Project 365, Days 181-190

Day 181: Hubby had a fund-raiser/auction for his work and we bought this chair and pillow. Since we live by the lake, it seems appropriate.

Day 182: Another purchase from yesterday’s fund raiser.

Day 183: Naughty puppy. I found her up here trying to get at a bowl that was left out

Day 184: Graduation Sunday at our church Every graduate got a quilt that was specially sewn by ladies in our church. The fabric of Janelle’s quilt includes patterns of music, violins, dance and travel

Day 185: Our last ever co-op class. We ended the year with a movie and pizza party

Day 186: You know what these bins mean? Camping season is almost here. It’s time to go through them all and make sure all the supplies are ready for this year,

Day 187: Trying to stay awake at work today while taking my online liquor license class. Almost 3 hours of staring at a computer screen,

Day 188: New nails for Memorial Day

Day 189: Our campsite at Green Lake

Day 190: We went to the Princeton Flea Market this morning. This guy was the highlight of the day. He would write a poem for you on any topic you chose. He typed it for you, while you waited, on his old-fashioned typewriter. You could pay him whatever you wanted.

High Cliff State Park

High Cliff State Park in Sherwood, WI  Visited on July 9, 2016

This is a park that is close enough to us that we can go and spend an afternoon, which is what we did on this day. It is on the north end of Lake Winnebago and has a beach and hiking trails and a campground. It offers a great view of the lake.

End of an era

Monday, May 21, 2018 marked the end of an era. Actually, 2 eras. For 10 years, I have spent almost every Monday afternoon in our church basement. Why? Because I have been teaching a variety of classes for our local homeschoolers. Most of the classes have been for High School, but I have done a few for the younger kids as well. I have taught Spanish, Biology dissection, Physics, Geology, Geography, Art, writing (we even had a class where everybody wrote a novel), Public Speaking, and several literature classes ranging from Little House on the Prairie to Shakespeare. Monday, we had our last class. We ended the year with a movie and pizza party.

Monday also ended 14 years of homeschooling for me. I have successfully guided all three of my kids through school. An adventure that started with us saying “Let’s try it for a year and see how it goes” has ended with Janelle finishing High School. There were days I thought I was crazy. There were days where I was sure we would never survive. But, here we are. Three adult children.

I wouldn’t trade those years for anything.

Project 365, Days 171-180

Day 171: Today was too nice of a day to stay inside, so we had class outside. I’m not sure how much actual learning took place, but we had a great time enjoying the warm sun.

Day 172: Little plants are also enjoying our nice weather. Soon, it will be time to transplant them into the garden.

Day 173: Some days at work just scream for something to drink when I get home. Today was one of those days.

Day 174: More signs of spring

Day 175: Time for new nails again. Something bright and cheerful this time

Day 176: Janelle went to prom with some of her friends. It’s hard to believe she’s a senior already. She’s grown up into a very beautiful young lady.

Day 177: Went for a walk with my husband today down a trail near our house. I am totally enjoying spring now that it is finally here.

Day 178: Two days after prom (and post-prom activities), Janelle is still a bit tired. She’s having a hard time staying awake in class.

Day 179: There is a virus going through the fish in the lake. If you look closely in this photo, you can see white things floating in the water. Those are dead fish, killed by the virus. Hopefully this will be over soon. Dead fish by the hundred do not smell good.

Day 180: Another sign of spring around here–lake flies. They are everywhere and if we’re not quick, get in the house every time we go in or out. Thankfully they only last a few days.

Camping–a new adventure

OK.  I admit it. I used to be in the “I hate camping” group of people. For most of my life, I said I would never go camping. Then, 2 years ago, totally out of the blue, we decided to go camping for our anniversary. We bought a tent and a screened-in canopy, in case it was needed for rain, etc. I searched Pinterest for ideas on what was needed and bought a few basics. We didn’t want to buy a lot of stuff in case this was a one-time thing. Our first camping trip took us to Yellowstone Lake State Park and we had a great time. Who knew camping could be enjoyable? Two months later, we bought another tent for our daughter and her friend and took off again for a long weekend at Wyalusing State Park. The next summer we expanded again to include tents for our sons. Our current equipment includes 4 tents plus our screen tent, which is our “kitchen”. I don’t pretend to be an expert in the area of camping, but I will share in the future what we have done, what works and what doesn’t, and tips that I have for others just starting out.

Wyalusing State Park

Wyalusing State Park in Bagley, WI Visited on September 16-20, 2016

This park is located on the Mississippi River, right where the Wisconsin River flows into it. It has some of the best views I have seen in Wisconsin and is one of my favorite parks ever. There are campsites that are right on a bluff, overlooking the river. We didn’t plan our trip early enough to get one of these spots, but we will be back. One of the many hiking trails took us down a rather steep path and was then supposed to take us along the river. However, due to high water, the lower part of the trail was closed, so we had to go back up again. Another trail took us to a small cave with bats (not a fan of those, I didn’t go in). Sunsets over the river are amazing. I can’t wait to go back, get a campsite overlooking the bluff and watch the sunset from my campsite.

Harrington Beach State Park

Harrington Beach State Park in Belguim, WI Visited on August 14, 2016

Our stop here was totally unplanned. We were in Port Washington and found this park on the map and decided to stop. It’s right on Lake Michigan and has a beach and hiking. There’s also a small lake in the park. While hiking, we saw several deer (They were running, so the picture is a bit blurry). It’s a quiet, relaxing park between Port Washington and Sheboygan.