Random Ramblings

Life continues somewhat complicated. Our Jack Russell, Sparky, has been diagnosed with the early stages of kidney disease. He’s getting on, as are we all. At least we can start with treatment that will hopefully ease things for him. He does get a free pass now if he has a slip-up in the house.

Sparky and Caesar sometime in 2005

I am soldiering on with my husband’s jersey. I may not get it finished in time for his birthday next month (the dreaded 65 – retirement). It’s quite a learning curve. Sometimes a learning cliff…

I still have two stalled tatting projects (three if you count the Celtic Shamrock Wreath – I don’t even want to guess how long that has been on stop).

I have been doing some bits and pieces just for myself. I’m digging out a lot of my favourite poems and memorising them. Β I’ve always remembered bits of poems, I’m just putting them all together. I go around reciting something dramatic while hanging out the washing, or similar (My life is such a mad whirl). I do have a very old-fashioned view of poetry. I like the stuff that has rhyme and rhythm. I know the modern view is against this; I’m old enough not to care.

Something else which may be categorized as weird – I’m going through a maths course – starting with kindergarten, mind you. It’s many years since I was at school – things have changed more than a little. We did buy a maths course some years ago while my son was still at school. It explained things so cleverly that I couldn’t even do the addition or subtraction.

I’ve always had a ‘thing’ about maths. I can clearly remember a teacher telling me sometime in primary school ‘You’re good at languages, but bad at maths’. Every time I ran into problems with maths, I would just tell myself I was no good at it anyway, and stop trying.

When I got into music later on I found theory easy – I taught myself up to grade 5 and passed well too. There is a relationship between music and maths, and I began to wonder if I was as bad at maths as I’d always thought. A few months ago my son put me ontoΒ Kahn Acadamy. Their stated mission is to ‘provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere’.

It’s a great resource for anyone with kids in school, or who might like to brush up some rusty brain cells. It’s not only maths, they cover everything from History to Economics and Computer Programming. All free, and no adverts!


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21 Responses to Random Ramblings

  1. foguth says:

    Mr. M has similar issues. We’ve been putting a half cap of Natural Pet Pharmaceuticals by King Bio Urinary Tract Irritations Control for Cat into his water since February and the only problem he has had was the week we went on vacation & forgot to tell the pet-sitter about dosing his water… Do they have something similar for dogs?

  2. Missy's Crafty Mess says:

    So sorry to hear that you fur baby is not doing well

  3. I like poetry that rhymes too. If it doesn’t rhyme, is it really poetry? LOL I have students of all grades and the new way they are taught math is really something else. I’ve had to ‘learn’ all these new fangled methods just to help them with their homework, for all the grades! Then they go and change it again to some other new and better method. But at least I’m keeping my brain cells active having to learn all this new math.

  4. Kat L. says:

    Poor Sparky, does he require special diet? My parents dog had chronic kidney failure as an elderly lady and the low protein diet was the most difficult part – suddenly the dog who was never too interested in food started begging for anything other than her diet food!
    Good luck with maths! It’s such a useful and interesting subject, always worth to study!

  5. joey says:

    I think it’s great that you’re doing some new learning πŸ™‚
    Best to Sparky and keep at the jersey!

  6. D J Mills says:

    Hope Sparky picks up on new diet and medication.
    Thanks for the Khan Academy link. I will check it out now.
    I was good at maths in school, but have no understanding of what is taught as maths these days. πŸ™‚
    And your half finished projects will still be there when you get time to look at them. Or get hubby to finish them with all his free time once he retires. πŸ™‚

  7. Best wishes for your dog. ❀

  8. Tami says:

    Sorry to hear about Sparky, hope he responds well to treatment. πŸ™‚ I’m still determined to learn how to tat but I haven’t been practicing at all lately. I’m hoping to pick it up again soon. I love that you recite poetry while you’re going about your day! It must make chores so much more fun and interesting! πŸ˜€

  9. Best wishes on finishing your husband’s jersey and on Sparky’s healthful recovery.

  10. yumi says:

    I really hope your baby will feel better soon. I pray for your hubby and Sparky.

    I look forward to seeing your newest projects here soon! I hope you are enjoying math a bit. I was a math teacher and loved it.

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