Monday, July 21, 2008

3-D Glasses

OK - I admit children our Disney junkies. My youngest daughter loves Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers. My oldest daughter is a huge fan of High School Musical and Jonas Brothers.

So....when I went to the store (Walmart) to get the "free" 3-D concert for them to wear for Hannah Montana/Jonas Brothers 3-D Concert on Disney this Saturday - GUESS WHAT???
They were all out. Big surprise huh? (Not for me) Soooo.....I told them I'd find out how to make our own (of course my husband thinks I'm crazy). BUT guess what I'm perfectly sane and found all these great links....have fun!!!

You'll might have to adjust the size on these:

From NASA - Explains how 3-D works, provides a link on how to make 3-D glasses and a link on how to create 3-D images.

A nice quick video:

Right from Starz who will be airing the concert starting July 27th:

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Music Pages

I first want to thank Lori at for this resource.

Some of you may know I am a musician. It is a part of me I don't necessarily advertise but deep down love to do (just hard to find time with the children). I am looking forward to teaching them music this year: recorder and piano. The girls are also expressing interest in learning instruments so I am starting to research lessons for them.

Anyway the free stuff today is at the website G Major Music Theory

Under Music Fundamentals is a completely free Music Theory Workbook consisting of 19 chapters covering the basic bass and treble cleffs all the way up to triads and minor scales. It is easy to use and I'm looking forward to using it.

There is also Harmonic Dictation, Contextual Listening (training your ear), and best of all FREE Piano and Guitar music. There are also links to AP Classes.

This site was put together by GILBERT DEBENEDETTI Here is a brief synopsis from his "ABOUT" page:

I teach Music Theory at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), and at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. As a result of my Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory course at CAPA, I have been chosen to be a Reader and a Member of the Development Committee for the AP exam. I am indebted to Janet Waanders and Brent Sandene at ETS for nominating me for this committee, and their faith in my abilities has inspired much of my work in music theory pedagogy.

Please visit his ABOUT page for more information on his credentials and why he offers all of this for free.


Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~Berthold Auerbach

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Music is the universal language of mankind. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Outre-Mer

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The upcoming weekend and local happenings

We've had a pretty calm week around here. I've pulled a few more things together for our year end portfolio review. I'm looking at our upcoming schedule and we have quite a few things taking place in the Cleveland Metroparks this month. So I thought I'd add a link to their website:

We went to one of the many park areas they have today with our homeschool group. On Monday we'll be at the zoo with our Roots & Shoots group and the next week the girls are attending one of their educational happenings. We are also looking at going to a little music festival they are having Saturday.

A short description from their website:

The sixteen reservations of Cleveland Metroparks consist of over 21,000 acres of various landscapes and attractions for visitors to enjoy. The Park District is commonly referred to as the "Emerald Necklace" because the reservations encircle the city of Cleveland. Discover and enjoy any or all of the reservations!

It's easy to enjoy the picnic areas, reservable picnic areas, shelterhouses, wildlife areas, waterfowl areas, overlooks, all purpose trails, outdoor education facilities, and special features and attractions with downloadable maps and easy-to-follow directions. (

Since the parks are free to use, most of the educational programs are free and the zoo is free to Cuyahoga county residents on Mondays - they certainly qualify for "Free" stuff to do.

Monday, July 7, 2008

My family's 4th of July

Well Fourth of July was pretty exciting. We walked in Lakewood's Fourth of July Parade then went back in the evening, listened to the Lakewood Project and watched fireworks. The next evening we went to the festival at Crocker Park and watched fireworks - which were quite honestly dissappointing since they only lasted 5-10 minutes. They were very pretty and unusual but very short.

Links to Lakewood 4th of July Pics:

Photo 51 under Ivor Karabatkovic is one of my Girl Scouts

In Danielle Masters Photo #1 the girl in the pink hat is one of my Girl Scouts too.

Enjoy the many pictures!

Hope you enjoy!!

Check the Observation Deck at The Lakewood Observer for any additions.


First - Happy Birthday United States of America!

I don't know if our founding fathers would be pleased with our current state of being but as long as I'm allowed to publish this blog without fear of being put in prison for my opinions I know that our country is still the best around!

Those of us who have grown up in this country tend to become cynical although we must have something to offer if illegal immigration is such a "problem" obviously our country still offers hope to those oppressed.

Remember our freedoms and rights. I'm able to publish this blog without fear of prosecution. I am able to homeschool my children without being jailed. I am able to watch what I want on television without my government banning shows. I am able to listen to the radio without the government chosing what should be broadcast. I am able to tell my daughters they can still have any career they choose, including president. I am able to enjoy my pastors (male and female) and I am able to attend church without fear of prosecution or the government running it.

