Sunday, December 24, 2006
Monday, October 9, 2006
2 cups sugar
2 cups peanut butter
Blend together eggs and sugar until smooth; add peanut butter, mixing well. Roll into walnut-sized balls; place onto un-greased baking sheets. With a fork, press a criss-cross pattern on top of each ball to flatten slightly; bake at 375° for 7 to 9 minutes. Makes about 2 dozen.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
It is where I saw the golden mushrooms.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
(There's water under all that green.)
I thought maybe it was a fluke but there were more, tiny little purple button-top mushrooms.
Friday, September 15, 2006
This one has to be the cutest and most interesting mushroom I have ever found.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
We made homemade grape juice when Mom and Dad were here last fall. It was wonderful! I still hope to can some grape juice yet this year, but this will be contingent on whether or not Jack eats them all first. Aren't they just gorgeous?!
I finally got a picture of the spider I see in its web house on one of the ferns as we ride by each day. This is the largest spider I've seen up close and personal. Actually I didn't know we had any spiders as big as this.
I am so happy with the way school is going this year. I bought very little for curriculum, purchased only one small thing besides a Rosetta Stone Spanish program. There are so many resources available, and I plan to use the Internet for a large part of our schooling along with the books we have accumulated over the years so it's just kind of exciting really. I have done school before the way we're doing it this year, but after awhile you slip back into doing "school at home" and everyone gets frustrated. Partly because I love to teach more than the kids like to learn. I am very visual and love all the "schooly" stuff and in the early years we had desks, etc. and wonderfully fun colorful things on the walls and a timeline and I had this big teacher's desk.
This year I am looking at the year as a whole with goals and fabulous and varied pockets of learning together instead of daily schedules. It's Molly's last year and the four of us really want to enjoy it together. After twelve years of school around the dining room table it will be very strange without her after this year. But, I shouldn't really say it's just the four of us. I have another student. He is such a silly dog. He climbs up and sits on the chair and sometimes he drops his head down on the table and just sits there like he's listening to me. He probably is.
Monday, August 21, 2006
I've been so enjoying this tree in the woods which has an ivy-like plant growing up the side of its dark bark. I just think it's so pretty, and I had never seen this ivy-like plant that is growing up all over things in the woods.
We finally purchased a plant book so we could correctly identify many of the things we had found. This ivy is called Bur Cucumber. The cutest little spiny cucumber-like pods grow on it.
We also got an edible wild plant book, and it was interesting to note that what I always refer to as thorn apple trees are actually Hawthorns. Our woods are full of these trees. Even within it there are quite a few different species as evidenced by the difference in their apples, but they all have the most amazing and horrible long thorns. Every time I see them I think of the crown of thorns that Jesus wore. Thorns are so awful, I just can't imagine.
Thorn apple/Hawthorn trees are scattered all through our woods. Some are like crab apple trees with little red apples, some yellow, others the apples hang in little clusters like berries. Now that summer is almost over the ground is littered with little red apples. Here is a picture of one tree hanging out over the water.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
I love walking in the woods in the morning.
I can't be sure but I think it is a Monkeyflower.
I think these pleated-looking ones below look like little umbrellas.
Friday, August 18, 2006
We have so many interesting trees in our woods. There is one standing next to "Maple Tree Island" which is very large, but what is interesting is that the middle limb of the tree reaching up into the sky is twisted like a piece of taffy as you can see in the next photo. There are other trees that have limbs like this and I wonder what made it do that as it grew?
The kids named a lot of places in the woods when they were little. In the spring when it floods or when the summers are not dry the river surrounds this little piece of land.