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Weekly Wrap Up: Game Week

Fall Colors at the Mackenzie King Estate

Fall Colors at the Mackenzie King Estate

In our life this week

When Grandpa and Grandma come, the kids play games, all day long.  Rummikub, cribbage, Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, Mens Erger je Niet (an old Dutch version of Sorry), chess.  And this time, an introduction to bridge as well.

Of course, we took some time out to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving.  We drove up to Quebec to visit the Mackenzie King Estate and see the fall colors.  And there was harvesting to do.

In our homeschool

We did a bit of math and a bit of music, but not much more bookwork.

In our garden

We harvested chard, raspberries, apples, tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, and cabbage.  The big frosts are expected to begin tonight, and only the leeks, kale, and root crops can withstand those.

In the kitchen… Thanksgiving dinner.  Tomato soup. Nanaimo bars. Special desserts.  Turkey a la King.  French fries.  Cashews.  Apple crumble.  Apple pancakes.  Onion soup.  Enormous carrots.  Turnips with nutmeg, and cauliflower with cheese sauce, both made by Grandma.  Squash:  spaghetti, butternut, and buttercup.  Applesauce bread.

Some of my favorite things were

  • Fall colors set against a blue sky.
  • Beautiful weather.
  • Time with family, friends, and neighbors.

Questions/thoughts I have…   I am so thankful that the harvest is almost finished!  Miss 15 informed me that ‘harvest’ is a bad word, and I almost agree.

Fitness… I walked over 10,000 steps most days this week.  Although I stayed up much too late most nights, I did manage to catch up on some of my rest in the afternoons.  And, yes, I ate some sweets, but not many.

Some of the things I’ve been working on

  • Enjoying relatives.
  • Harvesting and preserving.
  • Organizing our Canadian History course for the girls.
  • Reading.

I’m reading… Isaiah.   I finished An Untamed Heart, and The Year of Miss Agnes but am still working on Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, My Beloved and My Friend, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, and Saving Leonardo.  I also started The Long Awakening.

Reading Aloud… We read Psalms at the table but no other read alouds.

When my husband is home for meals we read Romans.

I’m grateful for …. Family.

Quote or link to share…. From Dewey’s Treehouse:  “The key to frugal homeschooling used to be use-what-you-have.  Now it’s use-what-you-choose.”  I agree, because there are simply so many frugal options available, and because you can’t waste your time checking them all out—although if you want to compare curricula, Cathy Duffy’s 101 Top Picks (link to my review) will help you.

This post is linked to Kris’s Weekly Wrap Up . and Hammock Track’s Homeschool Review and Resources Link-Up


  1. Michelle C. says:

    I’m kind of jealous over your garden! It’s difficult to farm in Florida. I keep telling myself I’ll create some raised beds, but it never happens.

    Dropping by from the weekly wrap-up.

  2. JoAnn says:

    Sounds like a good week, and a very yummy Thanksgiving dinner.

  3. briana says:

    I found nutrion and physical degeneration to be fascinating. Happy late Thanksgiving!

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Yes, it is. I’m now at page 153 and I think I’ve got the message: processed food is bad. Still it’s fascinating to read what foods different healthy peoples ate.

      I also have noticed that most people nowadays look better than the 1930’s ones he pictures, but perhaps processed foods are not as unhealthy as they used to be?

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