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Summer Plans

It seems so strange to type up a list of Summer plans when it is 39 degrees outside, in June! But, Summer will be making a comeback this weekend and the calendar says it's time for a shift in our activities.   We have, for the most part, finished up our school year.  I will need to give Willow a mail order standardized test at some point before August and then we'll really be done.  Laurel is talking in her sleep right now, so I better move on this list.  Bullets!


  • Developing a strong rhythm to our weeks, as shown below

  • Two walks a day, morning and evening

  • Circle times three days a week, because there is a lot of good material out there and it holds the space for school in September

  • Lots of garden work: hoeing the annex (more on that later), mulching, pruning, picking lots of berries and apples (we hope!)

  • A fair amount of preserving: apples, berries, tomatoes, October beans, squash of all kinds

  • Nature school for one or two days a week

  • Practical life work: making beds and washing dishes each day for the children with my help, as needed

  • Form drawing work, since this was not my strong point during the rest of the year

  • Playing games and working with the jump rope

  • A good amount of free and creative play with my help, as needed

  • Lots of sewing and knitting for me, definitely needed

  • Hanging out the laundry as much as I can, within reason

Chilly June

And aren't these pictures from Nature School just a little bit peculiar? It was 60 degrees with 25 mph winds (or more!) yesterday the whole time we were out. I think I chose the windiest possible date and location.  We were mighty thankful for the hot soup and the shelter of a small road cut.

I can't say that I am looking forward to hanging out my laundry on this chilly morning, but maybe I am, just a little bit.  I'll take the cold when I can get it.  Time to check the oatmeal!


( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jun. 9th, 2016 03:17 pm (UTC)
I don't always have time to comment, but I read every post, and I love them all. You are an inspiration to me--one of the most productive and best mothers I know. I love your summer list. I should sit down and write one myself--perhaps it would help to order, shape, and somehow prioritize the chaos my life has become in the last year or so. Anyway, I want you to know that I think of you often.♥

Jun. 11th, 2016 12:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, it is so good to hear from you, Susan! I think of you, too. :-)
Jun. 9th, 2016 11:55 pm (UTC)
Ah, your summer routine sounds very nice. I want to do something similar and set on paper some ideas and goals for a weekly cycle.
( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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