Ah…about that Anglican Use post…right. Hopefully by Friday morning, it will actually be finished. It’s not that it’s so deep. It’s that..no time. It’s been a week of recuperating, various medical appointments (check-ups), and since my daughter (graduated! from college!) is here for a few weeks, it’s been a week of cooking (tomatillo chicken stew....guacamole…this Asian slaw…bread…banana bread…and tonight, pizza dough and ice cream base…)
What’s your summer going to be like? So far, ours will be crazy. Crazy mostly because during the month of June, the boys will be gone…a lot. It’s like the reverse of “normal” – kids gone all day during the school year, home all day during the summer. For us, it’s the opposite, at least for the first part of the summer. And it’s by their choice…I’m not a huge fan of activity camps for us because I like lazy summer days and afternoons at the pool. But there were a few they wanted to participate in..so..sure.
Me? Alone from 9-4? For a couple of weeks???
I’ll take it.
Maybe I can actually start writing again????
This week, I arranged a session to introduce the boys (and me) to the pipe organ. My 9-year old, who is a pianist, had expressed interest in it (I’d told him a few months ago that he could pick up another instrument if he wanted to and after a day he came to me and said, “Pipe organ.” Ummm…I’m actually very much pro-pipe-organ-learning – partly because if he’s good, it could turn into a nice little source of income for him as a teenager – but he is only 9 and has been taking piano for less than a year…), and I thought the technical aspect of it would interest the 13-year old.
I learned a lot, although I still don’t really get it – I’m slow that way – and Michael even got a chance to try his hand at it. He really wants to learn it – he said, “It’s complicated, and that’s why I like it” – but he needs a couple more years of piano under his belt. Until then…
I guess harmonica will have to do.
(Harmonica garnered in a trade with a neighbor friend. I’m not sure what he traded for it, but I’m thinking Michael got the better end of the deal.)
The boys are also being trained to serve at my other favorite place to go to Mass here, Casa Maria.
In Our Time report. Well, the program on photosynthesis almost did me in, but I stuck with it to the end of the episode and my five miles. Can’t say I learned anything, though, not because I knew it all, but because I just didn’t care. But I did find the show on Alfred Russel Wallace really interesting. As per usual, I love anything about the history of any kind of knowledge. Changing it up, today I listened to two episodes of The Food Programme – one on farmed fish and the other on the raw milk debate. Both illuminating, although I’ve gotten to the point at which the thought of drinking any kind of milk, raw or pasteurized, grosses me out. All I can think of is – bodily secretions. Ew.
Reading? Well, I gave up on Never Mind, the first Patrick Melrose novel by Edward St. Aubyn. Gave up after about forty pages which I had to keep re-reading in order to keep the characters straight and which ended with an incestuous pedophiliac rape. No thanks.
Homeschool? Winding down. We have to keep doing Spanish with the rising 8th grader so he won’t flunk it when he starts school in the fall, and he’ll also be doing various mathy type reviews and activities – a lot of mental math stuff, I think. That’s fun, and he likes it. 30 minutes a day. We are still reading through Hamlet, and will watch at least one version next week. That was going to be it, but then the 9-year old asked…”Did you order my new Beast Academy book yet?” I said no, I was just going to wait until fall..he looked crestfallen..so…4th grade Beast Academy, here we come!
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