:: Messy but thriving...we put this new garden in late and very hastily. We wanted to increase the size of this year's garden (and change the location), more than quadrupling it from last year's tiny postage-stamp plot. It is approximately 20 x 10 feet. It's not pretty, but it is full of the herbs and vegetables we love. I'm just glad we got it in at all this year.
:: My 14-year-old is visiting extended family for two weeks in Tennessee and Illinois. I'm happy for her, but miss her very much.
:: Current read alouds: Cheaper by the Dozen and Pippi Longstocking. I meant to begin Kim as we never go to it during the homeschool year, but feel like sticking with lighthearted books for the time being.
:: Tidy and pretty...happy with how this bed turned out this year. Maggie (14) planted the impatiens and set in the three bumblebee stepping stones behind them. The back half of the bed needs serious pruning/transplanting. Maybe next year.
:: The three younger children are immersed in the Redwall series (can't make the link to work).
Ben (7) doesn't have the reading skills for these books yet, but the older ones read aloud to him sections and tell him about the characters.
:: There are many butterflies but no honeybees on our property. This worries me. I haven't seen even one.
:: Karl surprised me with a small chicken tractor/coop for Mother's Day. A friend offered to bring us four of her Buff Orpingtons when we're ready. I've wanted chickens for years, but now that the time has come I'm envisioning waking up to chicken carnage.
:: I'm so glad we invested in a pool last summer (above ground). The children are swimming at least a couple of hours each day and I very much enjoy sitting and reading or watering the flowers while watching them.
:: We recently hosted out-of-town family and friends for 11 days. It was fun but exhausting. One of the visitors was my precious 5-month-old niece. It was delightful having a baby in the house again!
:: Pondering how to create more margin for myself during the coming homeschool year.