I've been in major Picnik denial. Of course I knew "the ants had invaded" and all that, but the idea of finding a new photo-editor that didn't require me to know anything about anything was sort of overwhelming. Picnik was so easy to use! I didn't even have to know what I was doing!
I started bee-bopping around the web, looking for my new photo-editing hangout. I was on the prowl for a lazy mama's alternative to Photoshop. I'm pretty sure that if I had to learn Photoshop, I'd break out in hives. Daily.
The verdict? PicMonkey. It's set up, as far as can tell, exactly like Picnik, and it loads about a bazillion times faster on my computer, so I was really rather thrilled at the discovery. I thought I'd share in case some of you are still biting nails and muttering expletives over the Picnik closure.
Not that I was doing that. Or anything.
I just love pictures where Posy is poking her tongue out all cute-like. :)
I was reading through the (very short) teacher's guide to Phonetic Zoo not too long ago, and I stumbled across this bit of advice:
Smile a lot, and don't feel you have to continuously point out [the child's] errors.
Frequency will do its job.
Isn't that such sound advice for all of parenting? I think it's my new mantra. A little done every day, with Mama smiling all the while. A method that pays dividends, I'll bet.
This is another gift from San. I must say, it's awfully fun to receive mail from the other side of the world- especially when that mail is hand-knit and goes on a perfect little Posy-Pie of a baby.
Have you seen the OnTheWay website yet? I just stumbled on it via Pinterest, and it looks awesome. You type in your starting point and your destination, and it tells you all the cool places to stop along the way. Go check it out.
You're welcome. :)
I'm not planting a garden this year. I think I'm ready to let go of guilt and accept that gardening is just not my thing. When we lived in Tacoma, we had a pretty big garden that yielded over 50 pumpkins, several types of berries, and a whole slew of vegetables, but I've decided that I just don't enjoy gardening enough to justify all the time it takes.The last couple of years, I've tried my hand at smaller gardens to see if that was more my "thing". Nope.
This year, I'll help Tulip plant some flowers and she can do her thing with them. She lives and breathes flowers, so that will bring her a lot of joy. Instead of planting our own fruits and vegetables, we'll support our local farmers and spend loads of time at the u-pick farms on Greenbluff. I'm happy with this plan.
So, I feel like an idiot. Here I am reading all about how modern kids' lit is chock-full of relativism and secular humanism, and what do I go and let my daughter get from the library? Elsie Dinsmore. They're old, they're supposedly "Christian", and they look perfectly harmless. No inverted archetypes or hidden relativism here, folks! Nope- instead, they're blatantly anti-Catholic. Which is fabulous, right, being that we're CATHOLIC, so they attack our family's very CORE.
I should win Homeschool Rockstar of the Year award for that, right?
The only redeeming factor here is that my ten year old happens to be the lovely kind of child who talks about anything and everything she reads, so when she stumbled across the gross misrepresentation of her faith, she brought it to my attention. I imagine it would have been a very confusing book for her to read if she hadn't talked to me about it. At any rate, we were able to have a good conversation on the common misconceptions about Catholicism (you know, the big ones- like Catholics bow to statues and worship Mary and such).
Live and learn, yes?
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