Saturday, July 04, 2015

Saturday Yardsales

Watch set with interchangeable bands and bezels (rings). Go ahead, admit it...didn't you circle one of these in a Christmas catalogue at least once in your life? ($2)
Three verrrry sharp knives, new in the package. ($4).(Everybody here has been warned.)

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

What's for supper? Canada Day

The Boy's Smack 'n' Cheese (one-pot macaroni and cheese)
Hot dogs on the barbecue
Chocolate microwave cake (the black dots are chocolate chips)
The other package of German/Italian mini chocolate bars 
Watermelon (the best red thing to eat on Canada Day)

Your last, your very last chance to sign up for this summer's AO Retreat

Important Notice to Charlotte Mason Homeschoolers and AmblesideOnline Users: If you had at all considered the possibility of going to the AmblesideOnline Retreat in Indiana, July 24th to 25th, this is the very last chance to send in a registration.

(I would love to meet you there.)

Monday, June 29, 2015

What's for Supper? Pasta Salad. Funny Chocolate.

Tonight's dinner menu:

Polish wieners on the barbecue

Pasta Salad Primavera, from Saving Dinner.

Dessert: Flintstones chocolate candy from the Euro grocery. The label is German but the company is Italian. (No idea.)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Quote for the day: Longing unfulfilled

"At the breakfast table, I took a look at my father with his round head, his iron-colored hair, his chipper red cheeks, and I wondered to myself--at what age does a man get over this longing?

"The answer is, he doesn't. My father was so overwhelmed with longing that it unfitted him for anything but building martin houses." ~~ Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins (1971)

Friday, June 26, 2015

More Adler

Too good not to share:

"...the common elements that will unite all human beings in a single, cultural community will be related to such essentials as truth in science and philosophy, moral values and human rights, man's understanding of himself, and the wisdom that is the highest good of the human mind....There is only a human mind and it is one and the same in all human beings."  Mortimer J. Adler

Adler quote for the day: what is human nature?

"In what sense then is there a human nature, a specific nature that is common to all members of the species? The answer can be given in a single word: potentialities." ~~ Mortimer J. Adler, Ten Philosophical Mistakes

Thursday, June 25, 2015

One fainting robin

This robin has been on our porch railing since this morning. He's too young to fly very well, I think. A parent has been by a couple of times with food, but they didn't seem able to plan a rescue effort.

UPDATE: Partway through the afternoon, Little Bird made it back onto the stone wall and then into the bushes. It's now early evening, and he's still sitting in the edge of the bushes, looking kind of lost. Moving out on your own is not what it's cracked up to be...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Lighten up (summer clothes)

I don't think I've ever done a clothes post here, at least not a human one. Usually what I'm wearing isn't my biggest concern. But last week, after I weeded out some dead t-shirts, a blouse I didn't like, and a coat that was past retirement age, I realized that I was left with a pile of:
Are we overdoing it on black, maybe?

It actually wasn't my fault. I was given a bunch of free clothes in good shape, and most of the ones that fit were black. I've been wearing them dutifully, but I realized I've had enough of them.
So I rode along on a couple of thrift shop trips, and picked me up some paisley.
Summer is long overdue.

Cookie plate

Rhubarb muffins and store-bought cookies. I had a dozen little star pans left from Christmas, so I decided to use them up.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Quote for the day: what are people for?

"...each human being as a person is an end to be served, not a means to be used..." Mortimer J. Adler, Ten Philosophical Mistakes

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Books from the antiques market

 Found on a recent trip: vintage copies of The Little Duke and Selections from Matthew Arnold. The Little Duke is inscribed "Willie Wadsworth, June 26th, 1884." A school prize, maybe?

Quote for the day: An Educational Breakfast

It was decided to begin with Apple-sauce.  
 "How happy," exclaimed Mr. Peterkin, "that this should come first of all! A child might be brought up on apple-sauce till he had mastered the first letter of the alphabet, and could go on to the more involved subjects hidden in bread, butter, baked beans, etc."  
Agamemnon thought his father hardly knew how much was hidden in the apple. There was all the story of William Tell and the Swiss independence. The little boys were wild to act William Tell, but Mrs. Peterkin was afraid of the arrows. Mr. Peterkin proposed they should begin by eating the apple-sauce, then discussing it, first botanically, next historically; or perhaps first historically, beginning with Adam and Eve, and the first apple. 
 Mrs. Peterkin feared the coffee would be getting cold...
(Lucretia P. Hale, The Peterkin Papers)
Apple II photo found here.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Something to think about: The Art of Clutter

From Grandpa Squirrel's weekend newspapers: a New York Times article celebrating clutter.
"In accumulating, we honor the art of the potter, sitting at a wheel; we appreciate the art of the writer, sitting at a desk; we cherish the art of the painter, standing in front of an easel. (By this litany ye shall know that I have many books, many paintings, many pots — and many more things I love.)"
It reminded me of this post from two years ago, about humans (and Squirrels) being "treasuring people."

