In my life this week…
The spiders have been dealt with. After we came home for skiing Philip came upstairs after dark looking for something and called me in to the living room. He told me he could see something floating in the air and slightly freaked out he was trying to figure out what it was. I could sort of see it but in the poor light it was hard so I got down and closer to it. With my nose about 2 inches from it it suddenly popped into focus and revealed a web with hundreds of bugs crawling all over it. Needless to say I freaked out and quickly withdrew. I called my wife upstairs to discuss how to get rid of them. We decided that the vacuum cleaner was the weapon of choice and having much better eyesight she spotted far more of them. I took the canister straight outside and dumped it. Fortunately that seem to have done the trick as we have not seen anymore. We brought in a wooden shoe rack a while ago that must of had an egg sac attached. It hatched probably soon after we came home and the thousand spiders set forth. We are thankful they didn’t hatch right after we left. I don’t even want to imagine that.
The bathroom reno is going along fine thanks to grandpa. We have removed the flooring and thus the smell. We could never seem to get the bathroom to smell clean now we know why. We had been passing it off to young boys with poor aim. We have selected the tiles and a new vanity. It is going to be far better than it was. I have a picture as it currently is. Things moved to fast on the demo and I wasn’t going to take a picture of the stinky floor.
We had to do some sorting of the stuff that we took out of the bathroom. I left it on the dining room table for my wife to deal with as I took up the two layers of flooring. She managed eliminate two bags of garbage and a box to donate. I tackled the laundry room later in the week and got a bag of garbage and box of recycling/donate. I also tackled the downstairs bathroom as it is now the only bathroom. I got rid of a bag of garbage and a box of old towels.
In our homeschool this week…
We finally hit our stride and I feel like we are making progress. We also got our second term grades back and that also means that our learning outcomes that we have to meet have been checked off. That allows me to double check and make sure that my plan for semester three will cover those that are not yet checked off. This really takes a load off as now I know where we stand and for most course I could call it done. I aim for a 100% of the learning outcomes checked off but legally I only have to meet 80%. Scary is that is the same for the public schools.
Margaret is working on habitats right now and the book that we are using had her build a couple. The end result is that we now have some new pets. First there is a ziplock container that will be grasslands when the grass starts to grow with four crickets inside. Of course the kids had to name them so we have Jiminy, Frilly, Lilly and Chester. We had to go look up the origin of the name Jiminy Cricket and it turns out to be a minced oath. That is that it is a substitution for a bad or inappropriate word. In this case think of names that you would not say in vain.
The second habitat is a pond and thus is a glass bowl with rocks, a water plant and a snail named Shelly. You may groan now. I know I did. We are planning on adding a second snail and then we will get to see lots of tiny baby snails. I am expecting them to be cute and not freaky like the spiders. It was interesting to watch how fast it picked up on the fact that we added food. Of course the actual trip to the food was quite slow.
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