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8/25/14

Dragging Our Heels Towards Fall

Regarding prefab house kits, we are still awaiting permitting approval for the modern prefab house in California, with several serious quotes in progress for prefab houses on the east *and* west coasts...

But WE are still on the bay, at the In-Town Ramshackle, sucking out every last morsel of summer before we head home to the off grid prefab house.
The Ramshackle.
I am spending these last summer weeks canning up a storm.
Someone asked me if I was a prepper.
Nooooooooooo...
"I don't believe in negative aspects of being labeled a "prepper"...
But I'm totally ready for the zombie apocalypse!" ; )
I thought of all my friends who, like I, just love to be fiscally responsible, independent, love to cook and garden, know that physical labor beats a gym, prefer to be self-sufficient as much as possible for FUN and COMMUNITY and PRACTICALITY and that putting up sun-ripened heady bounty tastes sooooooooooo much better than anything you could ever buy in a store.

In the kitchen, I hurry, because soon canning season ends. 
I cherish each tomato, cucumber, cutshaw, the overflow of basil waiting to be picked...

As summer wanes, I taste its close sadly, yet savor the approaching fall and winter- back to horses, brunswick stew, brisk walks, and long days cozy in the prefab with miles of snow and nowhere to go 'cept sledding.
Nowhere to go, because thanks to summer work, planning and "prepping," ha, when winter arrives, our pantry is FULL.

Enjoy Summer, As It Ebbs
Below, instead of tying a typical sailor's bowline when the Pipsqueaks asked me to secure their raft, I absentmindedly tied a Quick Release Knot, used to keep horses safe- and then nostalgically left a big ole bowline-ish loop on the end.
We are tied to this area in summer, for not only is the tradition generations old, but here this bayside point is overrun with children. Children of children with whom *I* grew up
Fighting Photobomb!
While the youngerz play captain,
the elderz are combating for control of the raft.
Just like cousins,
fighting for the raft like cousins.
Homeschool:
What I love about home school is the ability to explore... In summer, I just say, "Do a little science, do a little math, history, grammar... Just do a little something, each morning..." It gives them a jump on their curriculum, with their choosing what interests them that day.... Getting ahead on the grade also allows for lots of creativity and a more relaxed school year!

Today I discovered Pip 2 poring over about 30 browser tabs of math. "I just want to look at it all, to see if I know it..." And that, for her, is fun. This was the child once put into summer school for math! You go, girl! She is The Boss Of Math, now!
FYI for *our* family, in going over DiscoveryEducation.com's TechBooks I think that for the next year I will *combine* Time4Learning and the TechBooks + SOLpass.org for review. Plus all our creative weird tangents + messy workbooks. And the occasional Coursera class. Just in case you wonder. : )
Dog days.
We will miss this peninsula filled with roaming childrenz.
Childrenz, in a pack, tackling each other...
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