Thursday, September 25, 2008
At least we were there last week, and not the next, because this coming Sunday the parishoners have been invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets - and animals!!! - for an outdoor Mass where their pets will be blessed! Of course, then we at least would have known immediately to run for the hills. Although, in retrospect, when Samuel leaned over and said, "Mama, that lady is plugging in her guitar," maybe I should have taken the hint.
Outside my Window... we are having an Indian Summer here. It hasn't quite decided to be Autumn yet.
I am thinking... this weekend is going to be awesome, because we are going to the Feast of the Hunter's Moon! If you are anywhere within driving distance of West Lafayette, Indiana, you should really go sometime.
From the learning rooms... Still having fun with the math workbook (how weird is that?) Samuel also had fun last night with some brain-teaser-type puzzles in a book that I had when I was a child. The ones he was working on were things involving making shapes with matchsticks, and then moving a set quantity to alter the shape in a certain way. After seeing all the different ways that you can solve a problem on http://fantasticcontraption.com/, he was rather surprised that the puzzles in the book had only one right answer!
I am thankful for... lots of friends for Samuel to play with in this neighborhood. He's out there right now with several of his buddies. I think it will be hard for him when the weather is colder and the days shorter and he won't be able to see his friends when they get home from his school. The wait until they are home is already interminable to him.
From the kitchen... dh is working again tonight. Dinner will be... I have no idea. But lest you think I am a total slacker, let me assure you that I have made two new dishes in the last week which have already been requested again: shepherd's pie and tamale pie. These are so easy and good - why didn't I ever make these before???
I am wearing... khaki capris, teal striped T-shirt, bare feet
I am reading... still working on How Children Learn, by John Holt. Most of my reading time has been reading political stuff online.
I am creating... a scarf. I've been working on the silly thing for a year now! I put it aside for a looong time when I was having pain in my hands and wrists, and what was supposed to be a short break turned into months. I finally remembered it and have picked it up again, so far with no pain other than getting used to using my knitting muscles again.
I am hearing... Rich Mullins' "The Jesus Record"
Around the house... remember that apple butter I was making? You're supposed to make applesauce first and then cook it down. So far, I haven't gotten past the applesauce part. The first batch had too much water. Well, no big deal, I'll just put less in the rest and it'll cook down eventually. So the second batch, I put less water... too much less water... and burned it! ("Too much less"? Does that even make sense? Oh, you know what I mean.) Will try again tonight or tomorrow.
One of my favorite things... apple butter on a warm muffin... hey, I can dream, can't I?
A few plans for the rest of the week... get out the fall decor! The weather isn't quite there yet, but I'm not waiting any longer!
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
Got my new shoes! They aren't quite broken in yet, but I think they'll be as comfy as they are cute after a few more days.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Here he is next to one of the tanker planes. (Sorry, I don't remember the official names of most of these aircraft!) He liked these "flying gas stations".
Here's what my dad used to fly:
Here he is giving Samuel his first flying lesson:
Here's what my cousin Jason flies:
Samuel's not sure about keeping track of all of those controls!
But he gives it a try anyway.
We got to watch several flight demonstrations while we looked at the static displays, including a B-52 bomber, another tanker, a bi-plane with a wing walker, an F-15, and a WWII plane. Then came the main attraction, the Thunderbirds! I tried to take pictures, but it was cloudy, so there is not a good contrast between the jets and the sky, and, well, they fly fast! Most of my pictures are blurred, and that's if I managed to catch them in the frame at all! I did get this one of all six Thunderbirds in formation.
In addition to my dad (retired) and my cousin (active), dh's parents were both in the Air Force, and his brother currently is. We are definitely an Air Force family!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
"Oh, really? Which one?"
"Yep, that's right."
"I think I know the name of the other one, too... McCain?"
"Yes. How did you know that?"
"I'm very good at listening, you know."
Very good indeed, except when he's being told what chores need to be done. He apparently learned not only their names, but our opinions as well: there's the Bad One, and the Other One. That pretty much sums it up for me!
Monday, September 15, 2008
You can see all of this week's posts if you go and visit Peggy!
I am thinking... that I am so very ready for Autumn!
From the learning rooms... Shawn and Samuel have been doing a math workbook together, since Samuel has been asking us for more math problems.
