In our lives these weeks…
These weeks have been such a whirlwind that I could write an entire book about them! We quietly celebrated our 25th anniversary and some birthdays, enjoyed a church barbeque, visited friends with a new baby, visited old friends, visited a sick friend, attended a concert, explored a castle, ate out, gardened, and studied.
In our homeschool …
We studied hard. For everyone, it seems, the focus was on math, although we did a lot of other work as well. Miss 11 is working on Key to Decimals and Miss 13 finished the first 2 ½ booklets of Key to Algebra in just a few weeks. To top it all off, Miss 16 is currently at the University of Waterloo spending an entire week at an invitational math camp and enjoying it hugely.
Because of the gardening and all the other things that went on, the Little Misses and I are now focusing on doing 4 solid hours of schoolwork a day whenever we can fit it in, rather than following our usual routine.
In our gluten free kitchen… Turkey nettle soup. Raspberry smoothies. Elderberry smoothies. Various kinds of fish. Birthday junk food. Corn pancakes. Rhubarb bread. Ham, bacon, sausage, eggs, steak pork chops, chicken, turkey. Yoghurt. Ice cream. Sauerkraut. Porridge. Lots of vegetables. Garden fresh asparagus, spinach, lettucs, nettles, chives, garlic chives, parsley, and lovage. Raspberries. Chicken-beef nettle soup. Grilled asparagus. A huge gift basket full of cheese and exotic fruits—we needed to use google to figure out how to eat some of them! Quinoa, rice, noodles, potatoes.
In our garden
We worked hard, planting, replanting, weeding, transplanting, thinning, and controlling pests with cornmeal and cayenne. We spent several hours every dry day outside, and it’s very healthy and relaxing. Mr. 19 had some time off work and did an enormous amount of heavy work in the garden, orchard, and yard.
Some of my favorite things were…
- The concert Miss 16 sang in.
- The different quiet ways we celebrated our anniversary: photos and a special meal with the kids, good food, exploring a castle, a physics lecture. I’m still holding out for a big party with friends later in the summer, though, when life is not so busy, and my husband’s parents are planning a family celebration when we visit Manitoba this summer.
- Gardening with the kids.
- Mr. 19’s transformation of our front flower garden.
- A friend’s successful operation.
Questions/thoughts I have… One could do all sorts of interesting projects with Wikipedia’s book creator.
Fitness… Most of these three weeks I have not been feeling well. So I gave myself the garlic treatment (several tablespoons of raw garlic a day, absolutely no sugar or junk food, lots of yoghurt), felt terrible for a few days as expected, and now seem to be back to where I was earlier in the year. That’s not as good as last year, but certainly an improvement. It’s been a stressful winter and spring, and perhaps that is why. I usually do manage to keep my steps up to almost 10,000 a day, though, so that is good.
Some of the things I’ve been working on…
- Garden planning and gardening.
- Keeping up with the housework.
- Getting well and destressing.
I’m reading… John. I finished Truth Matters and Plain Faith, and started A Godward Heart and Finding Spiritual White Space. I also read a fluffy Rosamunde Pilcher book and started thinking about what history of science books I want to read next.
Reading Aloud… We’ve started Ezekiel and are continuing on with the Kids Can Press French and English Word Book, Volume 2 of Young People’s History of the Church, In de Zoete Suikerbol (Volume 6), and Albrecht Durer.
When my husband is home for meals, we read Revelation.
I’m grateful for …. A happy family, medical care for my sick loved ones, the promise of heaven for those who love Jesus, and the grace of time for those who do not love him at this moment.
Quote or link to share…. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight.” (Proverbs 3)
This post is linked to Kris’s Weekly Wrap Up .