Well, hello again

Well, hello again

I am not sure that anyone still reads this! It’s been about two and a half years since I last wrote a blog post, and even longer than that since I blogged regularly. To be honest, I’ve mostly forgotten about my blog. Recently, I came back to do some behind the scenes stuff and started to feel wistful about my blogging days. About two weeks ago I deactivated my Facebook account, which I think is contributing to the wistfulness. It’s not a permanent exodus from social media, but with everything going on I just needed a break.

I also would like to get in the habit of writing again. I’m not even sure what I want out of this blog, but I’m hoping if I keep at it, then I’ll benefit as a writer without the obligations of having to keep to a specific topic.

I don’t have any specific topic in mind, so I think I’ll just update on where we are today.

My girls are 11, 8, and 6 now. They are still all homeschooled, which has been a blessing this past year with the pandemic. When everything shut down in March 2020, it didn’t affect our schooling at all, though we do have activities and classes outside the home that were affected. This might be my last year homeschooling all of them, but we’ll see what happens. We’re still in the process of figuring out next year’s schooling.

We’ve made some wonderful friends in our neighborhood. Our street is at the back of a neighborhood and fairly short, ending in a cul-de-sac. There’s a whole passel of kids that roam the cul-de-sac, playing all sorts of games. Some days our doorbell is always ringing and we have kids coming in and out! I love it. My girls are at really good ages to all play together, though my 11 year old is starting to show her pre-teen side and being more selective about when she plays with the younger kids. :-)

Not everything we were doing has resumed post-pandemic, but one thing that is pretty much back to normal is our American Heritage Girls troop. AHG is a Christian scouting troop (think Christian Girl Scouts) that all three of my girls are active in. This year I stepped in to lead the youngest girls (1st-3rd graders) in their badge work, and it’s been wonderful. We have a really good group of girls in our Troop, and I’ve made some wonderful friends in the other mothers. We are also learning a lot with our badge work, which has been fun. We’re actually getting ready to go camping soon with the Troop – our final hoorah for the year! It’s a family camping trip, so Paul actually gets to go which is fun.

In other home life, we have expanded our “zoo” to include three cats, a leopard gecko, and a fish tank. I believe in the last “update” post I did, I mentioned we had adopted two kittens. Well, they are now 3 years old and have finally settled down in their kittenish ways. Well, one settled down much earlier but the other has been the most cat-like cat I’ve ever had and it took her a long time, ha! Or maybe we’ve just gotten used to her. She still is the most likely to get into everything, but it’s not as constant as before. Our original cat is now 8 years old and she’s just the best still. ūü•į

The leopard gecko is a new pet for us! Treecko joined our house last year at the very beginning of the pandemic and it’s been quite a learning curve! Leopard geckos are actually fairly easy lizards to care for. He lives in a 20 gallon vivarium and spends most of his time in one of his 3 hides. Geckos are crepuscular, which means they are most active at dawn and dusk, so he’s usually sleeping when we’re up. They eat live bugs, so I have had to enter the world of ordering feeder insects online. They eat crickets, dubia roaches, superworms, soldier fly larva, and other bugs. Ours seems to be a bit picky so we’re still trying to find something that he’ll consistently eat all the time, without them being too hard to keep alive in between feedings. Maybe one of these days I’ll figure out how to breed my own feeder insects, but for now, ordering online seems to be the best way to go.

My youngest daughter is obsessed with chickens and is always begging me for some, but after looking into it we decided our yard was not suited to chickens. I also am not sure I want to add chickens farmer to my list of things I need to keep alive!

I make no promises, but I would like to return to blogging. We’ll see. :-) If you’ve read this, please leave a comment! I’d love to know if I have any readers.

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