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What’s happenin’


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I’m back! Briefly –haha.  Much has happened since the summer. I’ll do my best to recap. Here it goes…

1. In August, we enrolled our son in a private school and he didn’t like it. It appears homeschoolers just can’t hack 12+ hour days of the drudge of traditional school life.  In fact, he missed having a life.  Yes, a 13-year-old can have a life outside of school, I guess.  There was no sense in paying a tuition when your child is miserable.  So, we went back to homeschooling.  He was there for only a couple of weeks. I suppose when you know something is wrong for you, it doesn’t take you long to figure it out.

2. During the summer months, I prepared a lengthy application to request a grant from my local arts council for a ceramic kiln.  In October, they finally notified me with their decision to not fund me the grant. Poo. 😦 Sure, I was disappointed, but life is full of disappointments.  So, I moved forward.  I found another great pottery studio to work in.  I’m excited to have a whole new experience in a new location.

3.  Yoga is a new passion of mine.  I practice it at a studio four times a week, and I. LOVE. IT.  Enough said. 🙂

4. Lastly, I will spill a little secret. I am a HUGE Dinosaur Jr. fan, and have forever adored J Mascis.  I had not seen them in concert since October 21, 1994, so I was super psyched to finally attend a concert after 18 years. They really rock!  If you are interested in seeing the performance I recorded and/or my photographs, feel free to click on the following links.

Dinosaur Jr. performing “The Lung” live.

Pics of the concert on Flickr.

And yes, I was the ONLY 40+ year-old woman at the stage!  I didn’t care.  I deserved it. 🙂

I miss my blogging friends.  I hope everyone is well.  I’ll try to check out everyone’s blog soon.

Now, back to juggling my life.  See ya’!



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The bucket list

Photo from here

A bucket list.

What exactly is a bucket list, anyway?  Basically, it’s a list of things you want to do before you die or “kick the bucket.” How many people actually sit down to compose such a thing?  Maybe there are people who live out their “bucket list” daily just by doing everything they want to do, regardless.

I admire those types of people. 

There are many things I would like to do or achieve at some point in my life. I know I’m not getting any younger, but most of my interests involve physical achievements.  My mind is there, but I need to be motivated more to get my body on board.

What if I wrote a bucket list?

I think I’ll give it a try.

Tammy’s bucket list:

1. Run a marathon.  I’m the one who reads a copy of Runner’s World magazine at the doctor’s office.  I’m not a runner; although, I’d like to be.  I almost started training back during the summer.  Instead of buying a good pair of running shoes, I invested in a month to work in a pottery studio – no regrets there.  I have always admired those “13.1” stickers on the backs of peoples cars.  Anyone can be dishonest and stick one on their car,  I want to earn mine.

2. Go on a bike tour.   I envy the cyclists I pass on the road.  They are normally out on beautiful, sunny days.  I think, “I should be doing that, not going to the grocery store.”  I want to gear up and hop on an aluminum frame bike and go where they are going.

3. Swim like an Olympian.  Okay, maybe not swim that well, but I would love to have more endurance.  I love to watch swimmers glide through the water and make it look effortless.  My swimming ability is mediocre, but I think I could survive and not drown if I were in that situation.  I was never taught how to dive, either.  Is it too late for a 40 year old to learn to dive?

4.  Travel and backpack throughout parts of Europe.  I knew a mother and daughter who did that, and it sounded like such an amazing adventure.  They rode trains, stayed in cheap lofts and cooked their daily rations in their kitchenette.   They were able to experience more by living simply (eating mostly beans) and sticking to the rural country areas, rather than the busy touristy cities.  Wow!  I could definitely do that!

5.  Visit the caves in Lascaux, France.  The caves are famous for their paleolithic cave paintings.  My ceramics professor visited those caves in the early 90’s.  After he returned, he was a changed man.  He even had his license plate personalized with the word “LASCAUX”.  I admired my ceramics professor so much. I think if I visited the Lascaux caves, I would have a life altering experience, as well.  Doesn’t everyone desire something monumental in their life?

So, there you have it – my bucket list. My dreams to be challenge physically, travel through Europe, and experience something life changing.

How I will go about pursuing any of this is beyond me, but at least I can say I now have a bucket list.


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The accidental slugger

Easter Sunday, we spent the day with my husband’s family.  After lunch, we all went outside to play softball with a Nerf bat and some Nerf balls.  The weather was beautiful with the sun shining and the warm breeze, a perfect day to enjoy the afternoon together.

Most everyone had a turn batting, and then someone asked me if I wanted a turn, and I said sure.  I had recorded the others hitting the ball and so my husband, Daniel, took the camera to record me.  I am not sure what they all expected to see, but I obviously surprised them, especially Daniel.  You see, in my mind, I was just hitting the ball, but no one else could believe that I was ACTUALLY hitting the ball!!   I guess they did not think that I had it in me.  

While I batted, Daniel commented that the balls had his name on them, as to suggest that I was hitting them to get out all of my frustration.  It is no secret to Daniel, or his family, that I have to tolerate his antagonistic behavior and constant sarcasm.  For years, I have warned his parents that some day, I will give him back, but they have repeatedly said that there is no way they will take him.  They say Daniel is all mine with no returns…antics and all.

