Space Wall

I don’t know why this inspires such pride. The kids worked so hard and well and cooperatively to complete our planet orbits today.  Probably because I saw real learning and thinking. It helped me see the possibility in our educational experiment of homeschool. 

  

A Sponge

i love hearing about what impression our kids make on others. Sherri, Ollie’s teacher at EA, told me today that O is a little sponge. He is the kid that remembers details and nearly always has the {right} answer or thoughtful point to make in a discussion. Last week he was the expert on poetry, explaining that poetry could be words rhyming or not rhyming.  

Down and Dirty

     

Swiss chard. Petunias. Herbs galore. Butterfly bush. Catmint. Rhubarb.  Rearranging and replanting. More mulch. With helpers. The best way to spend a day!

Baby Noony

When Ollie was born, we decided Lily would enjoy a baby doll of her own.  And she did.  We got her an American Girl Bitty Baby.  Baby Abigail was loved and played with for a time.  

Fast forward a few years.  Emmeline has adopted her and she has been renamed Baby Noony.  Baby Noony likes sleeping in Emmy’s bed and getting changed and dressed.  She enjoys a good story and is an excellent cuddler.  

Play Day

Playground in the morning.  Playdate from lunchtime to 3.  Neighborhood hangout until 5.  Neighbor in for dinner at 6.  Three kids still playing together as I write this {girls=Baby Nooney family, boy=marble run contest}.  It was a good day.  And everyone will sleep soundly!

Dairy Farm

The day was bright and beautiful, windy and a bit chilly in the shade when we made it to Marburger Dairy farm this afternoon for a tour of the facility.  Only 20 minutes from our house, we had time to go to the playground after picking Ollie up from school and before heading to the dairy.  When we arrived, we walked to the milking barn and it was almost milking time so the cows were walking thorough on their way to be milked.

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This is a farm with mostly Holsteins and a few Gurnseys.  Did you know Gurnseys give a fattier/creamier milk?  Me, either!  It isn’t a large operation; 70 other farms bring their milk to the dairy to be processed and sold as Marburger.  The cows are milked at 2:30AM and 2:30PM and it takes a full two hours each time.  Twelves cows are milked at a time and it takes 6-8 minutes once the “sucker” starts.  Its quite an operation.  Something to see.  Here’s the downlow on antibiotics.  Yes, cows are given antibiotics; we only saw one “tagged” to get medicine.  Each batch of milk is tested for antibiotics; if any are detected that milk is not for human consumption.  Hmmm, makes me wonder…

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After milking, the tour continued on with the new calves.  This part was the cutest and hardest to take.  Baby boys are sent away to the “boy cow farm” when they are a week old.  We saw both boys and girls.  Girls had yellow tags.  All the cows are born with horns which are removed upon birth.  This is strictly a dairy farm so no other animals there, much to the kids’ dismay.

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Finale:  chocolate, vanilla or strawberry milk in the barn!  These little ones are only sold to schools and only produced during school months…we got some before it was too late.  Whew–it was creamy and delicious.  And we had burgers for dinner…thankfully just turkey.  No baby boy cows.

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Farro

Made a new salad last night and I am lucky no one else was into it here because I get to eat it for lunch now.  You may want to try it if you love grains.  Boil water and toss in 1.5 c of pearled farro, cook for 15 minutes or so.  Drain.  While it is cooking mix juice from a lemon, 1/2 a shallot, minced, 1 t. (or so) of Dijon mustard together and set aside.  When the farro cools a bit, whisk in 2 T of EVOO to the lemon mixture, Toss 2 T. of chopped parsley and dill into the farro.  Mix in 1/2 c. of sour cream and the lemon sauce.  Eat and enjoy!

That’s What I Get

That’s what I get for having an afternoon commitment…it knocks my whole night off kilter.

Not really.  I just forgot to write!  Lily had her last Daisy meeting and when we got home it was dinnertimebathtimereadingtimebedtime.  Back to it later today….