Archive for May, 2020

“Teached” Again

May 20, 2020

Today was nothing exciting – just work. Too quiet at the school. Graduation is supposed to be next weekend and we don’t even know when it will happen at this point. Closer we get the sadder I get.

Home after school, took a short nap and then up for dinner. Just as we sat down, Rowan called it was time for class. I asked if we could do class a little bit late as we had just sat down for dinner. She said that would be fine we would begin at 6:30. Sure enough 6:30 she called back. However, Delores was giving an excuse of why she could not attend class tonight. The kids and I thought it was terrible she was trying to skip school.

Grace quickly got me a blank sheet of paper that I was supposed to bring to class. Rowan got started right away showing me a little review of math (not much – she quickly erased it) and then she said we were going to do our sentences. I was instructed to write down whatever she said.

I heard her mom and dad in the background talking to Uncle Jim. I asked if Jim had school today? She said, “No, but he will get teached later on.”

On to the sentences…nothing too exciting but here are a few samples:

The elephant got out of the world cage.

My mom bought five dollars worth of clothes.

We love going to Nick’s house to play.

Not sure where any of those came from but at least they were easy. She then said we could dismiss class for today. Guess I was just “teached” for the day.
(Ok, I have to wonder if this program has some Miss. Condict control in it…every time I try to write teached it auto-corrects to peached. Then I think of Miss. Condict and her saying, Peachy…)

However, before we ended the video chat, we had to take some photos together…

IMG_9088Olivia and I then went for a 1.47 mile walk. It actually was further than either of us thought we were going to go.

We got home, I worked on some computer jobs and talked to my friend Lisa for a bit. It is always so good to talk with her. She had a rough day so hopefully it helped to just talk for awhile.

I’m going to work on a facebook project and then head to bed.

Talk to everyone another day.

Wednesday CrossFit

May 20, 2020

Who will show up this morning? Bob, Lacey, and me.

General Warm- Up
3:00 run, row or bike (bike)

Kettlebell warm-up series (whole body focus)
2 Rounds (used 10lb db – left side very hard to do)
5 right-arm single-arm overhead lunges
5 right-arm single-arm kneeling press
5 right-arm kneeling windmills
5 left-arm single-arm overhead lunges
5 left-arm single-arm kneeling press
5 left-arm kneeling windmills

Workout Prep
Demonstrate movement modifications
At a rate of perceived effort 4-5 (becoming uncomfortable, breathing heavily, can hold a short conversation)
5 pull-ups with anticipated pull-up variation to be used in the workout (5 db rows with 10 lb set)
10 push-ups
15 air squats (only able to do 12)

based on what I did in the minute above – we decided the best scale for me was 3, 6, 9

Workout (30:00)
5 pull-ups (db rows) (3 db rows with 10 lb set)
10 push-ups (6 on my knees)
15 air squats (9)

was able to do those and still have 15-18 seconds to rest (not sure how they think you can rest in 12-15 seconds but I guess it makes them feel good to say they planned a “rest” for you.)

Cool Down
3:00 bike

Tough work out but I felt good that I got through the number we thought i could each time and I feel like I am actually getting faster and things are getting easier. Perhaps i should have used the 15 lb db set but I wasn’t sure if I could get through all 30 rounds with those. Maybe next time.

Have a good day everyone.

Was “Teached” Tonight

May 19, 2020

Guess instead of a play by play of the day, I’ll just start with the best part of the day. Rowan called about 37 times while we were eating dinner, and taking care of a few things. I finally called her back and she couldn’t talk right now but would call me soon. I told her that I was going to be going for a walk. She said to just wait a few minutes and she would do a video chat to go on the walk with me. She had to finish getting ready for bed and get stuff set-up because she had an idea of what we could do while I was walking.

I got my shoes on and Rowan called. Ready to go. Outside I went and she proceeded to tell me she was going to teach me some math. She had her whiteboard and dry erase markers while standing in front of a mirror as she said she would use that for the larger problems.

