Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Monday we woke to snow, a good 5 inches or so, when all was said and done. Snow cream was had by the fire (though it had a fair bit of sleet, so that wasn't such good eats, but they were adamant.), lots of reading and gameplay -- and best of all, Papa got to stay home with us!

Kind of nice :)

Today was all about the ice.  

We got Papa another day, so waffles were started, game boards out. :)

Blue sky!  Sun showing!  Loud Melting!

Reading and chatting about Oliver Twist, 

Geogebra with Papa

Play dough making and playing

How was your Melting Day?

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Bandana Cowl

I finished my first knitting project of the year!  I have very little yarn left in my stash, but I have been holding on to these not-quite-two balls of Noro Kureyon. They were given to me some time back, and I am so glad I didn't get rid of it!  

I made an entrelac scarf using 2 balls of Noro Silk Garden back when I worked at the yarn shop in town (my most loved paying job ever!). I I made one, and that will be the only one I make :)

I searched high and low for a pattern that  would work for this yarn, and settled on this fella. I made a red Bandana Cowl for HR years ago and it's right on with what I want: easy, functional and would work with this yarn in a way that is fun, but not (in my opinion) tacky. It's a fun piece, and while it looks more like something my 6 yo would wear, I totally want to rock it as well!

This is pre-blocking, and this might be how it goes. I am terrible at blocking, mostly because I rarely have the space to pin my projects down where smallish feet won't trod. 

I even love the look of the back :)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Back to the Classics Book Challenge 2016

New year, new goal:
Karen, at Books and Chocolate has a reading challenge up to read 12 books in 2016, and I intend to meet that challenge!

Since we use Ambleside Online for our formal education, and it uses classic literature, I plan to pull mainly from Years 5-8. (MG is in Year 8 and EK is in Year 5)

1.  A 19th Century Classic - Emma, by Jane Austen

2.  A 20th Century Classic - Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis

3.  A classic by a woman author - 
Unknown to History: Captivity of Mary of Scotland, by Charlotte Yonge.  I also have A Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck on my shelf...

4.  A classic in translation.  I, Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed) by Alessandro Manzoni

5.  A classic by a non-white author. Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington

6.  An adventure classic - Maybe a Mark Twain title - Tom Sawyer?  Huck Finn? Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson?

7.  A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic. Utopia (which MG has already read.) or 1984 by George Orwell

8.  A classic detective novel. 
The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

9.  A classic which includes the name of a place in the title.  
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, by Mark Twain 

10. A classic which has been banned or censored. I will either read To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, or Paradise Lost, by John Milton

11. Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college).  Animal Farm, by George Orwell

12. A volume of classic short stories. I am still working on this.  My first thought is O. Henry, but I am not sure what else is out there.

Anyone else out there accepting the challenge?
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