Monday, June 22, 2015

Kitchen Chaos

I have been in the midst of a kitchen redo and suffice it to say, not much blogging!

I will have an update on the whole thing when we are done, but here's a little peek into our progress - my son is screwing in the newly painted cabinets. You can see the new counters here too. We are so thrilled! :)

Anything new going on in your home? 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

1,000 Good Books List

Recently someone asked about finding good books for their kids. That's when I remembered the 1,000 Good Books List from Classical Christian Education. It is a huge resource list and *well* worth spending some time going over if you are a homeschool mama. She also quotes a poem I enjoyed on her site and I thought I'd share it here for those of you who enjoy poetry. Happy reading!

A Book
by Edgar Guest

“Now” - said a good book unto me -
“Open my pages and you shall see
Jewels of wisdom and treasures fine,
Gold and silver in every line,
And you may claim them if you but will
Open my pages and take your fill.

“Open my pages and run them o’er,
Take what you choose of my golden store.
Be you greedy, I shall not care -
All that you seize I shall gladly spare;
There is never a lock on my treasure doors,
Come - here are my jewels, make them yours!

“I am just a book on your mantel shelf,
But I can be part of your living self;
If only you’ll travel my pages through,
Then I will travel the world with you.
As two wines blended make better wine,
Blend your mind with these truths of mine.

“I’ll make you fitter to talk with men,
I’ll touch with silver the lines you pen,
I’ll lead you nearer the truth you seek,
I’ll strengthen you when your faith grows weak -
This place on your shelf is a prison cell,
Let me come into your mind to dwell!”

Monday, June 01, 2015

Jury Duty Phone Scam Alert

Jury Duty Phone Scam Alert 

A "Deputy Shawn Gordon" called me Friday morning to tell me that I was in contempt of court due to a no-show for a federal grand jury selection. He told me I had two class C misdemeanors filed against me and that I could either turn myself into the sheriff's department to face any number of days in jail or I could pay my "bonds" via the phone call. It was a "courtesy" call before the warrant for my arrest was issued.

Now, I consider myself pretty savvy when it comes to scams, but this guy was *on it* and he knew how to talk. About half way through the conversation I started to think - hmmm, some of this stuff isn't sounding right. I told him I could not pay without speaking to my husband so he gave me a phone number that I'd need to use right away because they had to file the warrant immediately after the "courtesy" phone call.

I hung up, called the Jury Commissioner's office and spoke to someone directly there. It was a total scam. They do not try to collect money over the phone - ever. People - be aware. These folks are smart and capable and can answer almost any question you throw at them.

Be aware. All I can say is that I am very glad I am not going to spend the weekend in jail.

Anything like this ever happen to you?