Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Liebster Award

Oh my days. I have been awarded the Liebster Award and I can honestly say I cannot remember when I last received an accolade of any kind. Apart from being Runner Up in a Sindy colouring competition once upon a time. So massive thankyou Rachael, who writes a fantastic blog, The Sixth Element.
I have mah hassive respect for this woman, and love to hear about what she has been up to, which is usually a lot more than me..
over at

Being pretty new to this blogging game, I have only just begun to follow people: I am totally inspired by so many of them. So currently, I only have one that stands out, which is mainly due to lack of time to read much these days.


And the recipient of Catbus' Liebster Award goes to...(pretend there is now a nauseating / irritating / melodramatic / uncalled for / delete as appropriate, never ending silence).....

I love this blog! It is candid, funny and something I can really relate to. <duly hands award over in a sombre, theatrical, envious fashion>

Oh I can hear the ripples of applause..Thankyou lovely bloggy people: you never know, I might actually get some followers!!

The Liebster Award is designed to be awarded to ‘small’ blogs with less than 300 subscribers to spread the blog love and get them out to a wider audience. The rules are:
1. Post displaying the award (done), linking back to the person who awarded you (done)
2. Choose your own blog picks (below) and let them know they’re awarded
3. Hope everyone discovers some new favourites
4. Revel in the blog love!

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

The Stanley Man

Shouting Boy had a fantastic time today.

The Stanley Man came to fix the burner today: Shouting Boy immediately raced upstairs, donning his toolbelt and various irrelevant tools for the job. Stanley Man, luckily, was very accommodating to the Boy's needs: he let him sit close by and talked him through taking the burner apart. The most important part of which involved blowing up his rubber glove, which Shouting Boy took extremely seriously! Now that was a priceless Home Ed 'lesson'. Shouting Boy was very proud of himself, despite Madfairy stifling her giggles at his overly serious behaviour..

A bizarrely peaceful day chez Catbus, with much playing and even more laughter. Manga Girl in stitches watching Shouting Boy 'ON THE PHONE TO GRANDAD SO JUST BE QUIET, TUT, TUT, OKAAAY' in the back yard. She helped him ride his bike. Jumping Bean joined in the fun, boinging about inside and out. Mr Catbus working not far away, which always adds to the vibe.

Spring is springing and it feels good. Catbus is totally in love with her children, especially on a day like today.
Mr Catbus isn't bad either...

Friday, 25 March 2011

Serious case of the wobbles

Well, what can I say? The last few weeks have gone by so fast. Manga Girl had a birthday: one of the guinea pigs died: I wobbled so stupidly, Madfairy was very close to checking out school with a view to going.

Although I am happy to facilitate whatever they want regarding education, I cannot help feel like I steered her that way briefly, due to my own shortcomings or worries.
We discussed it in quite some depth, culminating in writing a list of things she might want to do more of, or make better. Halfway through the list, Madfairy stated that as we had so much on the list, we may as well "cancel the school thing."  She was also not impressed that she would have to write about things, whether they took her fancy or not.

Writing currently takes her fancy when doing a menu for her cafe, at present, or speech bubbles in cartoon pictures. Her reading is amazing, as is her ability to grasp many concepts. Maths seems to float her boat at the moment.

I was fortunate enough to have a long phone call with a woman that is a true HE veteran. She put pay to many of my wobbles, including those about Manga Girl. For a good while, I have been concerned that her obsession/passion for all things manga/anime/Japanese is 'too narrow'.
She is, admittedly, brilliant at drawing, and has gone to the library of late and got herself a Japanese dictionary..It is amazing seeing the font of knowledge she has about all of this, and it is hard sitting on my hands and hoping this is all okay. Despite attempts to further/steer this interest, she will not deviate from the path she clearly knows she's on.

Said veteran said something quite resonating, regarding all of this: 'Imagine if Motzart's Mother would have said to him "Don't do that ALL the time, do this instead, pottery would be more interesting, surely?".'

So I am getting the hang of Autonomous Education, slowly but surely. And getting that I need to have faith in my children.
This truely is a rollercoaster..