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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year July 30, 2010

Posted by Joe in Homeschooling.
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A couple of years ago, Staples had a commercial for it’s “Back to School” push called It’s “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”. It’s considered a classic in our household. The dad is joyfully dancing around the store stocking up on school supplies as his kids trail along mournfully in his wake.

As funny as it is, the commercial is not really applicable to us. Sure the kids are forlorn over the passing of summer. But since we homeschool, the start of a new school year means extra work for Laura and me.

Laura does most of the schooling here at Blessed Acres Farms School. I help when I can.

This week I’ve been preparing the kids’ laptops. One needed to be completely repaved, starting with a fresh install of Windows. The other is still ok from last year’s use. In fact it still has the Rosetta Stone
software installed on it. That, along with the Weekly Reader program, was the extent of their use of a computer for school lessons last year.

This school year, we’re going to have the kids do a little more of their work on the computer. I’m installing some homeschool programs for science, history and language arts. They’ll also spend some time learn to touch type.

Hopefully this year will be less time intensive for Laura and I can post a video of her dancing around singing “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”


Your Order Has Shipped July 29, 2010

Posted by Joe in Preparedness.

I tend to get a lot of email during the course of a day so I have to go through my inbox regularly to keep it from getting out of hand. But there’s one email that I like seeing as it pops into my inbox. It’s a message from Amazon telling me that my order has shipped. I like getting those emails. It means that in just a few days I’ll have a package on my doorstep.

I received a “Your Order Has Shipped” email earlier this week. Yesterday, true to Amazon’s word, a package was delivered to my home. Inside the shoebox sized package were two knives I’d ordered recently.

Both knives are manufactured by Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT). As with most of my purchases, I did a fair amount of research before I made a buying decision. I read review after review that touted the knives so I have high expectations for them.

I intend to carry one of them, the M16-13T, as my everyday pocket knife. It’s a little big for that, but the size is offset a bit due to it’s light weight. The handle is made out of titanium so it’s incredibly strong yet not excessively heavy.

The second knife is noticeably larger and wouldn’t serve well as an everyday pocket knife. The size and weight would make it cumbersome. Besides, it would probably alarm anyone around if pulled it out to open a box at a client’s. Yes, it’s that scary looking. I intend to Cathy this knife while in the woods on camping trips. It’ll make a great survival knife.

I’ve only had these two knives in my possession for a day now, but I really like them. They seem solid and well balanced.