The End of an Era

I sat at the school table last fall and told the kids that this was the last 1st day of school I would ever have with 3 students.  And I never gave that comment another thought.  Until yesterday.  Karra called everyone to the table to expound upon the end of her school career.  It was my first “last” last day of school.  She’s done (except for two subjects finishing over the summer).  She’s not an official graduate until June 6, but she’s now an ex-Senior.  I hope in the next two weeks I can round up all of our “1st Day of Homeschool” pictures that we take every year.  She’ll hate it, but I’ll put them out at her graduation 😀  After the school day we went to Cold Stone for big bowls of creative yumminess!  What a perfect finish to the day.

I still have a lot of cleaning in the house and we have a lot of yard work to do and I need to make decorations – and my BFF offered the things left over from Karra’s BFF’s graduation party; oh, joy!  The next two weeks will be REALLY busy and I’m going to put the hutch together and seal everything except the back walls so that Kristen can paint the flowers on later.  Right now it needs to get out of my garage!!  And those bumble bee stools need to get painted – along with my front door, exterior trim on 3 doors and my downstairs bathroom.  In two weeks??  QUIT LAUGHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday we tried out the new pressure canner and we are ready to rock n roll at canning season!!

We put fresh laid eggs under one of our broody hens today and are hoping to have some mama-hatched chicks next month!

And today. . . . Kristen and I got started on the stalls. I took 3 wheelbarrows from the cow stall to the chicken run and then Hubby pulled the truck into Libby’s stall and we loaded the truck. We had an adventure figuring out how to get from the barn in pasture one to the hole we wanted to fill in pasture two. There is windbreak planted through the pastures that was planted long before we decided we wanted to have farm animals and pastures. The cows have enjoyed killing/stripping/destroying about half of the screening willows. Hubby had to take out 3 small dead trees to make a path in pasture two and another dead tree in pasture three. We had to drive out of pasture one by the workshop – no first we had to pull out of the barn and miss the maple tree, but turn sharp in time to miss the screen of willows and then out of the pasture – up the driveway, swing wide to the right and turn left into pasture three ( he should be glad that I insisted on that gate!) and then weave through the maple and poplar trees going toward the road to turn the truck and come back through the trees and the opening Hubby made to get between the trees and the fence line. Dead branches banging the truck, we got through the gate into pasture two, wove through the open section then squeezed through the new opening between live and dead screening willows. Pulled through that tight spot to another opening and then backed up to the hole. After we unloaded the mess, we had to reverse the course in order to get back out of pasture three and return to the barn. We took two truck loads out of the barn and had to quit because we were exhausted. The stalls are NOT done. Those of you with a tractor or BobCat are the most blessed farmers out there.

Of course, now I’m adding to lop those dead branches off the trees and get all of the tree branches out of the pastures (and the orchard) before the graduation party.  The new garden posts are in and cemented in place and we’ve decided to move the blueberries (again) into the garden area.  I may only get one more garden bed out of the expansion, but we’ll have grapes, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries SAFE inside the garden.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm!


DIMS Day!!

I did it! Mostly by myself. I transformed the cluttered schoolroom into a slightly neater and less messy space. First, I removed the old short bookshelves – 4 of them, and the rolling cart of paint supplies, and the 3 buckets of wheat berries, and the chairs, and the cases of water, AND the towel drying rack and put them all into the living room. Then I swept and mopped the floor.

Now I had a clean space to work with and no I didn’t take before pictures – sorry, I’m new at this.

And then when I woke up at 4am on Saturday and my brain was buzzing with the fact that we had people coming over at noon and the dining room was all in the living room – eeks – I got up and dealt with the doggies and then started thinking and deciding and measuring. Then I moved the bookcase that my Grandpa made from the garage up the sidewalk (in a gentle mist) and up the two steps to the front door. It was now out of the rain and I went around and back into the house. When I opened the door to bring the bookcase in Lexi started her mad dash outside – except there was a big wall blocking her!

I lifted the bookcase inside and moved it into the dining room and up against the far wall where 3 smaller bookshelves had been and it looks right at home. Then I arranged the wheat buckets to the right and the water back to it’s usual home on the left. I placed two of the newer smaller bookshelves along the front wall to serve as a Bible & supplies catchall and a teacher bookshelf. All of the IGs and answer keys in one small bookcase. More room on the big one to move out the girls’ Cores from last year!



Last, but not least, I put the kids’ black cubbies on top of the new bookcase and they look so cozy up there.

IMG_0721  Oops, I cut the top of the globe off – sorry North Pole!

IMG_0719Pretty little teacher shelves ALL FOR ME!  And a potted spearmint plant on top too.  Don’t teachers always have a plant on their desk?

But wouldn’t you know someone wouldn’t be satisfied! Karra likes to put her tests in a pile next to her cubbie and there is now no longer any room NEXT to her cubby. She had a fit at the removal of her “test putting spot” (it was a good natured fit as fits go). Later yesterday evening while Kristen helped me put together IGs and arranged all of the books in order on the new bookcase (that holds all 3 kids in one place for the first time since Kurt was in Kindergarten!), Karra came down with one of her famous signs – KARRA’S TEST PUTTING SPOT! She rather haughtily pinned it above her cubby and added a sticky note with a big arrow.  (Please note the bowl of cat toys sitting in her “test putting spot” 🙂 )


Apparently I had “mucked with her methods” and that’s something that one just does not do to a Senior!!

I’m proud of how nice the dining room looks. And we are all anxious to get our new and very full and intense school year underway. But this Mom/Teacher still has loads of scheduling left to do before any of those new books get cracked open (Kurt!)

(And the two smaller bookshelves I no longer needed got upcycled to Kristen’s cowgirl bedroom for a book and paint supplies shelf. The TV cart in Kristen’s room will get a new back put on it and be overcycled to Kurt’s room to hold his overflow of books – but that is a project for another DIMS day).

Happy DIMS Day Blogosphere!!