Hopefully they will produce well also.



And then of course the chicken helpers. :)


Until next time...

JenT

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

McKenzie Music


Ok, time to brag. :)



Our oldest has just recorded her first CD.

(At the recording studio with her younger sister)




You can order them on her website here.



At the bottom of her website is a link to her Facebook page also.  You can follow her there to keep up with the latest happenings.



 For a few years she has attended a local flute circle and entered the talent show at the local fairs.  In fact, she will be playing tonight.  She has also played at the local Native American Festivals and will be joining the Fall Festival in a small town nearby this year.

She has other pursuits, but that is all for now. :)



Until next time...

JenT

Sunday, September 4, 2016

learning geography

Over the years my homeschooling method has went through a few changes.  I started with workbooks, stopped using certain ones, added textbooks, stopped using workbooks completely, went to unit studies, and that's about where we are.

My method leans more toward an unschooling atmosphere than a traditional style.  This year I decided we would learn geography as a unit study.  Since they are all at different levels in math and reading they need their own individual books for that.  But for geography we use this:






Along with this:





I really like how the geography book has different levels of activities for the kids.  I can teach them all at once, but they don't all have to do the same work.

The atlas is awesome!  It's colorful and each state has a two page layout with a map, historical figures highlighted, the state symbols, flag, coin, and a fun fact.  For example, did you know that one time a group of people decided an island was a hazard in a river in Maine and hitched a team of 200 oxen to it, to move it!!  Unsuccessfully of course.  lol   Also, over 70 million pounds of lobster are harvested each year in Maine.  Wow!!

So if you are thinking about teaching geography I highly recommend this book and atlas!  You can get the best price on Amazon, especially if you have prime (free shipping!).






Until next time...

JenT

Friday, September 2, 2016

roll call

 If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you will notice that I have not written much in the last couple of years or more.  I am going to correct that...meaning I plan to start posting more often. 

So what I would like to know is - is anyone still reading my blog?  lol

If you are would you please comment below?  Just a simple 'yes' will do.  Thanks!!

Until next time... JenT

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ben-Hur remade

 Most movies made years ago, those we consider classics (or very close to a classic), really shouldn't be remade.  I have absolutely refused to watch some of the remakes; Annie, The Sound of Music.  I really didn't want to watch Ben-Hur, but my hubby convinced me to go with him...or maybe he bribed me with a Sonic slush and .50 corn dogs.  Well, however he got me to the theater let me just say, I actually like this remake.  They did leave out a huge section, but they probably had to shorten it to accommodate movie rules or something like that.  I won't spoil it for anyone who has not seen it, but I will say it was worth the ticket price.  And I usually don't say that about just any movie.

Now of course if you have never seen the original Ben-Hur, it would behoove you to do so immediately.  You can find it on Amazon and if you follow the link below they will like me for it.  And I will like you for it. ;)
The top one is for watching directly from Amazon...the lower one is for ordering the DVD. 
So pop some popcorn, ice your favorite drink, and settle in for an epic movie!
You're welcome.





Until next time...


JenT

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Without Warning by Lynette Eason

My book review of Lynette Eason's latest book, Without Warning of the Elite Guardians series.






I should know by now that I will NOT be disappointed with a book by Ms. Eason. I enjoy every book she writes! I am really looking forward to the third book in this series. I like her strong heroines and even stronger heroes. I like that these ladies are in an unusual career for women, even in this modern age. Although they are bodyguards they still maintain their feminine side. It is so refreshing to find an author who can convey that type of character. Their men are also strong masculine types without being neanderthals. :) So if you have never read a book by Lynette Eason pick up the first book in this series of Elite Guardians and get yourself hooked! I give this book a 5 star rating!!



Until next time... JenT