Monday, September 26, 2011


First order of the day was preserving leaves... in the past we've always dipped them in wax to keep them, this year we're trying something different... glycerin!  We'll keep you informed of how that goes....


I supposed this morning that it might be alright if I got out a few autumn things.  At least the scarecrow.  I mean--Mabon has come and gone after all, even though I pretty much hopped right over it while whistling and looking the other way.  It's not that I refuse to acknowledge it, you understand, but rather that I just feel sort of behind.  :)  Back there, somewhere. Floatin' in the pool with a glass of yummy microbrew in my hand.

So there I was.  Lost in the garage, hoping nothing frightening would attach itself (permanently) in my dreads.

Found the scarecrow.
Then the bag full of jack o-lanterns (I love them so!) and ghosties.
Eventually I found the harvest pumpkins, and the besom for the front door.
I had only planned on getting out the autumn things, but you know how that goes.
May as well make the declaration, hmm?  Hang the hat at the front door.

Oh, and there's Glenda.  She's my favorite.


I do love adding that bright orange to my livingroom (oddly enough)....

Big Cat Diary for Maddie (Netflix).

Math 1-2 for Trev and I.
We both figured he was pretty well past any info there, but I thought we could review just to see.  (And he was game.)

Trampoline multiplication.  Something I made up.
I asked what number they wanted to practice with... "Three?"
"Yeah!" they said.
Starting with 0, I wrote numbers around the tramp.  I told Maddie she could find any number that I mentioned, for Trev, he needed to find the answer to the problem.
0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15... and so on.

 "Three times three!"
Maddie made it extra confusing by shouting out numbers... "Three!" she'd say.
This was an interesting practice, for we don't have a requirement of the multiplication tables around here (ie 'here's the table, now you memorize it')... there was lots of adding and subtracting going on as well.
"Well, three times two is... three twice--three plus three..."
"Oh!  Six.  Plus three more is nine!" And he'd jump to the number.
"Three times nine!"
"Well, three times ten is....minus three...and notice again that any number that adds up to nine is divisible by nine..."
Lots of fun, that.  :)  (And the babes agree.)

 This is how my children play.  Lots of funny business while games and whatnots go on.  

An' then MathBlaster.  ' Been a while since we've played that one, as we got stuck and frustrated a while back.  We got over that hump, today, finally.  Phew.

And more.

And more jumpin'.

And more MathBlaster.

And more jumpin'.

An' dinner and part three of America: The Story of Us.

And then a little after-dark family bike ride.

Good enough for me.


  1. I love the colors of this season, but I could do with warmer weather :)

  2. I adore the math on the trampoline idea (note taken)! This sounds like the perfect day to me.

  3. I'll be very interested to know if the glycerin works, sounds like it might be less heavy than wax.
    I love those jam jar lanterns, what a great halloween idea!

  4. Firstly, I didn't know you had dreads! How awesome! It's something I've always wanted.

    I love Glenda too, I'm going to keep an eye out for my very own.

    Finally - Trev and the T shirt over the head whilst on the PC - my 8 year old does that too! Ha! Does Trev chew the front of his shirt on occasion?!?

  5. It's all so beautiful. I love this time of the year. And your pumpkin lanterns are gorgeous. We have made other types of lanterns with glass jars...but I want pumpkin lanterns. Adding those to my list. Thank you. xo

  6. I've never waxed leaves or used glycerin either. Please share your method. I would love to try this.

    The trampoline X sounds like a super idea!

    Jackie who stays busy homeschooling a high-spirited 14 year old dyslexic sweetie.


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