A Million and one Pieces

Sept 2 was the twins birthday so we ordered them a swing set to put up in their grandmother’s back yard so when they move over there they will have something new to play on.  It is nice enough to play outside all year but little kids need something to play on. This set has the swings, the glider, the sidewinder slide, the rock wall, activity table and bench and two platforms, one of which is a play house so they will all have a good time on that when it is all put together.  Patty, Norman, Tom and Roxanne worked all day yesterday until dark and still have not finished it.  There were six pieces missing.  They are six little metal pieces missing.  They were the plates that surround the place where is chain for the swings join the cross bar so they could not put up the swings and they still had the monkey bars to attach and the whole thing to anchor when it got too dark to work any more.  It was a long hard day’s work and so hot I was glad to be inside cooking dinner part of the time.  The kids will love it when it is all done but can even play on it now before the swings are hitched up.Photo on 9-13-15 at 6.40 AM

This is what greeted me in the garage yesterday when I went out to get the roasting pan.  He must have gotten in Saturday when Norman was working out in the garage and had the door open.  It is so hot in there I guess he died of the heat cause he was dead as a doornail in the morning, which didn’t hurt my feelings any as I don’t know how I would have gotten him out if he were still alive.  As it was I just had to sweep him out with the broom.  They really are quite large and I have no idea if you can eat them or not but I would just as soon pass up that meal!

I finished Colby’s sweater for Christmas and now have started James’s.  I also have the yarn for Regina’s, Jaxson, Donna Renee’s, Dhyanna’s and Prem Gobins, all of which I hope to finish before Christmas as well as the rest of the slipper boots I want to do for the rest of the children, grand children and great grand chidden.  Boy the family has gotten large, I hope I have time to get them all done.

Today Regina had no school so she came over for a couple hours this morning and we played school.  She hates to do her home work so her mother brought her here for me to help her do her this weeks work.  We got most of it done and I had a great time.  I am sure Regina didn’t like it as much as I did but she did stick with it and got it all done but one page.  I told her she had to do it if she wanted to pass into the second grade with her friends but she didn’t want to go to the second grade as that was much too hard.  We took a little time to talk about not passing and having to repeat the first grade with all the babies that are now in kindergarten and she didn’t like that idea either so we got back to work and enjoyed it a little bit better.  I don’t remember having home work in the first grade and am sure I’d have given my mother trouble if she had tried to make me do homework after school too.  I didn’t learn to read until I was in the third grade and that hurt me all my life as I was never a good reader,  I hope to help Regina avoid that fate.  Have a great day.

 

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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3 Responses to A Million and one Pieces

  1. Greg Bray says:

    Thanks so much for the information about the quilt. We are starting to get settled in. We just got the phone and cable and Internet cut on last week. We have been living in our new home since the first of september. Please ask norman how I start the big tiller. My email is ggbray@blomand.net. Do you have any information about the bench on the back porch.

  2. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    After little children attend school all day, they should not have to do work at home– that is my opinion. Most of it is only busy work anyway. I hope Regina becomes a good reader in time; it is sad not to be a reader.

    • Hi, I do agree with you and I think it is only a way to try and get the parents involved with the child’s education but it isn’t working. It only causes stress at home and makes the kids hate school. I am trying to make learning fun for her. We do her homework for the week together and talk about it and other related things while we work. She ended up having a great time last week and felt so proud that she got her home work done without fighting with anyone. I hope this week we can get her home work done in the first hour and move on to other learning things that are more fun for the second hour and then she will have the rest of the week to just play after school. I have an old microscope that I used with my children, her grand mother, and if we have time we can look at some bug under that. She loves bugs and we can make a collection of bugs too. I also want to do a family tree for her, I will label them but she can hunt through my pictures and find each member of the family that we can cut out their faces and put them on the tree. This would give her a better idea of generations and to learn that mother and dad come from different families even if they are both in her family and help her understand why they live in different houses now that they are getting a divorce, and that she belongs to both sides of the tree even if her mother does not. This is a hard concept for a 6 year old to grasp.

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