School at home

As I’ve mentioned before we are home schooling for middle school, much like before it had its ups and downs. Most of our curriculum works well for us, while we have had to supplement elsewhere for other things. Not due to the lack of content, but because they just happened to have already learned everything in that subject area.

We are still struggling to find the right curriculum for us and I wonder, how many of my readers are homeschoolers themselves? Do you have a curriculum you absolutely love?

Let me know!

Have a great day folks!

Disclosure

I’ve been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning offers standards-based language arts and math curriculum. Science, social studies and art lessons are provided as a bonus for most grades.

We cave

Life, no matter how you choose to live it, has its ups and it’s downs, and these last several days have been full of many downs.

Starting with a back injury that has rendered me useless on the farm until everything has been healed, no lifting, and careful movements.

Next three head injuries in two days for the little boy in the house (two minor and one big) thankfully he is okay and only ended up with a goose egg, but still very scary. He has recovered in body and spirit.

The last is losing a beloved pet. Like the rest of the country, we have been hit with a heatwave of temperatures hitting anywhere from 93-100 degrees. Hard on humans and hard on animals.

Sometimes, no matter how much shade, ice water, or frozen water bottles you put in with animals, it doesn’t help.

Heat is especially hard on angora rabbits, sadly Noël passed away. I will probably never own another angora rabbit as long as we live where it gets this hot. She had a haircut in anticipation of the heat, but sadly everything we did just wasn’t enough and that is not okay.

They say things happen in threes, I’d rather they be good things.

Lazy Crazy Hazy Days of Summer!

School is out and just like that I have a 3rd grader and a 7th grade!

Don’t let my girls sign fool you, she’s moving on up. She has had quite the school year and due to her academic achievements, she is bypassing sixth grade completely. However as mom and dad are not big fans of the middle school in our are, she will be homeschooled once again, only this time with the addition of her best friend.

We have received our curriculum

As well as several educational donations from townsfolk. The girls have been asked back by their art teacher to come in and help teach the younger students, we have a lot of community members offering to teach the girls different skills.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, I am so grateful that our little tiny hamlet of a town wants to pitch in.

Speaking of education, I was able to attend the graduation of a niece and nephew

I was glad to be able watch them get their diplomas and get ready to start the next chapter in their lives. They were both born my freshman year of high school, so I only feel slightly old.

The days are so long and warm now, we have been soaking up the sun while we work, play, relax, and visit with family.

Have a great weekend folks!

A sad goodbye

These last few weeks have been a crazy whirlwind of emotions. Happiness and excitement at the NH Sheep and Wool, were quickly replaced with sadness and heartache.

Yesterday evening, after a long battle with cancer, I lost a big piece of my heart.

This strong beautiful woman helped raise me to be who I am today. I love you Gram.

The wheel isn’t turning

And that is because my spinning wheel broke today, I am hoping that it is an easy fix because I was in the middle of plying this gorgeous romney I blended together.

I have been having so much fun blending batts lately, I wanted to finally spin some up to see how they turn out….I’m also trying to keep myself occupied spinning these batts while I impatiently await my recently purchased wool combs from Susan’s fiber…I won’t lie, the fact that she allows sheep to roam around her shop was the reason I choose to buy from her 😂

I have so much merino waiting in my basement to play with, but it does not turn out well when I run into through my drum carder….the one I spent almost two years researching…the one that claimed it was for fine fiber like merino (it was written right in the description!!!)

I am excited to try out these combs and see how well they work (Hopefully better than my handmade combs 😞 not very pretty & it’s just tetanus waiting to happen)

The snow is starting to melt, the chickens are laying over 80 eggs a day, we have 150 chicks arriving any day now (I hope) & seeds have been started for this years garden.

We have been making plans for when the snow melts. A wattle fence is on the list, more fruit trees & berry bushes (Elderberry Jam anyone?).

The fiber festival is happening soon, because of course the 60lbs in my basement just isn’t enough, one must try out all wool options before choosing a breed of sheep.

Another big trip will be to Fedco in Maine, for their annual tree sale, lots of fun planned for the year!

Have a great weekend folks!

Unexpected guests

This weekend ended with a unexpected visitor of the four legged kind.

We found this cutie wandering down the middle of the road. Now I don’t advice people to just start picking up strays and sticking them in cars with kids, that can be dangerous, but hear me out.

I parked my car on the side of the road and this little fluffy bundle ran up to me and immediately wagging his tail and licking my hand. Once I checked his collar for an address and found nothing but a rabies tag, and then deemed that he was indeed a friendly dog, he was put into the car where he quickly jumped into the back seat and well, as you can see, made himself at home.

Wanting to find his owners ASAP, his picture was taken and posted not only on a few lost and found groups, but also texted and emailed out to neighbors. I think we ended up spending a good 45 minutes driving around, stopping at houses to see if he belonged to anyone.

After no luck, we determined that snowball/snow/Oreo here was in much need of a bath (my car still needs to be vacuumed and possibly sprayed with perfume).

He then spent five hours snuggled up with our little dude

Who was determined that this was now his dog.

Alas, Rohön’s owners called right before bedtime and came to pick up their pup and he was happily reunited with them. As it turns out they live just down the road and it their house happened to be the one I did not stop at, due to the very very long driveway.

While we were sad to see Snowball/Snow/Oreo/Rohön (phew) leave, we were very happy to meet some new friends.

The de-stashing

Happy new year to all you folks out there! I spent the first part of my New Year’s Eve cleaning my always messy craft room, so far it has stayed clean.

The other side of course is still messy, it’s a never ending work in progress.

It’s been nice to work in there with the wood stove roaring during these cold days (-15 anyone?), the wind has been blowing non stop, but is sure does look pretty outside

I have several projects going on ( Don’t I always?), I am still working on the usual things, however those have been out on a back-burner while I finish up an order for 8 moose loveys.

I am really loving the plaid stitch, this is the first time I have ever attempted it and it turned out to be easier than I expected.

As you can see in the first picture, I have a rather large amount of yarn…..I’ve been called a hoarder, while I wouldn’t say that I’m at that level (I can see my floor and move around), I may have a slight…fiber addiction… however I am resolved to use a little bit up each day.

I was inspired by Nadia over at Yarnutopia with her 365 days of granny squares, so I thought “what a great way to use up some yarn” and you know I’ll be able to make that granny square Christmas tree that has been going around.

Not only am I doing squares but I am doing basic crochet hats as well, Are they pretty? Not all of them but why not.

Day one

Day two

Have a nice night folks! Stay warm!!