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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
Tacos

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.

Menu Plan Monday-Sad Pie and other food

This has been an intense weekend. There is so very much to say, and I just don’t know how to say any of it. I guess the safest way to handle that would be just to stick with the facts. My Papa died Friday night. He was buried yesterday. He was without a doubt the laughingest man I have ever known. I will never hear a cuckoo clock again without remembering that laugh.

Don’t think the irony is lost on me that just Thursday (?? was it Thursday??) (I think it was Thursday.) I said I missed my Grandmother, and I still do. And if people know each other in heaven, then without a doubt, those two are talking today, and there are no misunderstandings or miscommunications and there is only love. I have been blessed in my life to see the love of Jesus flowing out of a handful of people. (They are rare, these ones that will take in the love from God, and push it all right back out onto those around them, most of us are selfish and hold it in once we receive it. I happen to think that they are the smart ones, they know that love shared is love multiplied, you can’t out love God any more than you can out give him.) I’ve been doubly blessed that of those handful of people, two of them were my Grandparents: my mother’s mother and my dad’s dad. There is no way to doubt that there is a God when you have seen Him look out at you from a Grandparent’s face. Lord, I want to love people like that.

For the most part, I try to keep this blog light-hearted, and I relegate serious stuff to Midlife Musings, but it is hard to be light hearted today. I am sad. I don’t know what else to do but to do the next thing. It’s Monday, so that must mean it’s time to post a menu, yk? Good thing I wrote it out on an index card in teh middle of last week, because I haven’t been worth a flip since Saturday morning. But here is what we will be eating, once I get to the grocery store.

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


Click here to participate in Menu Plan Monday.

Some Jumbled Thoughts which (do not) end with a Giveaway

Ooooh, do you remember I told you I was going to take a sponsorship on this blog? It’s started! If you click through to the BCA’s you can search for cassknits to cast your vote for me, OR you can just click right here and vote. Man, that is an old screenshot. They are still using last year’s capture! Hopefully, they will get around to updating soon.

000 0024Next, let’s talk about pictures. Each time I come to this blog to make a post, I enter through the front page, so I get to see it like you do (that’s how I knew the sponsorship had started). The link I click to get back here to the admin section is at teh bottom of the page, in the footer. Just under it is a random picture pulled from my photopress album. This is the one that greeted me this evening. God, I miss my Grandmother. I miss her like a small and wounded child. I still forget and say her name if I am not careful when I say the kids’ prayers at night. And those moments, just like seeing this picture, rip me right out of the frame.

So, you can maybe tell from the title I was going to start a giveaway with this post, but I am not going to do that here if that’s alright. I’ll just make another post.

What a Weekend! Part 1

Hey. I kinda slipped out of here Friday without doing an Online Craft Club post. Sorry ’bout that. Time got away from me, and I had to leave for the Boy Scout camping trip. Oh, man, we had so much fun! We rode up Friday afternoon, and pitched our tent, and then we just hiked and hung out for a while. We had hot dogs with some of our friends for supper, and then there was a campfire, and then bed. I was thrilled that the site had a cabin, so we had toilets, and also showers for those who didn’t realize that bugs are attracted to folks who smell like flowers.

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Here are Spidey and Stuntman with some other boys from our pack.

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Spidey holding a stick of bamboo. There was a man there who was making whistles from the bamboo. He has a tremendously huge beard, and I got a good picture of him and Spidey, and then I neglected to ask him if it was ok to put it on the internets. I truly suck, sorry.

On Saturday, I hung with Spidey while Stuntman went with our friends, since their son is in the same den. We went to several stations, and had a grand time learning about space. And then it rained. It did not rain long, but it did rain hard. It rained vehemently and emphatically.
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If you look closely, you can see the rain coming down like this ///////.

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See how wet Spidey is?

And our tent stayed dry! We left anyway, though, not because of that shower, but because thunderstorms were predicted for overnight, and while I can live with wet, thunder and lightning are a whole different level of weather; I want a real roof! The boys and I came home and camped in the living room, complete with flashlights to make our way to the bathrooms, though we did watch four episodes of Quantum Leap before we passed out in the dark.

Tomorrow, I will post about the rest of the weekend. Wednesday, I think we’ll start another giveaway. And then that will put us back on track for cooking and crafting on Thursday and Friday.

Ouch. Ouch. Also, I am a crazy woman.

No April Fool’s joke here folks. This sad tale is true. I have a blood blister on my left thumb pad. I have a cut on my right thumb pad. There was no knitting in the house of Cass yesterday. Those are the ouches. The crazy woman part requires pictures:

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I finally switched the kids rooms. Well, I started switching them. I totally should have totally rented a couple of travel trailers to hold the fallout, don’t you think? All this stuff will reside in the office area while we sort it and only what fits will go back. I did this in my own room a few weeks ago and the results have been marvelous. Less stuff, and I can find what I kept, and it’s great. Well, except I need to sort through my hang-up stuff one more time.

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See that set of bunk beds? I took it partially apart and put it back together myself. All dh had to do when he got home was shake his head at me. Oh, and move one dresser.

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This is the ex-girl cum boy room. Umm, there were at least beds in there before bedtime last night. Well, I’m outtie. If you need me, please call loudly. Any excuse to stop working will be greatly appreciated.

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