As I was walking the video kept cutting out so finally she said she would have to wait for me to get home. She stayed on the line talking to me but turned off the video since it wasn’t good anyways. Hurry up Aunt Teresa are you there yet? I’m walking as fast as I can I’ll be there in a minute.

Got home sat down and she was ready. She also now had Grandma on the video chat. I mean, she had Delores join the class too. She told us to get a piece of paper and write down the same as she did. We worked on math for quite awhile – I’m still not really sure what i was doing but she finally said we were done and it was now time for phonics. We had to tell her what different words had in common. Then, she said a sentence and we had to write down exactly what she said. This was great! Here are a couple of sample sentences:

I bought 5000 legos at the lego shop. 

The Wheel of Fortune is the best thing to play with your family, friends, and cousins.

I caught my dad eating my Hershey bar. 

From those sentences, I learned…

that she absolutely loved when we went to her house on her birthday and Grace, Noah, and Olivia played her new Wheel of Fortune game with her, and some other cousins that were visiting.

her dad obviously stole one of her candy bars! He got busted!

At the end of class, she excused Delores and told me to stay for a few minutes after class. She then told me what a great job I did on my work today and I was being a very good student. We will do class again tomorrow at 5:30. What??? I didn’t sign up for this…I think I am now enrolled in a new school!

Sometimes it’s now good that she is so smart. She has now figured out that even she can do school over video so I think her student count just increased.

She is so much fun. I so enjoy her calling and talking whenever she feels like it.


Walking wasn’t great today but here’s the map of my brief walk with Rowan. I only walked 0.94 miles to make my total mileage of the day 2.8 miles.


CrossFit Tuesday

May 19, 2020

Who will do CrossFit with me today and what will the workout be? Those always seem to be the questions.
Good Morning to Matt (of course he’s there), Bob, Dave, Lacey, Heather, Nikki, and me.

CHAN Warm Up
25 jumping jacks
25 front jumping jacks
10/10 spiderman lunges
10/10 lateral lunges
inchworm + push ups (5,4,3,2,1) (2)
10/10 speedskaters
10/10 arm circles forward/backward
10 arm pretzels
10/10 shoulder rolls/ forward/backward
0:30/0:30 lateral neck stretch
0:30/0:30 posterior neck stretch
10/10 wrist circles

Skill & Build Up (15:00)
Deadlift Progression (10 lb db set)
complete 2 rounds
5 from top, to the knees and stand
5 from top, to knees, to shins, to knees and stand
5 deadlift

Build Up (10:00)
5 deadlifts light (10 lb db set)
5 beat swings (sit ups at my couch)
5 deadlifts moderate (10 lb db set)
5 straight leg, set-ups (using ab mat behind me)
3 deadlifts, moderate load (10 lb db set)
3 hanging knee raises (tuck crunch)
3 deadlifts, moderate to heavy load (15 lb db set)
3 toes to bar (tuck crunch)
3 deadlifts, at or slightly below intended workout weight (15 lb db set)

Workout (15:00)
7 rounds for time (11:28)
10-15 deadlifts (15 lb db set) (15, 10, 10, 15, 15, 10, 15)
15 v-ups  (tuck crunch – knees to chest) (10, 12, 10, 12, 10, 10, 10)

Accessory Work (10:00)
3 rounds NOT for time
20 good mornings (with PVC pipe)
0:30/0:30 pigeon stretch

Actually was a good workout. The 15 lb db set didn’t feel too bad today.
Sort of feel like I should try the 25 lb set at some point in the near future. When we do something that I need to increase load but maybe only 1 or 2 times. So, maybe I just need to get the 25 lb set and at least set them near the 10’s and 15’s 🙂

Have a great day everyone.



Academy Families & Senior Surprises

May 18, 2020

The nice thing about Mondays is that we do get to see families today during the homework exchange! I don’t see as many as Pam does but I do get to see some and it sure is great!

