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Pluto is NOT a planet…

Posted by Allison on September 19, 2011

Ok, so things have changed since I was in school.  The Soviet Union is no more, the Wall is down in Germany, Yugoslavia…finished.  I’m pretty up on world happenings so not much throws me for a loop.  Um, so how did I miss that Pluto is no longer a planet??? We are doing a unit on the Solar System.   Seriously, that is a huge thing to miss.  Oh well, that’s why it’s good to do some planning BEFORE you start a unit.   Mr. Magoo picked it as one of the things he really wanted to learn about.  So to start off the unit he made his OWN solar system!  We are following it up with a guided reading of a cool chapter book called STINK Solar System Superhero!  No it’s not  a normal choice but we’re not normal  but it’s about the solar system and it’s a book he’s interested in.

We had the solar system above his bed but since we got his new loft bed and it came with a tent so now the solar system is off to the side.

We don’t have a mattress that fits in the bed yet but the one from the folding bed will suffice for now.

The first night it was VERY hard to sleep in it for Mr. Magoo but since then he’s been able to calm himself enough to fall asleep.  The cool thing is the added darkness the tent give him and the ‘cocoon’ feeling of the tent is really good for sleep.

Miss Thing helped with the yard work.  Here she is shoveling little rocks into the wheel barrow.  She then moved them over to the other side and  smoothed them out.  We are going to rototill 3/4th of the area for veggies.

On this side we are going to have a huge herb area.  The herbs are going to be in tubs and I’m hoping for tomatoes in that area as well.  On the otherside we are building a compost .  Right now I’m busy trying to figure out how to do that….I’m thinking wood and cheap.  We’ll see how that turns out.  The tree that you see on the left side of the picture is being taken down so I think there will be a fair bit of sun into the garden.  It used to be a garden so it should work out okay.  Miss Thing has requested NO TURNIPS.  The purple topped turnips that we’ve been eating from our neighbors garden have NOT been a hit.  I’m hoping for lots of root veggies and squashes. Zucchini and spaghetti squash at least….I have a bag of spring onions that I have to get into the ground before it hardens but that shouldn’t be too hard they are going in a different area.  Hopefully this weekend I can get that done.

We are settling nicely into our new life.  I miss my friends overseas every day.  I miss the anonymous part of living overseas.  The freedom in that kind of living was liberating.   But I’m so thankful to be back in the surroundings that are familiar.   To be here for the birth of my bbf’s baby was something that I’m so glad I didn’t miss.  I’d post a pic but he’s not my kid, suffice it to say he’s the most beautiful baby.  He’s just perfect.  He’s got amazing black hair and his Mommy’s nose.

Anyway here are MY little babies….

I’m learning through facebook today.  A friend of mine posted a quote by Marilyn Munroe that I hadn’t heard before. “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

Back to Guided Reading with my beloved monkey.

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And the walls come tumblin’ tumblin’

Posted by Allison on September 13, 2011








No matter the situation there is always cooking to be done.  Yesterday my wonderful next door neighbor invited me to take as much of her garden in as I wanted.  Her husband passed away a few weeks ago and her garden is overgrowing. Her middle aged daughter lives in the home but I get the impression the relationship isn’t that solid.  I get that impression because of the police visit that happened when they tried to discuss the burial arrangements a couple weeks back.  Anyway, the daughter did some planting this year but refuses to pull it up.  The little old lady is so terribly hunched over that she can’t pick the veggies herself.  Seeing that she is clearly unable to do it she probably thought she’d offer them to me.  I told her that I would be happy to dig them up for her, I’d even clean them and bring them to her house.  She declined saying that they weren’t planted right (the daughter did plant it in a crappy way, too crowded and not in rows) and she isn’t in the mood for them anyway.  She wants us to have them..and for them not to go to waste.  So today I went over with a basket and pulled some root veggies for supper.   I grabbed some purple turnips, beets, curly parsley and fennel oh yeah and couple of spring onions as well.


Here the bounty is all washed and ready to be  cut up.



And here is the final product,  I added some yams and onions and the last of the leek that was in the fridge.



I have a new appreciation for living in the heart of the city.  We used to live on the outskirts and I’ll never do that again.  I mean I would live on an acreage or farm but never in one of the newer suburbs.  The beauty of living in the heart of the city is that you live with a diverse group of people.  In the suburbs everyone was young families, two minivans and we never met our neighbors. No one had gardens they had landscape artists.  I’ve lived in this place less than a month and I already have met some wonderful women who are teaching me the art of canning, gardening and pie making!

Just a week ago we had a spaghetti squash that  another neighbor gave me and she even told me her recipe!   It’s was for spaghetti squash and meat sauce, AMAZING!


So the walls may be tumblin’ tumblin’ but I’m enjoying the fall harvest.  As the saying goes, “A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.” e e cummings



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