Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Common Core Meeting in Raymore MO

Momentum is growing to stop common core, but it can only continue to grow with your help. There will be a public meeting on the truth of Common Core next Monday in Raymore MO.

Date: Monday, November 4th
Time: 6:45pm
Location: Community Bank of Raymore, in Raymore MO
Sponsor: Jeremy & Tonya Long

Thursday, October 24, 2013

cookie drama


Daughter #3 is baking cookies.  While that sounds like a good idea......

From the kitchen she yells "I need a fire extinguisher.  STAT."

Fire is out, and I quiz her as to what happened.  And, she tells me she set an onion on fire.  Really?  An onion?  What does an onion have to do with making cookies??

I don't even want to know.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


This event is on the campus of the Missouri Western State University in St Joseph MO.....

"Good Morning All,
I will give a presentation, "Snakes Alive! It's the Year of the Snake"   in Agenstein Hall Room 224 on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10:00 AM. This talk is free, open to all ages, and is being sponsored by the Pony Express Amphibian and Reptile Society, MWSU Dept. of Biology, and the Missouri Dept. of Conservation. We will have live snakes for people to view and touch. 
Notice the change in location.  Earlier announcements indicated that this talk would be at MDC.
Mark S. Mills
Department of Biology
Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, MO 64507"

Monday, October 21, 2013

The garden that wouldn't quit

I keep thinking the garden is done....then, it grows some more...

So, this past week, 7 jars of hot peppers,  7 trays of bells dehydrated, and 1 tray of onions and tomatoes dehyrated.

Our main producer right now is the horticulture beans.  They have been slow, but steady.  I am drying those as well.

And, our little red headed adopted pride and joy is learning to pray at church.  So sweet.

Hay was cut for the final time this weekend, and they are raking it right now as I type.  Hopefully the rain will hold off until after it is baled and brought to a dry barn.  Our leaves are starting to turn.  Fall has arrived.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My daughter...the queen

Miss Emily did it....She was crowned Miss Plattsburg 2013 tonight.  

With her crown, comes a $1000 academic scholarship.   She plans to go into medicine.

She has been involved in Girl Scouts, 4H, and church.  She does volunteer work at church camp, has helped rebuild Joplin from the tornado damage and does some tutoring at the local schools.  She is a pretty talented young lady, having been a winner in spelling bees, science fairs, speech contests.  She is a very good volleyball player, avid reader, decent horseback rider, A student and the "middle" sister of the 5 girls (also the only one to not have a twin!)

She is a senior in highschool this year, and also 5 college classes.  And, she is mine!

Homeschool Co-op

I love our co-op.  We have classes on Tues and Thurs, but you don't have to sign up for both days.  You can pick one or the other, or both.  This semester we are doing both, as they meet just a few miles from our farm.

On Tuesdays, I am the lead teacher for Science Lab.  So far, the only thing the kids ALL share an interest in is to blow something up.  So, each week, we try to blow up something, then we do another lesson.

Today, we did the diet coke and Mento's thing.  We have already done it twice where it did not blow up (I am trying to get them to learn that experiments don't always come out the same, so each time we did the experiment we used different mints, and different sodas, and got different results.)  Today it blew--and, being kids, the messier it is, the more they liked it.


Then, we followed through on an experiment we started last week with eggs.  We soaked eggs for a week in different solutions.  the vinegar solution ate through the shells, leaving squishy eggs held together only by the membranes.  Of course they wanted to smash them, but I was mean and didn't let them, knowing I or my aides would have to be the ones to clean it up.

Our last lesson for the day was to start a unit on bacteria.  Each student got a petri dish with nutrient agar in it.  The dishes were made with 3 compartments, so, they each got to swab 3 items of their choice.  Next week, we will see what we are growing.  For health reasons, the dishes are now sealed shut, and we washed hands first and then made the rule of no swabbing in the bathrooms.  I'd rather we NOT grow a batch of e-coli.  We talked a little about good bacteria vs bad bacteria, and the 3 types shapes of bacteria.  Next week we will finish up on our bacteria unit, unless they really seem into it--if so, we will do another week of learning more about them (after we blow something up, of course).