Tag Archives: Downstairs

Old Books

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I love old books, especially old school books.  I thought I would share a few of them.   I thought I might share how our school days “normally” go.  I usually wake the girls around 7:00 A.M.  They get dressed, make their beds and come downstairs by 7:30.  Sometimes they fix their own breakfast and sometimes I do.  It mostly depends on what they are having and how our time is running.   I begin cleaning up the kitchen and they start piano practice.  They practice 30 min. each.  While one is practicing the other one is helping me and then vice versa.  We shake the rugs and sweep the floors every morning.  We have certain days that we do other things, clean bathroom, dust.  I have a chart made with the days of the week on it and the designated chores for that day.  We try to have all the house chores finished before we start school.  It is so difficult for me to concentrate on school if these things are not already done.  Laundry gets worked in  every day.  We are normally finished with all this around 9:15.  They then get a 15 min. break to do whatever they want.  We try to start school by 9:30.  We say our pledges, pray and then begin.  Bible is always first.  Then they take turns chosing what subject they want to do.  Our subjects are bible, spelling, history, science, math and language.  Most days we are half way through by lunch time.  We break an hour for lunch.  Free time for everyone (except Mom).  We then finish up somewhere between 1:00 and whenever.  Yesterday was a long day for us.  It was about 3:30 when we finished.  Julie’s math was very long.  Today is an easier day.  It is now lunch time and all we lack is math.  I’m glad as we need to work up an 1/2 bushel of apples.  I already have them in the steam juicer and I want to make applesauce from them.  Well, our lunch break is almost over.   I hope I didn’t bore you all too much.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

More Christfest Fun

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For the first time this year, the kids got to play some of the games outside before it got dark.  This was a lot of fun and much cooler than in the basement.  I, for one, was extremely hot downstairs but then I should have known not to wear a long sleeve shirt.  We girls got our hair cut yesterday.  I decided to make a batch of  cinnamon buns to take to the lady who cuts our hair.  We all sat down and enjoy them while they were still warm before we started our haircuts.  It was a nice visit. 

Today it has been pretty chilly here in Floyd.  We have kept a fire going all day.  While the girls worked on school, I have been busy making pumpkin puree to put in the freezer.  I used part of the puree to make a pumpkin pie for supper.  It is in the oven now.  The recipe I used is:

2 cups pumpkin puree, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup evaporated milk, 1 egg beaten, 1/3 cup plain flour, 1 tsp vanilla,  1 tsp pumpkin pie spice.  Stir all ingredients together and bake at 350 degrees until done.  Pie is done when toothpick stuck in middle comes out clean.  Start checking for doneness at about 45 min.  Years ago, we were at a farmers market and this older lady was selling pumpkins, cushaw and other fall squash.  I ask her about a pie recipe for them and she just told me all the ingredient and their measurements, right from memory.  I was of course very impressed.  I hurriedly wrote them down (before I forgot them) and have used this recipe ever since.  It is a favorite fall dessert around here. 

Take care and God bless.