In the video, you will hear Daniel laughing and my many mutterings as I joke about “suffering” through his being home for over a month recovering from carpel tunnel surgery.  Some of my comments are inaudible, but you can faintly hear me mutter things like:

“…being at home for a WHOLE month!”  


“…watch another Fred Flintstone DVD!”  (Meaning I was tired of seeing the Flintstones on the TV every time I walked into the living room.)

One time I said something about “sitting around reading Star Trek books!”, but I don’t think that remark was heard very well.

Another time, my son called out, “MOM!” as to distract me in which I said, “Don’t wreck my groove!”  I jokingly mocked him because it is just like him to ask me about something while I am busy. 

Anyhow, the video is short but long enough to get a good laugh or a chuckle out of one or the both of us.  One thing is for sure, Daniel’s laugh is contagious. 🙂


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the tesserae turns 2!

Happy Blogoversary to the tesserae!  Two years ago today, I started this blog, and I still like to blog, though, I don’t devote as much time to it as in the past.  I think I am either busy, preoccupied, bored, distracted, or L-A-Z-Y.  Truth be told, I am most likely all of them! 

Presently, the following activities are keeping me away from the tesserae either regularly, often, occasionally, or all at once (yes, it is possible):

  • homeschooling
  • spending as much time outdoors as possible (the weather is beautiful here in NC in September)
  • identifying deciduous trees in my yard by their leaves and bark (my yard is very wooded)
  • catching and identifying insects (yep, I know it sounds gross, but I like little creatures)
  • bird watching 
  • watching squirrels drink from the bird bath
  • watching leaves fall
  • noticing the leaves change color
  • staying away from poison ivy (boo-hiss!)
  • trying to read more (not working)
  • attending a homeschool Charlotte Mason co-op
  • helping my son make lapbooks for history
  • trying to get up earlier (not working either)
  • trying to go to bed earlier (HA-definitely not working!)
  • preparing homeschool lessons
  • getting together county fair entries
  • checking out library books
  • watching Cupcake Wars
  • walking through my neighborhood
  • trying to lose 5 pounds (just 5 pounds -dang it!)
  • avoiding urges to eat anything sweet (it’s killing me!)

I’ll wrap this up and end with this photo.  Can you guess what it is?

Thanks for reading my blog! xo


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Hiking, insects, and other stuff

September is finally here and I am so glad.  I am not a summer person and am ready for summer to be over just as soon as it starts.   My favorite season is autumn and it is only 21 days away.  Where in the world could I live where I could enjoy a year without summer? 

Sunday, I went on a long hike.  My body had been craving some strenuous exercise for a while.  We decided to go to Stone Mountain in North Carolina, not Georgia.   We had not been since my son was 4 years old and during that occasion, we didn’t hike any trails.  This time, we hiked the Stone Mountain loop trail which is categorized as strenuous and 4.3 miles.   It took about 3 hours to hike the entire trail.  Of course, we stopped here and there to enjoy the scenery and notice bits of nature.  Towards the end of the trail, my legs literally shook from exhaustion due to the steep descent down the mountain.  It was a tough hike for all of us, but overall , we had a great time.  I noticed how much deeper I could breathe when it was all over.   It was a great feeling!


While we were driving through the park, we spotted butterflies all over thistle blossoms.  Daniel stopped the car and I immediately jumped out with my camera in hand.  With me being a nature freak, the site of these butterflies was eye candy.   I took at least 20 pictures, but here are a few that turned out the best.

The day trip to Stone Mountain marked the end of our summer vacation.  We started school on Monday and so far, things have been going well.   I decided to apply for the 4-H volunteer position to start a science club.  The county were I live has a fantastic 4-H program and my son will benefit tremendously from the activities and experience.  I think I will benefit, as well, from working with 4-H.   I sent in the application this week to get it underway, the screening process and training could take several weeks to complete.  The application was very detailed and asked for everything short of providing a DNA sample.  It asked for my employment and volunteer experiences over the past ten years.  Good grief!  My employment only includes two part-time jobs within the past 10 years.  Everything else has been volunteer work.  Being a stay at home mom has allowed me to volunteer for things I couldn’t have done if I had worked fulltime.   Most things were enjoyable and fulfilling, but sometimes I would get stuck with doing things other moms couldn’t do because they were at work during the day.  Some people seem to assume that if I am at home then I am available.  Nevermind that my day is spent homeschooling my child.  So with all of this said, my calendar is filling up quickly with activities, appointments, projects and personal commitments…because I have all of this free time on my hands. 😉  Somehow, I will figure out how to add 4-H into my life.

Yesterday, I found this little guy crawling on my sidewalk.  It is a banded tussock moth caterpillar.  My plan was to raise it, watch it turn into a moth, and then release it.  I looked through my resources and searched the internet and couldn’t find exactly what kind of leaves it ate.  I decided to let him go this morning because I didn’t want him to die of starvation.  

Labor Day is Monday.  My husby usually works on Labor Day, and it is normally just a regular weekday for us.  This year might be different and he may have the day off.  There’s talk that we might return to Stone Mountain.  I hear camping might be involved.


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