Sunday, October 28, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
So I am making an incredibly cheesy public pledge to begin the following...
Start grinding grain with my brand new-bought from the US at great cost-hand-grainmill, which I have had for two months and have inexplicibly not used yet.
Actually make public and start listing creations on my Patootie design blog...and not worry about narcissism, no sales and people thinking my creations are seriously uncool.
Start saving towards our trip to the US in five years time to see the cuzzies rather than not bother because of the whole Peak Oil issue...even if we don't make it there, we will have useful $$$$ in the bank anyway. This is directly related to Patootie Designs.
Take the plunge and get out my togs, goggles and cap and venture down to the local pool. I love swimming but I am procrastinating cos...welll I am 6kg heavier than I was last time I donned the one piece for 40 lengths, and what if the pool etiquette is different in small towns?
Get a haircut, start wearing my sparklies and danglies, refashion some funkier outfits and put on some lippy even when I am at home with the kids (read:every day!) I am getting the hair cut off, short and sassy tomorrow, my MIl bought me some new t's today and I have got lots of sparklies from my lovely friend Jess. Yeeha...I am well on the way to this one already...now to brush off the lippy that has been sitting in the bottom of the make-up bag forlornly for ages.
Visit my local MP and the local council and ask what they are doing to help Matamata become less oil reliant.
I also really want to be more generous and sacrifical with my time and resources to help those in need in our community and the world, but I am still unsure of the way this will work...so this is still in the formulating stage in my mind.
Now that I have put this out there my perfectionist nature will be slightly outweighed by my need to live up to what I say I will do...so even if nobody else reads this I will be aware that somebody might and then I will be bound to fulfill my vows.
Sigh...another time when I wish for an uncomplicated brain.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Laura and I just click...we think similarly about many things and are travelling the same path in the areas of parenting...seeking gentleness, food...working towards whole foods and organic produce where our budgets allow, natural medicine...rather than automatically going down the ab path,thrifty fashion, trying not to nag our hubbies too much and growing in our walks with God.
I wish I had a piccie...maybe next time.
Thanks for visiting...we had a ball...and I'll bring L1's seat back when we come to the Tron!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I know I can write an eduspeak-schooly exemption with my eyes shut and hands tied behind my back...however I am struggling to get my hed around how to put in words what we do so it actually sounds like, well, education.
Whenever O5 is asked THE question... his reply is
"I go to Homeschool...I just play all day."
Well I'm very glad that learning seems like playing to him...but hmmm.
So in an attempt to make myself feel better here is what learning we have done today, before lunch even...
O changed the date on the brand new magnetic calendar on the fridge and then learnt how to look for the same date on the other calendar - Maths.
O narrated back the penultimate chapter of Charlotte's Web at the breakfast table - Oral languge and Reading Comprehension.
O helped clear the table, cleaned the toilets and made his bed - Perseverance and diligence.
O read Tintin for an hour - Reading -at 3 years abve his chronological age...not that it really matters but it makes me feel better!
When helping bring in the dry washing the rack fell and hit O on the head and he exclaimed "Ow!" followed closely by, "That hurt my head because heavy objects fall faster than light objects." - Physics.
We will continue to work on the Castle we are making together and O will try to make the catapault independently - Technology, History, Physics.
I will read aloud to the children for an hour and O will also read aloud to the little ones - Reading, Oral Language.
We will make dinner together - Food Technology.
I'm sure there will be much more that I haven't thought of/planned yet.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
The highlight however was the HUGE bouncy castle in the middle of the main street. O5, A3 and C3 wanted to have a turn and as it was free (or so I thought), I figured why not? I was fully expecting fussing, tears and less than 10 seconds of either three year old actually bouncing before I had to carry them screaming back to the safety of the stroller.
I was so surprised, proud and yes, almost teary when A3 and C3 whipped off their sandals and clambered up to bounce away with about 20 other, totally unknown children. A3 even talked to a little boy and played Peek-a-boo with him. C3 was the last to get off when the time was up...yes the ticket girl had arrived back from getting change and I just couldn't be dishonest...hence the $9!!!!
My babies are starting to venture out of the nest and I am glad once again that we have allowed them time to find their feet. It is often confusing knowing when to gently push them forward and when to sit back and wait for them to pluck up the courage on their own.
So...$9 well spent in my opinion.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Rather than tidy the house and do the chores...
While weeding next to the "new" sandpit...aka pile of sand left over from the builders...I found that the mound of overgrown dirt that I had assumed was mostly sand and builders rubble is actually lovely dark, friable soil...so we pulled out most of the green cover, turned in the rest, covered with newspaper, and compost, planted every thing that was left lying around, fenced it in to deter the marauding hordes and their assorted diggers, spades and buckets and voila...
So far there are a few carrots, some potatoes I found growing elsewhere on the property and thought I'd remember them if I put them here...hmmm...will see if they survive and multiply, silverbeet that had been languishing in the punnet for weeks and a couple of extra marigolds.
Today I spent an hour with half of the town at the annual Matamata Historical Society Book Fair...oh what joy!
Look what I got for $20...
Favourite Finds included...
Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'Wonder Book', 'The Chronicles of Robin Hood' by Rosemary Sutcliffe with lovely colour plates, and a lovely treasury of story excerpts with biographical info on the authors collated by Margery Fisher
My most charming find was "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady". What a wonderful example of a nature journal for my children and myself.
Time for another new bookshelf...c'mon we only have four so far.
I have soooooo many photos to share that it must be time for a blogarama...so grab a cuppa and settle in...or run...get out while you can!!!!!
To start the ball rolling...
J's new work place is super cool for the kiddoes and I to visit and hang out...Check it out.
O5 on the indoor rockwall
C3, A3 and O5 in the front of the ute ready for a drive over hill and dale
Trampolines...one for each of them scattered around the camp
And of course...a playground...what more could ya want?
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
A few days back we were driving along one of our lovely country roads...in fact the very road where J's work is...and lo and behold there were lots of cows munching away on the grass verge. The farmer had put an elecrified wire to stop them running amok and causing car accidents...but I don't trust that little skinny wire...any self-respecting cow who wanted to get past that would have no trouble...anyway I digress...
So doing the mummy talky thing I said "Hey guys, look at all the moo cows"...and my very articulate C3 replies with...
"Oh, yes mummy, there are a lot of cows. They are in the meadow".