I am thankful for... a new cell phone, finally!
From the kitchen... dh was not home for dinner, so I indulged Samuel by letting him have parmesan couscous for dinner.
I am wearing... a blue patterned skirt and purple long-sleeved T-shirt.
I am reading... How Children Learn, by John Holt.
I am creating... apple butter. I've never made it before. I'll let you know how it turns out!
I am hearing... They Might Be Giants. :)
Around the house... I finally got caught up on dishes, but managed to break a bowl and a glass (dropped the bowl onto the glass). Oh, well, two less things to wash later.
One of my favorite things... a hot cup of tea on a cool, overcast afternoon.
A few plans for the rest of the week... get this house cleaned up. We are leaving dh all by his lonesome this weekend, and I don't want him to feel like he should spend his time cleaning while we are gone. Except the guinea pig cage. That's all him.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
We had brought a picnic lunch, so we ate there as the first raindrops of the day began, and then we headed off to the mall. Picked up dh's contacts, got Samuel some new socks, and browsed the kitchen store. They had a display of Halloween items up - skull candy dishes, pumpkin linens, severed finger cheese knives, etc. It was quite possibly the first time in history that a mother had to drag her seven year old out of a kitchen store instead of the other way around.
Went shoe shopping, which was slightly embarassing, because did I mention how dirty we got berry picking? Especially our feet? And I was wearing sandals? Ugh. But I did find these.
Then we went to meet some out-of-town friends and some in-town friends at the local nature center. (Decided not to meet at the park due to the rain - wouldn't want to get wet and dirty!) The kids played inside for a while, and then wanted to go out, and since the rain had stopped, the moms agreed. Kids proceeded to play in the woods and get even dirtier. And wetter. (Hence the title of this post.)
Went to meet dh for dinner. Walked to Chipotle, and Samuel could not ride on dh's shoulders like usual because his feet were so muddy he would have gotten dh's shirt all dirty and dh still had work to do. Hung out at the Newman Center while dh ran the RCIA program. Went to 9pm Mass, where I was very grateful that they keep the lights low so that no one noticed how dirty my son was. Wished that I was one of those moms who is foresighted enough to bring extra clothes on days like this. Went home and collapsed!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
HT: The Common Room
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Aww, thanks Jennifer! Now I get to bestow the award on my top ten favorite blogs. Hmm, only ten??? Well, I will do my best! I am guessing that most of you, when seeing that I've nominated you, will say, "Thanks! Um, who are you?" I am not so great about leaving comments on people's blogs, unfortunately. I tend to lurk. But I've been reading all of these for a long time, so I guess it's about time I let you know how much I appreciate you!
Alice, at Cottage Blessings. She is such an inspiration when it comes to living the liturgical year, and her craft ideas and liturgical teas are simply amazing!
Cindy at PuppyKisses. I love hearing about unschooling families who are farther along on their journey than we are - this glimpse into what our future holds is very inspiring!
Dawn at By Sun and Candlelight. I love how she appreciates every little detail of nature - she has inspired me to notice all the little changes throughout the year.
The DHM and family at the Common Room. Have you ever wished for a family of experienced homeschoolers to move in next door to you? People you could have afternoon tea with, and just soak up their wisdom? This is that family.
Emily at Free Range Ramblings. A mama after my own heart: crunchy and unschool-y. :)
Leonie at Living Without School. Leonie has got to be the coolest mom in Australia!
Karen Edmisten. Two words: Ramona stories! (Plus, she shares my love of chocolate and coffee!)
MacBeth at MacBeth's Opinion. Another role model for sharing the love of nature!
Wendy at Zoom Times. You can always count on the Zoomlians to liven up your day with their neverending creativity!
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Next, a picture just before it hatched. The green fades to transparency the day before so that you can see the butterfly within.
And here it is newly hatched! This one is a girl - you can tell because her black "veins" are thinner and she lacks a pair of black spots on her rear wings.
Here is another view - her wings are still dark and damp.
In this photo, the wings are drier, lighter, and you can see the the inner pair has more fully extended.
After I took this photo, we carried her outside on the stick which we stuck in our whiskey barrel planter near some flowers. She rested in the sunshine for a couple of hours before flying away!