The House of The Garden

I’m so lucky that I have such a big, sunny garden, but I’ve also come to realize that not being limited by space can be more difficult than having to squeeze things into a small area.  Ethan called my garden plan this season “masochistic” after he offered to help and i told him what my goals were for the day. 

 Birthdays

This past week was full of rushing here and there and the birthday celebrations of my oldest – now 14, and my youngest – now 6.  We made homemade corn dogs (hotdogs dipped in corn bread batter and fried in home-rendered lard.  There were a few presents wrapped in paper feed bags and tied with…

Fruit,  Nut, and Chocolate Easter Nibbles

I didn’t mean to skip this past week’s blog post,  but the weather has been so wonderful,  and we have been so busy in the kitchen,  in the garden,  wandering the beautiful pastures,  and celebrating spring that the days slipped by, days full of fun, sun,  work, and beauty. The natural dyes turned out very…

A Bad Haircut

This post is actually about TWO bad haircuts. One of them I actually had a hand in myself – but I’m getting ahead of the story.  It all starts with our Great Pyrenees puppy, Cloud Bear. There’s a spot of cool weather now, but just last week it was hot, really hot.  There were some…

Kids Love Junk

        Clothilde yells, “I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!” while wearing ear protection. If you’ve ever visited our house, you will know something about us – we have junk.  Lots of junk. I don’t necessarily like junk.  Actually, if I had things my way, there wouldn’t be a scrap of junk and someone else…

Back To Homeschool

We started homeschooling again last week.  It is nice to be back to fall structure rather than the loose, unplanned summer days.  I realized we actually do homeschool year-round, but with different styles.  Very structured schooling in Fall and Spring, unschooling in Summer.  It seems to work well that way.  Beginning of summer, the children…

Chalk Paintings

An artistic friend of mine has recently been making beautiful chalk paintings of flowers.  We used to do a lot of chalk drawing on our tiny blackboard for home school, but I have abandoned that, largely because there is no paper-trail of work that way to show that we have done something other than bake…

Sick Days and Baking

  Note: The two cake pictures were from the “Dad Bake-A-Thon”, and you can’t really expect anything to be put away or the table to look clean. We have been so, so sick.  The kind of sick that strikes you down and crushes you so you can’t move.  Clothilde spent four days lying in bed,…

The Patisserie

We have had the best summer crafty project going lately – in the summer I always like to have something fun to work on that we didn’t get time for during the rest of the year.  Summer here is like the deep winter of other climes.  The weather and bugs make you want to lethargically…

Florida Folk Festival 2016

We spent Saturday and Sunday at the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs.  It turned out to be a beautiful weekend, and one of the best festivals we’ve attended in all these years. Ethan first attended the FFF when he was about seven weeks old, and our children have been there every year except last…

Homeschooling At The End

It’s the end of the school year – and the end of our home school year.  Some families home school all year round, but we usually take a break during the summer, for several reasons.  First of all, it gives me a break, and a chance to do some planning and research for next year. …

Spring Break

We are taking a “spring break” this week, along with the regular schools.  It’s far too hard to try to interest anyone in math when the neighborhood kids are squirting each other with squirt guns, or playing a high-energy football game in the front yard. It also gives us a chance to do some fun…