Today was special as we had a Senior surprise…yard signs lining the drive. It looks so nice! The Seniors usually come pick up their own work and they did have a gift to pick up from a teacher today as well, so they were all pretty happy when they saw the signs!

So glad we could do a little something for them during this very strange time of their lives. Someday they will graduate, but the question remains…when?

I miss the kids, so weird to work at a school with no students in the building. The building is usually humming with activity – from early morning until late into the evening. Definitely miss it.



It rained most of the day so this evening I didn’t walk since it was raining. Therefore, talking to Victoria and then somehow was put into a video chat, I decided I should ride the exercise bike for awhile. Rode for 15:00 minutes. Guess that was pretty good.

Total miles walked today (thanks to the homework exchange) 5.1.

Nothing else exciting to share. Guess I’ll catch you all tomorrow.


Beginning of Week 10 and Still No Gym

May 18, 2020

I do really miss going to the gym. I would prefer to be at the gym to do these workouts.

Let’s see who shows up to do this workout today…Bob, Dave, Nikki, Lacey, Heather and me.

General Warm-Up
5 rounds
0:20 single leg, single under (I was actually able to do some of these each time! I didn’t think I would be able to get any!)
0:10 rest

2 rounds
0:10 double unders or attempts (tried but I can’t really do those)
0:20 rest

Modified Hinshaw running warm-up
10 yards over the hurdle
10 yards knee to chest
10 yards figure 4
10 yards walking Samson stretch
10 yards toy soldiers
0:30 sitting arm swings
0:30 standing arm swings
10 yards toes out walk
10 yards toes in walk
10 yards walk on heels
10 yards walk on toes
10 yards walk on outside of feet
10 yards walk on inside of feet

Every 5:00 for 25:00 (5 sets)
60 double under (100 single unders) (100 singles, 80, 91, and then I did a combination of singles and I tried to figure out double unders and just spent the 0:45 trying.)
400m run (1:45 bike – hard – I went between 0.42-0.51 m each time)

Core Accessory Work
3 rounds NOT for time (used the 10lb db today)
15 dumbbell side bends, right
50ft single-arm farmer carry, right
0:30 rest
15 dumbbell side bends, left
50ft  single-arm farmer carry, left
0:30 rest

Cool Down
2 rounds
0:45/0:45 heel toe hamstring stretch
10/10 dynamic calf stretch

Totally hot and sweaty so must have been a good work out for Monday. My legs hurt as well so I guess they are now definitely awake! Good thing as today is our homework drop-off/pick-up so my legs will get lots of exercise today!

Have a nice day everyone. Talk to you later!



May 17, 2020


Got up in time to do a quick walk before it rained. Only, walked 0.65 miles but got home right before it rained.

IMG_9037 Then I made myself breakfast (cheesy eggs with ham) with some coffee. Just as I finished I heard from my friend, Rowan. My good morning call, but I told her I wondered what had happened to her since she missed our walk this morning.

Decided today I needed to work on some things to get ready for graduation. Yes, someday we will have a graduation for Grace and we will have a party. Her classmates will also really graduate someday. Therefore, we worked on the rest of the pictures we needed for Grace, worked on gifts for the graduates, found a few things to use at Grace’s party. Felt good to get a little bit of an actual start. Not nearly as far as I was with the other kids at this point, but at least we have started.

Nothing else too exciting today. We had Grandma come down and have dinner with us. Dinner included sweet corn, which was really tasty and Grace and I decided to try the facebook instructions we recently saw for cooking the corn – leaving it in the husks and cooking in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Here’s what happened…

After dinner consisted of a game of Apples to Apples between Grandma, Grace, Olivia and myself. I don’t think I have ever played this game. Must have been good though as I won 🙂

Finished the evening with a dish of sherbet. Nice day but only ended up walking 2.2 miles today. As my kids always say, you really should have one day where you sort of rest.


