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Tuesday, May 31, 2011


"Wisteria woke me this morning, 
And there was all June in the garden;
I felt them, early, warning Lest I miss any part of the day.
Straight I walked to the trellis vine. 
Wisteria touched a lifted nostril:
Feelings of beauty diffused, to entwine,  
My spirit with June's own aura."
-  Ann McGough,

It doesn't feel like a school day.  The breeze is soft and warm at last.  The doors and windows are thrown open to accommodate it's entry with ease.   The early morning is peaceful and quiet and full of possibility.  

The little blue parakeet was dead this morning, the cockatiel will be lonely now.  
Silly little thing never did recover from his time of terror at the Animal Friends Summer Camp where we rescued him from.  The ill tempered, bewildered menace will never draw blood again.  I imagine the girls will want to bury him properly when they get up.

Lots of last minute sort of stuff to get done this week.  Friday we take Rowan to Sturbridge.  Her training at Old Sturbridge Village is this weekend and she starts her internship immediately afterwards.  We still need to find shoes but I think we have everything else.  She is very close to being done with her Freshman year and she has acquitted herself admirably with a 3.8 GPA so far.  I have this pipe dream that she will leave her room clean and neat but the reality is, she most likely won't.  I told her it looks like a Salvation Army truck threw up in it.

Jenny is done with school with the exception of math.  She had a friend over for a sleepover so she will be happy playing today.   She was very funny the other day dancing about singing the "I'm going to be an only child" song in anticipation of her sisters leaving.  All of a sudden she got an utterly panic-stricken look on her face and said, "Mom!!  Does this mean I have to do Rowan's chores?"  You have got to love the way she thinks.

It has been a lovely weekend.  We had one of the nicest times with my Mom and Dad on Sunday, wonderful friends and BBQ Sunday night as well and last night we had a great time with dear friends, BBQ and Jenna's favorite game, CatchPhrase.  (To be clear, you are all dear and wonderful and equally so, I just didn't want to use redundant verbiage. ) 

 I've spent most of the last week using a program called Calibre to catalog all my home school Word documents, PDF files and ebooks with the proper metadata and formatting them for ereaders.  It is a huge job as I have amassed quite the collection over the 10 years we've home-schooled but once it is done it will be a great deal easier for me to find things and use them quickly.  I'm kind of a geek like that.  I enjoy making order out of chaos.
Sometimes it is actually imperative for my sanity to have something to organize.  

(Funny aside, well, I think it is funny anyway.  When I blow my nose, due to an old injury, it is often ridiculously, fairly loud.  Every morning I sit here at my computer and sooner or later I have to blow my nose.  And every time I do it, in the box with the baby chicks in it, there is a feathery explosion of startlement that makes me laugh and apologize every time.)  
It just doesn't feel like a Tuesday today.  But I guess it is, Happy Tuesday then, off we go.

He respects Owl, because you can't help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn't spell it right.” ~A.A. Milne
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Amy May 31, 2011 at 9:22 AM  

Stopping by from the Hip Homeschool Hop. I am glad you had a nice long weekend. Thanks for the idea for Calibre and I understand your oraganizing/sanity thing. :)

Have a good day,
Amy @ Missional Mama

5ennie May 31, 2011 at 3:52 PM  

Too funny about the baby chick :)
We love Old Sturbridge Village!! Haven't made it over this year yet, but hopefully some time this summer. I hope Rowan has a good training weekend!

musicalmary May 31, 2011 at 4:49 PM  

Your post made me smile and chuckle. I love your sense of humor!

I'm going to look into Calibre, because I like to make order out of chaos, too.

Thanks for all the ideas and insights on this Tuesday!

Rachel June 1, 2011 at 10:08 AM  

I love the idea of using Calibre to catalog books. I've had it for years, but never thought of using it like that.

--Rachel visiting from HHH

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