Sunday, September 11, 2011

all kinds of good things...


First of all I need to say, dear friends, I'm so very sorry that I caused any of you worry. And I apologize for my weirdness and defensiveness regarding the deleted post. Chloe is fine, she will heal, she is strong. And I will try to not overreact in such a way again...

So, on to the good things...

These photos were taken about a week after Chessa turned 7 in May. She asked me if I would teach her to play flute. Cause she sure was waiting to turn 7 years old so that she could be a first grader!

And so we began.

This past week we began our new homeschool year. My sweet little first grader and my big girl fifth grader! I decided to start with a week of form drawing for both girls. Next week Chessa will be continuing with form drawing and Chloe will begin a first botany block.

Circle time included many of our favorite apple verses and songs as we traveled off to the orchard...

And all that apple singing must have brought us good luck. Because when we stopped to check on a wild apple tree that we have had our eyes on we discovered that the apples were absolutely perfectly ripe! Big, red, rosy apples, so juicy and sweet. We gathered two bushels that day, and Jason and the girls returned on Sunday and harvested another two.

I found it so funny on that first harvest day... we had only one bag with us since we weren't expecting to be picking apples yet. The bag was actually full of veggies from the garden but we just set those in the bag of the car so it could be filled with apples. Then Jason layed out his flannel shirt and we filled that. Then, since I was wearing my usual cooler weather ensemble of long skirt over pants, I took off my skirt, tied up the top, and we used it as a big apple sack! Now you may think I am strange for always wearing skirts over my pants (or pants under my skirts) but it sure had a practical purpose that day!

And we found plums! How excited everyone is about that! When I came up the stairs this morning the smell of those plums greeted me, and I spent the first part of my day in the kitchen getting lots of them pitted and into the freezer. I would like to make some plum jam too, but I am waiting for the canning jar lids that I ordered to arrive (the reusable bpa free ones) and these plums are not going to wait, so into the freezer they went.

Not all of our house smells sweet and fruity though. Sometimes the smell of sauerkraut overwhelms us instead. I have nearly two gallons fermenting, this is my first attempt at it and it seems to be going well so far. Goodness we grew some huge cabbages this year. I just had to weigh one before I started slicing it and it weighed 17 pounds!
(And on a kind of scary note, one of our cats does weigh more than the cabbage! Oh Taddy Orangeo, we know you cannot help being so big. You have a big name, and huge double paws, and you used to have a big meow, but you seemed to have lost that...)

So, homeschool, apples, plums, sauerkraut. It really doesn't take much to make us happy.
Oh, and we have pumpkins growing quite big in the garden!
And I baked plum crisp, and it came out so so beautifully pink!
And it is September, a wonderful month that holds such promise of the beautiful autumn season to come.
I hope you all have been enjoying beautiful happy days too!



Sarah said...

Have a wonderful year. My 7th grader also began with drawing--perspective.

Melanie~Our Ash Grove said...

Oh my, once again. . . that Chessa is so sweet! I love her little fingers on the flute!
I love your apple story so much. :)
And you know what? I always wear pants and skirts too! Seriously, layers are the very best thing, so cozy, so warm, and you never know when you need to shed a layer or two for other purposes, like with you and the apples!

charlotte said...

Lovely, I think the apple carrier sounds perfect! I too love plums, plum ketchup is really good and really easy. I use a old Delia Smith recipe.

angie said...

That girl of yours is so sweet. I too vote for the skirt pants look, so fashionable and practical! My daughter taught me that when she was about 3:)

Laura said...

I love the idea of your skirt being an apple sack, so funny :-) Beautiful pictures, hugs Laura x

suzanne said...

Hello Dear Renee'

When I come here, I am coming back to one of the first places I visited when I started blogging many moons ago~ Don't you feel like an 'Oldy' blogger sometimes?

I always feel peace here . Coming from such a far off country, I feel welcome and at home.

I hope you are all well. Your lovely Husband who I know you love so much and those two beautiful girls that love being and living around their Mama...

Sending all my love from my little place in the World.

Lots of love

6512 and growing said...

Your girls are lucky that you put so much time and thought into their homeschooling, especially because they're in two such different grades.
Col is homeschooling this year, it's lovely. We spent the morning harvesting veggies in the rain.

kyndale_pease said...

I just pulled out my form drawing book. I am incorporating that into our days too.

We grew cabbages this year too and we're fermenting but not 2 gallons. Wow!

Nicola said...

I missed the deleted post, but I do hope all is okay.