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Over a year ago this little blog was suspended because cruddy spammers hacked into my account and wrecked havoc all over the web. Considering I haven’t written here for four years, you could say the site fell way, way down on my priorities list. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it just yet, but I figure it will be a good place for reminiscing.

{mini interruption to share this tidbit from Maggie: did you know that pedagogy comes from the Latin word for the guys who would walk wealthy Roman boys to school in the morning? Nothing to do with actual education.}

The kids are all older now. I’m older. Our focus has shifted. So much has changed…


Hello again!



Farm days

It’s almost sad how excited I was yesterday when the Early Girl Farm up the road officially opened up for the season. We’d been getting our eggs there all winter long, but there’s an extra buzz there when you see everything in bud and growing.

At the end of last summer Bjørn headed over on his own and asked is he could volunteer there & Patty, the farmer, said yes — he was soooo pleased. The picture above is of Bjørn in the greenhouse transplanting hundreds of tomato plants a couple months ago — he comes home with the biggest smiles whenever he goes there — makes this Mama so happy.

Maggie is the swan piper

hello! swan at the door

Last night after dinner Maggie was practicing her clarinet and Tomas espied a swan (!!!) outside our kitchen door. Apparently, it really liked her sound. It hung around as long as Maggie played, and waddled off when she stopped.

It was pretty nerve wracking, waiting for him (her?) to cross our busy street. Eventually, a neighborhood birder came by & asked if we’d seen the swan, so we pointed her to where it was by the side of the street. She explained to me & the kids that our bay has just one swan couple now, so it was extra important that we save this one. She also informed us that swans could only take off and land from water (who knew?), so I directed her to the nearest inlet (and pools), and watched her shoo the bird in that direction.

I can’t tell you how thrilled the kids were, and how they all chattered excitedly about how their friends and teachers would never believe this without pictures:

swan whisperer

Spring has sprung and it’s muddy

Mud puddles

Yesterday was the perfect early spring day. The kids spent the entire day out of doors, on their bikes, playing hide-and-seek, and naturally… making huge mud puddles. Today we all have sun kissed cheeks and cheerful dispositions to go with them.

So odd to think that just a week ago we were digging out of a big snow storm.

February 28th:

Tor & Bjørn

March 7th:


Winter village

Christmas village

My Mom gave me the cutest little village that she’s had forever, and I always thought was meant to decorate a mantle or something. I was so excited when I inspected them recently & discovered that they all have holes in the back big enough to poke a tree light through.

If you look closely at this pic you’ll see that all of the houses have “stained glass” windows (I’m thinking plastic or cellophane), that glow beautifully when lit from behind.

I’m thinking I’ll put a bit of effort into mending these and will put the kids to work with cardboard, colored cellophane, glue, and paints to make our own little set for next year.