Thursday, August 11, 2011
I'm not sure if it's the school supplies in the stores, the ripening apples on our trees, or the return of chilly mornings, and evenings to the last few, really hot, days of summer, but my mind has definitely been turning toward fall.
In fact, I found myself yesterday, with knitting needles in hand, downloading an audio copy of Pride and Prejudice from our library's "to go" catalog, and contemplating the scraps of yarn left in my craft cupboard.
By the end of the afternoon, Elizabeth Bennett was happily married to Mr. Darcy, and I had five, tiny, Freya Jaffke patterned kittens (at least they're supposed to be kittens, the ears I made kind of make them look like bears with long tails), and an empty teapot, to show for my day.
I'm really not sure what the children did, other than to walk through the room occasionally, exclaiming at the "stupidness" of the Jane Austen (that was mainly T, who turning 14 this weekend, is not expected to care for the raptures of Victorian courtship), or ask if they could have the particular kitten I was working on (they all already have knit kittens, so I'm saving these for friends). Judging from the number of grimy little hand prints along the stairway wall, I'd say the younger children played most of the day outside, and I seem to remember a neighbor child, or two, tramping through with them.
I woke up this morning with the correct number of children though, and since they all seem to be healthy, and well, and I'm not quite out of yarn, I went ahead and downloaded Sense and Sensibility, for today.
It's great to be a homeschooler - but an occasional break is pretty nice, too.