The hard life of a first grader #2

Two or three posts down you will see what happened when I left for a minute and told Vivian to continue her homework…she fell asleep.  We were sitting in the study, both doing homework, when it got very quiet.  I looked over and Vivian had fallen asleep sitting straight up in her chair…lol.  Poor darling. 

Vivian sleeping during homework time

She gets the ability to sleep anywhere, at any time, no matter what else is going on around, from me.


Otherwise known as Houdini

You will remember from a previous post that I talked about my dog getting out of his kennel. He figured out how to flip up the latch on the side of his kennel. 

Taavi, flipping up the latch

He's got it down to a science

Long story short, we put a small chain on it and have not had a problem since.  Now he has figured out how to lift the front latch.  Today, as I was trying to complete some homework, Taavi pranced his proud little Houdini lock popping self into the study, gloating over his victory.  I put him back in his kennel….twice.  Finally, I tied a piece of ribbon around it to hold the door closed in the event he flipped up the latch again.  I heard nails clicking on the wood floors and in walks Taavi, again, with the ribbon in his mouth with a grin that only Houdini could have perfected (Is that all you got??).  So….I put him BACK in his kennel, and double knotted the ribbon.  That held.  I had to cut the ribbon later in order to get him out.   I found another chain to put on the front latch too.  As I am sitting here typing this (Taavi is out of his kennel.  I only let them out if they did their business) Sparky is still in his kennel because he is still being pottytrained.  I keep hearing “cling, click, clink”.  I go investigate…..Taavi is trying to break Sparky out now.  I have two dogs on the lam.  Some animals are just too smart for their own good….or for my peace of mind when I am trying to do homework.

Trying to let Sparky out


Even my dog hates this floor

I was sitting at the island in my kitchen, doing coursework on my laptop, when I heard a crunching sound.  I looked over and not only had my dog chewed a floor tile in my kitchen, he had it in his mouth and was walking (although quite awkwardly) away with it.  All I could do was laugh. 

My dog ate it

Apparently he has had enough of this floor too. I was not joking when I said my dog was half goat.  I have the replacement flooring sitting in my hall waiting for install day.  I picked out a nice oak laminate flooring.  We are going to redo the kitchen.

The bathroom is almost finished.  The new vanity we constructed is in the kitchen waiting on the plumbing parts to arrive.  Hopefully, we will be able to install it next Saturday and I will have the TA DA pics to post.  I know I have been working on this crazy bathroom for three months!  I am ready for it to be finished.

Happy Saturday!  Oh, before I leave, here is my random Vivian pic of the week.

Cowgirl Viv


Could it be?

I visited with a good friend at the Kent House today.  I shared some geneology documents with her regarding the Hynson and Ringgold families.  They were kind enough to let me take a picture, with my digital camera, of Sarah Hynson Ringgold (the builder of my house and last owner of the Kent Plantation) so I will have it to go along with all of the documents about her.  As far as I knew, this was the only one in existence in Cenla.  I am sure some of her family members have retained pictures of her.  What is interesting though is that I bought a packet of black and white pictures from Miss. Lily’s Antiques about four years ago, and among them was the second photo.  I like old pictures and think it is sad that they end up in a flea market or antique shop.  Someone did not care enough to pass on their family heritage….or maybe other things came to pass for them to end up there…regardless…

Could this be Sarah Hynson Ringgold?  The two women favor….is it a younger Sarah?  She was blind so that may account for why: A. She was not looking straight at the camera and; B. Why she does not look so solemn like many other portraits of that time.  I am going to try to find out when the first picture was taken so I can date the second one and see if it could possibly be Mrs. Hynson….a mystery to be sure!

Sarah Hynson Ringgold

Sarah Hynson Ringgold

Could this be Sarah Hynson Ringgold?

Could this be Sarah Hynson Ringgold?

 I also know Sarah had two daughters and several grandchildren.  I will also have to research to see if two of her grandchildren were born around the same time.  I am having a hard time dating this photo.

Are these two women one and the same?  Or not?  Help me solve the mystery. 


New-Old picture of my house

I just received this.  When I get more details, I will edit this post.  This is a picture of my house sometime in the early 1900’s.  Note the horse and buggy parked out front.  I am soooo thrilled to have this picture!  The turret (the cone) is long  gone and I have had an architect draw up some plans to restore it.  This picture is better than the other one I have.  I hear rumors that there are several pictures in existence, just tracking down who has them has been the hard thing.

Here is the only other picture I have of this house:  Click Here.

TiddlyWiki – a reusable non-linear personal web notebook

Has anyone ever used this?  Do you like it?  Are there pros and cons?

TiddlyWiki – a reusable non-linear personal web notebook

****Update:  I found TiddlyWiki to laborious to use.  I have fell in love with OneNote by Microsoft.  I can keep all of my personal journals, receipts, book summaries, calendar, school schedule, etc. housed in one place now.  I have not gone the iPhone route….yet.  I am still very fond of paper, so it was hard to give up a paper calendar to a computer application calendar.  I shall see how that works out before making the leap to go…[gasp]… electronic (digital…paperless…wireless…whatever you would call it).

Now, if someone would just donate an iPad to me, I think the leap would be a whole lot easier 🙂  I could add read to the above list of things I can do in one place.