Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sweet Blues

Yesterday was blueberry jam day in my kitchen!  Over the years I have made a lot of things from blueberries, but this is the first time I've ever jammed them.  It won't be the last.  Oh- sweet yumminess!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Untangling Notions

I had a revelation this morning.

I have been operating under conflicting assumptions.  There have been two streams of thought, undercurrents actually, which have been carving subtle grooves into my thought processes, causing a contradiction of which I was consciously unaware.

Jam Session

Long, long ago, in a lifetime far away, I gardened, harvested, pickled and preserved like nobody's business every year.  From freezing fresh-picked sweet corn, to pickling green beans, to saucing tomatoes, to making lemon balm jelly, (be still my heart) I spent a lot of time working with a hot water bath canner and all of the jars, rings, and lids that go along with it.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Boot Camp

And just to continue the information burst after the weeks of silence, I'll quickly mention this new project for the summer.  A friend of mine posted a link on her Facebook page to a slim-down challenge with a catchy name.  The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans Burst into Summer 6 week online Bootcamp.  (See the cute new button on the right of my page->)

What's not to love?!

Summer Officially Arrived Early

Our year of Home Education came to an end a tad bit earlier than I had realized it might.  I had scheduled an evaluation with a teacher who lives nearby, and is approved by the Mason Dixon Homeschool Diploma program- more on that later, maybe.  As I spoke with her on the phone while setting a date and time for our evaluation, she told me that Isaac's Boy Scouting activities would all count toward days of education, and help to fulfill the required 180 days needed for a full school year.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Continuing the Catch-up

Alrighty, where was I?  Oh yes- we ran our May Thirsty Thursday 5K and then the next day Erin, Isaac and Jim packed up and headed to camp.  Hickory Run, that is, in the Poconos, with roughly half of our church.  Every Memorial Day weekend a large group of families from church go camping together, and we have loved joining this tradition.  We have neighboring campsites reserved a year in advance, so just about everyone around us is someone we know.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Thirsty Summertime Thursdays

So these last few weeks have been pounding by so quickly, with so many things going on, I'll have to hit the highlights in a few quickly successive posts.  If I could get it into my head that not every post needs to be "meaningful", then I'd keep up with current events a bit better.

The May Thirsty Thursday 5K was postponed a week due to the weather.  It was actually scheduled to run on the day of our crazy rainstorm adventure, after which I think I'd have gladly gone out and run for 3.1 miles, just to use up the extra adrenaline!  So on the fourth Thursday in May, Erin, Isaac, and I, plus some friends who've never run it before, went out to Trooper Thorn's for our favorite 5K.  This would be the first race for me of the year and I was looking forward to setting a baseline time.  I was fairly confident that whatever time I achieved would be easily beat in future races, since it was a sweltering 90 degrees.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I Live A Sheltered Life

Yes, I know, it's been a month since I've posted anything.  Not merely a month, but a very busy month, filled with exciting newsworthy things like running races, camping, cliff-jumping, finishing the homeschool year, planting a little tiny veggie garden, and sending everyone away so I can have a solitary week.

This is not, however, what I'm coming 'round to write about tonight.