Anyone else's kids bring them a steady parade of live birds? I don't remember doing this as a kid. I certainly found bugs and had an elaborate entomology collection. My kids certainly know how to find/rescue the live birds! This time it was Adrian.

Just doing what we do...


Recap: Adrian's 10th

 Ten is grand! Fish, green beans, squash, potatoes, carrot cake, game warden gear, legos, John Deere and mini toothpick flags from Audra (they are taped on EVERYTHING).  Ten is grand! 


 I actually went to the thrift store. First time in 6+ months. I was not disappointed.

Look at all the Dr. Seuss apparel! Plus some vintage books and this weaving loom.

Plus below with all the books, tin cups and bowls, chucks. It was $8.46 for the top and bottom pic. 
Plus we got this $1.00 dress for dress up. She loves it. It's her wedding dress because she's going to get married.

Nice to dip back into the thrifting world! 


 We had a major predator attack while we are away.  My kids continue to mourn the ones we lost but we're thankful for the 15 that remain.

Cracked Rock

 There has been quite a bit of activity at "Cracked Rock" lately.  Love how they've been spending hours upon hours here.

Garden 2020: Update 6

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Want to know what a garden that has been minimally tended and minimally watered for the month of August, during a drought looks like? Not as bad as one might think, thank you woodchips!

Did some succession planting and planted these sunflowers in July. We came back to them just about ready to bloom. Been enjoying steady flowers.

Colorful home cooking.

And the squash harvest wasn't bad, considering. This is a small portion of the 110 lbs. of squash this year.  I specialize in growing mystery squash, lol. The neat part is I didn't buy any seeds at all.  My neighbor gave me a started butternut squash and I planted seeds from a bunch of our misfit squashes Butternut, acorn, buttercup and sugar pumpkin are what we planted. We ended up with some of all that (not all pictured), plus all the mystery squash. Considering they are charging $1.29 a pound for local squash at the grocery store, we made out pretty well!

And then the frost hit. I was mad at myself at first for not covering. Thankfully I got out there and cleared right away, as I got a call from our arbor man hookup.  I feed him and he delivers woodchips.  Such a great barter. He dumped this pile right on my garden.  This is year four of a Back to Eden permaculture garden, and I dare say I'm never going back to tilling.  Time to spread some wood chips and there's garlic and parsnips that I'm going to plant! 

Books 2019-2020

This is the collection of chapter books from the 2019-2020 school year that we read together (kids and me). (Plus a couple dozen or so that are either missing in our house or on loan to friends or have been returned to the library or we read on the kindle). This doesn't count their daily independent reading selections, poetry, or all the pictures books we read (which we read picture books everyday for at least a half hour in addition to all this). Almost all I read aloud, but some were done partially or all on audio and a few were "family book clubs" (we each took a turn reading and then talked about).This is what (mostly) media free looks like. This is the joy of homeschooling using literature. They beg for book time. My favorite time of the day is reading to them too.  I can't help but smile looking at all the hours well spent on these books together.


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