Just a Saturday

May 16, 2020

Couldn’t it have been raining today? Would have loved getting up to terrible storms. However, the weather was actually really good — yes, it was perfect weather for track. The Regional track meet should have been today and it was actually good weather for it.



Talked to Rowan first thing this morning while she was at the Spa.


IMG_9014  I then went for a walk with my mom. She was just getting up as Rowan was heading to her house for a little bit. We walked 1.67 miles. Got home finished up talking to them and then ate breakfast and ran to the store to pick up medication. IT was really good!

Spent the day working outside, planting all the flowers we had purchased from he Academy plant sale. Moved stuff around the desk, added more solar lights to some of the pots. I really should take some photos now that my planters all have flowers in them!!

Finished the evening with a late dinner compliments of Noah – chicken stir fry. Very good dinner tonight!

Total miles walked today 3.8.


A Rainy, Stormy Friday Turned Beautiful

May 15, 2020

A bit rainy this morning but then it turned into a very nice day! 69° and sunny.

Arrived at school and still no students but look who was there…

Another quiet day with no students….I feel sadder every day. Sure wish kids were around here.


After work went home, and then I went for a walk with my friend Lisa. Felt that was better to talk to her while walking instead of sitting on my butt. So, we walked for 1.68 miles. Then, just sat on my deck talking. It is always so good to talk to her.

One thing we talked about was being yourself. People need to realize they should always just be themselves. A quote by Lisa’s dad, (wish I would have known him – he sounds awesome!)

Life is not a dress rehearsal.
Do what you want and don’t put up with shit.

Dinner was courtesy of Olivia this evening – homemade chicken potpie. During dinner, I asked who was going on a walk with me (usually I don’t have any volunteers and they already knew I had gone on a walk so I didn’t think anyone would say anything)? Noah said he was going and we are going to Stocks Park. The girls said they would go too. I said, “Oh, so your mom can take photos of you?” (They all hate when I want to do that.) Noah said, “Sure.” Awesome!!

We left and headed towards the park. On the way, Noah said, “I saw a mallard swimming in a puddle today.”  I was SO confused. Just how do you see this from your bedroom?? Then, I noticed the back of his shirt was dirty…Noah, how come your shirt is dirty? He then went on to tell us that he had gone walking on the trail today. Went down behind the Birzer’s house, over behind the Market House, just wherever and he climbed trees as he went. Oh my heavens! I was so thrilled my son, left the house on his own, got fresh air, enjoyed himself and now wanted us to go to the park too.

IMG_8766Arrived at the park and just had a great time…

Noah and Olivia tried walking on balance beams..

I took some pictures of a pretty tree, a cool old building, and some lilacs.

Climbing trees and just taking photos…

Then, what a special treat…running into friends. Katie Van Havel, Hannah Cote, and Gretchen Birzer. LOVED seeing them!! We made sure to take an appropriate photo since we are in Quarantine 2020 and have social distancing measures in place…


But wait…where is Noah? I guess he decided that extra social distancing was required with all these girls…he went a bit far 🙂

Finally headed home and decided we really should support the local businesses…so had to stop at the ice cream store as we walked by it.

Ended at home after walking 1.85 miles. Total walking miles today (my walks plus just normal walking at work, etc.) 5.5 miles.

