Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pumpkin Harvest!

Pumpkin picking time! We have had a wonderful time this summer watching the pumpkins grow. Bean and I prepared the beds in May and planted several things, including pumpkins. Their vines wove through the rabbit guard to spread out into the yard and through the gaps in the wooden fence. One climbed the wooden picnic table and another climbed a tree!

When the first green teeny-watermelon-looking pumpkins made their appearance, there was quite a bit of celebrating on the part of the Bean (and me too.) It was so neat to go out to water the garden and find another one popped up, overnight, it seemed.

Last night, after dinner, we brought in all five of our organic pumpkins! Bean could not stand to leave them on the front porch, so they are residing happily around the plant stand, beneath our peace plant. In a week or so, we'll harvest the seeds, make Jack O'lanterns and begin planning next year's garden.

Friday, October 12, 2007

What a wonderful day for a nature walk!

I think the high was just under 60 degrees, slightly cloudy, a bit breezy -it was perfect! Today was the first get-together for our new Waldorf Families group. We had a total of five families, 12 kids - all of whom got along beautifully! Couldn't ask for anything better.

Bean found tons of treasures during our mile-long walk, including poison ivy, which she touched. Thankfully, another Mama was on hand with an antibacterial wipe containing alcohol and we rubbed both her hads very well. I am happy to report, so far so good!

Note to self -and anyone else -the "furry" brown vines that creep up along side trees are dead poison ivy and they can be quite nasty, even if they aren't still alive. Who can blame Bean for wanting to touch a furry brown vine? They're like the puppies of fall foliage! Except they have rabies, sadly. Well, now we know!

The weather here has turned cooler - as in hats and jackets and layers for the Bean and the Little Love Bug. Yay fall!!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

She had her first German class yesterday and we LOVED it. After her one hour lesson, we came home to do the colouring sheet and she is already recognizing "violett, blau and rot" written out as ' purple, blue and red.' The other colours, she can translate from memory. I am so impressed. Just shows how fast little people can learn when they LOVE it! =) =)

Today she wanted to do more German colouring worksheets, of which we had none. So, we worked up some autumn leaves and I wrote the colours out on those and she was content with that.

Today is watercolour day, though it was postponed until after nap due to a case of crankiness. Bean and Love Bug are both sleeping now and hopefully everyone will wake up happy!

Monday, October 1, 2007

This is the way we bake the bread so early Monday morning. ok, so technically, this was Saturday morning. =) =) We pushed bread baking up a couple of days to prepare for dinner on Michaelmas. Also, "This is the way we go check for new paint samples to lazure your bedroom. . ." just didn't have the same ring to it.

From now on, however, Monday is our baking day. We'll be using recipes from the Tassajara Bread Book and the Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book.

When the weather gets a bit cooler, we'll break out The Waldorf School Book of Soups on other days during the week. Yum!