Economics For Everybody by R.C. Sproul Jr~Timberdoodle Review

by adustyframe ~ October 19th, 2016



Economics is not an exciting subject! It’s not one of those that makes students excited when they hear it’s on the schedule!

Enter Economics for Everybody by R.C. Sproul Jr. First plus is the cover….I know this doesn’t matter but I love the way it looks!

This set from Timberdoodle includes a 250 page study guide and a 2 disc DVD set. It offers 12 lessons and is for students age 14+.

This course can be counted as 1/2 of a high school credit–always a bonus for the homeschool moms looking for quality courses for their high school student. (me!)

Timberdoodle includes this in their 12th grade curriculum.

The guide includes additional material, Bible readings, discussion questions, and more.

The DVD’s include video lessons that include clips from historic events and lessons taught in a fun way. They teach students why economics matter and why they need to understand it. The lessons are fairly short so no worries that the teenager will doze off…..ok no promises on that one!

The best part? No preparation for the parent! HELLO!?!?!?’

Timberdoodle offers a Scope and Sequence you can download if you would like to see what the course covers.

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



A Marriage Story

by adustyframe ~ October 10th, 2016

I found this sweet story in a newspaper from 1979. It was folded underneath a game I purchased at the thrift store.

I enjoyed looking at the 70s fashion in the ads and the prices in all the ads. There was something about the hostages in Iran and someone saved from a shark attack.

Then I turned the page and found this sweet story.

Art and Lucy celebrated the 70th anniversary of their November 1909 wedding at a local supper club.

A dear friend wrote a poem in honor of their long lives together. When you’re in your mid 90s such a gathering is a testimonial to an ability to make and keep friend.

“You’ve outlived your life insurance policies, and all our friends we used to play cards with. They’re all gone. So many of our friends are in nursing homes now. It’s sad. We used to visit but it’s hard now.”

There are new friends and they are still playing cards pretty regularly–at least they were until her recent poor health. Art plays with a men’s group and Lucy’s group meets with a member who is housebound.

The young people in their neighborhood are all grown up with their own families but they still visit occasionally. There are friends at the church down the street. The third generation of their own family is growing.

They have lived in the same area all 70 years of their marriage. They moved to a farm three miles north of town to set up housekeeping. They farmed until they moved “to town” in 1952. Their three children were born while they were on the farm twin daughters and sixteen years later, a son.

In town, they chose their home because the church was just at the end of the street and there was a grocery on the corner.

The store has moved but the church is still there.

Five wars and the Great Depression have helped to mold their lives and so have technological changes. They bought a surrey and wrapped up in bear robes for winter travel when the twins crowded the buggy. They bought their first car, a Ford, in 1917 and continued to use the robes in season. Framing went from horses to tractors and marketing from farm market to co-op and agri-business.

They have always tried to keep up with developments. Today, they comment on Iran and third world conditions and speak about those with presidential aspirations.

“For us, the depression was the worst. We had 100 acres and hung on and hung on and finally came through it” he remembered. “We had plenty to eat and made over our clothing, patched it and made it do.” Lucy said, “If I got a pair of silk stockings, I turned them over to the children. They cost about .29.”

Art recalls receiving $15 for 2 milk cows that today would be worth $700-800.

They sold the farm equipment in 1952 when the prices were high and moved to town and rented out their farm land. The farm land was sold in 1955.

Art worked until he was 80, finishing his working days as a custodian at a teacher’s college. He had to quit when the steps got too high for him.

For Lucy, the move to town meant opportunity to attend vocational school classes, something there had been no chance to do on the farm. “I just loved it.” she declared. Her upholstering, caning, aluminum and leather tooling and advanced sewing embellished their home and provided gifts for friends and relatives. It was during this time that Lucy crocheted 20 afghans for weddings and showers for her grandchildren.

When Art retired at age 80, they bought a house trailer and began spending time at the lake. They used it for weekends until driving it became to be too much for Art at age 90.

The most exciting thing that ever happened to them was the birth of their son and the worst was the death of their daughter in a car accident. Lucy was left with artery damage that required surgery.

“Lucy inherited a dishwasher when I retired.” Art likes to say. Together, they operate their own home, almost without assistance. They share the housework and tend a large garden. Produce is canned for the winter and surplus is shared with two neighbors who don’t have gardens.

Art vacuums; Lucy cooks and does the laundry. She still hangs the washing out of doors when the weather is nice.

“My kitchen is just right for me to get around in. I can sit for lots of things. Lucy stopped making rye bread a year ago. “I don’t bake cakes anymore, but I’m still making cookies.” She’s been baking since the days of the woods stove. “We had bottled gas before we left the farm though.”

Art is still putting on the screens and storm windows, but he’s going to have help this year with snow shoveling and lawn mowing. He painted the garage last year.  He still drives his car, “daytime only!” They need the car for groceries and shopping and church. He has always managed his own finances and continues to do so.

“We’re doing all right. There’s only two of us and my wife is economical.”

In all his life, Art says he hasn’t spent $100 on doctors bills for himself. He and Lucy are pleased with the weekly visit of a student nurse arranged by the county.

“We’re on our third one now. It’s part of their training we can help with and we get our pulse and blood pressure taken.”

Art reads two newspapers and several magazines regularly. Their daughter keeps him supplied with books. Reading is probably what Lucy misses most. Her vision is too poor to read or watch television any more. “I used to read every night until the book dropper. Now I just lie and wait for sleep to come.”

Art credits clean living and hard work for their longevity. He does this with a twinkle in his eye. “I smoke a pipe. I’ve smoked since I was 16, and I drink a little brandy when I want it. I like wine once in awhile when somebody comes in but we don’t just sit and drink you know. That wouldn’t be good.”



Pumpkin Farm

by adustyframe ~ October 3rd, 2016



We went to the pumpkin farm today on a homeschool field trip. James is too old to love field trips but he went along and was a good sport.

(Plus there was yummy Autumn treats there!)

Little guy loved every second of it.

I couldn’t help thinking back to almost 12 years ago when James, Lee, and I went a couple of weeks before he “went away”. It was one of our “crowd in as much family time as possible and pretend that our lives aren’t about to fall apart” moments.

The whole time, I was near tears and felt sick. James was too little to comprehend what was going on and he had a great time.

I think I cried all the way home.

I’m thankful that today wasn’t like that. Today, we just went and had fun with friends. We ate too many calories and we drove home on a beautiful fall day not thinking about heavy things.

Thank  you, Lord.


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?

Disclosure–Amazon link is affiliate (PLEASE pretty please if you’re shopping at Amazon, use my link? The others are just sites I like!)


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.