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Quote for the day: how can you tell an honest person?

"If you ask [a person] intelligent questions--that is, penetrating, interested, honest, frank, direct questions on the subject, and no trick questions--then he quickly gets stuck. It is like a child asking naive questions. If you ask naive but relevant questions, then almost immediately the person doesn't know the answer, if it he is an honest man. It is important to appreciate that."  ~~ Richard Feynman, The Meaning of It All

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Archives, ten years ago: The Apprentice

First posted June 2005.

This is one of the exams that I wrote this week–it’s about King Arthur, The Once and Future King. I didn’t actually interview anybody–it’s fictional.

This morning on CNN news, we go to Stonehenge for an eye-opening experience–we will broadcast on live television a conversation discussing two books in The Once and Future King series, The Sword in the Stone, and The Queen of Air and Darkness. The conversation will be between the author, T. H. White, and King Arthur, the main character of the books. Let’s go over now . . .

King Arthur: As I was saying, T. H., you’ve documented my life remarkably!

White: Why, thank you! But I must say, I have a couple of questions for you.

KA: Go ahead. I, also, must ask you some questions.

W: What was it like when Merlin turned you into things?

KA: It was most enjoyable. The room would start to spin, it would go all black for a minute, and I would be a fish–or a deer.

W: Neat! So . . .did Merlin actually move Stonehenge?

KA: I am sworn to secrecy.

W: Oh–that’s too bad. What did you learn as an animal (or bird)?

KA: I learned life lessons and morals, the value of human life. I also learned about those animals.

W: The value of human life?

KA: When I was an ant, it was so tedious, absurd, and frustrating that I now highly value my life.

W: That’s interesting! You said that you have some questions for me?

KA: Why, yes. For one, King Pellinore was much more absurd than you wrote. Most of the time, the Questing Beast chased him! And he didn’t even know it.

W: That’s not a question.

KA: A comment, I agree. Why did you make Merlin so disgusting at the beginning of the book?

W: With the owl on his shoulder? I do admit that I stretched the truth a little bit.

KA: Not a little bit. That did not happen to him.

W: Very well, I’ll keep that in mind.

KA: What is all this mixed-up history? The events which took place in these books did not happen then. What have you done?

W: Since I wrote The Once and Future King more for pleasure than to make a bestseller, I did things my own way.

KA: A final question. Is my life really as intriguing as you advertise? You truly think that?

W: King Arthur, I love the story of your life deeply. Thank you for spending this time with me. I’m so glad that you like my books.

And now, CNN weather with Bob McChang—over to you, Bob.

Archives, ten years ago: Ponytails

First posted June 2005.

I finished history for this year, almost. I'm doing history about the Wars of the Roses. It's where one side is red and one side is white. How this happened, one king said, "Which side are you fighting for?" And they were standing in a patch of white and red roses. So one house was called Lancaster and one was called the House of York. And one of the kings said, whoever wants the House of York to be king, stick a white rose in their hat. And whoever wants to vote for the House of Lancaster, stick a red rose in their hat. (Wouldn't that poke them, though?)

Archives, ten years ago: Lydia

First posted June 2005. Lydia's first blog name was Crayons.

1. Crayons, age 4, perusing an alphabet place mat: How come the O is HERE but not HERE? The alphabet goes H, I, J, K, L O MEN O P.

Mama Squirrel: I know that's how it sounds, but really it's L, M, N, O, P (pointing to the letters).

Crayons: No, it's L O MEN O P.

Mama Squirrel: I know that's how it sounds, but the O really goes here. That's just where people put it in the alphabet.

Crayons: Well, we could cut it! (referring to the place mat)

2. Crayons (playing kitchen): Would you like some goose jam?

Mama Squirrel: Do you mean gooseberry jam?

Crayons: No, goose jam. It's what gooses put on their bagels.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What's for supper? Chili fries

Tonight's dinner menu:
Reheated macaroni and cheese
Reheated chili with fries baked on top
Yesterday's salad
Strawberries and rhubarb