"We write to taste life twice - once in the moment and in introspection."

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Autumnal Musings

What is it about fall that feels so cozy and homey and makes me feel like the darling mice of Brambly Hedge?

The lighting is so beautiful as it slants through leaves that are taking on a new hue.

Today was just such a beautiful day here at Lilac Cottage. 

So, let me now share a little of how we learn our history lessons.

After a morning of reading about the explorer James Cook, we spent time outside. Since two of my girls are gone this week, taking care of friends' children, we're not doing our full schedule of bookwork.

Today was the day to begin building "half-face camps" like we'd read that many of the frontiersmen first used as they moved westward. We'll keep you updated on how things are progressing.

This school year is turning out to be very different from any others. For one thing, it has become necessary for me to get a part-time job. I'm thankful that the hours I'll be working will be late afternoon and evening and every other weekend. So, I will still be able to be with my girls during "school hours." And I'm thankful that they're old enough to handle things at home while I'm gone.

I will be working as a cook at a beautiful assisted living living home. I've met a few of the residents there as Sarah has played piano there a few times and I look forward to getting to know them better. 

Also, we're again in a co-op, now getting into things like veterinary medicine and orienteering. The girls really enjoy the classes and getting to be with friends.

I'm putting in a little more time on selling things on Ebay and in our Etsy shop, though that's taken a bit of a back seat while I do all the necessaries of starting a new job.

So, life goes on, and you can teach old dogs new tricks. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Busy, Busy Summer

What a fun and busy summer we've had with having a little baking business focusing on cinnamon rolls and cookies. We've had a table at the end of our driveway as well as selling to other workers at Love INC where our girls volunteer regularly.

We also sold pumpkin and banana breads. Now we've changed our tack a little and are providing soup and bread at Love INC, keeping the workers well-fed for whatever donation they choose. 

We've also lately gotten to try our hand at fishing in the nearby river, catching only small stuff so far, but having fun trying.

Of course, the lake called our name, too.

We enjoyed times of church fellowship.

And we've been informed us that we're going to be grandparents again. Oh, joy!

Hope your summer has been delightful.
Next time, I'll share a little of how our school year is going.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Our Latest Endeavor

And we did pretty well for our first day.

Hopefully we'll do even better next weekend since we learned a few things, like about traffic flow.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Our Week

What a beautiful week it's been after the weekend rain freshened everything.

See the rainbow?

But, besides taking artsy pictures of weather-related and landscape scenes, we've done some of our homeschooling, too, since we do carry on throughout the summer as able.

In an effort to change things up and save a little money, I had not ordered the notebooking pages to go with our Truthquest History studies at the beginning of the school year. As time went on and we weren't doing the projects that I had envisioned, or at least not continuing with them, I regreted not having gotten the notebooking stuff.

But, better late than never...

So, I ordered the downloads and printed up what I thought we'd use and got them all nicely bound at Staples. We started at the place where we're studying right now (just finished with Cotton Mather) and will use the previous pages as review while we continue to move forward. 

Right now we're in a literature mode with finishing reading Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and now starting Gulliver's Travels, so we have lots of time for writing the review pages.

And that's what's working for us.