A Little Science and Frigid Temps

It is hard to believe today is already February 1st. Seriously, time needs to slow down a little. I realized this morning watching a commercial on life insurance that I will be in the age bracket that is advertised in a few short years. Talk about discouraging! :)

In our school this week, we started our Science course. Yeah, I know what you are thinking. Why is she waiting until the end of January to start Science? Well, this year I wanted to try working on  a modified block system for Science and History. With a new to me United States History curriculum, I wanted to be able to spend more time learning about the history of our country during the fall and winter and then use spring to really study Science. There is so much going on in our country, most people do not even realize what the colonies went through to obtain their freedom. Sadly, a good portion of our history is not known by many of the people in Washington. I won't even get started on the leaders of our country, because they are all a HUGE disappointment. If I have to teach Science, a subject that I really do not care about, then I'm going to teach it in the spring, so we will be able to enjoy the outdoors while studying it.

Talking about Science, I did not go with my original curriculum choice. I caved, I went with Apologia's General Science, only because I don't want Jamie to be lacking in the field of Science when he heads off to college. I really dislike hearing about college students who were home educated and are having to take remedial courses on subjects that should have been taught. Also, with the General Science, I found THIS awesome blog that has free lesson plans for several of the Apologia books along with other curriculum. If you're like me and like free, then you may want to run right over and check it out.

We started the book Duel in the Wilderness by Karin Clafford Farley this week. I'm about two weeks late on reading this one, but it is amazing! The emotion that is written into the book is so life like.

Around the house this week, well nothing out of the ordinary except for -20 degree temperatures yesterday morning. The windchill here was -45, I remember hearing about these kinds of temperatures when we lived in western Montana. We just couldn't wrap our heads around that since we lived in the warmest part of the state ~ the Bitterroot Valley. When my husband left the house yesterday at 6:30 I was in a pair of capris and the skin on my legs burnt just standing at the door. From what I can see the people around here don't let this stop them from being out and about. Not me! I stay in the house where it's warm.

I started knitting a new sweater, again. I bought the yarn and started on it last year, but for some reason I could not get it to work out. I put it away and have been looking at the yarn ever since. So, I started working on it again this week and I'm flabbergasted to see the part I was having so much trouble with is working out. Hopefully, I'll have it ready to stitch together tomorrow night.  Here's a little sneak peak ~

Here are two washcloths I knitted for a new baby in our family. I have no clue what I did for the edges to not be straight. When I knit for my personal use, the cloths are always straight now that I knitted for someone else, they are not. Oh well! These are the cloths I made from Down Cloverlaine,  I mentioned last week. Aren't they cute!

For supper tonight I'm trying a new recipe, Baked Chicken Fajitas. We love fajitas and when I found the recipe, I decided to give it a try. The way the kitchen smells, it has to be good. I'll be writing about it later on next week, if not before.

This weekend is a stay at home kind of weekend for us. I have some things that I'm working on and hopefully will be able to complete them since we are not going out. A girl can hope, right?


  1. I just found your blog for the first time this evening. It's been way below 0 in Indiana too!

    We are also making lots of comparisons to our present leaders and the ones in our history books! Even my 4th, 6th and 8th graders can see that things have changed for the worse in Washington.

  2. Those are the cutest wash cloths! You are very talented. I hope you'll consider adding this to my end of the week link up, Its a Wrap. -Savannah www.hammocktracks.com

  3. Your knitted washcloths are adorable!!! Can't wait to see the whole sweater! The yarn and pattern is so pretty!


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