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I forgot to make a couple of very important announcements earlier this week. Do you remember that handsome fellow with the bear teeth? Let me show you again:

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Monday was his birthday, and he’s a brand new 10!

And look who has a new math book!

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Batman started first grade on Monday.

Man does time fly! Seriously.

Bugaboo Bugs

I got some cool software for the kids the other day. Do you guys know about Mia the Mouse? She lives in a house, a lovely Victorian house, in fact! But in Bugaboo Bugs, her house has been invaded by bugs, and Mia needs to drive them out before the humans see them and call the exterminators, LOL!

The DVD-ROM is for ages 5-9 and includes the story, interactive adventure games where your child can control Mia and plenty of learning activities. There are four levels of educational play and lots of fun and excitement. Batman, Spidey and Stuntman will all enjoy this, and I would not be surprised if Drama begins to hang around and demand a turn.

It’s got to be better than the Death and Defy game they have been playing lately. Who thought crazy motorcycle riding would be a good premise for a game? For me, I think the Mouse is much more fun! And she’s cute, too, with her little PINK hairbow!

Long Division Sucks

Yesterday, school was derailed by long division. Stuntman knew how to do it, and I knew he knew how to do it, but he didn’t know he knew how to do it. And I could see that the 3 problems the math book assigned him each day were not reinforcing his skill set, but were just … making him feel like he was dealing with a new concept each day. Yesterday, I assigned 4 extra problems, and though the first 3 had taken almost an hour, and the fourth one had taken about that long due to his protests, I held firm, and the last three took about 10 minutes. The boy now knows how to do long division, and more importantly, he knows he knows.

It’s a good thing I like math.

Good Morning! GiveAway! Menu Plan Monday! Ghandi!

Yes, I said morning! I’m posting in the morning again, because I think I am wittier and more entertaining then. I’m still going to be short and sweet, because, HI! it’s Monday, and Monday is just so dang Monday-ish. Of course, at a fluffy five foot nothin’, I am short and sweet all the time 😉

Ok, today was the day I had planned to give away A Fine Fleece. I think I really messed that up by pulling an old entry and updating it and adjusting the time stamp. I know a lot of you read on the feed, and I think the feed readers disregarded that since in “cyber speak” it was not a new post. There were only 4 entries, and I feel like it’s a discredit to the publisher to complete the give away today when I usually get over 50. I know knitters still love books, so I know I must have messed up something somehow. Please look over in the sidebar, and you’ll see “Enter Here” over a picture of the book. That link takes you to the contest entry post. I will close the contest next Monday, abundant entries or not, and I am updating that post to reflect same. Or, if you don’t need to see a picture of the book, you can just click here.

Now for Menu Plan Monday. You will recognize these items. I just got to the grocery store Friday night. (No wonder I feel hard pressed if it takes a major maneuver just to get out to buy food, LOL). I now have the ingredients for the food I planned for last week, and so that’s what we will be having.

Corny bites (I’ll talk more about these after we try them) with refried beans and some sort of Mexican rice.
Chili with Cornbread
Beef Stroganoff

And that’s all I am planning for now. You can participate in Menu Plan Monday by clicking on this banner, but don’t go yet, there’s more from me underneath it!

Ghandi: I put this movie in my BlockBuster Q awhile back, and it has been sitting here on my desk for a couple of weeks. I spent the weekend pretty much unplugged, as I indicated in my that post on Friday. That means that I did not get the lesson plans made. I realized that late yesterday evening, and then I realized that this made today a perfect day for watching Ghandi. I went to see it when I was in school, and I wanted to share it with my kids. FWIW, I also saw the Hobbit as a school field trip. Yes, I had one extremely cool teacher. I’ll work on the lesson plans while we watch. Then I’ll probably finish Skimmer AND read a book. Ok, maybe not all that, but it is over three hours. We’ll start right after lunch, and I’ll try to remember to let you know how it went when I post tomorrow.

GiveAway Reminder. Also, apologies.

This has been a real lackluster week at Cass Knits. See, I even left off the ! because it has been so. stinking. dry. I have been so busy with the house and the schooling, and all the other stuff and would you believe? Another wake yesterday! Therefore, there was no Cass in the Kitchen yesterday, there will be no Online Craft Club today, and I think I am going to take the weekend to basically unplug.

Oh. Except for the lesson plans I have to write. See what I mean? It’s just not letting up!

Anyway, please remember to enter the giveaway. I’m not quite sure what happened this time, but I think the fact that I used a previous post to announce it may have affected it. I’ll see you Monday.

