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A cobble by itself is just a small stone, but when many of them lay together they create a path . My life is made up of many discrete parts. I have to find ways to fit them all into place so that I can continue to journey where I desire to go. This journal records some of the cobbles that create my path.

Lists of Things About This Week

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Ways that this week has been hard:

Helping Howard track and manage some depression.

Kiki had an unexplained outbreak of hives, allergist evaluation had yet to be scheduled or paid for.

Parent teacher conferences revealed that Gleek and Patch are generally doing well, but there are some specific things I can be doing to help. Check Patch’s math homework, insist he practice his times tables, communicate more with Gleek’s teacher, etc. All are small. All will make a difference. All are yet one more thing I’m supposed to fit into my days.

Gleek had an orthodontic assessment. She wants braces and she very obviously needs them. Yet somehow I want to pause, pretend it isn’t necessary. I won’t. We’ll proceed. I just had more thinking to do than expected.

Link needed full focused attention while he worked through some feelings. He also needs me to step up my game and do a better job relating to him and connecting with him.

I got some publishing news which seemed discouraging at first, but may not be, and yet I still have to work through my feelings as if it really were completely bad news.

Patch continues to struggle with insomnia. I need to give him more snuggles and make sure he is getting more sunlight and exercise.

Smog. Cold. Snow.

Things which I’m supposed to do every day, but for which I’m lucky if I fit in three:

Read scriptures and study them.



Write fiction

Write letters

Things that were good this week, but still tiring:

Staying up late to watch shows with Howard after the kids have gone to bed.

Listening to Kiki tell me in detail all her thoughts and feelings regarding her current projects.

Listening to the kids play a game together knowing that they are having fun but that I’ll soon have to interrupt for bedtime.

I almost won at Laundry. If I fold clothes tomorrow I can declare a win.

Things I am looking forward to:


Howard and Patch’s birthdays

Friends coming to visit.

Small happy things

Gleek’s crookedy smile, her energy, and the livestrong armband she has worn ever since her teacher gave it to her last spring. I can’t think of a better motto for that girl.

Link’s hat that we decorated with his personal symbol. I love how often his hat indicates his mood: pulled down, pushed back, crooked, backwards.

Kiki’s current painting project. She is creating a series of paintings about a girl making mechanical wings to take flight. It is highly symbolic of her right now.

Patch’s tendency to abort an upset with a joke, he’s developing a fine sarcastic turn of phrase. I also love that he makes a new picture for his binder each month of the year.

Howard’s diet and exercise plan which has been working far better than previously. I’m beginning to see him change shape, more importantly he’s happier.

A kitty who sat in my lap and purred for me.

Letters in my mailbox.

Breakfast with a friend.

It is Friday. I can sleep late tomorrow.

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  • There is a mental trick to the times tables. I told my nephew that he didn't need to worry remembering the beginning of those, above one because he already knows them since they are the reverse.

    We learn all 12 of the ones. 1x1 through 1x12

    jump to 2x2 to star them because 2x1 is the reverse of 1x2 (already learned).

    Then jump to 3x3 because we leaned 3x1 and 3x2 as they are the reverse of 1x3 and 2x3.

    Start each one with that number times itself, because you already know the first part.

    8x8 for instance, because you already learned that 8x5 is 5x8 reversed!

    When he gets to the 12 table, all he needs to learn is the 12x12 because the first 11 parts of that set is the reverse of everything below it. (12x11 is the same as 11x12).

    When it comes to fractions, use a physical pie (or chart). It is easy to visualize "one" whole pie. Slice it down the middle and you have a half for me and a half for you. 1 half plus 1 half (1/2 + 1/2) equals the whole pie. Cut the half's... rebuild for visual effect, etc.

    This makes the tables seem a lot smaller. :o)

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