Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday Musings

For  the week of August 12th, 2013

Outside My Window...It feels kind of like fall lately! It's just chilly enough in the morning that I need a sweatshirt, then by mid-morning it's nice and warm. Really perfect weather, the kind I dream about in the winter!

Things I'm Thinking About....Extracurricular activities for the upcoming year. It's that time. With four kids, this means sitting down with pencil and paper and trying to figure out where everyone needs to be and when, and trying to see how it can all fit together. Plus, trying to make sure we have time to be home! I put a lot of thought into this planning, to ensure we don't get burned out. It's no simple task,  but I *think* I am almost there.

In My Garden...I harvested my first garlic last week! It grew great and now there are 42 bulbs drying out on newspaper on the porch. I am curious to see how well it will store, but I think we will be using A LOT of garlic in the weeks to come and need to figure out what to do with it all.  We are still eating kale, blueberries, chard, radishes, tomatoes, zucchini, and summer squash. We also finally have some baby peppers on our pepper plants. And the green beans are pretty much a daily staple 'round here.

In the Barnyard... We suspect that one of our new batch of supposed layers is actually a rooster. There has been a pretty funky almost-crow sound going on early in the morning. This would make our second accidental rooster. We also have an accidental drake among our four new ducks.

Food, and the Cooking Thereof....We picked lots of blueberries at a nearby farm last weekend and this past week I made 12 jars of blueberry jam. Also blueberry pie, blueberry cake, and lots of blueberry pancakes. I think my favorite is still blueberries on cereal though, especially Cheerios. The secret is to put way more blueberries than cereal:).

In Our Homeschool....Back to work this week. I am going to try waking the boys earlier. If I let them sleep in, they tend to sleep late and throw everything off. I was operating under the assumption that they must need the sleep if they are sleeping late-but then they tend to not get tired until 10. We are going to try getting them up earlier and see if they will have less trouble falling asleep earlier. Tonight will not be a good night to start this since Grace has convinced everyone to get up at 1 a.m. to watch the meteor showers!

Creating..... I finished another afghan square. One more, then I am going to lay them all out and see if it looks big enough. I am feeling optimistic that it might actually be finished in time for the holidays!

Reading and Watching...I am reading Joyland-really good, creepy book. This week, we took the kids to see the new Percy Jackson movie (Rose saw Turbo instead). Both were very much enjoyed.

Plans For the Week Ahead...Back to schooling, a well-check and a cooking class for Grace (bet she'll enjoy the class more), a trip to the lake, and visiting a state park. Also working on our latest 1000 piece puzzle and squeezing in some badminton games and a little more summer fun.

Hope you have a great week!

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