A Snowy French and Indian War and My Wallet Is the Winner

It’s snowing today and I’m talking a little about local news and the French and Indian War.

I'm sitting here watching the snow falling and it's beautiful. All week the  local weather has talked about us getting between 6 and 12 inches of snow.  Because we have satellite TV, our "local" channels come out of Bismarck, North Dakota. The one channel that we watch gives the weather for our area. They are pretty good at the guessing game of weather. The market here is not like it is at home where they have all the latest radars and things; they are about 20 years behind with the instruments they use. When it comes to weather, I really miss Ken Cook from Atlanta.

I really didn't think anything about local channels except for the weather and some of the shows we watch like NCIS, Hawaii 5-0 and Shark Tank. Yeah, I know!  Of course, being an hour behind  Bismarck, the news is on at odd times. Those of you on the east coast and have wondered about the timing of TV shows... we watch them at the same time you do, only it's 2 hours earlier here. If I don't want miss a minute of NCIS, I have to make sure supper is cooked and everything cleaned up before 6:00, so I can watch it.
This was our second week back to school since the Christmas holiday. The school week seemed to fly by while the daily life week seemed to drag at a snail's pace. These two weeks we have been studying the French and Indian War. All I can say is "WOW", there is so much regarding this period in our country's history that I did not learn when I was in school. When I look back on my years in school and teaching school, I feel like I was deprived along with my students. The big Christian curriculum I grew up with and taught leaves so much out.  If your wondering what curriculum I am using, we are using All American History volume 1. I have my likes and dislikes about this curriculum and I plan on writing a review about it in the future.

I'm really proud of Jamie! We started Spelling Power in the fall and while I like it, he loathes it. The idea of  pulling out a spelling worksheet if he misses a word just crawls all over him. Well, this week he has not misspelled any of his group words. Last week we started something different; I'm allowing him to spell the word orally before he writes the word. If he spells it correctly, we move on. If not, he writes it out on notebook paper. Those words will then be written five times.  He likes this better; I guess because he hasn't missed any words yet.

If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time then you know, I am working to be self reliant when it comes to certain things. Over the past several years, I have started making my own laundry soap, vanilla,  and brown sugar.  Yesterday, I found myself with several hours of free time on my hands and I worked on three more items that I can make myself without having to spend extra money. You'll have to come back and visit to find out what those are, or better yet follow my blog.

Since I started out talking about the snow, here are a few pictures from Christmas Day.You should be able to click on it for a bigger view.

I'm a little surprised at how little snow we have so far. From the way people talk, we should already have at least three feet on the ground. If anyone out there is praying we don't get any major snow... just remember you are praying my husband doesn't get to work over time. We both would love over time!

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