Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas - the aftermath....

Dad made a Christmas quiz on Scratch for the kids to do after stockings.  It was also a way to refresh his pre-programming skills as basic programming is part of the 2017 science curriculum for the boys... here's the link.  it you get 100% you can come and claim your prize, one dozen eggs!!


Cole's present to Dad
Essy's own copy of Green Eggs and Ham
This is about a fourth of the total quantity of junk food received this morning....

Gabe's new instrument for the 2017 band session.

Christmas Eve in Westport

7:30 am out in the snow.....





Sunday, December 18, 2016

Cure All - Mennonite Herritale Village Cookbook by Sue Barkman


Specialization is for Insects



A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.   
Robert Heinlein’s, Time Enough for Love.
I came across this quote in a book I am reading called Making Home, by Sharon Astyk.  I don't love Heinlein's personality or politics, well, maybe I like the libertarian in him, but it ends there, but I do love this quote.  Truly, we are not insects.    We're not even distant descendants or 153th cousins of them in the elaborate Tree of Life.   We're distinct in the grid of creation, made in the image of God and capable of this exhaustive list of "shoulds".

Sauerkraut - Done!

My first go at fermenting.... Sauerkraut Success

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Early morning Saturdays

Some small engine repair
Double yoke egg!!
HUGE! 

Essy and Jane listening to The Tailor of Gloucester 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

Van Gogh


By Essy...


Gabe's day


Gabe has a recital coming up, Algebra to finish and some reading to wrap up before we end for the season... and lots of snow-plowing to do on the ATV.  Not a bad life.



Lego Ornaments

Cole's contribution to the Christmas tree:



Wednesday, December 7, 2016