posted by [personal profile] albreda at 11:42pm on 17/03/2010
So, Kat urged me to come back over here, so here I am. I'd love to chat parenting, especially homeschooling, with any interested parties.

Thanks for reading!


posted by [personal profile] albreda at 11:00am on 01/05/2009
I'm on Dreamwidth as Albreda, and will be using it primarily as a backup for my LJ, since this is the closest thing E has to a babybook. :/
posted by [personal profile] albreda at 10:38am on 29/04/2009
Well, all the same people have died, and all the same problems/to-do lists still exist, but thanks to the *eleven* people who answered my plea for good/joyful news, and a trip to the mall last night, sans kids, I'm in a MUCH better headspace about it all today.

Thank you!!
posted by [personal profile] albreda at 01:01pm on 28/04/2009
I'm having a rotten week, and it seems like every one I know is too, and here it is, only Tuesday. :/

Anyone got any GOOD news to share? See something pretty lately? Laugh at something funny?

If so, pretty please, could you pass it along? My psyche could really use the break today...
posted by [personal profile] albreda at 09:24am on 15/04/2009 under
Thanks to Dulcinbradbury, I *have to* send you off to listen to this:

Its from Britain's American Idol ('Britain's got Talent'), and the whole audience starts off laughing at this cheeky 47 year old, and then - woah - I think was started crying *literally* about three seconds into her performance.

She needs a hair and makeup stylist, sure, but her dress was lovely; this lady is concert tour bound, or else every recording exec in the UK has their heads up their butts.

I'd like to think that MOST folks get talent that big noticed LONG before age 47, but apparently not all. Not that I have any hidden talents, mind, but Oi - what a thought, eh? I can't decide if this woman *finally* getting her moment is tragic or triumphant, but it sure makes me happy to see her shining now!

Go Susan Boyle!!!!
posted by [personal profile] albreda at 05:32pm on 29/03/2009 under
Lady Alheydis von Riga (aka Eydis, which I have in the past mispelled 'Aydis'), of Stonemarche and the Priory of St Colin, is the new Queen's A&S Champion!!!  Wahoo!!!

She did a *spifftacular* job of creating a Bayeux-esque embroidery based on a photo of her husband and friends in their full 14th Cent kit.  I didn't know that she more than dabbled when she showed it to me a few weeks ago, and I'm not surprised *in the least* that she did well at Mudthaw with it.

Vivat!  :)
posted by [personal profile] albreda at 07:32pm on 28/03/2009 under
I'm going to help raise awareness of the impacts of typical energy consumption by turning off all of our nonessential lights for one hour tonight, from 8:30 - 9:30 PM.  This is sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, and cities all over the world do it ever year, and photos of this year's rolling blackout over all of Asia and Europe are already appearing on line. 

Join me?
posted by [personal profile] albreda at 05:35pm on 22/03/2009

Can *aperfectdot* please contact me at or fix your privacy settings so I can actually respond to your message?  Thanks!
posted by [personal profile] albreda at 10:30am on 22/03/2009 under ,
D, who turns three in a few weeks, just came up to me with the book "There was an old lady", which I just finished reading to her about five minutes ago, and asked "will you teach me how to read?"

She's been learning which lowercase letters go with which capital letters over the last few weeks, and comes up to me with books in her hand saying 'I don't know the right words', but this is the first time she has asked for help in learning how to read the words herself.

Many, many moments I've had as a parent have made me happy and proud for my children, but I think this one tops even their taking their first steps in terms of how I'm watching the world open up for my children. 

posted by [personal profile] albreda at 09:02am on 12/03/2009 under

I called my dear friend Paley Anderson yesterday to see if she had any resources to offer for a friend whose horses might be in need of some temporary shelter, and she told me of the folks at Spring Hill Horse Rescue, in/near Brandon, VT.  Apparently their major work is with what are called 'Premarin Foals and Mares.'

Did you know that Premarin, the hormone replacement therapy, is made from PREgnant MAre urINe?  For the 9 million women on the drug in the US right now, 60,000 mares are impregnated and kept in little enclosures 24/7 so their pee can be collected via attached tubing.  Most of the 60,000 resulting foals are sold for meat a year after birth, but the folks at Spring Hill go to Canada (this practice is illegal in the US) to rescue foals and bring them back to the US where they get adopted.

There are apparently lots of *synthetic* hormone replacements that can be prescribed, but I guess folks just don't know where their Premarin is coming from, so they keep taking it instead.

Spread the word, folks - this is just abhorent.  For more information, please see the info on the Spring Hill Horse Rescue site, at

ETA: Premarin is prescribed for women who have had hystrerectomies, and PremPro for women who still have their uteri, but are having trouble with menopausal symptoms.  Wyeth Pharmaceuticals imports the urine from pregnant mares from Canada to make both drugs.  Treating horses in this way for this purpose is illegal in the United States. 


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