Where In the World Is...

I think I better post something before I’m presumed dead. I can assure you, I am alive and kicking. I’ve been really busy with canning and homeschooling and doing an almost extinct favorite thing ~ READING! For those of you who really know me are probably shocked at that.  Over the last year or so, my love for reading (for myself) has dwindled down to the 30 minutes before bedtime. I’m determined; this will not be the case anymore. Two weeks ago, our family ran to the library and I only picked up three books, since they were calling the “The Library will be closing in 5 minutes, please bring your selections to the checkout counter,” call. I was really sweating bullets trying to find something that sparked an interest, and three books were all I could find. I had those books read within a couple of days. Needless to say, another trip to the library was in the making and I went prepared. I had my cute little denim yo-yo flower bag that I made last fall and I packed it full of books. I think we came out of the library with 10 books just for me and several for my husband and son.
I mentioned earlier, that I’ve been canning. I have! I’ve actually been canning and freezing.  The freezer is full of squash, okra and corn. The okra and corn came from our neighbor across the road. I didn’t plant any since I really did not know how our new garden area was going to do. I have several jars of tomatoes, salsa, pizza sauce and spaghetti sauce in the cabinets. I still have a lot of tomatoes on the vines along with a counter top full, ready to be worked on tonight. My Mom has given me a ton of hers and I’ll be picking up some more from her, tomorrow. Of all the preserving that I do, I think the tomatoes are my favorite (and I don’t even eat them), since there are some many different things you can make with them. I’m going to try making some ketchup with a small batch of tomatoes, just in case, it turns out to be something that we don’t like.
We survived the first week of school, last week. Monkey and I are really enjoying it. We have a couple of new things that we are using along with some of our favorites and of course an old trusty stand by, that I’m actually shocked that we went with.  But hey, I want my son to really explore his love of History, so we left The Mystery of History in the dust and went with the Abeka 6th grade History and Geography.  I know! How does a mom decide to go back to a textbook? When she sees her son struggling with all the bouncing around and his being lost with ancient history, it’s time to trust the old standby. Besides, at this age level, ancient history is SO ancient! He’ll get to the point where he wants to learn more about that time era and we’ll pursue it. At least I’m teaching him and we can dwell on a mini subject as long as needed for him to grasp all that he wants.  Would you believe that he is right this minute watching the DVD   America The Story of Us by the History Channel?  He absolutely loves it! He’s been telling me about Jedidiah Smith the tracker/explorer and how he had to have one of his men sew his scalp and ear back on after a grizzle bear attack. And of course, he relayed to me the story of the Donner group that decided to leave the main wagon train… you know the rest of the story. As soon as I have more time, I’ll write a post about the curriculum that we are using this year.
Like I said, I’m alive! I’m just staying busy until the garden stops producing and then I should be back more frequently.