Hummingbirds and Old English..back to school!


Summer time is fun time..also some school time…which we make as fun as possible. Really, anything is a learning experience, right? 😀

We have these old, really old books from Piccolos in Belmont, an awesome antique store. $20.00 for all those red books on children’s classics. Dated 1912.  Really, not THAT old. I love old books! Dated similar is that smaller brown book; it belonged to my grandfather. It was his elementary math book! Now it’s Taliesin’s, and he uses it!  The larger brown book on the left there is from England (also from Piccolos) and it is dated 1806. Title, The Guardian, from London. The book is old to the point where the ‘s’ are ‘f’. Pretty cool! I love old books!! I think (or hope) Tali appreciates, too.

I’ve been trying to take photos of birds, particularly, hummingbirds at the feeder. I’ll be out on the deck, and not have my camera at the best moments!!  So here are a couple for you!  I took the one of the hummingbird hanging out on the clothing line today. Hurricane Hermine is around here but we are only getting the tail-end of it. Some wind, some rain here near Charlotte, NC. I really hope everyone else is alright.




Homeschoolin’ Time and Want Some Fall Weather!

We are ready for some fall apple picking at Skytop in NC! This pic is a few years old. 🙂

I haven’t posted in a while…family from Ohio coming to visit and my son’s 13th birthday party. Seems like yesterday he was just a baby!!

When I went to school, we Always started that glorious day (I used to like school lol) the day after Labor Day.   Ah, school in the 70s! Anyway, it was good enough for me, so it’s good enough for Tali to start at that time as well.  However, I decided to start school today! Yeah! I have some awesome workbooks by Spectrum and a couple Lit books from used homeschool fair, so why not, I am too excited!

Taliesin, however, is not…lol.  To be expected, I guess.  I play some relaxing, but not sleepy music, and set a nice mood for learning. Maybe some Native flute, or Asian themed music. Such a nice way for continuing to bond with your child!

There is a lot of info. out there and the computer for reference is a homeschool mom’s (and dad’s) best friend.  Here are some links I hope you find helpful.  Cheers!  ***music to help concentration. Taliesin says it works!   ***Tali grew up with brainpopjr. He has SO much applied knowledge due to watching these fun videos   ***this has been an absolute dream for math!

I am REALLY looking forward to fall. August in southern NC is buggy, humid, and hot. Fall is long and gorgeous!! Cool weather, beautiful trees…and learning with hot cocoa on the deck.

meme Fall

Vitamix and Spring Gardens

We finally did it. We bought a refurnished Vitamix. You would never know it was used though-swear!  Even came with a cookbook to get us started.  We’ve been using it every day, twice a day at least:

SAM_0147We’ve been making juice instead of buying it. ^^^Above is strawberry lemonade, yum!  A couple lemons peeled, water, and a couple handfuls of frozen strawberries.  Gotta add a touch of sugar too. Still so healthy and fresh tasting. I’ve been making my version of ‘V8’..but I haven’t been counting the veggies/fruits in it so…a couple apples cut in half, piece of lemon, tomato, kale, celery..I think that’s it. So it’s a VF5:  veggie fruit drink.  I add water and some ice too. Lots of water, as I want a drink, not a veggie smoothie. That just sounds gross to me.  Here is some salsa I attempted:

homemade salsa

We’ve been making hot soups, and tomato sauce also. Taste so fresh, if you use fresh tomatoes, or at least hot house fresh smelling ones from the grocery store.

Homemade dough and sauce..can you tell I love sauce?
Homemade oatmeal dough and sauce..can you tell I love sauce?
Cashew butter! Tastier than almond butter to my family.

That leads me to my next subject:  Spring Garden!! 🙂

SAM_0036My dear hubby made 3 raised plant beds for me. No more stooping forever pulling weeds!!  Thanks, Mark! We have cucumbers in one of them, roma tomatoes in another, and lettuce in the third one. We plan to add one more next year.

We buy our plants from Fords on Main Street in Gastonia. Always strong, healthy plants! I’ll post more photos as they grow.


Took this from my backyard a month ago. Pretty?
Took this from my backyard a month ago. Pretty?

Praying mantis and our silly black cat

Weather here in southern North Carolina in October could be 85 one day, and 68 another day…as this week predicts. We have been spending time outdoors on the deck hitting the books and drinking some tea. Taliesin prefers almond milk with Ovoltine! Sounds yummy to me.

OK, it is VERY east to get distracted on the deck…birds, squirrels after the corn we put out, and a praying mantis today:


Nature teaches! 🙂

Leaves here are still pretty green, so I don’t have any nice recent pics to share yet of that scene.  Here is one of Zulu, our cat, having a little fun. He is like dog more than cat, I swear. He meows to be let out, and uses the tree line in the behind our house as a litter box, then literally knocks on the door, or jumps to grab the doorknob, to be let in!  Woo hoo, good boy! He frolics (for real) around the yard, jumping and skipping around. Well, that is what it look like! Love our kitty.  I hear black cats are especially bright, I have no idea, this being our first black cat.IMG_4159