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Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday Musings... Happy Fall!

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
~Albert Camus

First of all, Happy Autumn Equinox to everyone! I know I am a day late, but better late than never.

And a thank you to Kim, for much of this week's Monday Musings inspiration!

Outside My Window...
We had rain this weekend! It started very lightly while we were at our beloved park day on Friday, celebrating fall. On Saturday however, it absolutely poured in the morning, though by afternoon it was clear and sunny. It has been sunny ever since, but definitely cooler--I need a sweater in the mornings now! Today is supposed to be on the warmer side, but then it will be cooling right back down.

In My Garden...
I am down to deadheading some flowering bushes, and then I'll be working on my sketches for new landscaping plans!

In My Kitchen...
The Pozole Rojo I made for the Equinox was delicious! I did cut the amount of dried chiles used in half, and it was still spicy, but not overwhelmingly so. We used the traditional (raw) toppings - chopped white onion, thinly sliced radishes and cabbage, and some minced cilantro. Tonight, The Girl and I are making Butter Chicken (Indian food). I swear that one of the things I love about fall is cooking... curries, stews, soups... mmmm. And the kids are eager for pasta night - I always serve myself spaghetti squash rather than actual pasta, as I prefer the flavor, and last week they tasted mine, and declared "We want that!" I've found this is an easy, quick and healthy meal for Wednesdays, when The Boy has fencing and we don't get home until about 7 pm.

In Our Homeschool...
Yep, after writing this post, The Boy and I held a mini math conference. We're going to go back to a mix of things... some Life of Fred - we'll be backing up a little and actually finishing Fractions, then Decimals & Percents, and if time allows this year, we'll move into pre-algebra as well; some Zacarro's Challenge Math; and then Math Mammoth as needed for the rough spots. The Girl will be sticking with Saxon, at least for the time being. This week, I actually want to do some homeschooling! That's my major goal, since last week... um, I'm not sure what happened or where the week went!

I want to get some yarn and start knitting again. I really enjoyed it before, and it gave me something to do while The Boy fences, or The Girl skates. I'd like to start a scarf for M, I think. And I'd like to finally get around to some art with the kids this week!

Reading & Watching...
We're down to the last two chapters of The Princess Bride, then I think we'll be reading The Story of Sigfried (James Baldwin). I am about to start reading a book called The Changeling of Finnistuath, which looks intriguing. We're watching the second season of Once Upon A Time, and we're about ready to wrap up season two of Eureka. We watched Forrest Gump on Friday, and all really enjoyed it - I haven't seen that movie in some time.

Plans for the Week Ahead...
Start checking out local firewood prices. Clean out the chicken hutch again. We bathed the dogs yesterday, so that's taken care of, at least. We need to get to the library this week too!

Have a great week!


  1. I keep meaning to look up Once Upon a Time on Netflix, think I shall do it now while I am thinking of it:). Have a great week!

  2. We just finished Season II of Once Upon a Time. It got a little hokey, but overall it was fun! NOTHING like Merlin. But then, comparing ABC to the BBC is like apples to dump trucks, right?

    Have a great week!!


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