And Another Happy Birthday
Yet another of our children has celebrated a birthday. End of July, D2 had her 10th birthday. She wanted a party but there aren't many girls her age. D1 and I surprised her with flowers, a balloon, and cake when we came home from our trip to town.
On her actual birth date, I arranged for a message to be put out on the local Christian radio station. Rebekah almost missed it, but when she heard she looked quite embarrassed. Then smiled.
We also met some friends for pizza in town. She enjoyed herself, despite the fact the party she wanted didn't take place.
Gardening and Preserving
I finally ordered the new canning pot I had in my Amazon cart for over a year - or so it seems.
I canned dills, sweet relish, dill relish, bread and butter pickles, and spicy pickles. I also did a load of beans and chicken broth. The jalapenos I grow are usually dehydrated, but I did use a few for spicy pickles.
I've also been working on baking again. It's very difficult to get back into the routine of things when you've been off for so long.
I harvested the pole beans from the garden that weren't picked on time. I think there is nothing worse that a green bean left on the vine too long. But, all wasn't lost. I saved the seeds for next year.
I have worked for hours pulling weeds from the garden in order to plant more beans. Now that the area is cleared, I haven't had time to get out and sow. There is still a lot of work to be done to make room for the fall crops. I plan to remove the zucchini plants and start clearing up the tomatoes. I have yet to dig up potatoes and will dig up the onions despite their small size.
I finally got the valance done for my kitchen and decided I like the fabric so much I will purchase more in order to make more curtains for my sun room windows. This is my "new" kitchen window.
In Our Homeschool
In my spare time, what little I seem to have, I have been plugging away at cleaning up the learning area. This can be very difficult when children are watching. Everything I expose becomes a wonder to behold. My desk is nearly cleared. The kid's desks are pretty close to being ready. The cupboards are cleaned up as well. Once the clean up is complete, I still need to grade some of last years work, average test scores, and file papers away. Although I do not do report cards, I do need to start a transcript for D1 and Son.
You can check out what the kids are doing on our homeschool page.
Out And About
Swimming lessons - more on that later.
What I've Been Researching
I have been researching a lot about real food lately and have enjoyed it. It got me thinking about how I have strayed from the real food "diet" I had the family on over a year ago. I have looked up fermented foods as well as sprouting/soaking grains in order to eat the best foods possible. I have even renewed the desire to have a dairy goat! I chuckle as I say this because it seems I don't have time as it is.
Good reads and watches: