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Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Musings...

I can't believe the weekend is gone already! And here we go again... fresh week, fresh start.

Outside My Window...
Sunny and beautiful today. The narcissus at work is in full bloom, so I've been keeping a few in an old milk bottle at my desk for the smell, and because they are pretty. We're supposed to be getting a storm later this week (yay!), and so The Boy and I cleaned out all the gutters yesterday, making sure everything is ready to go. M and I also further weatherized the chicken hutch, which somehow involved me hitting my temple really hard on a corner of some plywood. I saw stars! Thankfully there was no real damage... just a bruise.

Around The House...
The Boy has completely taken over doing his own laundry, which is kind of awesome. I have some housework to catch up on this week -- some vacuuming (if the vacuum will work--it is being very temperamental lately), some mopping... the exciting stuff!

In the Garden...
Not much to report here. We've put off pruning due to the fact that new growth takes more water, and with drought conditions still very much looming over us, we weren't sure that was a good idea. And we're trying to learn a little about dry gardening, just in case. Either way, we're hoping to take a trip to the fantastic local organic seed store soon, though we have to be very careful shopping there, as there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of seed choices.

In Our Homeschooling...
I plan to work with The Girl on both reading and spelling this week, to help engage different parts of her brain. The Boy will be rewriting and expanding his very short story this week. I think we'll continue with Greek history, and Black Ships Before Troy.  The Girl will be doing Saxon Math again this week, supplementing it as desired with Life of Fred, and I realized that I don't need to buy the Key to Fractions for The Boy (which I talked about doing here), as I have Math Mammoth Fractions already! Both kids are hoping their independent study books (biographies of Sacagawea and Nikola Tesla... I'll leave you to guess which one is for which child) will be at the library this week, and The Boy is ready for book two of The Hunger Games.

Reading & Watching...
I somehow, from picking "new fiction" at the library, managed to read two books on World War II, back to back. The first was the story of a girl who became a field nurse to search for her lost brother, and the second of both a Nazi war criminal and a young woman seeking closure. Both were exceptionally good books--they really drew me in, and I found them hard to put down! This week, it's back to assigned and more practical reading. I'm reading Uncle Tom's Cabin for class, and Overcoming Dyslexia to help The Girl and I (thanks for the recommendation, Jessica!) The kids and I are still working our way through Mankind: A Story of Us All, and M and I have been watching American Horror Story, which I am surprised to say I like!

Everything Else...
The kids ride their scooters most days. This week we hope to adjust the gears on The Girl's bike, and fix a cable on The Boy's, so they can enjoy those again. It'll be a busy week--I take my dad to the doctor's this afternoon, and then to his tax lady tomorrow, plus there is fencing, my class, etc. I feel tired already!

Hope you all have a good week, and here is a picture of The Girl's creation to enjoy!


1 comment :

  1. Your world sounds 'springy.' I'm glad! We're late (as usual) buying/starting seeds. With all the snow here it's hard to imagine we'll ever seen the garden again. LOL Let me know what you think about Overcoming Dyslexia!

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