CAROL'S BLOG

Blog is short for weblog (weBLOG).
Check here to see the latest information about my site (and, occasionally, about my life in general).
It isn't a conventional blog—it just lets you know what I'm currently working on!
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Had fun writing up a new (optional) section: Laurel, Yanny, Cookies, Bananas, and Clocks. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
I just finished what I'm calling the ‘color wave’ quilt! Made from 2" x 2" scraps for Julia and Tony; it has ‘waves’ of red/pink, orange/yellow, green, blue, and purple. First quilt with my new sewing machine! First quilt ever in my life that I've actually quilted; I used a wave ruler. In the past, I've done tying, stitch-in-the-ditch, and quilting individual squares (using my embroidery machine), but I've never had the equipment to do any real patterned quilting before. It came out great! Also, my entire fabric collection has now been processed—everything has been sorted by color into neatly-stacked big pieces, 2" squares, and two shoe boxes of neatly-stacked small scraps for mini-landscape quilts. Hooray!!!

Monday, May 7, 2018
I (finally!) finished the web exercises for Reflecting Property of a Hyperbola.
They took a long time... and, I've been distracted by my new sewing machine!

Thursday, May 3, 2018
I updated my monthly stats for April.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
I finished the concept discussion for Reflecting Property of a Hyperbola.

Monday, April 16, 2018
I don't want to lose track of these life-size lego blocks. So cool!!
I've started the concept discussion for Reflecting Property of a Hyperbola.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018
A couple of the sewing projects I've been working on with my new machine:

A ‘tutorial cover’ for my
Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400QCP sewing machine

fabric toilet paper roll covers
(I like to leave a few rolls
on the bathroom floor in Pebble.)

The correct table insert for the Janome universal sewing table is on order.

I'm having a ball learning all this machine can do! It's incredible! I bought a circle attachment that makes the big circles on the tops of the toilet paper roll covers—as long as I use stabilizer, it works like a dream!

Yesterday, I finally got back to work on math! (I've been away wayyyyy too long.) I'm working on the concept discussion for the Reflecting Property of Hyperbolas section. Should be soon now!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
I updated my monthly stats for March.

Monday, April 2, 2018
I bought a Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400 QCP sewing machine from Cathey's Sew and Vac in Tucson. Got a fantastic deal with Janome's spring sale (and then Cathey's making it even better)—30% off the MSRP, a free utility table (\$599 value), and a free 9400 upgrade package (with four utility feet, \$99 value). I researched for about 1.5 weeks to decide on the best machine for me. So begins an entirely new era in sewing for me!! I'm so excited!!

Saturday, March 31, 2018
I spent the week cleaning/organizing Art's trailer. Ray did (and is still doing) loads of work on it, too. Now, Art has good heat and air conditioning, toilet, shower, water (hot water on the way), refrigerator. I made him all new curtains (the old ones disintegrated when I tried to wash them). It is clean, clean, clean; it was completely emptied out and only necessary things brought back in and organized. I'll go in once/week and provide ‘maid service’ as we move forward, so it will stay nice. Hooray!!!

I want to keep track of this link for embroidery designs: Anita Goodesign. She has some beautiful designs (pricey, though).

Saturday, March 17, 2018
I completely finished organizing and databasing the Holiday Trailer!

Also, in my never-ending quest to find useful things to do with my cardboard boxes and fabric scraps, I made some fabric-covered cardboard blocks. They came out great!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
I finished the exercises for Graphing Hyperbolas.
There are 32 different cases, so this took me a long time!

After many years thinking about this idea, I finally made a ‘pi’ mini-quilt (it's only about 10 inches on each side).
Each fabric type is a different digit; it goes top to bottom, left to right.
I used buttons for the decimal point and the ‘dot, dot, dot’ at the end.
Notice the first appearance of the digit zero in row six, column four:
this is the smallest square configuration that displays all the digits (zero through nine) at least once.
I'm pleased with how it came out!
Eventually, I'll do other numbers, too!


