Saturday, July 5, 2008 in country living, in the news

busy day today

For a short week, this day is lasting forever. But I’m getting a ton done.

By short week, I mean I’m not sure where even the last two weeks went. It’s been a blur of work work work. We got our phone fixed, spent some time talking to customer service to get our internet fixed (mostly), and then just tried to play catch-up with whatever else before I fell into bed every night.

Turns out the satellite dish for our internet was tipped and possibly had water in it, which was bad, so the guy moved it and put a new… thing… on it. 😀 I’m trying it out for a bit to let him know and he’s testing that part he replaced to see if he really has to charge me for a new one. But the interesting thing he said was with the weather issues we should have called him right away (the installer) and not customer support. They only had ONE record of me calling last August. He got here around 9:30 and left about 12.

Anyway. He was literally just finishing up when I had to call in for a conference call. That went on for an hour and 45 minutes, then I finally had my lunch.

Somewhere in there Emma lost another tooth. It was hanging on bravely and the big tooth was coming in behind it, not directly above. The tooth fairy again forgot to place money under her pillow, but it showed up the next afternoon.

The US holiday slowed my stuff down enough I could catch up a bit work-wise. Intense focusing on one project makes it really hard for me to even remember much of anything else. (and then I have to switch gears and focus on a different project, but that’s work stuff)

And I just drew a blank on what I did yesterday. Work, I bet. And laundry. Oh, and Rosella brought me over a few stems off her peony bush.

I got up early this morning. A woodpecker was on the tree next to my open bedroom window, and we’re waiting for windows to be delivered, so we didn’t know if they’d show up at 8am. Sometimes on my morning walk, I see a couple families of ducks. This morning I saw some Canada geese and their babies, with the mist coming off the water.

Of course I didn’t have my camera.

I did get out to take pictures of the neighbour’s flowers, and this afternoon all the girls and I went down the road and picked a flat of strawberries. That’s twelve of those little wooden baskets they come in. They were charging $1.70 each, but she said I didn’t overfill so she gave me $2 change from my $20. Emma talked the whole entire time, and yes Mom she wore her sunhat. In among the rows of berries were blooming wildflowers, johnnyjump-ups and some other familiar ones I can’t name. the owner said it wasn’t on purpose, but I appreciated it anyway, sitting in the straw. We were there and back within an hour.

I also finished potting my tomatoes I had growing in the unused upstairs bathroom. When I told Rosella I did this, she asked me if we were into hydroponics and maybe we were secretly growing pot.

Ron is working on the front porch and the side porch today, and we just discovered it’s leaking again under the sink.

oh, and my flickr stuff is missing from my sidebar, no idea why. click here for the pretty pictures.

(Edit: I had connection issues posting this, so if half of it shows up in your feed reader… oops. You love me though, right?)

Reader’s Digest – am I in it?

I almost forgot to mention. I haven’t had a chance to actually look inside February’s issue of Reader’s Digest Canada, but there’s an article in there on raising A+ students. I was interviewed for it shortly after my surgery last year. I read it before it went to print, but sometimes things change. 🙂 I won’t have a chance to see it before Thursday, and it doesn’t appear online, so if you see the issue while oot and aboot, flip to the article and see if we’re there.

They made us sound pretty awesome, I think.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007 in education, homeschooling, in the news

More studies, same results

A Canadian study on homeschooling was recently revisited, peer-reviewed and updated. Guess what? Same results were found. Here’s a few choice quotes.

“Poorly educated parents who choose to teach their children at home produce better academic results for their children than public schools do.”

“The research shows that the level of education of a child’s parents, gender of the child, and income of family has less to do with a child’s academic achievement than it does in public schools.”

“The average Canadian home schooled student is regularly involved in eight social activities outside the home. Canadian home schooled children watch less television than other children, and they show significantly fewer problems than public school children when observed in free play,”

“While home schooling may be impractical for many families, it has proven to be a successful and relatively inexpensive educational alternative. It merits the respect of policy makers, the attention of researchers, and the consideration of parents.”

To all that, I say a big fat, “DUH!”

Friday, July 15, 2005 in in the news

Ritalin prescription rate in NB

Here’s an older news story on the rate of Ritalin prescriptions here in the province.

We did the math, and it’s 5% of the total population. Adults included.

Now before I go on, I must insert a very explicit and direct disclaimer: I’m not talking about you and your situation. I’m not talking about families who make an educated choice to use Ritalin or any other medication for ADD/ADHD or anything else.

What does bother me, and I admit, we made an assumption that the total number was equivalent to the amount of people, it that percentage-wise it is statistically much higher that it should be or needs to be. That stories like this, where parents have no idea there’s a “problem” until the teacher makes a diagnoses, that a doctor looks at a child for maybe fifteen mintues and immediately writes a prescription. That bothers me.

And yes, it bothers me that the site I just linked suggested an herbal supplement instead of “real” drug. There are ingredients there that do have side-effects that can be just as harmful.

It bothers me that a lot of people look for a quick fix.
It bothers me that many parents are too willing to accept a flip quickie diagnoses from anyone in authority and not fight for their child.
It bothers me that some people have the attitude of labeling their kids like there’s something wrong with them, when instead they are just different from what you expected.

It even bothers me when I make great sweeping generalizations when I know there are exceptions. 🙂