Monday, January 26, 2015

What our week looked like 18 Jan–24 Jan

Sunday 18 January

church
lunch out!
play day outside
MG finishes her shelf with Papa!
AWANA

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Monday 19 January

lessons with mama and papa in the morning
papa off to work, quiet time a’comin’
afternoon outside in the blissful 60 degree weather

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“kite” flying – bike riding – garden planning – yard cleaning – play gardening (aka, practice) – general outdoor messin’ about

Tuesday 20 January

big girls out with Papa

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Wednesday 21 January

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Friday 23 January

Ordinary Day

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Saturday 24 January

hoping for a second chance at the Taubman and Art Venture to play with Veritas exhibit HOME DAY! 
games – dress up – painting -- washing clothes – school and church planning – relaxing

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

AO Year 7 :: Is Mama drinking REAL coffee????

She just wanted to try the coffee adventure, from the AO7 science selection, Adventures with a Microscope.

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Or, more specifically, a part of it: to see if our coffee was indeed JUST coffee.

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It is. 

(phew!  that’s good!)

We need to know if the stuff we drink other places is all-out coffee…or an imposter…..

stay tuned!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Garden on the Creek :: mid-January

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On Monday, MG spied three of these lovely little ladies. 
It wont be long, folks.  Not long at all.  It’s winter now.
But Spring is a’comin!

This is the old compost pile, which Papa has plans to take down and turn into a garden plot.  He and MG are planning her own herb garden, something she ahs wanted to do for several years.  We gave her the book, Kids’ Herb Book a good number of years ago, and that book, along with the Roots, Shoot, Buckets and Boots are her two go-to books.  They look terrible, she ahs flipped through them so many times.

I love it.  :)

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And below is the new compost pile.  It is over the old strawberry patch, which our neighbors, the Deer Family, enjoyed the ONE TIME we went out of town last summer.  hummph.

Papa likes the open, “let it rot” style of composting, though we also have a black compost box around.

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This is taken from the far corner of our property.  The old barn I seem to photograph so much is off to my direct right.  From here, you obviously see our house, and the chicken house (empty, oh sad day.) down the hill, and the rest of the place?

Opportunity.  Possibilities.  Food.  Life Lessons.  The site of lots of bad-bug squooshing. 
Sorry, folks, but that’s just how it is. 

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The green beans, garlic and onions were down here last year with tomatoes, peppers, cukes, and squashes off to the left.  Taters were off to the right, by the barn.

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Peek-a-boo, I see you!
And I forget-you-not!

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And there they are, planning the future.  I think MG got her papa convinced that she is ready to head up her own parcel of garden *and* continue to joyfully{coughcoughcough} help with the family garden.

Ahem.
We are all a work in progress, yes?

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Bless her.  EK isn’t working a spot now, exactly, but playing.  I LOVE that the 10 year old will still play.  In dirt.  Just to play.

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And then we have joining us at this very moment in January…..

Thyme. 

Madame Black Thumb (that would be Sal.) can not kill it. 
Negative degree temperatures can not kill it. 
The dang dog and cat running over it can not kill it. 
Smallish children can not kill it.

I like thyme.

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So the seed magazines are rolling in, books are being pulled off the shelves and brought home from the library and added to the Amazon wish list, paper and pencil have found their way into the group as well. 

OH!

We will be adding a little boy to our own family garden mid-May, did you know?  I haven’t been around to tell you much about this bean, Bean #6, but this is the coolest thing we have growing, and will have growing on the Creek (other than the other 5 sprouts we have!):

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So that’s the State of the Garden for us – what about you?

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