Wordsmithy by Douglas Wilson~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ September 22nd, 2016



Timberdoodle asked me to review this resource and I said of course!

First of all, am I the only homeschool mom that feels her heart racing a bit when the Timberdoodle catalog arrives? Oh my! I love looking at that and all the wonderful resources they have pulled together.


Wordsmithy by Douglas Wilson is a 120 page paperback book written to help writers develop their abilities.

It is included in the 11th grade curriculum kit which you can view here. 

There are tips included to help a writer become better and each section is short and quick and easy to read.

After the tip, there is a takeaway point and recommended reading for more learning.

One good point was be willing to throw things away and that our good writing may depend on how much bad writing we’re willing to throw away. He said that when you hear a concert pianist perform, you don’t know about the hours of scales they practiced and all the bad practicing they will never share with anyone. Their beautiful performance required the hours of practicing and boring drills and things not worth performing.

Excellent tip! Of course as a pianist, I completely understand that one.

If you or your student needs help learning to write, this may just be the resource you’re looking for. Ideas and tips written in an easy to follow style that won’t bog you down. What’s not to like!?

Disclaimer~I received a free copy of this book in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own. 


God Bless Us Everyone~Eva Marie Everson~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ September 20th, 2016


About the book:

Charlene Dixon—called Charlie by family and friends—is devastated at the recent loss of her job. 
For the last five years, the twenty-seven-year-old has blossomed as the activities director of an exclusive all-girls school. But when a misunderstanding with the headmistress leads to a pink slip right before the holidays, Charlie packs up her dreams and returns to her grandmother, Sis, who raised Charlie as her own in the mountains of North Carolina.

When Charlie arrives—broken and confused—Sis immediately puts her granddaughter to work behind the scenes of the local school’s Christmas play, A Christmas Carol. Charlie prickles at working with Dustin Kennedy, the drama teacher and her old crush from schooldays, but is even more put out at that the choice of the Dickens’ classic for the holiday performance. When she discovers her estranged father’s involvement her world turns on its head once more. But when Sis and Dustin encourage her to take a deeper look at the story behind A Christmas Carol, Charlie learns about trust, faith, and forgiveness and the needs of people in their own community.

About the Author: 

Eva Marie Everson is an award-winning speaker and author of The Road to Testament,Things Left Unspoken, This Fine Life, Chasing Sunsets, Waiting for Sunrise, Slow Moon Rising, and The Potluck Club series (with Linda Evans Shepherd). She is the president of Word Weavers International, Inc., a member of AWSA, ACFW, RWA, the director of Florida Christian Writer’s Conference, and the contest director for Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference. She and her husband make their home in Casselberry, Florida.
My Thoughts:
This was a fun book to read and I think it would be perfect for the Christmas season when you’re super busy but you’d like to read a book.
The story line was good and I liked how she used parts of Dickens A Christmas Carol to tie into her story.
There was also a bit of history about Dickens and the writing of his story.
If you’re looking for a book to get you into the Christmas spirit (when the time comes!) perhaps you’d enjoy this one.
If you’d like to read what other reviewers thought, check out this page.
Disclaimer~I received a free copy of this book in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own. 

This & That Chat

by adustyframe ~ September 19th, 2016

We have been having lovely weather. Currently James took Nathan outside to play instead of doing school. I am ok with that today. We have a bunch of craziness today and there wasn’t going to be very much schooling completed today anyway.

We have to take advantage of these lovely days because the cold weather is coming!

I am getting a haircut today and James will be doing some odd jobs for a family this afternoon.

I am up to my eyeballs in stuff to list online. I’ve been working harder at eBay and also sending things in to Amazon. It’s fun and a great way to have a little extra money to pay for extras but it means there’s always a pile of something somewhere that needs attention.

I do have a few reviews that I’m behind on so I want to give you a heads up. There will be more reviews in the next few days than I normally like to have all at once but bear with me. When I accept reviews, I try to make sure the due dates are spaced out but sometimes that just doesn’t happen.

What’s up in your corner?


When He Comes Home

by adustyframe ~ September 15th, 2016

When my husband is on his way home there are some things I do for him.

  1. We look at our schedule and give him a heads up about things we cannot change. Since he often comes home at short notice, we sometimes have things scheduled we cannot change.
  2. We don’t make plans for while he’s home. This includes a teenager hanging out with a zillion friends and lots of other good stuff.
  3. I make sure there is coffee and half and half in the house. This may be the very most important thing.
  4. I grab food that he enjoys snacking on and make plans for dinners he enjoys.
  5. I try to get clutter picked up and things organized. He doesn’t care too much about this but when he comes home he brings things with him and the place ends up looking a bit cluttered, so I try to eliminate any extra clutter.
  6. I clean the toilet for him. It’s not that I don’t clean the toilet unless he’s coming home. It’s just that he has to use truck stop bathrooms every day (EWWWW….although many are not as bad as the old stereotype anymore.) and I just want him to be able to use a nice clean toilet.

And yes, I do those things to honor him whether or not he notices. I’m thankful for how very hard he works to provide for us.


Winter Medicine Cabinet

by adustyframe ~ September 9th, 2016

It’s about time to be sure the wellness supplies are on hand.

I was thinking through this today.

We always have

Calendula ointment–for scrapes and skin issues

Dr. Christophers Bone and Tissue –a type of ointment I learned about before my surgery last fall

Arnica ointment–for bruises–not open skin

Homeopathy tablets for various issues (not sure going into which ones and how to use would be a good idea. It’s one of those things you have to learn on your own to have a handle on it.)

Vitamin C


Elderberry Syrup–I’ve been making it the past couple of winters. We take it every day in the winter–a teaspoon or two. If we’re sick or are going out in public we take more!

I need to get some more collodial silver and I want to get the silver ointment.

I also love to have some essential oils on hand–frankincense, thyme, oregano, a thieves type blend, and some blends I found at Hopewell. We really like this company and have had an excellent experience with them.


I like to keep fresh garlic around in the winter too. Here’s some great ways to use it to promote health.

I feel like I must be missing something that I like to have around. If I think about it, I’ll update this post.

Oh! Activated charcoal is something I forgot to include. We use it if we feel something like a flu coming on or if something we ate is disagreeing with us very badly.

What do you like to have on hand?

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Back To School Verse

by adustyframe ~ September 1st, 2016

I’ve been praying about a great verse to base our school year on.

The other night, I thought of one and then realized it’s a saying not a verse.

“To know Him and make Him known”

It’s a really excellent sentiment and based in Scripture but I’m back to praying for the right verse for the year.


Does anyone else choose a verse for their family for the year or a verse for their school year?


The Things We Knew~ By Catherine West~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ August 30th, 2016



About the book:

A tragedy from the past resurfaces in this tale of family secrets and reignited love.

After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to harbor animosity toward their father, silently blaming him for their mother’s death. Nobody will talk about that dreadful day, and Lynette can’t remember a bit of it.

But when next-door neighbor Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, he brings the past with him. Once her brother’s best friend and Lynette’s first crush, Nick seems to hiding things from her. Lynette wonders what he knows about the day her mother died and hopes he might help her remember the things she can’t.

But Nick has no intention of telling Lynette the truth. Besides the damage it might cause his own family, he doesn’t want to risk harming the fragile friendship between him and the woman he once thought of as a kid sister.

As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets begin to surface—secrets that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question all they ever believed in.

About the Author:
Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border collie for long walks on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children.

My thoughts:

I have to admit that I have not quite finished this book but I am enjoying it. The characters are believable and the story line makes me want to keep reading to find out what is going on.

It is a sad story with many challenges and heartaches but the tone of the book is not sad or depressing. I appreciate that! I don’t need to be burdened while reading fiction!

I’m looking forward to finding out what it is that Lynette can’t remember!

If you’d like to see what others thought about this book, you can check out this page at Litfuse.

Disclaimer~ I received a free copy of this book in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.


Shutterfly Personalized Notebook~Giveaway

by adustyframe ~ August 29th, 2016

I haven’t done a give away in ages but I have two coupons for a free personalized notebook at Shutterfly that I’d like to share with you.

I can email you the coupon code.

It’s good for one free 5″x8″ notebook but shipping is not included. It expires 9/30/2016.


If you’d like to be entered to win, just leave a comment sharing what’s your favorite part of back to school season?




Our Attorney

by adustyframe ~ August 22nd, 2016

We had three different attorneys during this journey of ours. I refuse to tally how much that cost because it boggles my mind and because those costs have made an impact even today on our finances.

But here’s a story that makes me giggle every time I think of it.

We found out that the receptionist for one of our attorneys is a Christian. She was always very polite and kind to us and I appreciated that so much.

I was looking for an attorney recently and called there to see if this attorney did the paperwork we needed to get done. She answered and was excited to hear from me and asked about us. I told her God had blessed us with another baby and I said that I always thought about bringing him into show him off to her. She said to come in anytime.


We did one day and talked to her for a couple minutes. A week or so later, we drove past the office and saw her mowing in her dress clothes and shoes. I told James to hop out and finish that for her.

She went in and asked the attorney and they hired him on the spot to mow for them. We stopped that day to be kind, but they insisted on paying him. They called today and asked him to come over and mow and he came home with a check again.

Maybe I’m just a little odd, but the attorney sending money into our house just makes me smile. James will have to mow more than 275 times before it’s even close to what we paid him but it still makes me smile.


Thankful for Friends

by adustyframe ~ August 21st, 2016

I had a quick conversation with a friend online last week. She has moved away and James is taking care of her lawn.

I touched base with her to let her know we were keeping an eye on things and she immediately sent me a payment for him.

I told her  I hadn’t touched base with her to nudge her into paying James. (I hadn’t!) I just wanted her to know we had stopped and checked on things and how things were going.

She said, “I know! I just wanted to pay him while I was thinking of it.”

I’m thankful for  someone who knows my heart. Someone who knew I wasn’t being vague and trying to hint at anything. I’m thankful that when I said, “Hey! I was just checking in with you.” She said, “I know!”

It’s a blessing to have friends who believe you.

Friends who don’t read into comments.

Friends who know when you say something you meant  the words you said and not words that could be assumed.

I’m so thankful for the friends I have like this. I’m going to hang onto these dear ones and pray that I am that friend in the life of others.