Tuesday, January 02, 2007

For Trisha-dora


For Trisha-dora
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Testing My Resolve


Testing My Resolve
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
This drawing makes me think of how I was feeling this morning. Not because this is the plan for my attitude today but rather because today Tanner has tested every boundary and is forcing me stick to my guns. I'm feeling somewhat proud of the fact that I haven't pinched off his little head. That is what it feels like he deserves today but I have been able to squelch my anger and just hold the line. It's a good thing I was warned that there would be days like this or I would be sending him somewhere else to be educated. Homeschooling is not for the faint at heart, at least not in the beginning working with a strong willed kid who's motto is, "I dare you to teach me!" Grrrrr....

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Checking in


Checking in
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I'm feeling like a school marm! Well actually not really that "marmish" but I am feeling like a teacher to Tanner. We've been doing school since the 22nd of August. I started early and with a very light schedule so I could sort of "feel" my way along and also to keep things on a very positive note for Tanner. So far so good. We've had some ups and downs which I expected, one VERY bad day and the rest have been pretty darn good for us. I am doing much reading in my spare time and learning so much. I'm actually enjoying myself and that surprises me.



I have not been doing art at all but hope to draw just a bit tonight. I do plan on doing some art next week when Tanner and I do a paper Mache project; we are going to make insects since we are doing a unit study of the critters. I'm looking forward to it and I hope he is. Oh, I just realized I can show our work here, what fun!



My other news is that Holly and Elton have left Chicago and moved back in with us. It's really sad in many ways because the reason for the move is Holly's poor health. They drove back without a clue that they would move home a month later but as soon as they got back to Chicago Holly got sicker and there were a few other issues too, like not being able to find a place to live near everything they needed and within their very tight budget. Holly had given it everything she had and was broken hearted to give up her scholarship and Elton gave up being the head of his class at Shimer. They are still adjusting since they've only been home a week. Elton did get his old job back here in Boise so that is at least a bright spot. They are researching schools on the west coast now and hope that they can start at new schools in January.



Hope all my LJ friends are doing great, I've not had time to read journals for a while so I feel very much out of touch.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Home alone


Home alone
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Usually I go to a group on Tuesday evenings but it was canceled tonight. Instead I stayed home and made a birthday cake for Tanner. Tanner will be 10 years old tomorrow. We will be taking a couple of friends to the wonderful water park, Roaring Springs, on Friday to celebrate. I have to say I'm very excited to go myself because this summer I'm not fat and I have lots of energy so I can go on all the slides and stuff, whoopeee!

Tomorrow night Tanner and I are going to break his new fort in by spending the night out there. It's not actually quite finished but it's enclosed and windows and door are in it's far enough along for us to enjoy. We'll be reading some scary stories and eating some fun snacks and hopefully we'll be going to sleep too. I'm not sure how I feel about sleeping out there, I suppose it will depend on how well the air mattresses can keep my old bones off the floor.

Out on the Canoe


Out on the Canoe
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
This morning Paul and I took the canoe out again. We had such a nice time, it's so quiet and peaceful on the water in a canoe. We didn't have Tanner with us so there was plenty of time that we could hear birds singing and in the case of blue herons, croaking. I think it's pretty good exercise too, at least for the upper body. It's only about 20 minutes from our house to the reservoir so we don't have to go far to get a little break. We really want to take some trips to more interesting places but haven't gotten a chance yet, thankfully we live in Idaho and there are many interesting places to check into though. (By the way, this is my "outdoorsy" look... ah naturale!) It's nice to do things that don't require "getting fixed up".

Out on the Canoe


Out on the Canoe
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
This morning Paul and I took the canoe out again. We had such a nice time, it's so quiet and peaceful on the water in a canoe. We didn't have Tanner with us so there was plenty of time that we could hear birds singing and in the case of blue herons, croaking. I think it's pretty good exercise too, at least for the upper body. It's only about 20 minutes from our house to the reservoir so we don't have to go far to get a little break. We really want to take some trips to more interesting places but haven't gotten a chance yet, thankfully we live in Idaho and there are many interesting places to check into though. (By the way, this is my "outdoorsy" look... ah naturale!) It's nice to do things that don't require "getting fixed up".

