Monday, August 30, 2010
I presented her with brand new school supplies. Pencils, pencil sharpener, glue, scissors. Markers, watercolors, pencil crayons. New binders and notebooks. New scrapbook. She was quite excited.
Jump forward about an hour and she "did not want to make the lower case A. She wanted some snuggles." So, we did our reading time on the rocking chair with her on my lap wrapped in a blanket. Jump forward again, after a 15 minute recess and a snack and she did not want to do another thing. Can't even remember. She sat there looking at me as if to say with her eyes "why would you make me do this horrible thing?" Oh brother!
We managed 2 and a half hours. I was shooting for three. Paul came up from his office to see how it was going. I was frustrated and she was asking if she got to watch Inspector Gadget later in the afternoon. He took her to the post office to do some business mailing and told me that I should perhaps ease into it more slowly.
Things I have learned in 2 1/2 hours of homeschooling:
*Do not expect all of the plans you have written in your day book to go completely as planned.
*Bring knitting with you so you can get a few rows in while she is doing math worksheets.
*The history curriculum I bought may be a wee bit much.
*Bob Books are the best.
*So are magnetic letters and a board.
*Must add more hands on for this girl.
*Try not to be so hard on myself.
*I am totally scrapping my science plans for more practical learning. At least for a while.
Sigh. I really hope tomorrow goes more smoothly. Is it too early for a glass of wine?
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Kennebec potatoes from the garden
Good things coming from the kitchen. Stew. Roasts. Casseroles.
German cabbage rolls with sour cabbage
And my box of wine in the background
The wood fires. The sound of geese. The crunch of leaves underfoot. The sunset. The sunrise. All a feast for the senses.
Produce gifted from the neighbor's garden
Ah yes. My time is nigh. I wait, but not much longer.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
This is one of my most enjoyable "housekeeping" jobs. I feel the slippery mineral oil on my fingers. As I gently apply it to the surface of the bowls, my hands feel the shape of the wood as if I was making them on a potters wheel.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Is it healthy? Is it local? Is it organic? Is the fish farmed or wild? Do the farmers practice sustainable agriculture?
More recently I have been thinking just how dependant we actually are with regard to the safety of our food. Was it handled correctly? Did some other shopper pick up these frozen chicken breasts and later decide she didn't want them and leave them on a shelf only to be put back by a teenage store employee? Does this restaurant handle food properly? Does the supplier? As you can see, my train of thought is a little crazy. Or is it?
(Jen, I know you wouldn't make a meal like this and that you would prefer to be a full time vegetarian. I just added the picture because this is what I am talking about. ;) )
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Athena: Mama will it rain today?
Me: I am not sure, lets check the forecast.
Athena: It doesn't matter. Mother Nature does what she wants.
This girl cracks me up. Sometimes I don't know where she comes up with this stuff. Sometimes I do.In the past week she has said all of the following: