Snowy Night

by Mary Oliver Last night, an owlin the blue darktossed an indeterminate number of carefully shaped sounds intothe world, in which,a quarter of a mile away, I happenedto be standing. I couldn’t tellwhich one it was –the barred or the great-hornedship of the air –it was that distant. But, anyway,aren’t there momentsthat are better than... Continue Reading →

An abundance of good things

Looking through some photos on my computer at 12:40 on this early Saturday morning, I realize how many incredible gifts are present in every aspect of my life. Why I choose to complain, only heaven knows. Here are some of the photos. Also, for some stupid reason, I started opening a Facebook account tonight. It's... Continue Reading →

Fall cabin camping

We spent three days and nights at Afton State Park in a camper cabin. Well, actually we all spent two nights there--and then Mia and I spent the last night at my parents' house and came back to camp in the morning. Body pain from a bad mattress made that diversion necessary--but it ended up... Continue Reading →

November

November is almost done and here are some things I'd like to remember: Both girls are playing guitar and enjoying their lessons with their teacher, Will King, who has been teaching Mia since she was eight years old and is truly the best teacher we we could ask for.  Mia has been playing piano and... Continue Reading →

October

We have had a beautiful October here in Minnesota with mild temperatures, just enough rain, and fall colors that will spill into November.  We even had our first snowfall. Our homeschooling has settled into its own rhythm, which involves far less structure and direction than originally planned for.  This is good. It is ok.  We're... Continue Reading →

A day at the goat farm

Today we went on a wonderful homeschool field trip to Poplar Hill goat farm. It was a true learning experience that was so much fun and basically unforgettable. We've been drinking Poplar Hill goat milk for years, so when I learned that the farm offers tours to the public, it only made sense to make... Continue Reading →

Fall vacation

Fall has been my favorite season for as long as I can remember.  This fall has been the longest and most beautiful and pleasant fall that I can remember. We spent MEA weekend in Taylors Falls and St. Croix Falls, and it was a treat. On the way there, we stopped and visited Michelle and... Continue Reading →

Camping!

We spent two nights at campsite 3 in the primitive campground at Lake Elmo Reserve.  It was glorious.  While it was still close to the city and we didn't quite get away in the fashion that I prefer, it was relatively quiet and also convenient, as well as surprisingly beautiful and lovely overall.    ... Continue Reading →

Pictures of my birthday

Although Anna was sick and crabby today, she dealt with me dragging her around town for my birthday. We had a picnic with my family during the day and I had a date with Alan in the evening at Alma.  It was a special yet low-key day, and I really enjoyed it.  I have only... Continue Reading →

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