Monday, September 2, 2013

Lately...

Where does a week go? Time flies, right? It sure seems to lately...


I've been making plans for some exciting giveaways here on the blog -- coming over the next four Mondays, in fact -- so stay tuned!



We emptied our school room to paint and make way for our home office...still have shelves to install, a second office chair to put together, and almost eight years of homeschooling memories to sort through. :)  Funny how although we've always had a school room, so much of our schooling takes place at the kitchen table, in the family room by the wood stove, and on blankets out on the lawn. Of course, as the kids have grown older, so much of their work is done independently, and they are often found reading or doing a math lesson on their beds in the quite of their rooms. Life is changing 'round here... But I muse. :)  One wall of this room will still be devoted to homeschooling bookshelves and supplies since we simply don't have anywhere else to put them, but an office our school room has become.


AnnaLynn baked a huge batch of biscuits so we could sample and compare the different jam flavors we canned recently. They were all delicious!





The garden has produced beyond our wildest expectations! Having been away for three weeks in July, I had low expectations of an abundant harvest, but the automatic watering system Dan installed just before we departed and careful tending since we returned have paid off! Have you ever eaten an entirely homegrown meal? Yes, even the chicken (we still have a few left in the freezer from last year, believe it or not). What a joy to sit around the table and enjoy the fruit of our labor! And to pass on the passion to our children to grow thier own food, priceless!



Besides the jam we put by a while ago, the kids also helped with the freezing of several quarts of green beans and the canning of pears we picked at my sister's. Pears are Dan's favorite, so these will make a nice addition to his lunches this winter. 



I've mentioned that my beanie pattern was off being test knitted, which it has been, but I just wasn't satisfied with the decreases. So, while my test knitter patiently waited, I reworked the decreases and am finally ready to send them off to her. Lord willing, my new pattern will be available on Ravelry within the next week! In preparation, AnnaLynn agreed to a little photo shoot in our back yard. :)


And finally, my dad and stepmom came for a visit! We watched "The Princess Bride" at the local winery on Friday evening, we feasted on grilled burgers and salmon, we enjoyed lots of good conversation (and quality knitting time!), and we captured a four-generations photo. :) Time does indeed fly by. How in the world I ever came to have a 25 year old son and be a grandmama, I just can't fathom. And my dad is a great-grandpa -- wow!

"Lately" inspiration here. :)

Blessings,

~Lisa

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12 comments:

  1. The time is flying by too quickly here also Lisa.

    I gave up my school room a few years ago, like you, we never really used it, just had it for book storage. Now I am going through all the books and clearing those out....over twenty years worth of book is a lot of books. I only have one homeschooler left at home and that will be ending in a few years.

    Yes, I have eaten a completely home grown meal and my goal is to have all my meals from my land.

    It sounds like you had a wonderful family visit and the picture is great.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Tracy, and for the kind words. :) We officially started lessons yesterday (Tuesday), but we always ease our way into it by not starting every subject. Math, geography, and music instrument practice are all that fit into days still filled with harvesting the garden and filling the pantry and freezer. I'll bet your days are much the same!

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  2. I have a notebook just like yours, filled with too much to do. I don't know what I would do if I lost it!! Love your garden pickings!!

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    1. I just cannot imagine losing it! Makes my head hurt just to think of it!

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  3. I would love to have a school room, but, as you said, most of our work would still probably be done at the kitchen table or in the living room. I guess I would just like a school storage room! lol. Your hat and fingerless mittens are beautiful!

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    1. When we built our house, the plan included a formal dining room. We're just not formal dining room sort of people (not that there's anything wrong with that...), so we made it our school room -- super convenient since it's right off our kitchen! I think when the kids were younger we did a lot of our schooling in the school room, but as the kids have grow older and more independent, it just doesn't work that way anymore. I have a friend who has a homeschool closet in which she stores all her curriculum stuffs. Blessings! ~Lisa

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  4. Time is flying on our side of the country, too, Lisa. I love all your garden photos - makes me soooo hungry. :) And what a lovely 4-generation photo!
    Much love and a blessed week to you, my friend. :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Lisa! Hope your schooling is off to a great start this year! :)

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  5. Goodness me - look at all that produce from your garden! How wonderful.
    I had a really hard time going through our old homeschool stuff when we were moving house. I ended up keeping nearly all of it as I couldn't part with much.
    Your hat pattern looks gorgeous!

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    1. It really is rather hard to sift through all those years of memories and discard some of them. I had my kids go through, but asked them to not get rid of anything until I could take a look (which I still haven't done...). I have boxes and boxes of my grown up kids school work that I guess I really should go through, too. Thanks for visiting!

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  6. You have been having one very busy summer my friend :) But what a delight its been :-D m.

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    1. I know! I think I need a vacation. :)

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