Homeschool moms have nowhere to hide

I did take a little time to get lost in our woodsy backyard today.  It is the best place for escape and reflection.  My kids do it all the time, so why not me?  A special thank you to my Canadian Aunt and Uncle Paquet for the lovely Canadian autumn road photo featured with this article.  It gives me peace just looking at it!  I would like to take a walk down that lovely road today.

Ring the School Bell 32/180 days

     The daily school bell keeps on ringing, whether I like it or not. It’s a virtual bell, of course, but it is nevertheless ringing loudly in my ears today.  Writing sorts out my feelings, and the feeling of the day… overwhelmed.  Between driving and appointments this week, there was little time for mental rest, let alone getting the other business of life taken care of.  People do win lotteries.  Why not me?  First of all, I would need to play, I guess. Then there is the fact that  my only winnings ever, include a transistor radio in the 8th grade and a huge stuffed bunny in middle school.  I am not a Vegas-lucky person.  A chauffeur would be my first choice with the newfound money.  I feel like I could drive to Yosemite some days (a 4-hour drive) with all of the hours I log in.

Invisibility: A secretly-desired superpower busy moms wish they had on occasion.  Find it at

           A down day would have been nice, but I put on my “teacher hat” once again, and focused on the task at hand, getting the kids through their studies.  I wasn’t the best at sparking enthusiasm today, but I managed to monitor what they were getting accomplished.  Sensing my mood, they worked rather independently and efficiently.  Solitude was my one wish, and I could not even find that in the bathroom.  Why is it that I can never use the bathroom in peace?  Why are there always urgent requests on the part of my children either when I am in the bathroom, or on the telephone for that matter?  Believe it or not, Melissa as a baby, broke her leg while I was in the bathroom.  She woke up from her nap, and as moms would know, when you have babies in the house, many times you have to wait for your own personal needs for an extended amount of time.  And so I thought I could use the bathroom very quickly before getting her out of her crib.  In the meantime, Sarah, the toddler, thought it would be helpful to let down the latch of the crib.  Melissa heaved herself over and broke her femur.  And I was the awful guilty cause of her little blue cast, that luckily she payed no mind to as she crawled around the house, just a few days later.  In the end, it provides a little humor to our bank of memories!

Time for a break?  Below you will find a free printable Trick or Treat coloring page.  A little relaxation is in order this blustery busy month.  Have a little Halloween coloring fun together with your  child.

Click on the free link below the picture to print from your computer.  Follow me for weekly art fun and inspiration.  Enjoy!  Annette

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Trick or Treat Coloring Page

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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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