Moving Day

It’s moving day! Keen Sense for the Obvious is moving to blogspot as downroadslesstraveled. I apologize for any inconvenience, but please come join us over there. Thank you.

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Moving Day

keensensefortheobvious is moving to  . Please excuse the inconvenience and join me over there. Thank you

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A New Clothes Dryer!

She’s a little rusty, but I’m in love with her!

Am I crazy to be so nostalgic about a clothes line?…maybe.

But who would know that such a simplistic thing would bring such joy and memories? Good and bad. Growing up, I always thought that we were “less than” others because we didn’t own a dryer. I felt looked down upon because we hung our clothes on a clothesline or when the weather was bad we went to the laundry mat.

As a young child a dryer was considered an unnecessary luxury. I can remember running through my grandmothers sheets as they hung on the line to dry while playing with my cousins. And then getting yelled at for running through her clean sheets with our dirty little bodies. Cause we didn’t have wii’s or nintendo or anything else that kept us inside. We played in the mud and with sticks and rocks and whichever one of us had a ball. If you stayed inside you were put to work shelling peas or shucking corn, or stirring the pot at the hot stove while things were being canned and now…that had to be avoided at all costs. I wish I had paid more attention to the canning part.

Now I feel so filled with pride to be hanging my clothes on a clothesline.

A freshly washed load of sheets and blankets that have been dried outside await my bedtime tonight. Sure I could have put another set on – but those were dried in the dryer. Yeah, I’m a rebel like that.

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…don’t you just love the way they drape their graceful selves across the backyard?
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….simplicity….the beauty is in the simplicity. Lord, I need more simplicity in my life. Teach me.

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The Verdict is In

Well, he made  his decision. What a relief to him and to me. It was a tough one. Does he stay, out of his element, risk not being the most popular kid (which he definitely could be…it’s those blue eyes). His first sort-of grown up decision and he made it by himself. He will be homeschooling through high school.

I did it once with our oldest daughter, but I wasn’t sure I could do it again. When I saw the peace on his face though, then I knew we could do it. This time I don’t have that voice in the back of my head saying “what are you…crazy?”. I unabashedly know the answer to that question is a definite “yes”! Yet, there was no panic, no freaking out that I may be making the wrong decision for one of my children. He definitely had an out, he could have gone to the high school. He went for 4 days, but he knew, he’d rather be home schooled. And for one of the first and rare times, I know he should be. It feels nice to know that you have peace over such a huge decision.

Here’s the line up:

Starting Points~Building a Biblical World View, Cornerstone Curriculum does an awesome job laying a foundation for young people (and us old ones too) to discover what they think about the world, the bible and the influences of our lives and why they think that way. It covers American History, Literature and even a Bible credit as an elective.

Wordly Wise and 180 daily lessons for Easy Grammar

Biology through Life Pac

Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1

Health and P.E. (which will consist of walking with mom along with other work outs to help me…um him stay in shape)

Monday will be our first official day of high school in home school. I’m looking forward to it. Meanwhile, the Diva is enjoying herself in her element in the public school. I can see  a new level of maturity in her as well. Really buckling down with the studying. She wants to go into the nursing profession– specifically radiology. She will do well. As for the Book Worm, well, what else would she decide to do but to go into journalism. Writing is second nature to her. She is taking a semester off to save some money, but is constantly stimulating herself with math practice and of course reading everything she can get her hands on.

Things are tight here financially, the dryer is broken, we had a pipe burst the other day, property  tax bill came in the mail today and so did the car tag bill,  but life is good. Really good. I am discovering more and more each day how much I appreciate the simplicity of life and the joys of my blessed family. I love it! I can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store!

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My Life is Growing Up

How eventful these last few weeks have been! I had one daughter turn 16 and purchase her own car! (Cute little red Focus). My other daughter, the oldest, started working the night shift at her job so she could make more money to save up for college. Then there is the baby of the family, my son, he started high school last week. This is the first time he has ever even set foot in a classroom. He’s been home schooled his whole life. So far, he hates it. It’s breaking my heart. He wants to come home and be home schooled again, but he wants to be a big fellow too, fit in with everyone else. How do you explain that you are not made to “fit in”, but to “stand out”. We are allowing him to make the decision. He has one week. It’s a big decision. Whatever it is, he has to stick to it for the next 4 years.

How did it happen so quickly? They were all outside in the back yard making mud pies just yesterday……

Now they are driving trucks and cars, attending high school and college, I miss my babies. Don’t get me wrong, I am so pleased at my fine young adults. But I miss my babies. You woulda thought if I was gonna cry, it would be when he left for his first day at high school, nope. Or when he tells me nightly how he hates it, but still can’t decide if he wants to come home, no tears then either (although it does break my heart into a million pieces.) No instead, it’s now, when I’m remembering their child hood. Their chubby little baby legs and cheeks.

The diva told me “You’ve got to push him to do it, he’s got to get out of his shell”. When you’ve had three children and your heart is attached to every move they make, every decision they make, every thing that affects them– then you can tell me what to do,  but until then– be quiet…..and be careful driving to work, I love you….bye.

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4 Tray Excalibur Dehydrator Giveaway

Cultures for Life together with Passionate Homemaking are giving away a 4 tray Excalibur Dehydrator. Go to for details on how you too can enter.

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Instant Oatmeal mix

3 c. Quick cooking oats


small baggies

Blend 1 c. oats in food processor till powdery. In a baggie, combine 1/4 c. quick oats, 2 Tablespoons of the powdered oats that you made in the food processor, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

To make oatmeal add 1/2 c. boiling water to one baggie of oatmeal mix. Stir well to combine.

To sweeten or flavor: 1 T sugar, or brown sugar and cinnamon, or nuts and raisins, or 6 mini marshmallows and 1 T. mini chocolate chips, or 2 T. crushed oreos, or 2 T crushed chocolate chip cookies, or 1 T. cream or half and half and your favorite fruit, such as blueberries, peaches, apples, strawberries.

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