Home alone


Home alone
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Usually I go to a group on Tuesday evenings but it was canceled tonight. Instead I stayed home and made a birthday cake for Tanner. Tanner will be 10 years old tomorrow. We will be taking a couple of friends to the wonderful water park, Roaring Springs, on Friday to celebrate. I have to say I'm very excited to go myself because this summer I'm not fat and I have lots of energy so I can go on all the slides and stuff, whoopeee!



Tomorrow night Tanner and I are going to break his new fort in by spending the night out there. It's not actually quite finished but it's enclosed and windows and door are in it's far enough along for us to enjoy. We'll be reading some scary stories and eating some fun snacks and hopefully we'll be going to sleep too. I'm not sure how I feel about sleeping out there, I suppose it will depend on how well the air mattresses can keep my old bones off the floor.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Summer Sicky


Summer Sicky
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I missed going to the Y both yesterday and today, bah! I've got one of those nasty summer colds so I'm laying low today until time to go bowling just after lunch.



I've been getting things ready to start school but not moving very fast. Got some curriculum ordered, got some research done, started preparing a place in my studio for the actual classroom. There are some really exciting things about homeschooling that get us looking forward to it. For one, we can take field trips and stuff while teaching that give us opportunities to see stuff that we would normally miss during the school year. More time to pursue what we really are interested in! I think Tanner is starting to get into it also!



As far as art is concerned, I am going to keep trying to do drawings on a regular basis but I am going to try and do them with the written word too so it will be a form of journaling in a more deliberate way. We'll see how it goes. I've been journaling without drawing and it's been taking so much time that it's frustrating. I want it to be accomplishing more, to give me a chance to work on creative writing and drawing at the same time. Dunno if it will be possible but that's the goal. I think it will be interesting to document what we are going through as we start out on this new adventure of home schooling.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Life's Ups and Downs


Life's Ups and Downs
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Reno on the day he got neutered. This is my favorite picture of him because of the funny look on his face, it looks like he knew what was coming doesn't it?

This morning Paul and Tanner and I took the canoe and had a wonderful time paddling around in the reservoir. We went further than we had gone before and when we got to the murky, slow moving part where there is lots of plant life in the water we saw Blue Herons and Plovers, Eastern King birds and heard frogs and stuff! It was great. We also found a couple of sand bars where it was fun to swim (where the water was clean and nice). We were out for 2 hours and my shoulders and abs can sure tell! We had a wonderful time though and look forward to going again.

Daniel got here just a little while after we got home and the day went from Up to Down real fast. His beautiful Australian Shepherd, Reno, had to be put down today. It is so heart breaking, my eyes still feel sandy from crying.
Reno was so smart and a perfect gentledog with us but he was very protective in Dan's pick-up. He has bit several people who reached in to pet him. Gah, we've tried everything and in fact had even given him to Dan's ex-girlfriend because it seemed a better home for him where he'd not need to guard. Unfortunately he got out of her truck one day at a rodeo and bit a woman. So, Dan took him back and has been trying to find a solution that didn't include the dog being put down. He tried a muzzle for when Reno was in back of the truck but the dog just hated it and spent all his time trying to get it off. Last week while the muzzle was off a girl reached into the pick-up to pet the dog and he bit her. He's never done huge damage but that's beside the point, he's a liability and this time he had to be put in quarantine for a few days which was very hard on him. It's so incredibly difficult to have to come to this. We all cried so hard, especially Daniel and Tanner. We had a funeral and buried him where we can keep his memory right here on our property.

I've spent some time arranging a cd of his best pictures to keep his memory alive.

Monday, July 24, 2006

It's not even hot here in Idaho..

Compared to Central California that is! Just talked to Holly and she said it's 114 degrees today! Geesh, it only got to 103 here today so I have nothing to complain about. Well, I could complain that I miss Holly, didn't like it that she wasn't there with me in the pool today.....



Got to spend a good part of the day at home working on homeschool stuff! It's so nice to be home and it's real nice and cool right here in front of my computer.

Tomorrow morning Paul and I are going to get up early and drive to a local reservoir to go out on a canoe. We tried it out while in McCall and enjoyed the experience so we are going to see what it's like early in the morning. I'm thinking it's going to be fun to do a different kind of exercise for a change. I'll take my camera so I can take a few photos. Hmmm, have to figure out a way that I won't get wet... I'll bet they sell waterproof cases for just such a purpose.

Nothing else newsworthy, just moving along in life and trying to continue with the simplicity plan. (real slow in progress)
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