Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dropped Off the Face of the Internets For a Bit

I didn't intend to disappear, but life outside the computer and in other sections of it has overwhelmed me recently.

Outside in the garden, the cucumbers continue to swamp me. I have no idea what to do with all of them. Most of my kids don't like them and wouldn't touch a pickle with a ten foot pole either. I've been sneaking them into other foods, taking cucumber salads to every event we're invited to and giving them away as I can. I still have a lot. The zucchini and summer squash are also doing great and we've had a lot of zucchini breads as well as various savory dishes made with them. The okra is coming in strong and we've been eating and freezing a lot. I've made a big batch of pesto and today I made my first batch of pasta sauce from my tomatoes. The only thing not growing is my pepper plants. Neither the hot peppers nor the bell peppers have done much of anything, much to my disappointment.

Inside and mostly at the computer, I have been busy signing the kids up with a new homeschooling umbrella school (which is how things work in Tennessee) and planning their first few months of school. In the past I haven't been a good planner and things tend to devolve rapidly. When I have had more of a concrete plan of the basics, the basics and more get done. So planning is quite necessary for me. At the end of last year, I almost decided to just buy one whole program and be done with it, but then I started looking at the ones that interested me and thinking that maybe I'd change the science book and the math book and maybe do this or that a little differently. And by the end of that, it seemed silly to buy something that I was going to have to rewrite anyway.

Now after two weeks of plans and printing, I can again see why it would be nice to have someone else write out all of those plans. But I also know I'd still tinker too much with them to make them worth my while.

In a later post I'll go into my plans in more detail, but for now I must go back and check on dinner.

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