Monday, March 30, 2015


(folded laundry piled of the coffee table in the living room)

Some random shots of my living room - where we all spend a lot of time.  It's where we read, play, fold the laundry, lounge/nap, do school, play piano...  It's my favorite room in the house.  It's sunny and comfortable.  To have such a room and all it represents - loved ones, quality time together, friends and relatives, prayer and singing together - is true riches to me!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Binding a Quilt

A quiet Sunday afternoon, home after church, the boys playing Hot Wheels, Daddy napping on the couch, sunny in the windows, listening to classical...  I'm binding my quilt that I've been working on this winter.  Almost finished - just in time for spring!  (I made myself a little needle envelope out of a bit of vintage fabric and a friend gifted me these embroidery scissors after she saw me using the children's scissors to clip threads a couple years ago.)    

Friday, March 27, 2015

Pruning Begonia

 I was pleased to see this begonia did well indoors this winter.  I'd water it occasionally and ignore it the rest of the time.  Today it was time to cut it back and start fertilizing it - to encourage new growth and blooms - so that it will be ready to go out on the door step come May!
 I cut back all the stems to a couple nodes (leaf axil spots) high.  It looks sad now, but with the plant food and sunshine it will fill out again quickly.
 I saved all the cuttings to root and start new plants (a great gift for friends and neighbors).  I strip off the lower leaves to make room for the roots to sprout.
This is the same treatment I give my larger geraniums, Schlumbergera, and many of my house plants that will root easily.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Reverse Applique - Progress

A little progress report on my reverse applique project - I'm loving it!  It think it's more fun then the plain/regular applique that I started but haven't finished!  I love that organic texture and the tone-on-tone look : )  I'm going to stencil the other side and down the center of the back (thus avoiding any seams which would make for tricky cutting away)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Planting (indoors)

I got out the seeds and set up my hanging shelves.  Tomato and basil in the first tray.  I'll start some more seeds later...there's still a couple feet of snow in the ground...but it's melting!  These little tomatoes will be ready to plant out by the end of May - so that garden better be ready by then!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Trouble Learning to Read

Eva Shorey - 3.14.15
I want to share a little history.  I have two wonderfully talented children who are capable and smart students.  But, last year it became apparent that my second grader was struggling with reading.  We got some helpful evaluations done at the local public school and discussed some options for him.  We went ahead with all his 3rd grade work this year, except for the reading curriculum we had used last year.  Instead, I got him read-along books on CD.  He'd listen to them and then read them to me later on his own.  This helped his sight reading ability and gave him the boost he needed when his reading moral was low.
We worked through a different reading curriculum called Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (get it HERE)  This helped him work through all the basics and reaffirm the foundational grasp he had on reading.  It's a great book and I highly recommend it!  He's reading better now and his comprehension level has improved.  He's able to read books like Frog and Toad and Amelia Bedelia on his own now.
My action plan for now is to let him progress at his own pace - I'm not expecting him to be at 3rd grade level right now, or even at 4rth grade level next year.  It's important to me that he enjoys reading and continues to read challenging material.  If he can get to the appropriate reading level by grade 5 or 6 then that would be great!  If, for some reason, he cannot get there on his own (and with my  instruction), then we're also in the process of applying for tutoring at the Dyslexia Center in Portland.   
(I made this chart since he so often confuses B's and D's)
His younger brother, two grades behind him, is doing fine with his reading.  He's already reading chapter books on his, far this has no negative effect on my older student.  They have a friendly rivalry (what brothers wouldn't) but, they've been taught to respect each other's abilites.

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Items in the Shop

 I finally got some of my art prints posted in my shop @ Serophin Studio!  So, now you can check them out ; )   There will be more posted over the next few days...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

My Dad's Quartet

When I was a little girl I remember my Dad singing bass in this Quartet (top middle).  My Uncle Charles (left) sang the high tenor part...Herbert (right) sang the melody - and I remember him rocking up on his toes to sing the high notes ; )  Richard (bottom center) was the baritone.  Now I'm in proud possession of one of their records, burned to CD.  Such a joy to listen too!!!
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