Memory Lane Twists and Turns

The New McMansion (photo Linda Bradshaw)
The New McMansion (photo Linda Bradshaw)

A few weeks ago my sister and I took a trip down Memory Lane. We were on our way home from a visit to the cemetery in Falls Church, where many of our relatives have been interred. We decided to drive past one of the places that I had lived for a few years as a teenager, in Vienna. The house was a modest, three bedroom ranch, like most of the other houses on that street.

The last time I had driven down that road, a couple of months earlier, I had seen that the house we had lived in had been torn down, and the new house’s foundation was under construction. I had written a post about that, and posted a photo of that construction. (See related post and link that is earlier in this paragraph.) I was curious to see the completed, new house.

Here is a photo of the new house. A McMansion, for sure. I wonder how long it will be before all of the other houses on that road are replaced with McMansions, as well.

This Glass Keeps Its Cool – and Its Hot

Before I ordered this glass online, I saw a photograph of it, and a description. The explanation that it was double-walled, and insulated, made of a special glass, piqued my interest. The shape of the glass, with the contour that allowed for a hand to wrap around it comfortably, was an additional feature that appealed to me. Ever since the accident I was in several years ago that injured both of my hands, I have found it painful to use my hands to hold things. Maybe this glass would be easier to hold.

Given the option of several different sizes to order, I decided on the 12 ounce size. Most of the glasses in my cupboard are either 6, 8, or 16 ounces, and none of them are usually the “perfect size” for how much I actually want to drink! I thought that a 12 ounce size just might do the trick.

Serafino Glass (photo credit Linda Bradshaw)
Serafino Glass (photo credit Linda Bradshaw)

When the box arrived on the porch, I was very excited to open it and check out the glasses. Upon inspection of the outside of the box, I saw that the box mentions that it is oven safe, microwave safe, and freezer safe. The box does not say that it is dishwasher safe! Disappointed, I did some research on Amazon and saw that their descriptions of the glass indicate it is, in fact, dishwasher safe. I wondered why the box does not say that.

The first couple of days I had the glasses, I only used one. The same one, for everything I drank. Cold soda or milk, hot tea, hot chocolate. Never any condensation, never too hot or too cold. And, the glass did seem to keep the cold beverages colder longer than traditional glasses, and my hot beverages hotter longer than traditional mugs. The glass was never too cold, or too hot, to hold comfortably.

I really like how the glass looks. Very exotic! The size is perfect for the portions of drink that I enjoy. I washed the glass by hand for the first three days, and then I decided that I would put it through the dishwasher. I was afraid that it might not survive, but it did. Now I have run it through the dishwasher every time I wash the dishes, and so far the glass has survived just fine.

I noticed some of the reviews on Amazon were great reviews, and some were terrible reviews. Some claimed their glasses chipped, broke, or did not survive washing. I have not had this glass for months, I have only had it a couple of weeks. But, so far, so good. I like it. If someone were to ask me if I would recommend it, my answer would be “yes.” I don’t know where one can buy these locally – shopping options where I live are very limited, as I live in a rural area, and the stores that I would expect to carry it are over an hour’s drive from my house. That is why I order a lot of things online, instead of buying locally.

Thankful For a Mild Snowstorm but Aggravated at Doctor Office

The weatherman was predicting a huge snowstorm to come bearing down on our house last night. The snow started in the afternoon, but it seemed to be a lighter storm than predicted. The weatherman was predicting 8 – 12 inches. After all was said and done, we only got three inches. I am grateful for the smaller amount. To be honest, I was worried that we would lose our electricity, and even though we can survive a few days without it, we have been spoiled by our easy access to electronic entertainment!

Thinking we would lose our electricity while sleeping, we cranked the heat up, so the house would stay warmer longer, and we put several large buckets in the bathtubs and filled them with water for flushing needs. Better to be prepared and not need it than the other way around!

