I'm glad tomorrow is Friday! We've got sunshine and mild temps and it's nigh onto impossible to settle down to Duty. My restlessness (cabin fever? spring fever?) drove me to rearrange the living room this week, a satisfying set-up that put my favorite sittin' place in front of our sunny window. My cup of jasmine green tea, my book or Bible, and I'm happy.
Our school is going well. SweetPea plugs away faithfully and has hit a 'good spell' in Algebra, for which I'm grateful. This week's literature is wonderful: a beautifully written story about a young girl in the Dust Bowl era, Out of the Dust, and our read-aloud, Christy, by Catherine Marshall. I'd forgotten what a good writer she was, and we're savoring the rich characterizations and vivid descriptions. One of the things I have just loved this year using WriteShop to teach composition is how it has provided such specific and clear understanding of the mechanics of good writing, demystifying it and enabling us to do a better job of literary analysis. Both of these novels are giving us some good practice at that.
Thinking about spring cleaning...raking & pruning...planning and planting...camping and fishing and roadtrips. This year I want to include some new items in my garden, including collards, okra, and some kitchen-garden herbs. This candida diet I've been on for the past two years has introduced me to veggies I never dreamed I'd eat, much less like. Makes my mouth water to think of picking and cooking them fresh! What with the cost of produce right now, I'm very motivated.
But first things first. I hope I can stay focused long enough to get the mending and basement and filing and school year done.
On the other hand, maybe we'll knock off and go nature journaling tomorrow!