On the Theshold

IMG 0431 Right before Country checked out today, UPS arrived, a harbinger of changing times. The package contained her new math book. My gal starts Algebra 1, and high school, next week.

I am excited, because I like Algebra. It’s like solving a jigsaw puzzle. Of course, I didn’t love it so much when I was in school. I think Algebra is a subject more suited to adults. One needs a certain amount of life experience, a few years spent figuring out how life actually works, to deal well with a system built on abstracts. It ought to be an interesting year. I bought the TM, with the answers, but I elected not to buy the solutions manual. Hopefully, I won’t regret that decision.

Is it Spring?

I tell you, the weather here has been crazy. I don’t mean extreme temps so much as I mean wildly fluctuating temps. A couple of weeks ago, I was outside in shirt sleeves, Sunday it was cold, like in the 30s when we woke up, and sometime this week, it’s supposed to be over 75. I keep expecting a nice orderly progression of temperatures and I keep not getting it, ykwim? Regardless, it’s about time to get the backyard ready for Spring and Summer. There’s trash out there that needs to be gathered up, and the swing sets need the swings put back on them. Do your kids take the sets off the swing for no apparent reason? Mine do, and I haven’t been able to figure out why. They don’t do one bit of good just sitting there in the yard, do they?

And I need to get on some lesson plans. I told you I ordered all those books for Country. Did I tell you they got here? Well, they did. It is hard to believe it, but in May that child will start her 9th grade math book. How did that happen? Just yesterday I walked into her room and found her 18 month old self asleep across the saddle of her bouncing horse. I took a picture of her butt, because it was so funny. I’d show it to you, except it’s a paper picture. All I can say from this point in my mothering journey is that all that stuff they say about time flying is true. The days are indeed long, but the years pass in a flash. Can someone please tell me though, why is it that once we endure and struggle to turn the wild things into sensible human beings, it’s time for them to leave home just as we achieve some measure of success?

Spidey needs some more plans written as well, so I’ve got plenty of desk time coming the rest of the week. Hehe, at least I can turn on the mp3 player and tune out the distractions. Whether or not I can keep myself from reading Country’s books as I go is another question entirely.

Seeing Stars

Not too long ago, my kids and I were studying astronomy, and I was trying to point out some of the stars to them. We were in the backyard after dark, and although I live in a small town, we could still not see the constellations clearly because of the lights from “town”. Town being the strip of stores and stuff on our one big street. And also, maybe the huge bank of super-bright lights that light the ball fields over at the high school. I remember thinking then that it was much easier to see the details of the sky back when I was a kid, and how I ought to go to my Grandmother’s and show them from there what the sky was supposed to look like.

For reference, there is no real “town” where she lived. At least not after 9pm. Unless it’s a holiday, and Miss Lois has her decorations out. Law, then Santa can use that road as a landing strip. Also the Easter Bunny. Just Sayin’. Serious light pollution going on there. It’s outrageous, and I ought to post pictures, but I always speed past as quickly as possible, because, people. Really. Its horrendous. Blinding, even.

Which brings me to the point of this post. No, not the Easter Bunny, silly. I mean being able to see the stars! This year is the 5th Annual Dark Sky Festival in Harmony, Florida. At 7pm on April 5th, the Dark Sky Festival will kick off.

Here are some excerpts from the press release:

“The Dark Sky Festival is intended to celebrate and promote the benefits of a night-sky free from the effects of excessive artificial lighting,” said Greg Golgowski, Harmony’s Conservation Director and a key member of the Dark Sky Festival Planning Committee. “Poor outdoor lighting not only washes out the splendor of the heavens, but also reduces visibility at night, wastes energy, and disturbs wildlife.”

As with the past four Dark Sky Festivals, attendees will be able to enjoy viewing the night skies through a variety of telescopes. There also be lots of music and food, numerous specialty booths, an educational zone with presentations from astronomers and other scientists, nocturnal creatures, a Cosmic Kids Zone and so much more.”
Local favorite, the Silver Clouds Orchestra, will start the entertainment portion of the evening at 7:00pm. This will be followed by a free concert by legendary recording artists, Rare Earth.

Rare Earth will take to Harmony’s outdoor amphitheatre stage at 8:00pm for a live concert chock full of their greatest hits including “Get Ready” and “I Just Want to Celebrate.”

The event is open to the general public and will last until about 11pm.

Unfortunately for me and my little stargazers, Harmony is a bit further than I want to go for a field trip! But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it if you happen to be in the area!

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