Thursday, March 1, 2018
I updated my monthly stats for February.
I've now finished databasing both the office/craft room and the kid's loft.
I've already had many opportunities to use the new system, and it's working great!
Had a wonderful family birthday dinner for Joshua (age 23) yesterday!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
I had a week with my daughter Julia at the Viva Fest circus competition in Las Vegas—her lyra routine was incredible!
It was wonderful to catch up on ‘easy’ visiting time. Hooray for long car rides!

I've almost finished making seat covers for our chairs (the original upholstery was wearing through).
I'm pleased with how they've turned out.

Monday, February 5, 2018
I finished the concept discussion for Graphing Hyperbolas.
I've removed the chat feature, due to lack of interest from users and difficulty in responding to math questions via email (with text-only formatting). Also, the few questions I did get looked like homework problems, and doing homework for users was not my intention. My hope had been that users would comment on what was working and not working for them on a given page, which would help me to improve the exposition for my audience. Ah, well! It was worth a try.

Thursday, February 1, 2018
I updated my monthly stats for January.
I've also archived my blog for 2017.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
I used the free version of MyLiveChat to add a chat feature to each of my lessons! I was very discouraged with my short test of me being available in real time—had to ban users and abort chats due to inappropriate (X-rated) content. Even a question I thought was legitimate ended up with me being called a very bad name. Based on this experience, I changed the chat tab to read ‘Have a question?’ and I'll reply to questions via email.

Over the last few days, I've added several things to my ‘header cycle’: info about me (with Fun Facts link), Pebble tour, Sentence Shuffle as a prototype for active reading exercises, a link for Doug and Shay's CD, more products. In the nine days since posting this new header, I haven't had a single purchase of any highlighted Amazon product, but my Amazon sales do seem to be up a little (hard to tell), so I may be being successful in getting more people to Amazon.

Friday, January 26, 2018
Well, I've got my first mobile test up! Check out this section and notice the buttons at top where you can switch between MOBILE (text/images only) and DESKTOP (full functionality). This is my most popular page; I'll see if I get any positive/negative comments from users, or if this seems to affect my stats at all, before implementing it on any other pages. I'm trying to make it easier for users on mobile devices to use my content.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
I finished going through all my pages, to check that my new header design didn't inadvertently ‘break’ anything.
Made some good edits along the way.
I added a Google AdSense ad just above the footer on all my pages.
I know it won't be as effective as at the top, but this way it isn't a distraction while people are reading,
and I like knowing what the top of each of my pages is going to look like!

Also—exciting, exciting!!—I got our first egg from the chickens today!
I suspect it was Hermione; she seems to be exhibiting more egg-laying behaviors.
It was in the nesting box, just where it was ‘supposed’ to be!
Four of us shared the single egg (scrambled) at dinner (as an appetizer).
It tasted like ... a good egg! Hooray!

Sunday, January 21, 2018
BIG DAY!!!!
I got my new header design up.
I'll be adding more products to my scrollable ads over the coming weeks.
For a few days, I won't have Google AdSense at all, while I'm checking all my pages.
I'm also trying a new donation policy.
Fingers crossed that this new header will help to increase my revenue!

Thursday, January 18, 2018
I finished the web exercises for Equations of Hyperbolas in Standard Form.

I'm creating a database for all my possessions, and improving organization/storage at the same time. It's fun going through everything I own, but it is taking a lot of time!

Thursday, January 11, 2018
I finished the concept discussion for Equations of Hyperbolas in Standard Form.
I decided to have separate sections for graphing hyperbolas (where I talk about asymptotes and the ‘box’) and the reflecting property of hyperbolas.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Happy New Year, everyone!
I updated my monthly stats for December, and for all of 2017.
Julia and Tony came over for a game day recently, and we played ‘Roll For The Galaxy’. Strategic board games are not something I typically do—it felt like a big mish-mosh of random behaviors—I was overwhelmed and clueless! So, I searched for help, and found this fantastic Roll For the Galaxy Tutorial. I think I'm finally getting the hang of it. Although frustrating, I figure that anything that exercises my brain is good for me!

Also, I finished the web exercises for Definition of a Hyperbola.

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