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{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 smile when you see this?

Girl of the House is always happy when doing math. Well, maybe that's an exaggeration, but I'm happy when she's doing math. :-) Anyway, I think doing it on our new chalkboard makes it a little less irksome for her. Here she is working on metric conversions. Doesn't a little metric conversion brighten anyone's day?

Last in the {happy} category is this little guy. I saw him one afternoon enjoying the windfalls from our apple tree. He certainly looks very happy with his afternoon snack! Look how his cheeks are stuffed full of apple!


Girl of the House revealing her true feelings about math . . . or maybe about her mother trying to sneak pictures of her!


I was trying to take a picture of a pond but ended up with the rusty guardrail instead . . .

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  1. Nice photos - thanks for sharing! That squirrel is happy looking, isn't he?

  2. Oh my word, that squirrel! How adorable that you got a picture of that!

  3. I agree that the scenery of Appalachia can never compare to the scenery of the Midwest, because that would be like comparing apples to oranges. :) Each place has it's own unique type of beauty. So as a counterpoint to your photos of your beloved Midwest, here is a link to some photos of my beloved Applachia :)

    -Chris O


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