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.




Rankin Lake & Turtles..

So the family’s been trying to be more spontaneous; especially myself and my son. We love to plan things out before we do them– I’m talking at least a couple weeks in advance!

When I saw a Rankin Lake in Gastonia North Carolina and I realize it’s just a few miles from us, we decided let’s go check it out even though it’s pretty hot outside it was almost noon .

What a beautiful place and felt very safe! There was even a ranger who explained everything to me about the paddleboats, kayaks, canoes, and a beautiful trail, very clean one mile .6 around the beautiful lake. Turtles and fish everywhere!  People looked healthy jogging or paddling canoes. Our type of place. We plan to go often! 🙂

 It’s always nice when you find a place close by you never always have to travel far to enjoy life.

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.

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Tomatoes and Summer Fun

blog pic3Mondays are the best time for my blog posts, since Monday’s are my energy days!  Much to the annoyance of past office colleagues I would stroll into work with a huge smile on Monday and greet everyone enthusiastically; I have NO idea why I am like this, but I have always been like this. 🙂

North Carolina has had some record hot days this summer! I think everyone has! Thankfully, we have gotten a LOT cooler, 78 degrees now as I write my Roma’s and cucumbers are doing well again…tomatoes can take a lot of heat, cucs not so much.  I have the basil along the tomatoes so they are happy, growing a little bush! 🙂

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Can you see the cucumbers? Kinda like, Where’s Waldo..

I want to say something about tomatoes..they love egg shells  (powdered in blender) and soil without so much nitrogen. There is special ‘tomato soil’ sold for this reason, but this year we forgot and so there were a LOT of little green tomatoes with black rotted spots on the bottom. Also, this year, I did not blend the egg shells to a powder..I just crushed them up..I think that wasn’t enough?  😦  a spray took care of this thankfully!!  We now have lovely, meaty Roma tomatoes.


As an ‘unschooler’ (no rigid schedule) we school off and on all summer long. Summer is so much fun for homeschoolers…so much time with his homeschool friends in this wonderful, happy secular (accepts families of ALL faiths) group, swimming, playing games, eating out and movies.  Today though, Taliesin, after playing with a friend down the street, is doing some math. I can’t believe he will be in 7th grade! !

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