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Wordless Wednesday: Goji Flowers and Berries


-Joshua

And There Goes Summer…

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This is going to be one of my mish-mash posts I’m afraid! It’ll have a little bit of homeschooling and remodeling. I thought that you, our dear readers, deserve an explanation for why we haven’t been posting too many pictures of our food or garden harvests or homeschooling or homesteading!

We have been spending most of the summer prepping for remodeling our garage into a master bedroom suite. And not prepping as in preparing for us to do it ourselves! Well, we will be doing part of it ourselves, but the major construction part we are hiring out to a company that has greatly impressed us so far. Before we could even agree to the remodeling agreement though, we had to come up with money for it! That was an adventure in itself. Josh ended up having to remodel the entire bathtub area in our single full bathroom in about two weeks. We took a lot of pictures of that (Josh put an album up of that experience on Facebook) but haven’t been able to post about it yet.

I am also preparing to homeschool four of my kids this coming year. I am hoping to start the day after Labor Day. My youngest boy starts kindergarten. My oldest boy will be in 7th grade! I will be using all videos with them again this year, but we are hoping to move to perhaps only half videos next school year. Homeschooling four kids takes up a lot of space. I think I might need more than two homeschool-dedicated bookcases! I’ve also learned this year that the 3-ring binder is definitely a homeschooling mom’s best friend. I don’t seem to have enough of them!

I also have two more posts partially drafted about Comic-Con and the San Diego County Fair. They are both old news now, but since both happen every year, they might still be helpful for next year’s events!

So our major remodeling project begins October 3rd hopefully. We will definitely be posting about that experience here. I am not quite sure how the remodeling and homeschooling will work together. I have a feeling that most of our homeschooling will be happening at Grandma’s and Lola’s houses. The major work should be done by January, but since Josh and I are taking care of installing most of the finishes (flooring, bathroom fixtures and vanity, painting), we probably won’t really be done until the end of February.

I do know that it is a given that the next 6 months will be very busy, so there may be a lot of these little mish-mash posts for a little while.

If any of you have hints for living through a major remodel (fortunately, it won’t really affect our kitchen or current single bathroom. Mostly we will be dealing with just noise, dust, and our driveway being full of materials), we will gladly take them to heart!  Thank  you so much to all of you who take the time to read our blog! We appreciate all of you!

– Lynn

First Almonds

A little over two years I planted my almond tree.  I have fond memories of fresh almonds off a tree at a house my family rented when I was a child.  Since I have some space I knew I wanted to have an almond tree in yard.

Last year the tree had some beautiful flowers, but they all dropped without leaving almonds.  This year the tree had many flowers most of them fell off, but three turned into almonds.  I have been watching those almonds develop over the last few months, and today I noticed one had fallen off of the tree.  I took this as a sign that they were ripe and picked the other two.

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My three almonds
Open Almond
Removing the shell
Inside Almond
A small almond appears
Almond Shells
Only shells are left

I ate one of the almonds, gave one to my wife, and split one for my oldest sons.  The almond was very good.  Sadly, I have to wait until next year for more, but maybe there will be many more this time.

Joshua