Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tiny sprouts

I watered the plants like I do every day. Today, in the bright pink pot where the boy planted the tomato seeds too deeply, I found a sprout.

I wasn't too sure if planting the tomato seeds would be worth it because they were hairy. Not moldy. Just... fuzzy. Like they were supposed to be that way. Plus, they're over a year old and not kept in the best conditions. But, I figured that I might as well try.

Still nothing from the basil seeds so far. We shall see.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Shout out

Jenna over at Cold Antler is having a free giveaway. Just comment and you're entered, but if you want to donate every dollar donated is an entry. Go see what she's giving away abs leave an encouraging comment. It's pretty awesome.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Homeschool blog


The link will take you to the homeschool blog I just created. There's not much there, but it's started. Tell your friends!

Planting and thinking

The boy and I cleaned out some of the pots and planted new seeds better suited to the coming warm temps. We took out the kale and the two little carrots, planting basil in one pot and tomatoes in another. I still have an empty pot, but I'm not totally sure I want that much basil.

The two carrots were small, and one was well formed while the other had split wide open and looked rather like a calla lily. So I'm not sure what that was about. The kale just kinda stopped growing and appeared ill  suited to pots that shallow.

I've been trying to locate good, active secular homeschool blogs. They're out there, but they're not especially easy to find. Even the blog roll at secular homeschool website is pretty small. I don't begrudge people who homeschool to their religious beliefs, but dammit I want to be represented in the homeschool world, too. Curriculum is thin, blogs are scarce, conventions are nearly nonexistent. I know there are more people out there that aren't Christian homeschooling, and it's frustrating as mad. So I think I may create a wholly separate blog dedicated to our homeschool adventure, whichever way it goes.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


I have given up on herringbone stitch for the time being. I just cannot knit loose enough to make it work. The Irish crochet, however, is coming along fairly nicely. It's tiny so I don't work on it very much at a time.

Beyond that, not much is happening. Pulled the kale because it had gotten just pathetic. Noted: don't grow kale in small pots. It doesn't make it worth it. It may have amounted to a small salad worth of tiny leaves. The rest are doing well, so far. The peas are sturdy and actually need to begin climbing soon to keep them from just falling over. The carrots are actually becoming carrots under the small fronds. No idea how they'll taste, and there's only two of them, so it's a mystery at this point. The beans are working on it. I'm a little concerned that the weather is going to turn hot too soon. We'll see.

The boy is on spring break this week and we've taken the opportunity to do a mini test as far as homeschool goes. His teacher sent home a packet with some math review and language arts work. The deal we had was that he would get up, get breakfast, work on his packet for the day, and then be allowed to play video games. It has been working out well. I'm very proud of him. It also gives me hope that the summer will work out well, too.

Outside of keeping things alive, though, I have been beyond lazy. I'm ashamed to admit that I couldn't care less about some things lately. I think apartment living is doing this to me. I need to change my attitude soon or I won't be able to take care of a house worth a damn.

Thursday, March 27, 2014


I have stayed trying to work on herringbone stitch to complete a project I promised to one of my friends.

It has become such an exercise in futility and frustration it's not even funny. I keep casting on too tightly and having to frog it. So, I have decided to leave it befor the rest of the day and work instead on the Irish lace book I received the other day. The picture is of a few of the items I finished yesterday as practice. Very small stuff crocheted with number 10 thread. Stuff I only work on during the day because the lights in the apartment suck.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

More homeschool thoughts

I've noticed there is a lack of homeschool books and blogs that are geared toward secular homeschooling the only child. Most of what I've come across is focused on multiple children and/or Bible based homeschooling. They're all well and good to have around, but it makes it difficult to adapt things to suit our needs.

Maybe I'll make sure to include our adventures on here or build another blogger dedicated to homeschooling. We see.