September 08, 2012

The Homestead Journal ~Week 39~ The Mini Vacation

Homestead Happenings
We had a blessed Sunday with friends. We had a pretty lazy week around the homestead. One of the downsides of renting is you have grand ideas, but then, its really not "our" place. We will start planning winterizing the house and the gardens next week.

What We Are Learning About 
We are still working on our insect studies. Last week we posted the hornworm, with the eggs, we covered it and let the parasites hatch. It was neat watching the braconid wasps break out, but the process was torture for the worm, It took the last bit out of it and it writhed the entire time till it died. We kept the jar contained and the wasps also died. ( You can see them flying around the jar. And the empty cocoons.) The wasps are beneficial to the garden, but they died so rapidly, we didn't get them out.. We did have 4 others worms on our tomatoes. 

Quinten has been practicing origami. And making up math games with monopoly money.
Its good to know these half lost game pieces are good for something!
Jacob is studying economics, as you can see below, its extremely exciting. 

Our Adventures
We had an adventure this weekend. We took a $100 vacation. Staying with friends, bringing food to cook, just had to pay for gas. We left last Saturday night and headed to the Johnson's and spent Sunday with them. Their baby girl had her baby blessing. It was beautiful. Monday we headed out early to visit the Perez's then took a scenic route through Casey County. Its beautiful there. There is a little town called Liberty.. It looks just like NH, but its warm like KY! 

Thursday Joe and the children went out to Metcaff County to help a friend. She had some work for  Joe and the boys.. And a huge pear tree the children took home a bushel! 

On Our Bookshelf
We borrow alot of books from the library.

The Little's Books 
Zachary is reading some early readers such as The Magic Tree House 
The other few have a ton, I will list them on occasion

The Older's Books

Jacob is reading Road to Serfdom for economics
Abigail is reading Nancy Drew and some other books by Patricia MacLachlan
Isaac is reading  20,000 Leagues under the Sea   
Quinten is reading The Egyptian Box 

The Schooling Books

The Ancient Egyptian World
The Ancient  Greek World 
The Ancient Roman World  
Everyday life in Bible Times
Illustrated dictionary of Bible life & times
The Israelites / by the editors of Time-Life Books.
Sign Language for Kids
Drawing Creepy Crawlies
Incredible Bugs
Question and Answer Encyclopedia: The USA
Several books on types of animals and bugs 
A book on making paper airplanes and paper birds 

Mom's Books 

Liberty Defined: 50 Essential issues that effect our freedom

Daddy's Books 
Lucky Man: A Memoir 

What We Are Watching 
Little House on the Prairie Season 2    ★      
1,000 Places to see before you die   ★ ★★
Highway to Heaven 

Challenges/Accomplishments This Week
I have accomplished my September Skillet meals series for the week
Check them out here! 

Link/Quote/Photo to share
I have a new blog.. This one is about pets and grooming
I also put together a sunrise slide show

Additional Photos of Our Week

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  1. How blessed to have a basket of pears! Wow!

    I read your little story of Callie. Very touching and sweet. We had a dog named Cassie we had to eventually put down. She went to Lithuania with us and spent the last few months of her life very happy. Then, she went down hill fast. We think it was cancer. She also went blind in one eye. We buried her in the woods in Lithuania. Putting that dog down was harder than I thought it would be. We loved that dog.

  2. Hello! I just found your blog and wanted to say hi! I havent been able to read through as much of it as I want to yet, but hopefully soon! God bless! :)

  3. We had such a good time with you all! :)


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