Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Chocolate Mousse ala KB
Finished off the last of the pesto we froze last summer this week over chicken and noodles.. Viking Man declared that he wants to see lots more stocked before the end of summer! Gotta replant the basil- another turkey casulty.
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The pictures got totally out of order but blogger is sluggish today and I have other things to do, so bear with me. This is a small display that we made of some of KB's artwork. I wish the clarity was better- she is so talented! We didn't get a picture of the collage that she choose to display- it was "Can You Hear Them Crying" based on the One Act Play about the Holocaust, that she performed in, and won an award for, this past January. The cake. 1/2 white, 1/2 chocolate. Buttercream frosting. Yum. KB and friends....Our first graduate- now a happy full time college woman, multi-lingual part time missionary and world-traveler.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
We re-planted tomatoes which got wind-burned and put in more melon and gourd type plants as well as flowers, wedded like crazy, added dirt to a couple of flower beds, moved plants,, generally got quite dirty in the gardens.
Did convention reports for IEW and Bethleham Books. Sales were great.
Cleaned, sorted and re-arranged the school and photo album bookshelves, a huge job. The sorting (and the dust!) bogs me down every time. Started a box of books/curriculum to sell, and 2 to store.
Worked on the Bible Bee with the boys. Slow and steady going.
Spent time with College Woman talking and sorting through some things. Included late nights. I'm tired.
Cleaned the church that our small co-op has been using all year. The kids made "thank-you" cards for the guest speakers and field trips that we've taken. Moms worked on planning next year. I'm not the only curriculum hobbyist in the group and that makes it even more fun. The kids love being together and are eagerly anticipating our couple of summer get-togethers.
KB's graduation party is on Sunday so we are gathering items and planning festivities.
Cub had guests last night for a sleep-over and College Woman is gearing up to leave for Europe on Tuesday.
In between it all we watched X-Men, Iron-Man and Bourne Ultimatum. All fast, fun and furious flicks. Miss R and Feche Boy were jamming to the music at the end of Bourne and fell together into a playmobile pile that Flower was coming back to. They both walked away laughing but bruised. Watched Cranford on the puter last night while the notsolittles enjoyed Zoom Academy.
Found a couple of cool sites this week. Artios Academy http://www.artiosacademies.com/
which looks a little spendy for now and CLAA on-line:
http://www.classicalliberalarts.com/praeceptor.htm which looks amazingly affordable. Received "Climbing Parnassus" in the mail this week and am looking forward to it. Viking Man has an order in for a pile of books related to Hebraic Christianity and The Beginnings book by Chaim Potok is along with. I am eagerly waiting to get my hands on it.
We still have school to finish but it will keep. Mid-way through next week we'll get back to it. For now, it was good to have a break from the routine. Hope you had a successful week!!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Apparently not. They want more rights than anybody else and if it takes stepping on First & Fifth Amendment Rights, that's just fine too. Chuck Colson says it better than I do:
Looks like there is an agenda way beyond just sex with the partner or partners of choice in the privacy of one's bedroom. And given the research that the gay community has done on itself regarding monogamy it's is clear that there is a conscience effort to redefine marriage on more than one level. As I've written before, homosexual partners remain faithful almost never. So the point of a "marriage" ceremony is what?
Sense and Sensibility makes way for Nonsense and Irresponsibility, or more appropriately, the death of meaning.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Talked with a friend last week who admitted that they'll have a small family because they're "selfish." While they are enjoying a lifestyle of wealth and "it's all about me" they are bankrupting the cultural legacy for the few children that they have.
And to add interest to the subject, here's a very interesting article by Malcolm Gladwell writing in the The New Yorker magazine on the developer of birth control and the difference between women in developed vs. undeveloped countries. Bearing children ensures not only the health of ones culture, but the health of ones body as well. Who knew? (o.k. some of us did but we didn't talk about it much because we kept getting looked at like we had 3 heads).
Friday, May 8, 2009
We still have more more squash, cukes, oregano and flowers to put in. The weather has been perfect for planting, raining at night, beautiful and sunny and temperate in the day.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Regarding the future - inspiring a sense of destiny
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Just had time to listen to the The Theology of Wonder in it's entirety Listen Now. If you like a kid somewhere, listen and catch a vision.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Listen to this recording from the 2008 ACCS annual conference. The idea of the integrated humanities is to study human achievement in context both in terms of its historical and societal sequence and in terms of its providential and cultural importance. You will find this talk from the ACCS homepage.
We've printed of the first couple of memory sections and it's going to be a challenge. Fun, but work. Feche-boy and Cub are both signed up and are already at it. I have a feeling I'll be learning lots as well!
Sunday we spent the day out in the garden. We have far more plants than beds so we've gotten creative. Snap peas are going in next to the rhubarb and we're putting melons by one of the cisterns on the north side of the house. We're also expanding 2 of our 3 long beds by about 4 feet. We're putting in 3 more berry bushes, all but 1 made it from last year and the strawberries are looking good. We are slowly weeding the flower beds. The front fence needs repainted and repaired so we'll be pulling off lots of vine and hopefully painting soon. I'd love it if Viking Man got to the arbor this year but he is deep into grading papers for the end of the semester so I'm not holding my breath. Our trusty mower is repaired and we are claiming the fields back from wormword and thistles. Much of the grasses, clover and hairy vetch that we sowed a couple of years ago is established and we've found to our delight that underneath the mess are lovely green and lush fields.
We have a regional homeschool conference coming up in 2 weeks and we're are responsible for 3 booths; IEW, Bethlehem Books and TeenPact. IEW has lots of new products this spring and I can't wait to get my hands on some of it! Bethlehem books, of course, has an amazing selection of historical fiction. We'll be focusing on Ancient and Modern Studies next year and we are making our reading list with their catalog in mind. TeenPact, goes without saying, is the best hands on government course you'll find. Sign-up.
We still have KB's grad announcements to get out, Bible Study tonight and lots of errands. I've had lots of creative ideas going lately but I'm drowning in details. College Woman will be home soon between college and Romania and that will add disruption and fun to the weeks ahead, and hopefully, lots of gardening help! KB and Feche-boy are churning out Latin, Logic and IEW in order to be done by the 23 and a spring goal is to sort and purge. The boys have done a great job this year of outgrowing most of their clothing as has Flower. The porch is still not summerfied; putting the plants back out, arranging the furniture and creating our summer living area- think enclosed porch on an old farmhouse-quaint and lovely and you've got it.
I found a great iced tea recipe and between it and the iced coffee KB makes we've had probably too much caffeine of late. Here's another copycat, yummy but VERY sweet:
6 1/2 cups very strong brewed coffee, cooled
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons vanilla extract - make your own, like we do = ) and it's even better!
Thoroughly mix ingredients and pour over ice cubes in a glass or refrigerate in a container until ready to use. Makes approximately 2 quarts.