This morning I was scheduled to have a medical appointment for injections to treat my migraines in DC at 11am. It takes about two hours to get there from where I live. Seeing that almost every business and government and school in DC (and surrounding areas) was cancelled, Metro being shut down, and a state of emergency declared, it would be reasonable to assume that the doctor’s office would not be open. In order to get to my appointment, I need to leave by 9am – if the roads are good. About 8:30 I started trying to contact the doctor’s office to find out if they are open and seeing patients. At first I got the automated message telling me to leave a message and they would call me back in 48 hours. That was not going to do the trick, so I called back and hit a different option. Same thing. Third call, I finally got a live person who assured me that they were, in fact, open. I indicated that I would like to reschedule my appointment for later in the day if that was possible, asking if they had any cancellations I could take. The lady got rather nasty with me and told me that if my appointment was for 11, then I had better by there by 11! She then told me to hold on while she checked for cancellations. After being on “hold” for about five minutes, I was disconnected. So I called back again, explained again what I needed, and put on hold again for about five minutes. Then someone else came on the line and told me that the doctor had called in and said that she was not coming in to work today because of the weather and bad roads, that they would call me in 48 hours to reschedule my appointment for another day.

On the one hand, I was grateful that I did not have to make the trip – the roads are probably slippery and with a ban on street parking in DC because of the snow, it would probably have been a real nightmare going in! However, I did not appreciate the less than stellar customer service I was given by the folks at the doctor’s office when I was trying to figure out if I had to hit the road to go in and brave the bad roads, only to find out after about thirty minutes of aggravation that the doctor had called in to say that all appointments needed to be rescheduled!

5 Must Have Items for Homeschooling

5 Must Have Items for Homeschooling

Homeschooling has become much more popular for families all over the world. Parents and kids alike like to have the option to completely control their own day and create a plan that will help children reach their highest potential. Additionally, there are so many more resources available to help families with every homeschooling need and want. Parents can take advantage of these resources to create the best homeschooling environment for their kids. But what resources do children actually need for homeschooling?

There are a lot of homeschooling options available for parents to choose from. Parents need to make sure that they choose the path that not only fits best with their children’s needs and goals, but also coincides with the parent’s values and ideas for their children. For these reasons, the details of what each family with need for homeschooling with differ slightly. That being said, there are a few tools that every family will need in order to succeed when homeschooling. Here are five must have items for homeschooling.

Plastic tubs for organization

Homeschooling parents will quickly realize that there are a lot of supplies needed to home school their children. From pencils to duct tape, there are a lot of little things that can get lost or misplaced in the house that children will need for homeschooling. Parents should invest in some plastic tubs to store these things and keep everything organized.

A reliable internet connection

Using the internet has become a regular part of every home-schooled child’s day. There are so many resources and tools on the internet that parents can use to ensure their kids are getting the best education all year long. Parents can use frontier communications in Oregon to ensure that their kids will have a fast, safe and reliable internet connection throughout the school day.

A digital bookmark timer

Staying focused and on task at home can be difficult for some children to do when being homeschooled. There are some great tools parents can use to keep their children focused and productive throughout the day. One of these tools is a digital bookmark timer that can allow parents to track their children progress in a book and give them goals to work towards.

A globe

Every child will need to do some work learning geography and other things about the world around them. Parents can help their children get a better view with a classic tool. A globe is still one of the best ways to help kids understand the world around them. Globes are also a great addition to have in the home for parents as well, getting everyone excited about experiencing more of the planet.

Educational games

Every child will need a brain break every once in a while. Parents can help keep their kids learning while still giving them a small break from the normal homeschool routine. educational games are a great way for families to have fun learning together and to help kids see how much fun learning can be.

This has been a guest post.

Where did it go?

Today, on the way home from an appointment in Washington DC, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and drive past some of the homes I lived in as a kid. We drove past the house where my father and step-mother lived for a long time, on Ross Drive, in Vienna VA. Imagine my surprise when this is what I saw where the house from my teen-aged years were spent!

113 Ross Dr Vienna VA 11-18-14
113 Ross Dr SW Vienna VA 11-18-14

The cozy ranch of my memories is being replaced by a McMansion! The listing for the new house for sale can be found here.

So much for a photograph of me standing in front of the place I remember spending my junior and senior years in high school!