Last updated Summer 2017.
We began our family blog in February 2005, with a hamster, a squirrel puppet, and a trio of youngsters who were all homeschooled at the time. The children have grown, the parents are moving into new paths...and the squirrel has lost a little more fur from his nose. We have moved from the original family Treehouse into an apartment-sized model (which actually gives us more of a treehouse-worthy view).
Mr. Fixit: started out in electronics, spent many years working for the phone company and then as a network administrator; and is now back to electronics and fixitry, restoring vintage radios, stero equipment, and clocks. A good Schwabian-style cook and back-porch barbecuer, he also enjoys vintage sci-fi shows, and has been known to venture into improv and stand-up comedy.
Mama Squirrel: things that spark her interest include Charlotte Mason education, frugality (homeschooling, food, crafts, just about anything), easy slow cooker recipes, hunting for old books, and writing. She will be following some new trails this winter as a part-time university student.
The Apprentice: a university grad (science major) and licensed hairstylist, now working as a residential mortgage funder. She is the caretaker of two very hairy guinea pigs (reminiscent of our late hamster Snowball).
Ponytails: finished high school, working full-time. Enjoys music and videography, and is interested in many social issues.
Lydia, formerly called Dollygirl, formerly called Crayons: homeschooled through Grade Eight, now enrolled in a high school arts program. The only Squirreling still in the nest with us. Likes reading and drama. Has a part-time job at a supermarket.
Muffin, Lydia's guinea pig (added in August 2016). Likes hay and Holly Cole.