Showing posts from July, 2010

The End of Myself

Summer is supposed to be a restful time for the homeschooling mom. Perhaps a vacation, time to get materials for the next school year organized. A time for getting the house cleaned and ready once again. A time for fun and games. Family time. Rest.

Such has NOT been my summer.

I am utterly exhausted. My house did not get the deep cleaning that I wanted it to get. We NEVER go anywhere. Car trouble necessitated that we spend any and all extra money on repairs and I even cancelled a planned trip to a monastery that I was looking forward to.

What, you ask, HAVE I been doing all summer? Well...taking kids (mostly one kid) to various doctors. It's been several neurologist visits, it's been psychiatrist visits, it's been another EEG (and because those are "sleep deprived" I am worn out for DAYS from one of those), it's been therapist visits which are horridly wearying in their own way.

And the problem is, for some reason I get emotionally worn out from…

Black Lace Mantillas

Hello all,

I have found some beautiful lace for large black lace mantillas. If anyone wants to buy one, the cost (includes shipping, the cost of the lace, the cost of the edging, and a bit for labor) is $22.50.

My email address is alanasheldahl {at} gmail etc.

Go ahead...take the traditional! D-Dog-Double-Dare. ;-)

Stuff I've been Doing

Yesterday, I got a bee in my proverbial bonnet to do some sewing. I decided to challenge myself and create a pattern from a garment I already own, which is getting worn out. Here's the pattern. Unmentionable. Modesty will not permit me to post a photo of the final product, but suffice it to say, I'm VERY PLEASED w/ how my garment turned out. I bought some light blue satin and some coffee colored lace, and some embroidered organza. So I have enough fabric to make several garments. Pretties.

And my youngest desperately wants to take a cake decorating class, so she's been watching how-to vids on Youtube, and today she baked a cake (her first) and she and I frosted it together, and practiced royal icing roses and leaves. Obviously we are rank beginners at cake decorating, but she and I both had fun and are looking forward to getting better, and taking a class soon.

How it went

Pediatric Neurologist visit survived. Another EEG next Monday. A follow up w/ Neurologist's colleague who is even better w/ movement disorders in a week and a half. Blood work to do, MRI films to retrieve from other hospital, Opthalmologist appointment to make ("nothing is medically insignificant") and I'm taking an odd bit of comfort in the detail that the doctor we saw today has a limp and a cane like Dr. House. Will soon be deep in medical debt and that thought does not panic me anymore. The words "Neuropsychiatric" were spoken in the context of what types of disorders are going to be investigated.


Ok, stressy week. Yesterday was Bethany's psych testing, which went really well. Our follow up results appt. will be in a couple of weeks.

And doing the psych testing means our Flexible Spending Account (health care money, in other words) is on a bright red EMPTY now. I hate the fact that we can't put more than "a certain amount" in there, and with the medical needs of our family, we spend more than that every year.

So from now on, we get to find a small car payment's worth of money(actually two small car payments or a nice new car payment) fir our 20% copay for medicine into our family budget. I'm so glad we aren't paying the full amount. That would be like a mortgage payment on a nicer house than I've ever owned. I guess this is one reason I don't have a house.

Makes me want to weep.

My new mantra: "theLORDprovidestheLORDprovidestheLORDprovides"....said in a slightly panicky voice.

And that doesn't include our part o…


Had fun contra dancing tonight. Danced most of the time with my husband, although one is technically supposed to switch partners with each dance. No one cared. Really.

This is our second Monday night out dancing. We are getting better, and can now add an extra twirl to our swing. Mostly. Unless we are crashing into someone else. Ha ha.

Wow, wow, wow. Who would have thought, just a few years ago when I was SO SICK with my fibro, that I would be dancing and going to the zoo all on the same day.

Glory to the Lord.


I'm sort of hoping to go to the Jane Austen Festival next weekend. It's going to be at Locust Grove, here in Louisville.

I will be out of my depth.

Dreams of going in full Regency costume fill my head, with Regency Wes at my side, of course. But that will have to wait until a year from now.

For this year, I will go as a gawker, I guess. Next year, I hope to be a member of the Jane Austen group (can't remember what it's called exactly) that puts on the festival, with all attendant joys and duties.

So, today I found a hat at the thrift store that I can remake into a bonnet. Alas, it is not authentic straw, but at least it has the "look" and I can practice/play around with it.

I also picked up some old sheets that will serve either as practice dresses, or muslins, or some-such. And a piece of satiny stuff (a curtain) that I can envision as a Spencer.

Knowing of course that none of this stuff is period correct. I guess I need to start collecting patte…

When You Bake a Pastured Chicken

When you bake a pastured chicken, you are going to want some veggies to go with it.

Veggies are filling, and so you have leftover chicken meat.

Left over chicken meat is great in a summertime chicken salad.

In order to make the chicken salad, you must produce some lacto-fermented mayonnaise.

While you are making the lacto-fermented mayonnaise, you realize you have egg whites left over.

Leftover egg whites can be used in a meringue.

Meringue reminds you of your grandmother's chocolate meringue pie.

While the blender is busy making mayonnaise, you get busy stirring up some homemade pudding with your farm fresh raw milk. You make a pie crust with the lard you got from the farmer, and pop it in the oven.

When the chocolate pudding is done you determine that it is lumpy and you want to put it through the blender. In order to put it through the blender, it has to be washed.

You wash the blender, blend the pie filling, spread the meringue and pop the pie in the oven.

All this f…

The Raisin

by my daughter, Bethany Sheldahl, age 16

Once upon a midnight thunder, while I pondered full of hunger,
Of the many things forgotten at the store,
While I nodded, dearly wishing, suddenly there came a swishing,
As of someone gently squishing, squishing at my chamber door.
'Tis some visitor', I muttered, squishing at my chamber door.
Only this, and nothing more.

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December
Where there was no grape to have - no more
And no apricots, no plums (unless you count the dried-up ones
Which never do make me say 'yum'), Ah, no fruit; only raisins

You may be wondering why I say a raisin is not a fruit
This is why: because it looks like something
That was scraped off a boot - very disgusting
Not a food which I was lusting
But there was no such time for wishing
While there was a squishing, squishing at my chamber door
Nameless sound, forever more

But, as I was dearly wishing
Still persisted the sound squishing
Louder, louder the sound grew
Until through the wi…

All That Stuff That's Not Food

You know what I'm talking about. The toilet paper, shampoo, razors, deodorant, paper towels, dishwasher detergent, vitamins, batteries....that sort of stuff. At our house we call it "household stuff" and we try and try and try to keep a separate budget for these items, but it's just so darned easy to mix them together because they are there at the food store.

Or else we try to shop au natural...say from from the farmer and at the Farmer's Market, and we keep getting sucked into that big place no one likes for this "household stuff".

I know you go through it, too. Such anguish we all suffer!

Well, suffer no more my friends, I found a solution for you!!!!!

It's a shopping web site. Very nifty. You can order this stuff and they get it to you in 1-2 business days. AND NO SHIPPING!!!!!

And the prices are good. And they have coupons. And a wider selection of toothpaste than Walmart, for instance. No more having to go all the way t…