It’s July!

Photo by Maxwell Nelson on Unsplash

I can’t believe it’s July already! The 2nd to be exact. Not counting today, because today is almost over there are 3 days left until my 40th birthday. Can’t believe I am almost 40 either! This has been a year to remember, I won’t soon forget the last half of my 39th & the first half of my 40th years on earth, that’s for sure. It’s been one for the books.

Speaking of books. I finally got an email from the school admitting they did get my tuition and there was a delay in processing it. So I am good. That’s a huge relief. I got a lot done today in one course as well. Read a chapter and a half, did an assignment, quiz, and a project. I got 85% on the quiz. Not bad but I would have liked to have at least 90%. The assignment and project will not likely be marked for a few days. I think I did really well on the project and am sure I did well on the assignment as well.

I am a little behind in everything as I spent 3 days sick and a few days without access. I think I am overthinking things and even overdoing things actually. I have been doing all the practice problems and things for each chapter which they are not asking for. I just figured they would help me understand the topics, but honestly, they don’t. I find it much better to watch YouTube videos on the topics covered when I don’t understand something then going through the practice problems or re-reading the chapter. I think doing that is actually holding me back.

I am not the greatest when it comes to self-directed study, it’s a bit of a learning curve. I am not even sure half the time what they want but in seeing what others are saying on the forums for the classes it seems everyone feels the same that it’s not set out very good and that everyone is left misunderstanding or questioning what they are doing. I have started just emailing my academic advisor for the course, but it takes days sometimes for them to get back to you. Phone’s not an option due to Covid-19 which I don’t even get… you can use your home computer but not set up phone somehow like all the other academic institutions around here?

Whatever I guess… I am figuring it all out on my own and my grades are not bad so I must be doing something right.

Crafting

This past week was my last week before school officially starts. I am not sure if I’ve mentioned this or not but Edward and I made the decision that since my student loan is enough to cover most of our costs after the tuition is taken out and he is working pretty much full-time at the moment and we are ahead, that for a while at least I am not going to work at all. I am just going to concentrate 100% in the beginning and not work part-time or full-time at all.

I’ve been working on getting The Great Candian Housewife blog and also my mom and I are starting a crafting business, so between all of that I don’t have much spare time or time to take on a job on top of everything else and we want me to be concentrating and doing well in school. It still feels weird saying “school”, that I am in school and am almost 40 (a little over a month), but I am.

My mom and I have been mainly just crafting and starting on reading some of the course outlines and into materials and getting familiar with things. We’ve done a lot with the Cricut and mom’s done some other crafts as well. The image at the top is some of the things we’ve made. I have a domain name for it already and we have an Etsy site and now a Facebook page. We plan to sell both locally and within the province as well as ship anywhere.

I absolutely love doing the glass stuff like the mugs, candle holders, even candles, wine glasses, etc. I want to eventually make some of my own designs instead of just finding and downloading ones. We’ve bought some and found some that are free for commercial use. I also need to work a bit on my photography skills when it comes to taking pictures of the things that we are making. I have been working on a logo for the company but I’m not really happy with it yet.

Overall it’s been a great week. Lots of time spent with mom and dad and my brother while Eddie was at work and some when he wasn’t. Things are coming together nicely.

Happy Birthday Dad!

I’ve been spending a lot of time over at my parents since Nova Scotia let up a bit on restrictions and allowed you to join up with another household within your immediate family. I missed them so much and so did Edward. He’s been over twice. It’s a little harder for him to get over there because he’s still working. It’s so nice though to be able to spend time with them.

My Dad’s birthday is today and since Edward works tonight we went over last night and had supper with them and cake. Tonight I am going back over after I take Edward to work at 4 and Mom and I are going to play around a bit more with the Cricut Explore Air 2 that we bought last weekend.

Mom and I spent a few hours yesterday making my dad a t-shirt, hat, and mug with it. I wish I had pictures of them but I don’t. We are still getting used to the machine but what you can do with it is pretty amazing! We’ve made glasses, mugs, bags, hats, t-shirts, decals, and all kinds of things so far. I will start taking pictures of things we make as we get a little bit better at it.

We’ve been having some beautiful summer-like weather the last few days during the day, but at night we still have frost! The days have been reaching the low 20’s and humid and at night down to 2 or 3. I got sunburned a little bit the other day, nothing major though. It’s been nice though to be able to get out around the yard here and on their property and down at their beach area. My dad’s putting in a 20ft rectangle above ground pool that is I think about 4 or 4 1/2 feet deep in their back yard and we are putting up a smaller round easy set 3-foot deep one here when they are done that one.

Other than that I have been mostly working on my websites, I re-did the theme for this one after accidentally deleting it. I am going to soon be working on our craft store website and Etsy store that we are eventually going to set up. I start school a week from tomorrow. The school has been paid their portion of the loan and I should be getting my portion soon.

I am going to start tomorrow by reading the first chapters in my textbooks. I can’t submit anything until June 1st but I want to get a head start and get that first assignment in each of the 3 courses I am taking this semester maybe done this coming week so they are ready to submit. It’ll give me some time as well to go over the course material more. I have already done that to a point but I want to do it again just to ensure I understand everything so I can get any questions out of the way as soon as I can.

I’m getting more and more excited!