notes for this blog

Putting this right here on the view page because I may or may not get back to it. So far this blog is about me and my family, and gives a large picture of everything that goes on in my crazy, chaotic, busy, home school. Posts on specific homeschooling ideas, curricula and plans will be on my other blog, and (possibly) notes about Goats and goat care will be either combined or on a new blog.

It's important to know that this blog is retrospective- going back many years in time, there is no new content yet.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Mineral Feeders

One of the projects we did earlier this year is convert an old buck house into a mineral feeder for the does. Here, Peroxy is trying it out.


You can see the top of the feeder is just a thick board. There are 8 compartments I can put supplements in.


Here you see the back of our house, assorted junk, some of the outside of the mineral feeder and a couple of our goats, Velocity and her first doeling Wawautosa.

The mineral feeder was put together by the hubby. He's very clever, isn't he?

The Month of Mary

All Hail to thee, dear Mary,
the guardian of our way;
To the fairest of queens,
Be the fairest of seasons, sweet May!

Monday, October 17, 2011

My Daybook October 14,

Outside My Door...The cold is coming. I have enjoyed the warmer months this summer so much, so it's sad to see them go. But I also look forward to the cold months and the changing of the seasons. 

I Am Grateful For...a week off, pets and little ones. 

I Am Reading... A Wilder Life, To Say Nothing of the Dog, the 10 Habits of Happy Mothers, Calico Captive, Goerge Washington, by Harness.  

I Am Pondering...what is the use of making plans? 

I Am Creating...Hmmm, yarn, a happy goldfish eco-system, soup in the crockpot, and ...plans. 

My Children are.... downstairs making tea and outside playing.

Towards life in Christ... I am so tempted to leave this out, which just about sums it up...

A Humble thing I learned this week...
Goldfish die when you have them over crowded, and under tanked and overfed. And let me say- under researched. How shocking it is, you can't just stick goldfish in aquarium and expect them to live. They actually grow, they produce more waste than the tank can handle, and they die, poor babies. I now know enough to write a manual on gold fish care and I have enough equipment to supply a pet store. We are currently looking for a 55 gallon tank and sturdy stand for it. RIP,  little goldfish!

Towards Simplicity: I cut down on the outside trips. Running around every day,  is not for us. We seem to have more stress with each other, and get less done during the day. It's also cheaper to do less outside the house during the week, less gas and less wear and tear on the vehicle. I like our days to be centered on just getting our schoolwork done, and taking care of the necessities of life. This gives us time to create things, appreciate books, and go outside to be in nature. I'm finally getting most of the stuff done with the kids. ( I still have trouble with finding spelling time. oops.) The last couple of weeks have been nice.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Happy Easter!

we are cleaning house, the little kids are napping, quiet as a mouse, nothing much is happening, just the regular old stuff, getting ready for Easter, lot's of treats to make, but first we clean the house and do the laundry, then we get to bake....

Enough rhymes.

We are off from school this next week. I have lesson plans to make for the next 6 weeks, cleaning and putting away of many toys, wardrobe switching, yard work, garden clean up and planning and probably more to do.

We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The kids are very close to getting several subjects done all the way. That's so cool. Once we get a little bit more done, I get to start planning for next year.

The kids have been swimming on Saturdays, reading a lot. Lady M has been reading a few books here and there, Bobbsy Twins, and some adventurous books like My side of The Mountain, Sign of the Beaver. She wants more books like that, too. Having a hard time finding ones that are o.k. for her. I guess she likes adventurous books. Master G has been listening to Tom Swift books and he really likes them. Little Ginger likes Little Pear and even the baby has his board books that he wants to listen to. Papa has been reading The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood to us in the evening.
Master G is doing well in the choir. I can't wait for the big spring concert that is coming up on Mother's Day. He actually sang some of a song to me the other day! We are eagerly awaiting the Sheperds Harvest where we will get to meet some friends and spin on our wheel and take a few more classes here and there and just have some nice textile fun.

Blessings, Jo

Notes From an Old Prayer Book

opened randomly I read:

"Where there is no rule there  is no order," says Father Hanson. "We live by caprice and fancies. With a rule of life, on the contrary, all is done in an orderly manner; each duty has it's proper time set apart for it; nothing is forgotten; nothing is done in haste or in a careless manner. Thanks to a rule of life, all is done well; and that which is true in regard to order is equally so in regard to practices of piety. With a rule of life they are done with exactittude; without a rule of life they have no fixed hour; we defer them, and then again we defer them, and we finish by ommitting them entirely."

We have some good old proverbs on the value or order and method:
"Order is heavens first law." Pope
"To him who does everything in it's proper time one day is worth three."
"Method will teach you to win time."-Goethe
there is a time to fish and a time to dry nets." -from the Chinese pg 194