CrossFit Friday

May 15, 2020

It’s a stormy, rainy Friday. What kind of workout will we have today? Who will be doing this workout together? me, Jeff Fisher, Lacey

CHAN Warm Up (10:00)
25 jumping jacks
25 front jumping jacks
10/10 spiderman lunges (missed this audio cut out and restarted zoom)
10/10 lateral lunges (missed this audio cut out and restarted zoom)
inchworm + push ups (5,4,3,2,1) (2)
10/10 speedskaters
10/10 arm circles forward/backward
10 arm pretzels
10/10 shoulder rolls/ forward/backward
0:30/0:30 lateral neck stretch
0:30/0:30 posterior neck stretch

Skill and Build Up
Sumo Deadlift High Pull Progression (10lb db set)
5 Sumo deadlifts
5 Sumo deadlift shrug slow
5 Sumo deadlift shrug fast
5-10 Sumo deadlift high pulls

Deadlift Progression
5 sumo deadlifts high pulls
5 dumbbell thrusters

Build Up and Primer
100m run (30 sec bike)
5 Sumo deadlift high pulls (10 lb db set)
5 dumbbell thrusters (10 lb db set)

For Time 29:58
10 rounds
200m run  (bike 1:00-1:15)
10 Sumo deadlift high pulls (10 lb db set)
10 dumbbell thrusters (10 lb db set)

That was really hard. Thrusters seem to be the toughest as both arms don’t always want to go up – especially the left arm. The left arm sometimes feels like it is really weak and just does what it wants to.

Glad that workout is over so now on to showering and ready for work.

Have a nice day!



Just A Simple Thursday

May 14, 2020


How nice to see these little babies on the way into work this morning. They heard me coming so they started running fast! So funny to watch them. One little guy even fell over he was trying to run so fast. They are so cute but oh what a mess they make all over the sidewalk!

Just another day of school with no students. Worked on a number of projects, sent information about classical schools to a number of people across the country. It is so interesting right now all of these people who would love to have Hillsdale Academy nearby so their children could attend or would love if we offered an online homeschool program.

IMG_8722After work talked to Oliver, I mean, Victoria. We did watch Oliver playing with a milk jug. Funny how much fun he was having with the thing! 

I also did a messenger video call
with Rowan.




Noah made dinner….Ramen…a recipe he got from a friend. Basically Ramen noodles with a bunch of stuff in it. He had never made it before but it turned out really good.

Grace and I then went for a 2.59 mile walk. Walked from home to the Academy for me to pick up a paper I left at work. It was really nice out walking.

Kids are playing a game, I’m writing and then working on a new facebook page for my brother’s run for District Judge. Talk to you again tomorrow.



Another Early Morning At The Gym…

May 14, 2020

…wait…I am NOT at the gym. I am at home. Yes, my home has somehow become the modified gym. If you don’t know this yet, doing CrossFit at home is NOT the same as being at the gym. But for now it will have to do….I just miss it and the great people that I have met there.

So, let’s see who will be at the gym with me this morning…Bob, Dave, Lacey, Heather

General Warm-Up
8:00 AMRAP at moderate pace
100 single unders
5 push-ups to down dog
10 hollow rocks (this is very hard, I can’t rock for the life of me)
10 walking lunges

Skill and Build-Up
Dumbbell Push Press Progression (10 lb set)
5 dip and hold
5 dip and drive slow
5 dip and drive fast
5 dumbbell push presses

Build Up
0:15 dumbbell push presses, workout weight (10 lb set)
0:15 rest
0:15 jumping lunges (stationary lunges)
0:15 rest
0:15 crab walk (tried to walk but that ain’t happening here – guess I’m not 12 anymore – I think I moved about 3 inches)

5 rounds for max reps
0:40 max rep dumbbell push press (10 lb set – 10, 8, 8, 8, 8)
0:20 rest
0:40 max rep jumping lunges (12 stationary lunges)
0:20 rest
0:40 crab walk (1st and 5th rounds moved about 3 inches otherwise it was just a crab walk hold)
0:20 rest

Accessory Work/Structural Balance
3 rounds not for time
10/10 landmine single arm row (10 lb db rows)
15 band face pulls (low band) (band pull aparts)

Just love when they throw things in that I SHOULD be able to do because you know when I was a kid I could do them no problem and then it makes me realize I am not a kid – I’m 50! Guess that’s another thing I’ll have to work on.

Have a great day everyone.