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FOR TODAY – September 21, 2009

Outside my Window….Gray and weepy sky, gold-hued soy fields awash with a riotous profusion of morning glories.  Pink, blue, purple, white…a veritable rainbow.  It’s hard to believe that we literally have to battle these beauties in the garden.  They take over everything…

Thinking…about the coming of Fall.  How I love this season…cool weather, sweaters and pumpkins, mums and falling leaves.  The sights, sounds and smells intoxicate the senses…

Thankful for…last week.  School was a joy in every way.  The days were long, but teacher and scholars were very motivated.  We finished off the week with a field trip to see the Spirit of America performance (entirely free, though you must obtain a ticket!) by the U.S. Army.  Nationwide Arena was packed to the rafters with public school students, homeschool students, senior citizens, moms and dads, veterans of all ages.  It was a moving sight, one that reinforces my belief that we live in a country worth fighting for.  No matter the ideology and skewed perception of our left-wing, liberal government and media.  This country is the diadem in the crown of the earth, and deserves to preserved as it was established:

One Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all…

Thank you, all of you out there, with loved ones who are serving to protect this great nation and the rights and safety of each of its citizens…

From the kitchen…cold cereal and hot coffee.  I love cold cereal mornings…for lunch today:  homemade veggie beef soup and sandwiches.  Dinner tonight:  Ribollita, italian bread and fruit.

Faith and learning…school is pure joy.  We’re enjoying our Ohio history studies, and each scholar is working on a lapbook of facts and figures.  If you’re not yet a fan of the lapbook (I’ve only recently jumped in!), here is an outstanding resource for entirely free materials. We are having great fun with them…the three youngest are currently working on three of them:  About Me, Ohio History and Astronomy.

As an aside:  we’ve decide to utilize school uniforms.  A couple of my good friends out there in blog land had embraced the idea, but I was having difficulty in understanding the need.  Aren’t all of our clothes “school clothes?”  Yes…and that’s the point.  There seems to be no real differentiation in the minds of the younger students.  Not to mention, I just can’t stand to see my boys in their grubby play shirts and ripped jeans.  I kept sending them upstairs to change, with protests of “but, Mom!  We’re going outside after school to play in the dirt pile!”

Indeed.  And they looked the part.  So I picked up two pairs of black trousers, two black skirts, and four red polos.   I’m not enforcing the “dress code” for the two older scholars…the dignity of their advanced years have purchased a few perks…they are quite happy and always attire themselves neatly.

So…now the youngers know exactly what they’re wearing for school.  No play clothes…school clothes.  And they are very, very happy.  As am I…

Creating…see last weeks post!  Knitting, sewing, crocheting…organizing my time is paying some handsome dividends.

Planning…school.  Feast day celebrations.  That’s about it…

Wearing…denim skirt and paisley peasant blouse, hair up in a twist.  Socks…my feet are cold!

ReadingReading Rescue, 1-2-3.  Common sense, practical suggestions for boosting a struggling readers skills.  I’ve picked up a couple useful tips, thus far.

Praying…for my darling Clementine.  Would you pray with me?  She’s been sick and is having a really tough time lately…

Hearing…snipping scissors and crumpling papers.  The little girls are creating…

Around the house…a cleaned up and weeded courtyard, a chicken coop nearly completed and a garden in decline…

One of my favorite things…getting an early start to the day.  But that’s not happening today…sigh…

Here’s a picture thought I am sharing with you

A wonderful gift from my dear husband.  He mowed the most amazing trail through the woods…to protect his oldest son from the terrors of poison ivy, and his wife…who’s been having a bit of a hard time getting around.  The woods look like a public park, thanks to his expert landscaping and mowing skills!

Our Sunday stroll…a rainy, misty day. We hardly felt it under the lovely canopy of trees…

Not deterred by rain, one bit!

A lovely mowed entrance, devoid of poison ivy…

A winding path…

Wide enough for a bike!

Our dreaded enemy…poison ivy.  Until Dad mowed, every bit of the forest floor was covered in this carpet…

Puff balls…of every kind…enormous!

Calvatia gigantea…sounds so elegant…

This one is nearly 24 inches in diameter!

A jay feather, tangled in wildflowers and weeds.  Alas, there were many.  I believe a raccoon may have gotten him…

Sharing the bounty…

Isn’t it lovely?  A curved arch of trees…a perfect spot for a picnic or to pitch a tent…

Would you pick a thistle?  Not me!  She’s a brave, brave girl…

Enjoy your week…

Blessings,