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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ Sept. 29, 2011

I'm on time this week! Hurray! I think things may slow down a bit here now that the rush of starting school and Dave's installation are over. Of course, Christmas is less than three months away . . .


A storm blew through a few days ago and brought with it some pretty spectacular clouds. I wish there weren't wires going everywhere, though!


Hannah and I are working through Martin Cothran's Traditional Logic Book I. At the start of every chapter we watch the video of Mr. Cothran explaining the material, only he is . . . ahem . . . not the most riveting and engaging of teachers, bless him. Now, I have heard him give other talks where he is much more animated and interesting, so maybe it was just talking into a camera that did him in. I don't know, but I do know that after chapter 1, we decided we needed to do something with our hands to break up the monotony a bit. So Hannah got out this quilt that she's been working on for her grandparents. …

2011 Reading Challenge~~Book #34

It's been awhile since I posted about my reading challenge. With school starting and Dave's official installation as pastor of our church this past Sunday, September flew by like a lawn chair left out during a hurricane. I hope to post about the installation soon, but first I want to update you on a book I listened to and found beneficial, Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches by Russell D. Moore.

Though I'm Lutheran and he's Southern Baptist, I've appreciated everything I've ever read or heard from Russell D. Moore. I've read his articles in Touchstone magazine, and I've heard him on Issues, Etc. He is a gifted theologian and teacher, so I had high expectations for this book. I wasn't disappointed. As you might expect, Moore talks a lot about his experiences as an adoptive father and how to navigate the waters of adoption. I thought that last part might be kind of boring if a person isn't looking to…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ September 23, 2011

I'm late again this week. *sigh* I teach my two classes on Thursday, and it just seems that between that everything else that happens on a normal day, Thursday is not my ideal time to make a {phfr} post. As long as Leila and Co. at Like Mother, Like Daughter don't mind, I guess it's all right. :-)

I just have {pretty} and {happy} this week.


A misty, moisty morning:


A second crop of raspberries! I didn't realize they would yield twice until someone told me. What a bonus to have these at this time of year! There aren't as many as there were this summer, but I'll take what I can get.

This is a big weekend for us. Dave is being officially installed as pastor on Sunday, and there are out-of-town guests arriving, including the head of our denomination (The American Association of Lutheran Churches). I'll post about it next week!

The Growlery

We've just about wrapped up another room and I wanted to show you pictures. This room is off the kitchen and is intended to be a TV room, I'm sure, but since we don't have a TV, we repurposed it. We call it the growlery (begin at about 6:30 for the reference). In days of yore, the growlery was a room where the men retired after dinner to sip brandy, smoke cigars, and talk politics. We were stumped as to what to call this room, but Dave hit upon "the growlery" and it has stuck. We all knew right away that that was the perfect name! It inspired me to take a more masculine tack in paint, furniture, and decor. See what you think!

The view as you enter from the kitchen:

We bought the chairs brand new. We hardly ever buy new furniture, but we'd used up most of what we already had in other rooms, so we splurged. I'd love to move the exercise bike if we can find a more propitious place for it.

The view from the door that leads to the back patio:

And the view…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ September 16, 2011

Pardon me for being a day late. Life has been very busy lately. Online teaching duties began this week, which also means that Dave is now busy with two jobs and Hannah started her online classes this week. We'll be hanging on to our hats for the next nine months!

{Pretty} and {Happy}

I'm combining these two categories this week. The weather has definitely turned to autumn. It's been in the 40's at night and the low 60's during the day, the evenings are turning dusky not long after dinner, and soups and stews are finding their way on the menu once again. We've had several overcast and/or rainy days, which is perfect candle-burning weather. Hurray!

I've been working on these curtains for weeks during little snatches of time here and there. I wanted something colorful that would unify the blue walls and yellow accents. I don't know if these achieved that, but I like them and I'm happy I've finished them. I used six-inch squares of scraps and…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ September 8, 2011


Chicory is such a pretty little flower. I love its periwinkle color. This lone little guy is blooming next to our sidewalk, though the roadsides are awash with them in mid- to late-ish summer. They are especially lovely paired with Queen Anne's lace.


The first hint of fall color! Lookee! I spotted this tree just down the street from our house.

Chocolate chip muffins. Yum! They are Hannah's favorite; she'll be very happy to come home and gobble some up. The weather was very fall-ish today with cool temperatures and rain. I was definitely in the mood to bake something, and these seemed just right.


How did that partially eaten apple get up there?? It's a good eight feet off the ground. Our guess is that our apple-loving squirrel friend put it there. We're going to leave it and see what happens!


This is what happens when you try to take a close-up without knowing how to manually focus the camera. I guess it's time I learned how t…

The Big Plan for 2011-2012

Last year I wrote about our homeschool plan for Girl of the House's eighth grade year. Things did not go exactly as we expected (do they ever?). She had a very challenging year dealing with acute acid reflux, which often derailed schoolwork. She worked hard during the days she felt well, but all told, she missed at least one day (and often two or three days) a week due to illness for all but eight weeks the entire schoolyear. We made up for some of the lost time during the summer, but she still managed B's in her on-line classes, and all essential things were covered by hook or crook. I have more than once thanked the Lord for leading us to homeschooling and never more than last year. I'm also thanking Him that Girl 2 is a thousand times better than she was this time a year ago. So I have high hopes for the coming months of school! Here's the plan:

Math ~ Continue Math-U-See tutored by That Boy. She's over halfway through Zeta and will be moving into pre-al…

2011 Reading Challenge~~Book #33

It's finally finished! Man of the House read aloud the remaining pages of Sophocles' Oedipus the King to me while I was doing some housework on Friday. He's had an extremely busy time of it lately, including his first funeral on Thursday, so I'm not blaming him for being unable to get to it until now. I'm thankful I have my own resident expert to help me with ancient literature. :-)

So how did I like it? Weeeeellll . . . the story is great, but I find I'm not very accustomed to the manner in which the ancient Greeks tell their stories ~ flowery and long-winded (or maybe that was just the translation?). It did help a lot to have the methods and forms of ancient Greek playwrights explained to me, so thanks to Man of the House for that!

I felt sorry for poor Oedipus, who was desperately trying to thwart the prochecy of the oracle that he would kill his father and marry his mother. He knew such acts were perverse, but despite everything, he was unable to do…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} ~ September 1, 2011

Happy September! This month feels like New Year to me and always has. I've spent most of my life on an academic schedule, and September means the beginning of a new schoolyear and all its attendant activities and fresh starts ~ pristine notebooks, pencils with long erasers, books with uncracked spines, new areas of interest, high hopes. January 1st holds less promise to me than September 1st.


Last week we took a few days to visit my mom. That meant a long drive through one part of the Midwest to another. O the big sky! O the verdant fields! O the open spaces! *sigh of rapture!* Some people think the Midwest is boring, but I've never understood that with scenery like this. Our fifteen years in Appalachia were fruitful, enjoyable, and memorable, but the scenery there can never compare with our native Midwest. Here are the best of the bunch of pictures I took from the car:


Lots of happy things this week. Check out this water tower! How can you not smi…