Since life was changed for us today with HOPE days being cancelled, we did some work in the basement cleaning out the cold cellar.
And yes, I changed it into a homeschooling time as well with learning about science (food spoilage), nature study (spiders and how it can adversely affect a person's reactions), chemistry (dad has bottles of homemade beer), math (how we organize, how many jars etc) and history (the process of canning, why people needed to do it etc).
Some explorers spent time with us. They marveled at all the places they could go to in their quest to find new places. They learned much about food storage and the need to be careful in new places (aka broken glass that go missed in the clean up) and how you need to be careful not to get stuck in places you can't get out of (dead centipedes in jars).
Headache (migraine) started yesterday continues to create some pain for me, so I didn't make it to church this morning.
Had a boy who NEEDED to get out and do something so we went for a walk. We played Stargate at the park...we had fun, but then my head started to get the better of me again so we headed back home.
I picked some leaves along the way and waxed them when we got home. I'll be writing that up on the homeschool blog, so head on over there if you want to read it. :)
Jim's mom came over on Sunday for Thanksgiving. We had a good time overall. Good food, pleasant walk at McNaughton Park and what not.
Yesterday I did our homeschool reading with the lad and the rest of the day was taken up with removing the old rabbit tent and putting up a new one. yes .. it is not a "Tent", it is a portable car garage, but I call it the "tent".
The lad kept saying as we took down the old one...but MOM>> I like this one.
But as soon as we got the new one up.. MOM! I like this one. I really like it on the inside. It's warm!
It is a good deal warmer than the old tent, and I'll need to figure a way next year to keep it cooler in there OR not have any livestock in there at all.
Today we did our homeschooling in the morning and then in the afternoon we pulled the ground cherry plants and tomatoes out of the garden. They've been put at the curb for pick up. Then the lad and I picked all the ground cherries up and we'll eat them as they ripen.
I am hoping this afternoon to get out for a walk with the family, Not sure if that will happen though as hubby is feeling rather under the weather today.
yesterday for homeschooling we took a field trip the Rock glen Conservation area. I wrote up about it over here.
It was an enjoyable day out in the sun.
I'm very glad that I invited a friend and her family along. It was good to spend time with them and to watch my lad appreciate nature.
My biggest thought though was that I want to come back and just explore the park with my hubby and just some friends. It's a lovely park. :) It would be fun to come back late spring/early summer and see the water levels higher and to watch the water over the falls they have. To have a nice picnic lunch and just to relax in the sun.
Some pics i took
This past Saturday the family and I loaded up the van with all sorts of electronic gear and headed off to Camp Shalom for the day. Camp Shalom was our denominational camp for YEARS and then it was decided that it should separate from the denomination a bit and it's now called Countryside Camp and Conference Centre.
Anyways, every year they have a fundraiser in the fall that all the churches help out with. Our church helps with manning the ticket booths. It's generally a good time. My memories of past fairs is the tug of war, watching soccer games, seeing all the produce for sale, a HUGE book room with tons of books for sale and what not. Now they have soccer, bocce ball, more food booths, a junk tent and a silent auction tent. So changes have been made over the years. I still miss the huge book room and wish they still had that. It was fun browsing it.
I visited with a few people, even saw my nephew there which was a surprise. Bought some produce for a good price and while Jim was at a short meeting I unloaded the electronic gear at their e-bin. good way to get rid of all that stuff and support the camp at the same time. Met with a young lass who is looking to homeschool her children and needed some encouragement so I brought her some stuff. Hopefully it will be useful to her.
After the fair we stopped in at the medieval faire in Waterloo. This was just FUN. We did a whole bunch of things. The lad tried shooting a bow and arrow, knocked some angry birds off the castle wall, broke down a drawbridge, shot a cross bow and a whole host of other things. I met a fellow from the church I used to attend so it was good to say hi for a moment or two. It was just good to walk around and do things as a family. It was kinda cool at the bow and arrow place to actually land my arrow on the target. :) I explained to the lad that the people dressed up today, and the things we were doing were all to do with the age of castles and knights so it helped to put it into perspective for him.
I don't have my pics downloaded yet so can't share those with you.
Jim's knee is slowly getting better, he's itching to go bike riding but it's foggy this morning. He just got up and is going out for a bike ride.
My lad just got up in a happy talkative mood. (pretty normal thing for him).
Went to the NGBTS picnic (a not going back to school picnic). It's a time to get together with other local homeschoolers. It was a good time. They had a freebie table which I always appreciate. :) Picked up some Canada stuff as well as some things for young homeschooler I'm hoping to visit next week. It was a wet day, but the lad had fun. :)
The lad returned from his visit with Gramma. He had an excellent time and brought home a spider and a bunch of baby grasshoppers.
Today we are going to the Creation Ministries Open House. it's from 1-4. they have a goodie bag, a time of teaching for the children and a time for adults. It ends up being a fairly good day overall.
Today I was busy all day long. Not a bad thing that. :)
AND GOOD NEWS! After 1.5 weeks my poor sprained toe is able to move independently again. Still hurts, still have NO desire to go for a long walk, still like to get off it when I can, but... it's doing well. I'm pleased. :)
Back to what I did yesterday.
I sold two guinea pigs. Joyce and Blaze went to a new home. Both are in the mid-stages of pregnancy but I simply didn't want them anymore and September is the time to sell adult guinea pigs.
I had picked up some free hay the other day, I had bagged what I wanted and put up the rest on freecycle so a nice lady came by yesterday and she took 90% of it.
i did alot of work on the bookroom. This is the room that we do MOST of our homeschooling in. Yesterday I focused on getting all of last years papers put into binders and away. This got rid of three boxes of things. I put up the flannelgraph to give away on the homeschool group and it's going to a church to be used as part of a children's ministry. WOOT WOOT one less thing in the house. Would have liked using it with the lad for homeschool but the stupid cats peed on the flannelgraph pictures. Displeased I was with them.
In the evening I sat down and watched some TV with hubby dear. Got a bit freaked out by the show and said "I'm going to have nightmares about this one." I didn't have nightmares but I certainly had odd dreams....
and that's about it...oh.. i did take pictures of rabbits and guinea pigs.
this fellow is a rescue and needs a home ASAP
Some guinea pigs for sale
And then of course some wee babies
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