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Sunday Salon: September wrapup

Wow! September reading wise is a really big blur.  Surprised to find I only completed 8 books and half of those were audio books. 
Memory in Death - J.D. Robb I'll Be Watching You - Charles De Lint  (ebook)Life Skills for Kids (dnf) Born in Death - J.D. Robb (audiobook)  One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia MarquezInnocent in Death - J.D. Robb (audiobook)The Raw Shark Texts - Steven HallCreation in Death - J.D.Robb I started a few and just couldn't get into them.  I've been listening to the In death series and find myself listening more and reading less.   Presently in a non fiction mode and for the past week have been reading Journeys on the Silk Road: A desert explorer, Buddha's secret library, and the unearthing of the world's oldest printed book (yes it's a mouthful of a title) by Joyce Morgan and Conrad Walters.  Almost halfway through and enjoying it.  Guess I just read non fiction a lot slower than fiction.   Also reading and writing my way thr…

Happy Fall!

Happy Fall!   The days seem to have gotten away from me.  Summer passed in a blur and don't feel like I accomplished very much.   Fall is here and for some reason feeling more inspired.   The majority of extended family crises have passed which is a very good thing.  I'm feeling a bit more creative and actually missing my writing time.  We're slowly settling in to our new routine with 7th grade lessons.   With the addition of P.E., James and I are spending an hour or so outside, playing catch and discussing a variety of things. My son  is thoroughly taxing my brain to the utmost extent jumping from subject to subject, mainly history.  I find myself saying 'wait a minute', running inside to get the encyclopedia.  *grin*  

Hubby is working on a new, improved version of his latest widget which means we've been working on advertising and websites and all the things that go with new and improving something.   I'm in the process of learning all about ecommerce a…

Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson

Overview:  "Ann Silver is a cop’s cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region’s most trusted investigative positions.

Paul Falcon is the FBI’s top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder.
Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his. A car wreck and a suspicious death offer a lead on a hired shooter he is tracking. Paul isn’t expecting to meet someone, the kind that goes on the personal side of the ledger, but Ann Silver has his attention.

The better he gets to know her, the more Paul realizes her job barely scratches the surface of who she is. She knows spies and soldiers and U.S. Marshals, and has written books about them. She is friends with the former Vice President. People with good reas…

7th Grade

7th Grade has officially started and we are off to an interesting start.  We are already making changes and fine tuning the schedule.  Originally planned on changing from Voyages in English to Saxon's Grammar and Writing.  James did a couple lessons and decided he hated it, so back to Voyages we go.  Will be supplementing the writing portion with Susan Wise Bauer's Writing with Skill and continuing with Spelling workout.  

After much research, decided to go with History Odyssey for History.  In the process discovered K12's history book Human Odyssey and fell in love.   Thanks to the ladies on WTM, some had matched up already with Story of the World and some with History Odyssey.   After much debate decided to go with Human Odyssey as our History Spine and a blend of lessons from the other two activity guides.  I spent the past two weeks working up a schedule in order to match up with Visions in Education's calendar of things to study for each learning period.  So muc…