Monthly Archives: January 2008


I saw this over on Raising Three Knights and a Princess and then one of my friends emailed it to me too so I figured I needed to fire up the old brain and give it a try.


.. it’s harder than it looks. Copy and paste into a new post. Erase my answers and fill in your own. *Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the questions…they have to be real places, names, and things*…and you can’t use your name for the boy/girl name question.

What is your name? Nancy

4 letter word: Name

Vehicle: Nissan  Quest (that was a good minivan)

City: Nashville

Boys name: Ned

Girls name: Nina

Movie: Night at the Museum

Occupation: Nurse

Something you wear: Nylons (Does anyone call them that anymore?)

Celebrity: Nicole Kidman

Food: Noodles

Something found in a kitchen: Napkin

Something found in a bathroom: Neosporin

Reason for being late: Needed to stop and get gas on the way

Cartoon character: Nancy (she was a comic book character anyway)

Something you shout: No, no, no!

Animal: Naked mole rat (they didn’t say it had to be cute)

Body Part: Neck

Now it’s your turn!

What Breed of Dog Am I?

   I saw this quiz on someone else’s blog and thought it would be fun.

Nancy, you’re a Bernese Mountain Dog!

No bones about it, you’re a good-hearted, people-loving Bernese Mountain Dog. Down-to-earth and loyal, no one works or plays harder than you do. You put your nose to the grindstone when it really counts, but you never neglect your social calendar. Simultaneously strong and sweet, you’re very tuned-in to the feelings and needs of the other dogs you run with. Without having to be asked, you always have a helping paw to lend and a sympathetic shoulder to lean on. "Communication" is your middle name, and when that’s paired with your unswerving devotion, you get a breed that everyone respects and trusts. Woof!

I’m thinking (humbly) that these results are pretty accurate for me. I’m definitely not showy like a poodle, hyper like a labrador, or fast like a greyhound! If you all take the quiz, let me know about your results and if you think they’re right or not.

A few of my (rare) organizing tips

I knew I wouldn’t have enough room in this week’s THM to get too much into discussing how I (sort of) organize things around here, so here are a few of my tips.

  • First of all, we have an old chifferobe in our dining room where we keep our "everyday" type books. On the side where you’d usually hang clothes, I’ve put three milk crates – one for each boy and they can find their things easily there. I use the drawers to store our markers, crayons, pencils, paper, flash cards etc… (the usual stuff).
  • On our main bookshelf, I have one shelf for each boy for all of their "extra" books that they’ll get to later in the year. I started doing this when we were using Sonlight and it made it really easy to keep all of the books together. They keep the current book they’re reading in the chifferobe, but keep the others on this bookshelf.
  • And finally, I have a Rubbermaid storage cabinet out in our garage where I keep things we’re not currently using, but I want to hold on to.  I organized things in it by grade level because it makes it easier for me to see what I have on-hand that way.  Don’t you just hate it when you realize *too late* that you actually had something that you could have used?! When I pack things away in boxes they just pretty much get lost. And this Rubbermaid cabinet keeps things pretty clean and easy-to-see.

I wouldn’t call myself organized or anything, but those things do help us keep up with our "stuff." Oh and I do have one more tip.

I created a homeschool notebook in a 3 ring binder for our family. It’s not one of those all-inclusive notebooks this is just for our most important homeschool records and emergency numbers. I created it in part so that the boys would have something to reference if anyone ever showed up at our door when Tony and I weren’t home.

I once heard of a policeman who stopped by a homeschool family’s house and they quizzed the older child who was left in charge about what she would do "if" different things happened. After hearing that story, I wanted to have key information at our fingertips in case anything like that ever happened to us.

  • On the first page, I put our cell numbers, neighbor’s numbers, emergency numbers – the stuff you would put for a babysitter. The boys’ important information.
  • On the second page, I copied our hslda card and wrote our member number and their phone number – juuuust in case.  I also copied the Kentucky homeschool law right on there too.
  • Behind that, I created basically one page transcripts for each boy that covers attendance and grades (per Kentucky law).
  • Finally, I have their report cards and then any awards they’ve gotten or things I wanted to save.

So, those are my basic tips. I’ve seen a LOT of great organizing tips on other people’s blogs. If you see any good ones or decide to share yours here, leave me a link so everyone can see them!

Y’all have a great week!

Neat Candidate Calculator

I know I’m not the only one who is still struggling to figure out who to support during this election. Sadly I know more about who I DON’T want to be in office than who would actually be the best man for the job.

I saw a link over at Mommy Life for an Online Candidate Calculator. It give you a list of topics and let’s you check whether you support them or not and how important they are to you. And fortunately it even explains the topics if you’re not sure what they are.

I took the quiz and turned up 88% Tancredo. I know I’ve heard of him before, but I really don’t know anything about him.

After that, I matched up with John Cox, Huckabee, and Duncan Hunter each 76%.

I’ve got some research to do.

How about you?

A Peek at Our Holidays

We had a wonderful, blessed Christmas with family and friends.

Even Mary Jane got in the spirit of things.
She’s very cheery on the inside.
Her wrinkles just kind of hide it.

And good ol’ Billy boy makes a mighty fine reindeer don’t ya think?

And the chickens didn’t miss out on all of the frivolity.

I didn’t get a picture of it, but sure enough I had a chicken in our dining room to ring in the New Year!
One of our friend’s daughters took a particular fancy to the lighter colored hen and brought her in to show everyone. Then of course, what happened? The chicken got loose and was scratching around in the dining room. You all know I like to admire chickens from AFAR, right?!

Fortunately Jon wrangled our little holiday hen and she rejoined her feathered friends OUTSIDE.
Oh my, I just had to wonder what else lies ahead when the year starts off with a hen in the house.

Happy New Year Y’all!