Why I Homeschool

Check out my latest post on Whatever Kary Says…Why I Homeschool…

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I never thought in a million years that I would homeschool my children. I didn’t really know anyone who homeschooled. I always pictured homeschooling people as hippies living on a commune, or maybe people living in a religious cult inside a Doomsday bunker. When we joined our church in 2011, I was absolutely shocked to find that in sending our kids to public school we were in the minority! I was amazed by the women of my church, most of them with more than four children. The children were great…faithful, well-mannered, smart, socialized, athletic and accomplished. Their college-aged children had all gone on to great schools, with scholarships. I was impressed, but I always thought that homeschooling was something you had to start from the beginning, certainly before middle school.

Our youngest son, Cooper, started middle school last fall. The year started out fine, but then he got the flu…

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My new blog…whatever Kary says.

There are some things I want to blog about, but don’t necessarily think that they fit in here on One Dollar Cottage. So I made a new blog, whatever Kary says. The name means nothing to anyone except for our family! My husband, John, uses that phrase as the answer to any question he wants to avoid answering. “Whatever Kary says,” or if he is feeling especially lazy, just “WKS.”

So without further ado, my first post on WKS.

As a little girl, I had stick straight blonde hair.

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I can remember sitting on the floor while my mother sat on the couch and set my hair in pin curls. The next morning she would brush out the pin curls, and before lunch my hair would be as straight as a stick!

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In the 80’s I spent hours with hot rollers, my hair dryer and Shaper hairspray to achieve that perfect hair helmet.

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Then I had children. Hormones are a funny thing. I now have this…

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I have been fighting the curl for over a decade now. I always loved my hair in an angled bob, and would try and force my hair to behave…

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But I have given up the fight. As of April 29th, I am now a Curly Girl. Aside from the obvious, this means I am following this book, Curly Girl, by Elaine Massey:

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The steps to the curly girl or no-poo method are:
1. Clarify with a sulfate shampoo before beginning.
2. Have your hair trimmed. This will get rid of any damage or split ends.
3. Stop using a brush. It damages your hair whether it is wet or dry. It causes frizz and makes dry hair tangle. Use a wide-toothed comb instead, or even better, use your fingers.
4. Stop shampooing your hair. Using conditioner in place of shampoo will cleanse the hair just as effectively without stripping it of moisture.
5. Give your hair time to adjust. It takes 2-4 weeks for your hair to adjust to the no shampoo. It may even look worse at first.
6. Wash your scalp with conditioner.
7. Distribute conditioner throughout all of your hair and untangle gently.
8. Apply products to your hair. Do it while it is soaking wet if you have curlier hair, but wait five minutes or so if you have medium to wavy curly hair. Put product in your hands and rub them together to emulsify. Then, smooth or rake the product into your hair by sections. A common method is to begin with a leave-in cream or conditioner to decrease frizz and then follow with a gel for hold and definition.
9. Gently scrunch your hair with a t-shirt, paper towels, or a micro-fiber towel to remove excess moisture, as a generic terrycloth towel will make your hair frizzy.
10. Dry your hair. Air drying is the easiest and gentlest way to dry your hair. If you must blow dry your hair use a diffuser to avoid frizz.

Yes, this means that I have not “washed” my hair in almost two weeks. And I have had some rough days. But I can tell a difference in the curl. The front has always been curly, and the back more wavy. Now I am starting to get a lot more definition in the back. I have had a lot of trial and error with product, and I have found I can go three or four days between co-washings, just rewetting it a little in the mornings to calm it down.

I will be posting pictures to track my progress!

Kary

Sometimes I link to:

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest, Elizabeth & Co., Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Project Queen, Sugar Bee Crafts, Time Warp Wife, Coastal Charm, The DIY Dreamer

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks, Nifty, Thrifty Things

Weekly Junk Report…May 7, 2013

I have always loved antiques. My mother has always been a collector, and I used to spend a lot of time when I was growing up in antiques stores. My mother did a great job of teaching me a basic knowledge of furniture and art. The one thing you learn about antiques is that you never stop learning, and you will never know everything about anything! One of our favorite things about buying and selling is coming home with a purchase and researching it. Whether it is cast iron, china, silver, mason jars, Pyrex, Fire King, old books, textiles, lamps…you never know what you are going to find out.

I really had to eat some humble pie last week. My husband is working out of town in Tennessee during the week. Sometimes he goes to the thrift shops up there, and I always look forward to what he brings home at the end of the week. He found some awesome vintage school desks, Fire King, Pyrex…he does a great job, usually. A couple of weeks ago he bought a pair of lamps. I couldn’t believe he bought them. To me, they are hideous.

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Well, hubby did his research. Apparently these things are called “Hollywood Regency.” And on eBay they go for hundreds of bucks for a pair. Are you kidding me?? And Kary had to admit that he did not waste his money. But I still don’t like them. They are now here, on eBay.

On a lighter note. I found perhaps my best buy EVER! I love old silver. I always buy random serving pieces at the flea market or thrift store when I find them. A couple of weeks ago I bought 6 pieces of blackened silver from a man at the flea market for $2…

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…and then I bought 126 pieces of silver plate from a lady for $20.

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Wow! Seemed like a deal. Started looking it all up on my iPad. These some of the patterns in the big pile…

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The patterns were mostly “Beloved” from 1940, “Bird of Paradise” from 1923, “Nuart” from 1932, “King Arthur” from 1941, and “Queen Mary” from 1953.

Then I started looking at the serving pieces I bought for $2. The iced tea spoons are “One” from 1913, one of the meat forks is “Adam” from 1917, and the other is “Lorne” from 1878. Awesome, huh? By the way, there is a great website where you can look up silver plate patterns, here. None of the silverplate patterns is worth less than $12 dollars per piece on Replacements, Ltd. Which means I scored over a thousand dollars of silverplate for $20.

But, wait. It gets better. This ladle was one of the six pieces I bought for $6

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I took a look at the back…

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That says J E Spear. I googled him. Turns out that is the mark of James E. Spear, who worked as a silversmith in his shop on Kings Street in Charleston from 1846-1871. Check out this ladle of his that was auctioned by Christie’s. It went for $1434.00 in 2002.

Woo-hoo!! Best find EVER!

Kary

Sometimes I link to:

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest, Elizabeth & Co., Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Project Queen, Sugar Bee Crafts, Time Warp Wife, Coastal Charm, The DIY Dreamer

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks, Nifty, Thrifty Things

Moving Update…May 6, 2013

Wow! I can’t believe I haven’t posted in so long! We have kind of been at a standstill. As of March 29th, the house has officially been moved!

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That is where the house used to be…

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And this is where it is now…

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Eight of the ten pieces are across the street from our property, waiting to be put in to place. The piece that has the kitchen, screened porch, back hall, back stairs, butlers pantry, and dining room is on our property….

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And the gazebo is on our property…Now we are waiting for the house mover to finish a project he is working on, and he will be back to put it all back together. He told us it should be around the first of May, so hopefully we will be getting started on Phase II soon!

Kary

Sometimes I link to:

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest, Elizabeth & Co., Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Project Queen, Sugar Bee Crafts, Time Warp Wife, Coastal Charm, The DIY Dreamer

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks, Nifty, Thrifty Things