Though my posts may seem sparse these days, it is not for the lack of SUBSTANCE in my life. Actually, the past days/weeks have been filled with things that make me ponder, and keep me away from the computer.

My garden is one. I nurtured, and even put in a watering system, but when I went to my sweet friend’s house last week, I just about died with envy when I saw her tomatoes. My tomatoes are just not happy, two of my plants keep dropping their Blossoms. I don’t do chemicals (my friend doesn’t either), and have tried to plump the earth…Well, now I have gone and bought some calcium in a bottle for an outrageous $7, and I am out there spraying EACH blossom in the hopes of coaxing a tomotoe to sprout. One of the scrawny plants is my Striped German, of all the nerve. Yet, some of my garden is blossoming, and parts are looking a bit like the Secret Garden….Benjamin planted beans everywhere, and they are trailing all over the place, creating some funky formations. I will post some pics at Green Sub Mama. The cuke is one that Benjamin tied off while it was growing, I found it like this :)….

My dog. Goddess bless him, poor buggar has something going on with his ear. First, I found what looked like a huge, full tick. I did not know it was a tick, to me it looked like a bloody Lima bean. It was laying on the floor, like an alien. We had no idea where it came from, only that it had blood in it. Ew… Later that night, we Googled dog ticks, and there was our friend. Looks like he must of been hanging on somewhere for some days, because he was quite “full”. We don’t know if it was in his ear, but now we have been digging and cleansing his one standing ear for 3 days, and he has had enough. I am getting a full body work out, as it seems that I am the only one who can administer ear stuff. Tonight, I squirted in Olive Oil, just incase it is ear mites. Another Ew. But I am sure as hell not going to pay $40 for the Vet (the one who always looks down his nose at me because my dog does not let him dig or squirt stuff in his ear voluntarily) to clean an ear. Since we are all downsizing, I even tried the mobile clinic at the Feed Store for vacs, and it was just fine…saved me $10+ a shot. Now my poor Rex crawled in his kennel in the hopes that I will not follow him in with my ear pharaphanelia….

We are gearing up for our homeschooling conference, which heads up our “not back to school” year:). It is a 4 day event, and we are all looking forward to it. After that, we start our schooly fieldtrips :)…our computer games, our science experiments. My kids do math and language arts every day, as well as history. This year we are studying Medieval times, and we are so stoked. We LOVE history.

I am spending much time thinking about how much more simple my life could be. I am also looking at ways to trade my talents for things we need. I am even thinking about setting up a big ol’ mirror, and cutting/dying hair. Not only because I love it, but because I feel a need to use my talents more. More on that in another post.

I am reading more, and not just “shop” stuff, school stuff, and how to manuals. Leisure reading; I am especially entranced by “Drums in Autumn” by D. Gibraldon, and am up till the wee hours in the morning reading. They are making me think more about simple living. I fully realize this is a novel, but still, their lives take on this weird twists, and they always make things work. Fascinating.

My Mama is coming in a few weeks, and we are planning a ROAD TRIP!! One with funny, kitschy stops, driving through trees, museums, dinasours, and lots of wild coast….I can’t wait!

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