Homeschooling has begun! The boys can’t attend the co-op at this time due to spacing issues and Covid rules. They will have other outdoor classes and play dates to have fun and a social life. In the meantime, I spent yesterday cleaning out the big shelves in the kitchen and set them up with school books, library books, art supplies, along with my administrative stuff.
My cook books and grown up coloring supplies are on another shelf. We live in the kitchen. We love to cook and eat there. We write books, do art, color, do all the homework, pay bills, fill out forms…all at the little kitchen table. I usually have my radio on in the kitchen. I love my Delilah show. I get to listen to those nostalgic 80’s as I work.
The boys are 8 and 6 now and I began homeschooling today. Sam is still in that Finland/Waldorf style dreamy kindergarten world of imaginings and play, but Arjan is in 3rd grade and we are a bit more focused. Homeschooling should be fun (as long as the child doesn’t act like a mule, eh hem). Today Arjan read a very fable type social studies book, his dinosaur books, and learned to make bread in the bread maker (home economics, math and measurements). That was it.
Sam helped me with dehydrating our pears from the old tree out back. He and I will be making fake bacon tomorrow. It’s a recipe using rice paper wrap.
I’m doing my second round of purging. I’m so inspired to continue simplifying the home and life as I find more and more time in my days to be with the kids, do my chores, serve everyone, and do fun things such as coloring myself, watching videos that interest me, write these fun blogs, and read my novels. I’m relishing life lately.
Things were hard when Little Miss arrived, I ain’t gonna lie. I already wrote about it in the last blog. But everyday gets easier as she is detoxed from her old life and learns new ways that are more cheerful and peaceful. I am learning to not get too involved with the whole system and just have our homelife. That is my full focus; homelife and finding humor and things that create that feeling of ‘looking forward to’. You know, when you look forward to that series on TV at 8 o’clock, or tea and your book in the after noon after chores.
I’m into playing more and fussing less. We are really into the vegan thing. Arjan is adamant. He is reading things, on his own, about the planet and he had me write a company with our complaints because they said they were vegan but used palm oil. Palm oil is causing a lot of destruction. To plant palm oil farms they are burning down rainforest. By 2022 98% of the amazon in Malaysia (could have the area wrong, you know me) will be gone and all for palm oil plantations.
Arjan reads ingredients and then demands I write these companies to question their motives. I find this interesting as I used to be a big “letter writer”. I was always up in arms about something and going to “write that letter to those people and let them know how I feel!”
They never write back.
Our neighbor, Jeanie, picked blackberries from a forest across the street from her house and baked us a pie to eat the other evening. We gave her and several neighbors pears. It’s abundant up here. I love having her around, she is so good with the kids, her little dogs mix well with our dogs, and she tells funny stories. Bali has someone to sip whiskey with on the porch in the late evenings now and then. She doesn’t bring things down with talk of politics and conspiracy theories. We may explore it a little but it’s done with curiosity and humor. So many people are like, “do or dye!” It’s absurd. Drinking has increased since Covid but people are still as uptight as ever.
I’m just staying close to home and loving it.
Soon to come; more huge purges, more vegan meal ideas, inspiration from other books and sources.