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Weekly Wrap Up: Sniffing and Learning

In our life this week

Lots of headaches, chills, Kleenexes, garlic, warm soups, and vitamin C.  Obviously we’re still fighting a cold and/or flu, but no one has felt really ill for longer than a few hours.

In our homeschool

Miss 11 has begun Rod and Staff Grammar Level 4, and she is perfectly ready for it.  She has also understood the concept of fraction addition, I think.  And she has been weaving plastic lace and embroidery floss into bracelets.

Miss 13 really enjoys Grammar of Poetry by Matt Whitling.  We read some of the appendix’s  stirring poems out loud, and she spends a lot of time scanning poems.  There’s a lot of creativity within strict boundaries and that is a challenge to her.  I don’t think she realized before that poetry was so complex.

Miss 16 has been busy with another illuminated manuscript page as well as chemistry, French, and Omnibus V.  She’s studying Dante, which Omnibus guides her through very well.

In our gluten free kitchen… Onion soup.  Tomato soup.  Stampot with sauerkraut.  Squash.  Salads.  Apple pancakes.  Double chocolate cookies.  Ham and cheese biscuits.  Pork picnic shoulder.  Spicy ground beef.  Soaked buckwheat.  Buckwheat crepes made from the left-overs. Lots of eggs.  Ham, bacon, and leek pasta.  Barbequed steak–in winter!  Oranges.  Frozen raspberries. Yoghurt.  Apples.

Some of my favorite things were

  • Reading the first few chapters of Eat that Frog which helped me organize my history of science project
  • Sitting on the couch in the sunshine while doing our schoolwork
  • Being able to sleep in some mornings; usually I wake up early and cannot go back to sleep
  • Being able to open the second floor windows to air out our house after they had frozen shut
  • Watching my girls follow their interests; they are so different!

Questions/thoughts I have… How on earth did the pioneers in their poorly-insulated log cabins survive the winter?

Fitness… On days that I felt well, I walked 10,000 steps; on other days I managed half that.  And I did not do my physio exercises most of the time.

Some of the things I’ve been working on

  • Homeschooling
  • Surviving a sniffy week
  • Deciding which history of science books I want to read next and taking notes on the ones I have already read

We’re watchingLaddie, again, with Miss 11 who had finished a school term.  Babette’s Feast with Miss 13.  This movie is outstanding in all respects and is highly recommended.  Young children would not find it interesting, though.

I’m reading… Hosea. I finished no new books, but am currently reading Polkinghorne’s Quantum Theory as well as Ten Days Without, Balanced, Eat that Frog, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, and The 40 Most Influential Christians.  Also, I’m writing up notes on some of the books I read earlier and am trying to decide which of 30+ books on science history/philosophy to read next.

Reading Aloud… We’re reading Song of Songs, Volume 4 of In de Zoete Suikerbol, and Young People’s History of the Church.  We finished And Tomorrow the Stars, a book about the explorer John Cabot, which I plan to review tomorrow.

When my husband is home for meals we read Philippians.

I’m grateful for …. Long nights of peaceful sleep, when they happen.

Quote or link to share….   The conclusion of van den Beukel’s excellent book about being a scientist (see my Goodreads review) is this:   Science represents just one aspect of reality, and, as Hamlet told Horatio, “There are more things in heaven and on earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

This post is linked to Kris’s Weekly Wrap Up .

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One Comment

  1. JoAnn says:

    Sorry about the colds and not feeling good, but it sounds like you had a pretty productive week. I think the same exact thing about the pioneers.

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