|A sun spider -- also|
commonly known as
a "scorpion spider."
bleary-eyed, and sat down at the computer to try and rouse my brain. The children were up and milling about vaguely. Coffee was brewing. Theresa was fixing herself some cereal; Gabe, completely dressed right down to his backpack since 6 a.m., was urging on William, who had brought his school clothes downstairs to change near the warmth of a heat vent. In the middle of scanning FB, I barely registered Theresa saying, nonchalantly, "Oh, look. There's a sun spider climbing up the curtain."
All I gotta say is: Look out, boys. Don't trifle with this one.
2. Colorado Weather:
Cold enough to snow one day, warm enough to do this the next...
|Which is a very good thing -- because the 220 for our dryer isn't working...|
Here at Davis Family Homeschool Central:
4. Oh, Yeah, and Did I Forget to Mention...
As time has gone on, I think we've all felt more and more like we really are homeschoolers at heart, and though our little Catholic school is absolutely wonderful and our teaching Sisters the cream of the crop and dear to our hearts, Anna, as well as Cathy, just thrive better at home. Next year, after Theresa graduates (our school is a k-8), we'll likely bring everyone back home.
More on our philosophy and the reality of home schooling vs. conventional schooling some time, I promise. It being a subject that can be very ticklish, I've started that post several times and blanched at the responsibility of it... But, I really will tackle it sometime -- before next school year anyway. I promise!
5. So, I Asked Anna...
"What else is interesting that I should write about?" And she said, "Well, Gigi (the kitty) got stuck in a big tree yesterday."
But seriously -- what's new about that, Anna? Every time I turn around something's going on with the cats and the trees at this house. It's all the drama.
"I was climbing up the bark of the tree and tried to pull up onto a branch and it didn't work."
"What, were you following one of the cats?"
"Not very well, obviously."
"Noey (the dog) is limping. What happened?"
"She was chasing a cat up a tree."
"She didn't get very far."
But there's Gigi yesterday, "stuck" in the tree. Stuck, that is, until the girls come out with a piece of lunch meat to lure her down. I'm thinking that she wasn't really very stuck. And it occurs to me that there are a lot of times when I may think I'm really "stuck" on a problem, when a good piece of lunch meat -- or maybe chocolate -- might lure me right out of it. It's very often the incentive that determines how hard we want to work to get down out of the tree, isn't it?
6. "Jerry Rigging"
Originates loosely from "jury rigging" -- On sailing ships, a "jury rig" (from Old French, "ajurie," meaning "help" or" relief") is a replacement mast and yards improvised in case the original mast is lost or damaged. Over time, it has come to mean any kind of makeshift repair, using only the tools and materials on hand.
This old house we've moved into has required a vast amount of jerry rigging skills. First of all, there are really only two closets in the house. The only one that is in any way "normal" happens to be in the teensy-weensy downstairs bedroom that we've turned into Dan's office; the other is about the size of a coffin and is in Michelle's room upstairs. All other closet space has had to be rigged. But, though it's unconventional and might illicit good-natured sneers from some (like one of my sons who calls it "ghetto"...), we've actually ended up with more closet space than we had in the other big, new/er, conventional house we just moved out of. So, see? It's all good.
Not that they define us, but our jerry rigged closets are part-and-parcel of the whole package. And we're at peace with that. If you can really wade past all the kids, and statues of the saints, and homeschool books, and sheet music, and cookie dough to actually get back to where you can see our funky closets, and you haven't already figured out we're unconventional..... Well.... The view from the crow's nest might be better, but the mast is jerry-rigged, so you'd better be careful climbing up.
7. A Picture Thought
What the girls have accomplished while I've been sitting over here at the computer:
|Diet? What diet?|
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