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This edition of my Mother’s Journal is one that is filled with this and that from my everyday life. The weather here has turned quite autumn-like and the shorter days give me plenty of time in the evenings to reflect and refresh.

We are officially an empty nest as of 10/31/14. It may for a matter of weeks or months or years before we have a child living at home with us. My children are nomadic in lifestyle and with Mr. B’s latest adventure, nothing is set in stone about his return date.

paint samplesMy husband and I are taking on some household renovation projects this month. I have been dreaming of a new bedroom space and now is the time! We are doing a top to bottom renovation including floors, new ceiling sans the popcorn, and new bathroom space too. We are taking down a wall and adding a pocket door, building shelves and adding new lighting. The amount of thought and decision making gone into this project makes me tired but I know in the end it will be worth it.


  • Step one was to remove the old popcorn ceiling and my husband did that last weekend while I was out of the house. He did a great job of getting it done and then cleaning up before I returned. I appreciate that so much.
  • Now we will move out all the furniture and pull up the carpets as our next step. Then we will be removing the old paneling and installing sheetrock.
  • That is about as much planning I can handle right now and I’m sure it will all be therapeutic as we cleanse the room of all it’s 40+ years of staleness.

That is occupying most of our time but here are a few random images from the past few weeks.

thank you card

Does anyone else keep stacks and stacks of cards from friends and family? I have spent some time this week going through many cards that I have saved over the years, reading and enjoying the words on paper. I did glean a few to throw away but I am still hanging onto quite a few.

Project Feederwatch

I printed out my Project Feederwatch pages for the next few weeks. At first, I write the birds that are my feeder visitors and then I make a master list to use for the rest of the Feederwatch season.

There is a little glimpse from my part of the world. Trying to focus on the positive and to stretch into this new period of life.

autumn color red november 2014 (5)

Hope your November is going well!




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Sketch Tuesday – Castle


This has been a great week for drawing things that blow in the wind…autumn is definitely here to stay and the trees are amazing. With just the slightest breeze, the leaves float down like showers of rain and make red, yellow, and gold puddles under the branches. It is something like a Monet painting with the colors and lighting. Thank you to all of the Sketch Tuesday participants!

This week’s assignment: Sketch something with the theme “castle”.

Due Date: Monday, November 24, 2014.

Here is your slideshow for last assignment:
Sketch Tuesday – Something that blows in the wind.

All sketchers are welcome and there is no need to sign up. Send in your sketches in jpg format and mail them to: by Monday, November 24, 2014 and I will include them in Tuesday’s slideshow. Complete instructions are found by clicking the Sketch Tuesday tab at the top of my blog.

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Harmony Fine Arts – What Can I Print

Printing Artwork in the Public Domain

I am frequently asked if it is permissible to print artwork for your homeschool studies from the internet. All images that are in the public domain are perfectly fine to use.

We use Wikiart a lot and if it says it is in the public domain you are okay to download and print.

So for example:

A Meadow in the Mountains – Vincent van Gogh –

If you click and look at this painting, look underneath it and you will see where it says it is in the public domain.

Then click the “why” link next to the note about public domain. That will pop up a box that shows why it is considered public domain.

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