Three paintings

There is a little gallery in the town nearby that does art lessons for kids. I love the way this particular art teacher guides them step by step, but encourages them to find their own style.

These three paintings are what Kid has brought home from the last few classes. bird in tree kid painting

Cardinal in Tree


water reflections at sunset kid

Water Reflections at Sunset


forest kid painting

Three Trees

Dragon Breath by Ursula Vernon


This book was a hit with Kid. He read it and then went out and got the next one from the library very enthusiastically. He likes how every page or two there is a drawn picture. Though he has tolerated the books without the pictures, he does much prefer the ones with some visuals. Kid says this book is very surreal and fun with lots of adventures.

Homeschooling lesson for me: Gardening is easy and shockingly abundant.

The boys took an interest in gardening last summer and I forgot I had these pictures until now.


They grew potatoes, spinach, lettuce, calendula, carrots, pumpkins, watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, hot peppers, and popping corn.

boy garden 4

Combined with some afternoon fishing, our food bill became almost obsolete. The boys then took an interest in cooking gourmet meals and ate their dinners slowly, savouring every bite.


It felt so good to know exactly where our food came from, and that it was truly organic. The taste was better than I have ever had. Was it the quality or the intention put into it? In the past, I was too intimidated to grow a garden myself, but when I saw how the boys harvested such a beautiful bounty, so easily, I will never go without a garden again. It was fun, educational, and paid back their efforts in a priceless way. We had so much food that we were giving it away in baskets. We canned over 50 big jars of tomato sauce, collected more than 300 lbs of potatoes.. not to mention drying, freezing and processing all of the other abundant vegetables that we are still eating now in the middle of winter.

orange beet