Randomly Thinking: Honest homeschoolers, friendly only in winter, overused book tropes

Welcome to my random thoughts. Read on at your own risk.

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As many of you know,  I am a homeschooler and shortly after becoming one, I figured out there is an entire homeschooling community, a good portion of it on social media. Many of those on social media, sharing their journey, are simply sharing their journey to connect with other homeschoolers so they can learn from each other. There is another segment, however, that has made a business out of homeschooling. They are homeschool influencers, I guess you would say, many of them posting photos on Instagram of pristine areas of the home where they conduct their learning, homemade school desks carved from wood by their father/grandfather/amazingly talented uncle; elaborate field trips, children wearing perfectly matched clothes, perfectly organized shelves, and large, almost mansion-like homes.

I was telling a friend this week that I’d love to see some more honest posts from these types of homeschoolers. Something like kids with their hair uncombed and their faces dirty. Photos of children in cute little matching outfits covered in mud, chocolate, or poop while the mother — her hair sticking out in all different directions  — drags them to their cute, little homemade desk. Maybe a photo of Mom trying to teach the 15-year-old math while in the background the 7-year-old spills a container of Legos all over the original hardwood floor and the 3-year-old drags a screaming cat by its tail across the kitchen linoleum.

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My 7-year olds favorite word right now is “ineffective” and I don’t know where she heard it. Last week she told me that my tricks to get her to take her allergy medicine would be ineffective on her.

No idea.

I don’t use that word often and I don’t even know where she heard it. I’m glad she’s reading and learning more words, but I do wish she’d stop using them correctly and against me.

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Here is a character attribute I am tired of seeing in books: A female main character who absolutely loves to read and spends three paragraphs telling the reader of the book she is in why she loves to read. Yes, I get it, writers like to read so they think their characters should too. Yes, I did this in my first book, but no, I don’t want to keep reading about main characters who love to read and hide themselves in corners to read and ignore other people so they can read.

It’s cliché and completely over done and I will most likely do it myself in a future book. Also, I like to read, but I don’t fall in love with the characters to the point I am completely out of touch with reality so if the author is trying to help me relate to his/her characters, it’s not going to work.

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Our older cat Pixel is very aloof in the warmer months. She comes in from outside for a pet, eats some food, and heads back outside to hunt then repeats the process every couple of hours. In the winter, she goes outside for a much shorter time and when she returns, she often crawls up on my lap for a pet and a brief kneading session on my chest. Then she curls up in a chair the rest of the day and at night she’s back on my chest for a cuddle. It is for this reason that I sometimes favor winter more than the warmer months.

Our kitten (Scout), on the other hand, is affectionate at the most inopportune times, like at 5 in the morning when she walks up onto my chest and lays down under my chin, cutting off my air.

The kitten has also spent much of the last couple of weeks finding the best sprawl pose near our woodstove.

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The other night my husband turned on Knight Rider for old time’s sake. I have to admit that I watched it very little as a kid and hadn’t seen it in years but it brought back a memory for me of a poster of David Hasselhoff I saw at a yard sale near our house and bought after begging my mom for it.

My mom finally agreed with a big eye roll, asking me, “Are you sure you want that?”

When I insisted I did, she let me buy it, and then there he was — David Hasselhoff with his shirt unbuttoned several buttons, wearing a leather jacket and leaning on Kit. I hung him on the wall right next to my bed. The poster looked a little like this:



My brother says he doesn’t remember this at all, but I swear he came into my room after it was hung and said, “What the heck?! Why do you have a poster of a grown man on your wall? MOM! WHY DOES LISA HAVE A POSTER OF A GROWN MAN ON HER WALL?!”

My brother says this never happened, but he is getting old so he probably forgot. *wink*



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A former friend once bragged about how much better Australia was than the U.S. Lately I wonder if she thinks the same thing now that they have no freedom left to speak of.

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Last Sunday an ice storm moved into our area so we decided not to drive the five miles to my parents for lunch like we usually do on Sundays. I didn’t want my mom to think we didn’t want to come, but I wanted us to be safe so I called her and she said if we did come she’d be worried about us driving back in the dark.

We finally agreed we would stay home. She said, “okay, good. I just didn’t want you to think I was rejecting you.” Then I said, “I didn’t want you to think I was rejecting you.”

And that’s when I realized, yet again actually, that this family needs to see a therapist. We worry way too much about offending each other and other people.



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I thought I’d share a couple of humorous memes I came across recently. I find them humorous but my son says they are “so 2016.”

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So those are my random thoughts. How about you? Share your random thoughts in the comments.

8 thoughts on “Randomly Thinking: Honest homeschoolers, friendly only in winter, overused book tropes

  1. Pingback: Sunday Bookends: Cold weather, saying goodbye to a kitty friend, and a little too much TV | Boondock Ramblings

  2. Don’t Hassle the Hoff! Lol. I never watched Knight Rider either but I definitely remember it. I was more of a Fall Guy kid. Lol. Billy however loved Knight Rider. And that story about your poster cracks me up!!!

    Those kitty in front of the woodstove photos are precious! What a cutie. And how cozy. I want to curl up there too.

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  3. THIS is why I love kids: My 7-year olds favorite word right now is “ineffective” and I don’t know where she heard it. Last week she told me that my tricks to get her to take her allergy medicine would be ineffective on her.

    My jaw would’ve been on the floor wondering how in the heck she knew how to use that word in a sentence. lol

    That cat lounging around in front of the wood stove is too cute.

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  4. Technically, I’m homeschooling, but, since it’s preschool, I have nothing to do with the homeschooling community, so this is the first I’ve heard of homeschool influencers. I know how crazy other kinds of influencers can be when it comes to taking just the perfect picture, so I can’t imagine how nutty it must be behind the scenes with probably cleaning up a space several times after the kids get into it just to take that one picture. I did have dreams of a beautiful work space for my kids, but my daughter has ended up doing preschool in our hallway, haha.

    And of course it always happens that as soon as you start reading, someone magically comes up with something to say.

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  5. Oh, no. You mean there’s “Pinterest perfect” homeschooling influencers too?!? Yuck. No social media influencer influences me at all — instead it’s the complete opposite for me. Maybe I’m just ornery? Could be. But I will use Little Miss’s word – influencers are ineffective in my opinion.

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    • I am a rebel. Once someone I follow starts to get big and only posts perfect pictures of their lives, I stop following them. I’m not in high school anymore and don’t have any interest in following or listening to a person who clearly thinks they are.

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