Summer Vacation…Almost

Another semester of teaching as an adjunct professor is coming to a close. Sigh. Of relief. Of satisfaction. Of peace. I love teaching. I especially love teaching at the collegiate level and online. Online students tend to be older, than traditional on-campus students, and full of life, experiences, and desire to learn. This was my … Continue reading Summer Vacation…Almost

Book Review: Funny in Farsi

Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas is a delightful, short, and truly funny memoir of an Iranian girl growing up in the United States. I laughed through every chapter. Firoozeh writes honestly about the differences, and pitfalls, of American culture, while also appreciating and valuing what the United States has to offer. I would love … Continue reading Book Review: Funny in Farsi

Bubbles

Did you know bubbles work better in colder weather? I don't know the science behind it, but we have observed bubbles lasting longer when the weather is cold. Maybe the cold air freezes the water and keeps the shape in tact longer? Maybe the heat evaporates the water faster and causes the bubbles to pop … Continue reading Bubbles

Homage to Dr. Pol

We are a family of severely limited interests. We like farming, being outdoors, animals, and watching shows about farming, being outdoors, and animals. Henley's current favorite Disney+ offering is Dr. Pol. She likes to dress up as Dr. Brenda and take care of all the stuffies in our house. Chickens with wooden eggs stuck...moose with … Continue reading Homage to Dr. Pol

Beware the Wildlife

Some visitors aren't welcome at my house. Even though they are cute. Some visitors don't care about welcome, they stop by when they feel like it, and refuse to leave. He made a mess (think: major stink) on both sides of the house. Don't come to my house, we're still cleaning up after our last … Continue reading Beware the Wildlife

Parenting Homeruns: Celebrating the Random Successes

My second child has thrown me for a loop, ever since she was born. There are more days where I feel helpless and useless in my attempts to parent and connect with Becca, than there are days that I feel successful as her mama. But the other day, boy did I hit the homerun of … Continue reading Parenting Homeruns: Celebrating the Random Successes

Melting the Ice Cube: The Hard Way

I was re-watching a Master Class from Sarah Mackenzie at the Read Aloud Revival this weekend, and I had to pause the playback just to laugh. To all-out-rumbling-belly-chuckle at her analogy. If you know me in-person, you know I love the Read Aloud Revival and Sarah Mackenzie. Her online forums and personality are truly down-to-earth … Continue reading Melting the Ice Cube: The Hard Way

Walks

Sunlight, pink, purple, gray, and blue clouds, crisp air, and new running shoes make for a delicious morning. Oh, and complete aloneness. That too. I want to be an extrovert so, so badly, but my natural tendencies still ring true to my introverted nature. I do think I am an introvert with high, high social … Continue reading Walks

Working with Kids Around

I've slowly been learning a tough lesson, over the past six years of my life. When I had Henley, I struggled so very much to get housework and yard work done. I tried and tried to do all the work while she slept and it never got done. I tried the same routine after Becca … Continue reading Working with Kids Around

Creating Beauty Amid Book-keeping

I finished my bookkeeping for 2020. Finally. After many new developments in 2020, I fell desperately behind in keeping up with the farm accounts. My "to-be-filed" basket began overflowing as the months wore on with little attention to filing or accounting. All bills were paid, and legal requirements met, but our books were a neglected … Continue reading Creating Beauty Amid Book-keeping