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Gardening 101

I don’t know how it happened. I’ve resisted the siren song of the gardening obsession for years. I am, however, hooked. It’s a little like falling in love, though I think I’m old enough to know there are pests and diseases lurking under the shiny, pretty leaves. Still, I’m dazzled. Where have these flowers and shrubs been all of my life?

Knitting is set aside for the moment, probably for the season. I can’t even muster booties for my new niece. What a strange feeling it is to pass up the knitting magazines for the gardening glossies.

I have a budget, or I’m sure I would drown in all I’m bringing home from the nurseries.

Mostly I’m working on the front beds, mostly shade. I love the peaceful plants of the shade. I thought I’d miss the riot of colorful blooms intended for sun, but instead I find I love the shade loving plants tremendously. I have the sunny west side to play with, but I feel less confident about my choices. I’ve found a great book from the library called The Garden Primer by Barbara Damrosch. I love her simple, get-your-hands-dirty-don’t-worry approach. I want to imitate her fearless, joyful approach. She speaks to my homeschooling heart when she reminds the reader it’s just gardening, not rocket science, and if something dies, replant – no big deal.

I even love digging holes and hauling dirt. Once my budget is busted (and I may be there already) I think I’ll be perfectly happy to keep digging beds and amending soil for next spring. No one is more surprised than I by this turn of events.

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First quilts

I began the first quilt 20 years ago.  I recently finished it and made the pink one.  I think I prefer machine piecing and quilting.  I’ve always feared binding, but it’s cake!

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Science Fair Fun

Had to post. The kids did a great job on their projects, and each one was awarded first in their age division.
They really did the projects themselves, and their log books showed their work, so it was a very satisfying win. I had them both very prepared to walk away with nothing like last year. We were all surprised!calebfirstcalecfirstcu

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Snapshots From Our First Year of Homeschooling

Our family albums can be viewed in a slideshow format here: family favorites, our homeschool highlights, and some beauty shots of our gorgeous kids. Note to the grandparents, aunts, and uncles: You can order prints from the same site. (The site is better served using the Explorer browser.) Enjoy!

(I made this picture here — fun toys!)

Pretty as a picture

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