Sunday, June 13, 2021
Monday, June 7, 2021
I have been having various gastrointestinal problems for literally years. Now they aren't a huge deal, but they are annoying.
A few weeks ago I realized that pistachios (which I love) seem to make me feel worse. I looked up pistachios and they are high in fructan. There are other high fructan foods (like broccoli and asparagus) that seem to cause me difficulties as well.
So I severely reduced my intake of high fructan food and am definitely doing better. That is awesome but...
I am already dairy intolerant, and a Type 2 diabetic, so I eat no dairy and low carb. Now fructan seems to be a problem, which reduces my potential diet even more.
I mean, on one hand, I am just grateful to have access to lots of food, and that I seem to have figured out another issue. On the other hand, seriously, BODY, what are you DOING TO ME??
I have been wanting to lose a few pounds and I have :-). I mean, when you cut out whole sections of food that is apt to happen.
Sunday, May 30, 2021
I am usually cheery on my blog. I am not really upset now, but here is an example of too many balls in the air leading to a major mistake.
Isaac is planning to earn a degree in Materials Science and Engineering (which is what Kevin and I studied as well.) He has been going to a community college, but this fall will start at Wright State University. I was looking at prospective classes and realized he really needed to take Physics because it is a prerequisite for a bunch of Materials classes.
So we signed him up at Wright State for a summer physics class.
He has been going to Clark State. Clark State has a totally different schedule than Wright State. I didn't even think to check the summer schedule for Wright State. In retrospect, that was a major fail.
Kevin and I got back from St. Croix and I realized that Isaac's class started May 10th! He missed the first two weeks and was dropped from the course.
So no physics.
Every year, hopeful tree frogs lay their eggs in the water on our pool cover.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Kevin and I just got back from St. Croix. We were gone for 9 days, which is the longest we've ever been gone from the children. Things went well here, and we had a great time.
Kevin took hundreds and hundreds, no thousands and thousands, of pictures. Many of them are absolutely amazing. He has to work on them, though.
I finished a book and we are publishing it this coming Saturday, so that is exciting.
It was wonderful getting away with my darling husband for a time, but it was great coming home. I missed the kids.
St. Croix continues to be a fabulous getaway. This was our fifth time there.
Friday, May 14, 2021
I won a PLANT!!!!!
Friday, May 7, 2021
God keeps hammering away on my attitude about medical stuff and sheer busyness. This last week was supposed to be mellow, but Sarah needed a trip to the doctor on Wednesday after hurting her foot (it is just a sprain, praise the Lord!) and then a trip to the orthodontist on Thursday to have her fitted for a new retainer after the last one broke.
Isaac is working 4 days this week and Kevin has been busy so I've been running him back and forth.
BUT but but but but...
We can take our kids to doctors and orthodontists. We have reliable cars. We have healthy kids! What a blessing!!!
My cousin's daughter is making major strides which is such a relief; this is the young lady who was in a fearsome car crash. It is wonderful reading about her healing and steps forward, but it is also a reminder that having healthy children is not to be taken for granted!
Kevin and I are going to visit St. Croix in the next month for a vacation, which will be exciting and wonderful! And then Kevin will be transitioning to a new job at work, which is exciting and a little intimidating.
Oh, I have not regretted ONCE quitting my own job on base; it was a great job, but having one less thing on my plate is a relief!
I decided that this week is the last week of normal school for the year. Miriam and Angela will just take the next few months off. They are very creative, read a lot, write stories for fun, and do a lot of art. Joseph and I will keep working on math, and I will work with Rose on reading. I also intend to work with Sarah and Daniel on math.
One thing about only teaching my own kids is that I don't know what is 'normal' where math ability is concerned. Joseph seems to struggle with math, but maybe he is just normal? Kevin and I both are very gifted with math, and some of the other kids are gifted as well. Lydia wasn't a fan though she did fine. There is nothing wrong with struggling. I think struggling to learn in a certain area can be really good for a person.
I struggle with spatial issues; I have trouble visualizing things in three dimensions. I think that is partly why genes and alleles are so confusing to me.
Anyway, I am rambling. And I need to feed my kids. And I am grateful for food.