Wednesday 8/3/11 Yard work, garden start-up and homework…

Last weekend William trimmed the hedges in front of the house. They look so nice when William cuts them. When I try, they look like eye brows. The girls cut the grass. Maggie cut the front yard and Beth cut the back. This was the first time that they had cut it. When we first bought the house we had an old-time lawn mower, a push mower with no motor. It might be called a reel mower. The girls were too short to push it. When we got a new one…with a motor (because we can’t find anyone in town to sharpen the blades on the first one)…William and I mowed the grass. All three kids did a great job.—– I started the garden. The first layer on the grass is newspaper…to kill the grass, I put sticks on the paper so it wouldn’t blow away. I planted some parsley, carrots and a few other plants. Not many plants, but a start. As we get more plants, they can go in, and when the compost is ready it can replace the sticks. I know that it is late in the year to start a garden, but the kids and I built a hoop house (framework for a greenhouse made of PVC (plastic) pipe) last summer and it can go over the garden when it gets cold out. School starts soon.—– Maggie is finishing her summer homework. She had to read three books, listen to three songs and watch three movies from the teachers list of choices. Then she needed to write a short paper on each one. She still needs to watch two movies. Tonight we all watched “13 Days”. It was about President Kennedy and the Cuban Miscle Crisis.


Thursday 7/28/11 Garden planning, school supplies and chickens…

We are going to start a garden this week. I know that it is late in the year, but a lot of gardeners plant successive plantings throughout the summer. I looked at my seed packets and some of them mature in sixty days. If winter does not come until October, November…December, we could get a good harvest. The garden is about five feet by five feet. We didn’t plant at the beginning of the year, there were rabbits in our neighborhood. The rabbits are gone now.—– School starts soon. I’m not ready. I need to order school shirts for Maggie and Beth. Sign William up at college, get school supplies and the rest of their clothes, and haircuts. Have I forgotten anything?—– We may go ice skating this weekend. There is a rink here in town that is open year round. We need to do something fun and different this weekend.—– Our three chickens have quit laying eggs. It could be because it is too hot, above 90 deg. each day.


Friday 9/9/11 Hi I’m back…

Hi, I’m back. I have missed blogging. There are entries in my journal that I would like to share. The entries start from July of this year. Since my last post, William is in college, taking programming, Maggie is in Early College High school. She is a Sophomore, but they have two years of high school, with a few college classes, then the last two years are all at the college. The classes move pretty fast. This school isn’t looking for the brightest kids in town…even though she is bright…, they want the kids who could pass college if they got a chance to go…but maybe English is their second language, or their parents didn’t go to college, or they are poor, etc….She is really happy there. We are all holding our breath waiting for all of the homework to start being assigned. Beth just started high school. I didn’t want her in a public high school, I think that they are too rough. She is in a charter school, which is really part of the public school system…so it is free. This school studies engineering. She had wanted to go to the performing arts charter high school, but we couldn’t find her standardized test scores from grade school, and the school filled all of their spots. She likes it there. —–We have three chickens that I call “Millie”, “Hattie” and “Nettie”. The kids call the “Breakfast”, “Lunch” and “Dinner”.


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