Thirteen Things We Know: from a mama and her almost thirteen year old
adolescence / philosophy / travelling

Thirteen Things We Know: from a mama and her almost thirteen year old

Rachel and I just returned from a special trip in the big city of Vancouver. She’s turning thirteen! My husband and I chose thirteen as the year to celebrate our children’s entry into adulthood. We experienced fine dining, visited the spa, had makeovers, shopped and talked talked talked. One meal we sat in a cheap … Continue reading

Writing: teaching literary device using pop culture
homeschooling / self-directed learning / write

Writing: teaching literary device using pop culture

I  was searching for an accessible way to explain literary device when my oldest was asking for help in her final high school English class. If you’re thinking, what even is a literary device, an abbreviated, succinct version exists here: http://www.literarydevices.com/ And when you sit to watch a few of these videos, include your pop … Continue reading

inHabiting the homestead
gardening / homesteading

inHabiting the homestead

Flowers in season, my favourite, baptisia. Also the deer’s favourite. But I haven’t seen them since Violet. I’m told they might be nesting, they’re not afraid puppies, even really big puppies. The chicks are chomping at the beak to get out of the brooder. I sit on a stump by the brooder with the computer … Continue reading

homeschool update
homeschooling / self-directed learning

homeschool update

You’d think I was doing nothing but homesteading with all these homestead posts. Based on my tan, you might partly be right. Beginning of June and I’m as tan as I am usually at the end of a summer. What are the kids doing in this mix? We take a seasonal shift at the beginning … Continue reading

life on the homestead
gardening / homeschooling / homesteading

life on the homestead

Did I tell you I’ve been a practicing bread maker? This has been a fairly new endeavour. I’ve tried it before, but not made my family dependant on it until January. Occasionally I still buy bread, but mostly I keep the sourdough starter happy and make a couple loaves every few days. I won’t start … Continue reading