SO as cynical as we may become - we should still be thankful and remember our country is perfect but at least we still have our freedom.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

SONNY SCOTT:Home-schoolers threaten our cultural comfort

SONNY SCOTT:Home-schoolers threaten our cultural comfort
6/8/2008 9:39:01 AMDaily Journal

You see them at the grocery, or in a discount store.

It's a big family by today’s standards - "just like stair steps," as the old folks say. Freshly scrubbed boys with neatly trimmed hair and girls with braids, in clean but unfashionable clothes follow mom through the store as she fills her no-frills shopping list.

There's no begging for gimcracks, no fretting, and no threats from mom. The older watch the younger, freeing mom to go peacefully about her task.

You are looking at some of the estimated 2 million children being home schooled in the U.S., and the number is growing. Their reputation for academic achievement has caused colleges to begin aggressively recruiting them. Savings to the taxpayers in instructional costs are conservatively estimated at $4 billion, and some place the figure as high as $9 billion. When you consider that these families pay taxes to support public schools, but demand nothing from them, it seems quite a deal for the public.

Home schooling parents are usually better educated than the norm, and are more likely to attend worship services. Their motives are many and varied. Some fear contagion from the anti-clericalism, coarse speech, suggestive behavior and hedonistic values that characterize secular schools. Others are concerned for their children’s safety. Some want their children to be challenged beyond the minimal competencies of the public schools. Concern for a theistic world view largely permeates the movement.

Indications are that home schooling is working well for the kids, and the parents are pleased with their choice, but the practice is coming under increasing suspicion, and even official attack, as in California.

Why do we hate (or at least distrust) these people so much?

Methinks American middle-class people are uncomfortable around the home schooled for the same reason the alcoholic is uneasy around the teetotaler.

Their very existence represents a rejection of our values, and an indictment of our lifestyles. Those families are willing to render unto Caesar the things that Caesar’s be, but they draw the line at their children. Those of us who have put our trust in the secular state (and effectively surrendered our children to it) recognize this act of defiance as a rejection of our values, and we reject them in return.

Just as the jealous Chaldeans schemed to bring the wrath of the king upon the Hebrew eunuchs, we are happy to sic the state’s bureaucrats on these “trouble makers.” Their implicit rejection of America’s most venerated idol, Materialism, (a.k.a. “Individualism”) spurs us to heat the furnace and feed the lions.

Young families must make the decision: Will junior go to day care and day school, or will mom stay home and raise him? The rationalizations begin. "A family just can't make it on one income." (Our parents did.) "It just costs so much to raise a child nowadays." (Yeah, if you buy brand-name clothing, pre-prepared food, join every club and activity, and spend half the cost of a house on the daughter’s wedding, it does.) And so, the decision is made. We give up the bulk of our waking hours with our children, as well as the formation of their minds, philosophies, and attitudes, to strangers. We compensate by getting a boat to take them to the river, a van to carry them to Little League, a 2,800-square-foot house, an ATV, a zero-turn Cub Cadet, and a fund to finance a brand-name college education. And most significantly, we claim “our right” to pursue a career for our own "self-fulfillment."

Deep down, however, we know that our generation has eaten its seed corn. We lack the discipline and the vision to deny ourselves in the hope of something enduring and worthy for our posterity. We are tired from working extra jobs, and the looming depression threatens our 401k’s. Credit cards are nearly maxed, and it costs a $100 to fuel the Suburban. Now the kid is raising hell again, demanding the latest Play Station as his price for doing his school work … and there goes that modest young woman in the home-made dress with her four bright-eyed, well-behaved home-schooled children in tow. Wouldn’t you just love to wipe that serene look right off her smug face?

Is it any wonder we hate her so?

Sonny Scott a community columnist, lives on Sparta Road in Chickasaw County and his e-mail address is

Appeared originally in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 6/8/2008, section 0 , page 0

Vegetables and stuff

Ok - I'm definitely a city girl but I love fresh vegetables. So living in Cleveland we are very lucky to have a number of sources to get fresh vegetables. I'm participating in Lakewood Earth & Food Community (LEAF) which supports local agriculture. We specifically participate in City Fresh where we get fresh vegetable weekly. There is so much to write about this so I'm providing a link for your to go to and find out more information:

Why I bring this up.... I know very little on preserving and preparing fresh vegetables. I found the following site ( which gives directions on canning and freezing fresh produce. It also provides links to "pick your own" farms across the U.S.

So now I know how to freeze the peas I got. :)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sewing Patterns - broomstick dress, T-shirt Dress, custom accessories

The following information was posted on a Yahoo group I belong to:

Here is a pheasant skirt calculator with instructions.

Broomstick skirt

T-shirt dress,1789,HGTV_3256_1371470,00.html or with photos

And I found a free program to make custom accessories…

Also on this site… iCare patterns. Patterns for house wear creator.

"I thought about altering them and fabric for basic at home or casual wear." Kathy P.