Home schooling – Looking back!

When I began homeschooling my daughters back in the 80’s, I really had no idea how things would turn out. Many critics said that homeschoolers were deprived of many things; no prom of course, the obvious inability to work well with others, poor social skills, gaps in their learning…..the list went on and on. I was reflecting recently on my girl now, and wish I would have known back them what I know now. Would I have done it differently? Yes, for sure I would. I would have taken them out of school earlier!
They were always excellent students so the transition to learning at home was easy. I provided what they needed and they taught themselves. I also passed along tidbits of wisdom from my parents that had been passed to me. So now, 30 years later, I can look back and see how they have progressed into adulthood. I could not be more proud, and no mother could have better talented and skilled young women to call their daughters than I do.
Michelle went into college at 16 and obtained a diploma in commercial photography. She opened her own studio at age 17. Now, she is a well known and respected Wedding and Portrait Photographer and a Master Photographer. She has always owned her own business and the concerns mentioned above were never of concern.
Leonie started working at a dental office at age 14. By the time she was 17 she had obtained her DANB certification and was a qualified dental assistant. After many years working in the dental field, she decided to change course and now runs her own very successful Etsy business making home furnishings.
Both girls made a smooth transition from the world of childhood to the adult world. I never experienced any ‘teen problems’ with either of them. They were too busy finding out what they were capable of and this is one of the beauties of home education. In fact I used to joke that I was still waiting for the “Terrible Twos”!
I cannot say for sure of course, that they would not have succeeded well had I left them in school, but I like to think that giving them the freedom to find their own path, really supported them on their journey through life.
If you want to check them out now and see what they do, Michelle and all her fantastic photos can be found at Artistique Photographie and Leonie with her beautiful pillows and aprons can be found at Mizzeztee


It seems strange to me that after all the years that I have spent helping other, always for free, and all the time and money I have invested in the cats in this area, that I am finding it near impossible t get any help with anything. I have save thousands of cats from being born, unwanted, and dying in pain and misery. I know I am not the only person who does this and I also know that others in this area have done more. But still I have made a contribution. Now, when I am desperate for help in finding safe places for some of these cats, there is NOWHERE. I am heartsick. I am tired of picking up the crap that others leave behind, mainly because people are too lazy or ignorant to get even ONE cat spayed or neutered. Then they stand at Walmart with a bunch of pathetic kittens and expect someone to take them on, or they move away and leave their animals behind for someone else to deal with. Yes, I have a lot of those too. I end up footing huge vet bills to try and take care of these furkids. They don’t expect much; just a safe place and a bed and some food. I still have a total of 36 cats here. Yes, it is a big drop from the 62 I did have at one time, but still more that I can deal with. Financially it is killing me and physically it is killing me.

Learning that my house mate has cancer was a dreadful stunning shock. Without divulging her personal stuff, let me just say that an operation or chemo is out of the question. She has done so much to help with the cats both in terms of physical help and financial help. Now she cannot do either one.
I don’t know where this will end but right now I am desperate.

That was the Sears that was


Sears, or Sears Roebuck as it used to be known in the good ol’ days, was the main store to go to for durable goods and good service. Alas, no longer. Did anyone notice? Along with the shortening of the name came the loss of the service too. Two years ago I purchased a new mower from Sears. It has worked well in that time but this spring I needed a new blade. Simple, I thought. Get on line and order one. Ah yes, well that was fine as I found the correct blade, priced at around $20. What I did not expect was to pay nearly $9 in shipping charges.  OK so on to plan B, go to the nearest Sears store.

After a prolonged wait in the garden department I got a guy to help me, as I was unable to locate the blade on the racks. First he said the serial number I had was not known to him but after assuring him that this was indeed a Sears mower, he finally found the correct blade via his computer terminal.

 “No we don’t have that in stock” he told me.

 “OK well can you order it?” More clicking and he assured me that was no problem, Just $20 plus shipping.

 “No, I’ll pick it up in store” I said.

“Well you still have to pay shipping…”!!!!!!


You have Sears trucks delivering goods on a weekly if not daily basis to this store and you expect ME to pay for shipping to the store. What a joke! I told him thanks but no thanks.

After this fiasco I understand that I should not be surprised that so many of our things are being made in China.  Things that were once made in the USA by American workmen and women, are now made overseas and hauled here.  What I wrote here is one reason why the USA is getting poorer and China richer.

What am I going to do for a mower blade? Well, I am sure that somewhere in China there is a man who would love to make a blade for my mower, probably at half the price that Sears charge, and he would then find a way to get it to Oregon for less that $9. Now I just have to find him.