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a couple of photos for showing progression. These photos are also on my flickr and have notes if you’d like to read them 🙂

Blank canvass: the appointed homeschool wall in the diningroom

The Project Plan

Some of the colors

Today’s progress: I ran out of paint. I have to get more tomorrow and finish up the chalkboard portions. I am enjoying this project and the envisioning of the end product. This is going to be fantastic. Just wait until you see my perpetual calendar after the tape comes off tomorrow! I’m excited!!


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I am short a few because I left the camera in the truck after my trip to the new crafters market in Pequot Lakes (overall disappointing) so they will come later after our trip to Castoffs (OH BLISS ANDJOY COME FROM THAT PLACE!)

So here they are:

asleep in the cuddle pit.

two outfits I made for sale. They are made with vintage and/or recycled fabric and plant dyed organic hemp linen. One for a boy, one for a girl, size 12-24 mos.


Farmer’s Market opening weekend. I didn’t have a canopy up that day.

backyard camping Memorial Day Weekend.

Bro-man and the babes.

Guess who went potty!?!?

1/2 of our Pileated pair.

me. planting potatos.

1/2 of the garden. The other half is on the otherside. At the bottom of the photo is grace’s little garden. Isn’t it cute!?

The peas! Almost about to flower!! YAY!

Some of the tomatos.

A little Witch welcome to the bird folk.

The toothy before. I will have the after later when we get back and I retrieve the camera fromt he truck.

Off to our aventures for the day! have fun!

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that I never posted the pics and videos of Grace’s birthday. We have been so busy it’s insane. Tomorrow I start baking a few loaves for the farmers market….the innaugural Friday is this week! HURRAY! IT IS FINALLY HERE!! I am so excited about how well our new market is being received. We are now in the early phases of trying to get some funding for a CSA. I have a few outlets and resources available so it is so exciting!

I am so sorry, my lovlies, that I haven’t been bloggin gmuch lately. I ahve a very full plate right now. Aside from the market and the possibility of a CSA, I have been in the garden daily, plotting and planning and planting. We have been making about a bajillion jars of different tinctures and herbal vinegars. I will have a couple of tutorials soon, I promise. Fun with Dandelions and Wild Geraniums! It’s much fun!

It is cuzzo Andrew’s birthday today and he is travelling up here to spend it with us! How he loves us! I have a babe and an lover laying here beside me on the sofa asleep, the big girl is in her bed and all I can hear are the yucky and relentless May Flies banging against the sliding door! EEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. So yuck.

Good bug news, though, our dragon flies are back! every year we get a swarm of dragon flies for a few weeks and they eat all the icky mosquitos and other yucky bugs. they are awesome to watch and seriously beautiful! We love to watch them and they let us get really close to them too, which is neat. some will let us pick them up and pet. They are so cool. I will try to remember to snap a few shots tomorrow while I am getting the maters in the ground.

We have been discussing the homeschooling of our girls lately as Grace is now 5 and kindergarten usually starts about then. We are not required in our state to report education until the age of 7, but grace has been being educated, well, her whole life, as has Zoe. Of course, we are unschoolers, so the world is our textbook and lesson planner, really. I am truly amazed at the things Grace picks up on and is actually learning. While she knows her alphabet and can read simple words, she knows it in her own order. I have discovered that while she doesn’t know the concept of math, she is counting and doing simple addition and subtraction. She is particularly fond of money and counting int hat fashion, which I think is fantastic! She earns money and spends or saves accordingly. She gets sad when she sees her stash shrink, but has gained the knowledge of how to get more money…chores. Work. Helping. Creating (see: http://forestfaeries.etsy.com) the kid is amazing. I cannot wait to see how Zoe blossoms and learns. I love watching them learn in their own ways, and ask questions that 5 year olds simply don’t ask in mainstream education.

another realization as of late is that no matter what Rob and I say or do, there are some people in our periphery who simply will never understand, respect or care for the decisions we make for our lives and the lives of our children. No amount of fact giving or educating will change it. No amount of proof and evidence will make them see that we aren’t wrong in a lot of areas, most areas, with regard to our girls. No amount of anything will show these people ( and I speak in general terms for those of you who read this and know what I speak of) that we really aren’t nuts and do what we feel is best for our family and would never do a single thing that would cause detriment to the health and wellbeing of our girls and the things we do are truly not to piss people off or buck tradition-it’s because we are not traditional as people in general. I pity those people. That is all I have to say about that realization. And with that realization, a little bit of my perpetual hopefulness that all people are good is whittled away a tish.

I am going to get going. It’s 11:30 and I suddenly feel like tea and cleaning.

nite nite. I will try to ge ton here more, dear readers, I promise.

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