So how are you? I can not believe summer is coming to a close. I just can’t. I am not ready for school to begin. Not just mentally, but literally. Our books are just now coming in. Lesson plans? What are those? I am scrambling and trying to pull it all together this week. I hate being rushed. My goal is to start my homeschoolies on September 2nd. Joe has just completed his first week of his junior year at his high school. Julia starts September 2nd and Mary Jane and Patrick started a Socratic group on Monday. (I’m so excited about this) They will meet two days a week with a couple of other middle schoolers and hit history, religion, science, literature and writing, and rhetoric. They’ll have work during the week and we’ll handle math at home. I’m hoping to get a homeschool post up, but you know me, so, don’t hold your breath.
The garden is so bountiful. I ordered all of our seeds from St Clare Heirloom Seeds and I am so impressed. Everything came up and has produced plentiful. It has far exceeded my expectations. I can not recommend these seeds enough. St. Clare Seeds is a small family run business. I love supporting a company like this. I don't receive any compensation for recommending them I am just really pleased with their product and want to pass on a good thing!
On a kind of a sad note my huge pumpkin, squash, melon patch is succumbing to downy mildew. I’m so frustrated and bummed. I’ve been using neem oil on it but I think it is to far gone. Lesson learned. I am going to spray right from the get go next year instead of waiting until I see the first signs of a problem. What did they do in the old timey days? Surely they had downy mildew. How’d they handle it, I wonder?
We have made lots of pickles. I can’t make them fast enough. The kids love them. I made ketchup. It was a ton of work. It tastes awesome but I’m not sure it was worth it. I had over 20 lbs of tomatoes, the process took about nine hours and all I ended up with was 2 and 1/2 pints. Eh. I think I’ll splurge on organic ketchup in the bottle. I need to put up some tomato sauce, and whole tomatoes. I also need to get some sauerkraut made. My dad brought up all of his old crocks with him when he moved. I am going to try it the old fashioned way. Wish me luck! We’ve made french fries with our potatoes.(so good) We’ve had plenty of fresh broccoli and green beans. Unfortunately not enough to put up. Our corn should be ready in a week or two. I have learned so much this year and am already thinking about next year’s garden.
Anyway, I think that is all for now. Thank you for all of your kind words regarding Thomas. Terry wrote a comment on that post if you want to go back and read it. We are, all of us, so appreciative of how you all have been there for us wether it be a prayer or a kind word. It all means so much.
To close, I’m praying for this crazy world of ours. At times I listen to all of this tragedy going on around us and I just feel so hopeless. I must remember that I can do something by praying and remembering that whatever happens, in the end, JESUS WINS!! Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas has a great post relating to all of this.
Have a blessed Tuesday my friends and thank you for visiting me!