Monday, October 15, 2018

Bees and Play dough

Our history center is pretty awesome.  We went for a free bee day on Saturday.  The kids were amazed to learn that honeybees never sleep.

They also enjoyed making beeswax candles.

Back on the homefront, Gyunay has been working on identifying numbers.  This seems trickier than you'd think.  He is making strides, though.  He is not fond of these number puzzles, but they are good for him.

This is more of an activity that he really enjoys.  We bought a set of playdough letter stamps, and that is a big hit.  Lydia also joined in, and showed Gyunay how to make the face show different emotions.  She likes teaching her brother.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Human Hamster Wheels

Yesterday, Nathaniel took the day off of work and we took the youngest two on a field trip to a local farm.  They have a human hamster wheel track!

All four of us were able to move the wheels pretty well.  Naturally, it made me dizzy, so I didn't do it again, but Lydia did it over and over.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Praying Mantis

When Malachi discovered a praying mantis on the front porch, he was quick to get his younger siblings.  They all enjoyed it!

We've been busy with both little and big projects around the house.  I'm currently building a storage cart with slatted drawers for sweet potato storage.  Elijah and Malachi finished up the last painting on the house.  Nathaniel stained the gazebo and bridge, and he's lately been busy working on our pop-up camper.  It's really done, but we're going to use it one more time for the family camping trip.  (The camper is 30 years old, so it's not a surprise!)  And I've been puttering around in the gardens.  I've got some fall produce coming up, and I've been weeding and pulling out my dead tomato plants.  Lydia and Gyunay spend lots of time outside with the kittens, so we've all been in the yard a lot.  It would just be nice if it wasn't still in the 80s and started acting like fall. 

Monday, October 1, 2018


Elijah is smiling for us today:
No more braces!
Of course, he is complaining about the retainers, but hey, it is progress.
Also, last night, Nathaniel and I got to have a date at the History Center.  He took this photo of me at dinner:

We had a great time.  It was a Colonial themed dinner with demonstrations and violin music.  Our tablemates were very nice, and we had a great time.  Nathaniel particularly enjoyed the Red Ale that was served.  My favorite was probably the beer cheese.  And, to our great delight, the kids handled the evening ok with Elijah in charge.  It is nice that he is old enough to watch his siblings for short amounts of time.

September Harvest Totals

Arugula - 5c
Beans, Calypso (dried) - 4.5 oz
Carrots, Little Fingers - 20
Eggs - 144
Radish - 3
Tomatillos - 4 lbs
Tomatoes - 10
Tomatoes, Black Vernissage - 6

plus herbs - basil, mint, oregano, rosemary, stevia, thyme

September was a much lower-yielding month than usual.  The weather has been crazy - tons of rain and lots of heat, very unusual for September.  On the plus side, all of the chickens are now laying.  October's harvest could be very good if the weather cooperates.  I still have a lot of tomatillos growing, plus the entire sweet potato harvest to dig up.  And we have lots of radishes, carrots, and pea pods in the ground, so I hope to get some of those ripe before frost.  There are still some Bulgarian peppers to harvest, and maybe a few more tomatoes.  I have also put lettuce back into rotation, so we'll be harvesting that soon.

Sunday, September 30, 2018


For my birthday, Gyunay bought me some long-handled tree trimmers to replace the broken ones I had.  They came with a pair of garden shears, but he has quickly claimed those and wants to use them all the time. 
Yesterday, we did a great deal of yard work.  Gyunay was allowed to clip along the back fence to his heart's content.  Malachi was busy moving all of the branches that have fallen in the yard due to the recent storms.  Elijah re-spread the gravel in the driveway.  Lydia helped organize in the garage.  And Nathaniel and I went to whacking back weeds with machetes.  Here is the spot Nathaniel cleared for a future trampoline:

All four of the kids are eager for a trampoline, and I think we are going to get one, now that we have a cleared, flat space.  (Flat spaces are nearly non-existent around our yard!)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Book Review - A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris

A Secret to Die For  A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris is a non-stop action adventure.  It is definitely more suspense than romance, but that's not a complaint.  The book is fast-paced and most of it encompasses only a few days.  The scenario that Detective Nate and Psychiatrist Grace are trying to stop is a scary and realistic one (I don't want to give away anything).  The short time span of the story didn't leave a lot of time for character development, but the author did a good job of weaving the characters' backstories into the text.  Grace was a more well-defined character than Nate, though, and she had the most depth.  Lisa Harris is a talented author, and her skill shows.  The Christian faith development of the characters was woven into the story well.  Overall, the story is good, although there were a few parts that seemed unrealistic from the police procedure side of things.  I recommend this book for anyone who wants suspense and action. 
I received this book from the publisher, Revell, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.