Ring the School Bell 28/180- It’s a Wonderful Life

        Our physical house is honestly falling apart at the seams, it is in such disrepair. Not as extreme, but reminiscent of George and Mary Bailey’s house in It’s a Wonderful Life.  The roof leaks in a different place every year, the paint is chipping everywhere, the stucco has major holes and cracks, and the old, scratched laminate floor is impossible to clean, among other things.  Taking advantage of its appearance, we put up a giant spider web in the front for a Halloween effect!  We do have new windows which we will be paying on for more than a while, and I am grateful we have an affordable mortgage and a roof over our heads, so I don’t complain much.  Besides, the free yard makeover should soon look fantastic.  I do have a wonderful life.  Right now there is basically nothing extra for home improvements, unless I go back to work.  It is a sacrifice of sorts to homeschool.   Finding a little something to bring in a little cash would be helpful.  My friend Veronique and I commiserate together on this issue often, and are always brainstorming ideas for extra cash.  Something crafty would be fun.  Maybe something home-based like an Etsy shop.  With our bleak savings account and John’s self-employed status,  he is looking at a very late retirement age at this point, and I would love to help out in this regard.

Our home circa 2013

      Piano lessons dominated the morning, with Melissa working on “Bumblebee” and “Carol of the Bells” in preparation for the Christmas recital in a couple of months.  Sabrina worked on her audition piece, “Montagues and Capulets” from Romeo and Juliet.  As I mentioned earlier, Marianna her piano instructor, performed this same work when she auditioned for a stateside college, all the way from Russia.  She sent a recording of her music audition from her home country, and her tremendous talent brought her to the states.  I took the luxury of sitting back and enjoying the energy and feeling of the music as they continued with their lessons.  Later in the day, Sarah enjoyed an afternoon of creating Halloween card invitations for our much anticipated first ever Halloween party.  It’s a promise I truly need to deliver on.  Every year for the last 5 years or so, the kids plead for a Halloween party.  Every year, I respond, “Maybe next year.” Sarah is elated and brimming with ideas.  It should be a great party, and I have terrific little helpers on hand so hopefully it won’t get too overwhelming!

Sarah’s homemade Halloween Party invitations

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.  Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year.  It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar.  Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?” and follow along with us day-by-day through the school year.  Hope you will join us!

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette





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