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Soil for the Soul, Homeschool, and Some Fun

Hello and happy Friday!

I’ve not written here in a while because I’ve been busy writing elsewhere (not online) and I’ve been super busy around the house. Not only are we continuing to homeschool, I’ve been undertaking some major projects. I swear, give me some dirt and garden tools and I’m happy. For me, there’s just something about getting my hands in soil and working the land. My Irish and Powhatan roots, perhaps? I don’t know, but at any rate, that’s what I’ve been doing.

This week I spent time leveling the giant dirt pile from our pool installation. I decided that instead of having the dirt hauled off, I’d rather level it for chairs and a fire pit. It took a lot of work and I was totally exhausted afterward, but I’m really pleased so far. I’m also installing stone steps to make the uphill climb easier.

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I still have more to do, but my thoughts turn to planning the design for this area. I am looking forward to creating a lovely space with Spirea, Sage, a lilac, and lilies, with a thyme ground cover. These plants will be easy to grow there, will establish quickly, provide a more intimate space, and be absolutely gorgeous when blooming. The key is to keep the gorgeous river view open from the pool where we will be adding a deck next year.


Next year we’re adding a deck off the side you can see here.

It’s killing me not to be able to continue the work, but it’s not the right time of year to plant, so for now, my journal is filled with drawings and ideas and I’m okay with that.

I’ve also been busy digging a ditch for the underground electric which will run from our garage to the pool. Thankfully our neighbor is an electrician and is helping my husband with the actual electric work.


It may not be the most “feminine” work, but this kind of work feeds my soul and helps me stay healthy and strong. when I’m working outdoors, it’s like meditation for me. There really is nothing else I want to be doing when I’m working like this. Is that weird? I guess anything can be considered weird to the right people. To others, it just makes sense. I recall something I once heard, but I can’t remember who said it: That which interests is interesting. To my husband, discussing money and investments is interesting, to me digging in the dirt is. To each his or her own.

It’s not all been all work and no play around here. We’ve had some fun as well.

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Homeschooling year around actually helps us incorporate a lot of the fun things into our week. We don’t have to separate school from life and instead, our BookShark Homeschool Curriculum is like an extension of what she’s learning each day. I just love that this curriculum has wonderful literature, excellent science experiments (like the magnet image in the slideshow, and lots of fun manipulative! It’s also a four-day schedule, so it’s easy-peasy to incorporate it into our lives and let’s face it, life is the best school around and it teaches us more than any worksheet or book ever could.

That said, we’ve also read a lot of books.

Kathryn finished Little House in the Big Woods and Little Pear and is currently on Owls in the Family. She’s also reading I Can Read It! Book 1.

I’ve read several since mid-May and am currently finishing up The Grapes of Wrath, which has quickly become my favorite book. That’s saying a lot, as Frankenstein and Jane Eyre have held the top slots for decades. I’m not a fast reader, but I’m a steady one. I found most of my books at Barnes and Noble, except Ghosted, which was my July book for the Book of the Month Club.

What are you and your children currently reading? I’m always looking for new ones to add to our lists.

Cheers to the remaining days we have of July!


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A Musing Mother

Hi! My name is Theresa and I'm a wife, mom of three, and grandma to two. I am a Nature lover and a follower of Christ. I live in an old farmhouse on the river where I homeschool our daughter. Most days, I can be found reading, making nature-inspired products, & gardening. I also enjoy traveling with my family, exploring cool local places, and helping out others where I am able. On the blog, I must about life, love, and learning.

2 replies

  1. I work in a school library and will have to think of some books for you! For myself I’ve been reading almost exclusively beach reads and light romance this summer, ha ha. Aside from that, if you haven’t read Fredrik Backman yet, I highly recommend him; my Grandmother and I both enjoyed “A Man Called Ove,” and I also really enjoyed “Beartown.”


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