Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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Seriously, it’s okay that you are feeling a little or a big homeschool burnout this time of year. It’s part of the human DNA.

Remember going to school when you were a kid? When December hit weren’t you thinking enough is enough, who cares what the predicate has to say about the subject? Flash forward... aren’t you thinking who cares that ¼ is simpler than 2/8? OH NO! I typed that in black and white. Once again, seriously, this feeling is not the end of the educational world and in no way...

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I always like to sit and chat with my students before class starts. One particular day, as we visited, a young lady spoke to me.

“Professor Howard, I think I remember you telling us you have a cow that you milk?”

“Yes, Abby, that is correct.”

“Can I come milk your cow? I’m from Los Angeles, and I have hardly seen a cow. I think it would be sad for me to have lived for four months in Idaho and to have not milked one.”

I paused for a moment. I milk my cow twice a day, and it hardly seems like...

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Well, the first archery tournament to raise money to buy warm clothes for some of the local kids is now in the history books, and it would have to be considered a success.

Doc, who has more initials after his name than anyone in town and therefore is considered by strangers to be smarter than anyone else, masterminded the tournament. He charged a ten-dollar entry fee and each shooter was given five shots to hit a paper cup at 75 yards. To the winner would go half the total money taken...

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Snowballs and Job’s tears: What do they have in common?

Obviously they both consist of water and are wet, but they also adjoin each other on a popular quilt pattern from the 1930s and ‘40s.

Now like many quilt patterns these two have more than one name. Some call them baseball and kite. The “tears” pattern is also known as hummingbird and periwinkle.

The snowball/baseball pattern generally applies when the quiltmaker uses white fabric for the alternate block. The beauty of this quilt is it...

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I am back in the old Jenny Lind house of my childhood, and it is almost Christmas time. Waves of memories are washing over me.

It is snowing, and the wind is rising. It howls about the eaves of the house where the icicles hang in crystal spears and creeps in around the window facings. We turn the open gas stove up higher and pull our chairs closer to the welcome heat.

The Christmas tree stands regally in the corner of the front room, dripping metallic icicles and glass ornaments, and tinsel...

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It was the evening before Thanksgiving, and David stood in the stage wing ready to go on. It was to be his debut performance at one of the biggest, most famous concert halls in the world.

As the announcer welcomed everyone and talked about the many things they had to be grateful for, David considered his own list. On the very top was his father. David smiled as he thought about him. His father was a strong man with big, rough, weathered hands from years of hard farm work. To provide for his...

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