Graduation, 2015

Posted by: Ruthin This Is The Life
19
Mar
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After spending endless hours preparing the invitations, they have been sent, RSVP’s received, chairs gathered, decorations chosen, tables procured, and the house cleaned. All this means….. there’s gonna be a P A R T Y!

May I present to you the current Home of Higher Learning 2015 graduates!

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Miss Emily Sue

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Miss Kaitlynn Sue

These are our sixth and seventh graduates, with five more to go. My, how time flies! It seems like just yesterday, these girls were wee tots!

Chitty chatting

These two were holding quite the conversation.

Cuties

Here are the twins with their oldest sister, Anne.

Pathology told me they aren't identical???

Can you believe pathology told me they are not identical???

Now, they are all grown up and are successful horse trainers. See their Facebook page here.

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They are beautiful young ladies, who have shown themselves to be quite capable. They know how to do concrete, build a house, shoot guns, buck hay, sing in harmony, clean a house,  and cook dinner!  Plus, they are fun to be with!

I’ll let you know how the party was next time!

Warmly, Ruth

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The Red Quilt

Posted by: Ruthin This Is The Life
4
Mar
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Last week, I finished hand quilting the very red quilt for my son, Benjamin. This is number five in my quest to learn how to quilt. I will share more about my previous projects in later posts.

I didn’t spend much time on making the top blocks into anything particularly interesting, but decided to spend my energies and time on the hand quilting.

She works with her hands in delight.

I didn’t dare attempt such a large project until I had already dabbled with some hand quilting on a smaller project previously, a table runner.  I enjoyed it so much, I thought I would give it a try, knowing it would be a much bigger project than I had attempted in many years. My only regret is that I didn’t use cotton/bamboo batting. Instead, I used wool, which was quite warm to work with until the weather was a bit cooler.

Here are a couple photos of the table runner I am referring to:

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The back

Here is an image of the back of the quilt. To make it more interesting, I used a few of the squares from the front and laid them out in a row, with space between. I used the backing for the binding. That made it simple, but looks very nice. This image is when I appliqued the square to the back.

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When hand quilting, one tends to go through a lot of needles, due to getting bent. I only went through a mere 120, which really isn’t a lot, compared to what many hand quilters go through.

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These notions were my best friends for a few months:

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I also used, what is called, finger cots (not pictured) on my right thumb. They helped me to grip the needle when pulling on it to draw it out from the stitches. I don’t know what I would have done without those. The use of them was the brilliant idea of my mother-in-law.

Of all the needles I tried, my favorites are the John James Gold’n Glide Big Eye Quilting Needles, size 10.

I am starting two new projects. One is a lattice-looking quilt for one of my daughters; the other involves handwork, because I have really enjoyed that aspect. That quilt is known as Grandmother’s Garden, using hexagons. I will share about those in other post, as well.

I was pleased to hear my son’s report, after his first nights’ use of the new quilt, that it worked as it was intended.

Until next time……  clipsew

Warmly, Ruth

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Play Dough

Posted by: Ruthin This Is The Life
18
Nov
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I have had this recipe tucked away for years, but in all honesty, it has been years since I pulled it out and used it. Since my husband and the older kids are all away for the greater part of today, I thought I would mix up a couple batches for the littles to play with.

This recipe came from my husband’s Aunt. Thanks, Faith! It is a really nice texture. I wanted to share this recipe with photographs so you could get an idea of the process. That way, when the lumps show up, you won’t be concerned that it is flopping.

Let’s gather the ingredients:

The ingredients

Flour, water, salt, cream of tartar, oil, food coloring

Food coloring options

Food coloring options. Any type will do.

Combine in pan:

1 c. flour
1 c. water
1/2 c. salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 Tbl. oil
Food coloring (Don’t be shy here. Be generous with the food coloring to get vibrant colors.)

Play dough in a pan

Play dough in a pan. The beginnings of great things.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it is the consistency of mashed potatoes.

Medium heat

Medium heat

Mixing it up

Mixing it up

Stirring constantly

Stirring constantly

Progress

Progress

Getting thicker. Switched to whisk

Getting thicker. Switched to whisk

Ta da! A ball forming. Looking more like mashed potatoes to me!

Ta da! A ball is forming. Looking more like mashed potatoes to me!

Almost done

Almost done

Let’s check out the yellow:

Lumps are okay. In fact, they are good.

Lumps are okay. In fact, they are good.

Knead until smooth. Kids do this perfectly!

Love these colors!

Love these colors!

Good look'n dough

Good look’n dough

Not so good look’n… and I’m not talking about the blob monster.

Not so good look’n… and I’m not talking about the blob monster.

 

The blue didn’t turn out so good. It needed to cook on the stove longer. We discovered that letting it sit out for a couple hours dried it to the point it became really nice to work with.

Store in a sealed container. We used gallon zip lock bags.

Warmly, Ruth

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Titanic

Posted by: Ruthin This Is The Life
14
Apr
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Suppose I said, “There’s a great-looking girl down the street. Let’s go look through her window and watch her undress, then pose for us naked, from the waist up. Then this girl and her boyfriend will get in a car and have sex–let’s listen and watch the windows steam up!”

You’d be shocked. You’d think, What a pervert!

But suppose instead I said, “Hey, come on over. Let’s watch Titanic.”

Christians recommend this movie, church youth groups view it together, and many have shown it in their homes. yet the movie contains precisely the scenes I described.

So, as our young men lust after the girl on the screen, our young women are trained in how to get a man’s attention.

How does something shocking and shameful somehow become acceptable because we watch it through a television instead of a window?

In terms of the lasting effects on our minds and morals, what’s the difference?

Yet many think, Titanic? Wonderful! It wasn’t even rated R!

Every day Christians across the country, including many church leaders, watch people undress through the window of television. We peek on people committing fornication and adultery, which our God calls an abomination.

We’ve become voyeurs, Peeping Toms, entertained by sin.

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This is an excerpt from Randy Alcorn’s little book, The Purity Principle. I highly recommend it for husbands, wives, sons and daughters. I would suggest reading it before passing it onto your teenagers.

Warmly, Ruth

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Pi Day!

Posted by: Ruthin This Is The Life
13
Mar
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Ah, Pi Day! If you are a homeschooler, or just a brainiac, you will have a special appreciation for this day. For those of you, who really don’t care to even know what Pi Day is, listen up! Even you might have an interest after reading this!

Pi, Greek letter (π), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th. Pi = 3.1415926535. In other words, simply, it is the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter.

Visual of Pi

 

Another visual of Pi

I hope these visuals will give you a better idea of Pi.

You are probably asking yourself, “what does this have to do with me? I am done with school, my brain is full, and I really don’t care.” Well, this is where it gets really good: Enthusiasts all over the world have adopted Pi Day to be March 14th (3.14) the day to enjoy…. you guessed it… Pie!

There are many dinner type pies you could try: pot pie, pizza pie, impossible pie are a few ideas. For dessert, indulge yourself in math and enjoy apple, berry, chocolate, pumpkin, coconut, or any hundreds of pies you could bake up, or purchase. (Surely there must be something about calories not counting when you are doing something in the name of education, right?)

See how this works? Mom teaches the kids, the kids and mom get some math and home economics in (baking) and dad and the whole family gets to enjoy the fruits of their education together!

You might also enjoy reading, Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (A Math Adventure) for further fun and education.

For further online reading:

Enjoy!

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Warmly, Ruth

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