I probably have done it before, but this is the first year I can remember having a visual picture of how I want our homeschool to go. It made organizing way easier, because any idea I came up with I could check against my “vision”, which was quite literally a picture. It’s hard to describe the picture, though — it’s sunny and quiet. … visually quiet. It encouraged me to get rid of a lot of the visual busy-ness of the house, and the general effect is so much more peaceful-looking to me. I can see something out of order right away.
I am pretty much done with the overall Big Picture organizing of the house. Left for later are the older kids’ rooms, which I can’t really work on until summer or fall, and little things like actually cleaning (!) . I haven’t really gotten to the closets and pantry yet, either, or the entryway. But the main spaces of the house are quite a bit different.
After I have been working hard on a project for several days, I find it hard to move back to normal pace. There seems to be some time when I am just spinning wheels. I think it is probably a cue to do something relaxing and recreational, but my interior seems to want to keep going with the project even after my intuition tells me it’s time for a pause. I suppose it is simply Newton’s Law that a body resists change whether slowing down or speeding up.
Paddy’s last baseball game is today. There are a few after-season events that will follow. I am not sure how many of them he will get to go to. Graduation and wedding are coming up very shortly now, so we are phasing into the exciting part of this spring.
Perhaps the best thing to do in these transition moments is a kind of retreat or spiritual re-fortification, especially since I know that the pace is going to step up again very quickly.
We school year round now, because it is the best way I know of keeping myself consistent, but our year technically “ends” in May and the next year starts in June/July. I am using this May as a sort of trial run of some changes I want to make in how we do things.
Two of the boys have stepped on sharp metal things left over from my DIY restoration of our old sofa. So yesterday we researched tetanus, among other things.
I signed up for CSA membership this year for the first time. When you do this, you pay up front for the season (7 months, here) and then you get a weekly box of locally grown, organic produce. This Thursday was our first pick-up and we got lettuce, strawberries, kale, carrots, and collard greens (as you might expect). The site identifies your produce (necessary for me! I knew kale but was unfamiliar with the look of collards) and suggests recipes. But of course it’s also easy to find recipes for anything online. And most vegetables fall into types so you generally know what you can do with them. Almost anything can be stir-fried or sauteed or put into a salad, and the more solid vegetables can be roasted or grilled or put into a stew.
Yesterday I just sauteed the collards with shrimp, onions and garlic and it wasn’t bad, like spinach but not quite as slimy. I crave dark green leafy vegetables, no doubt because of my midlife status, so I don’t think it will be hard at all to get through our weekly box, even though Aidan and Kevin are the only other family members likely to be interested in a brand new vegetable. The carrots are huge and I will probably either make a stew or else make some bread/cake with them.
Some other time I want to talk about some books I have been reading but for now this post is getting too long.