Speaking of the feast day I neglected to mention, here's a favorite St. Teresa of Avila quote:
"God, deliver me from sullen saints."
Ramona and I have continued looking into Ancient Egypt. She really enjoyed traveling there with Ms. Frizzle. We made papyrus -- soaked plain white paper in tea and came up with fun stuff for practicing our heiroglyphics:
We made the requisite autumn visit to an apple orchard to make up for the fact that I usually don't make the requisite visit to an apple orchard. It was lovely -- the weather, the free apples, the purchased apples, the time with friends, the requisite apple crisp that came out of the oven at the requisite later time. Also lovely was the requisite chatting with other homeschool moms and the fact that from one of those conversations came a phone call the next day informing me that someone was giving away a piano. Free, I tell you! Beaten up, yes, but free.
Pianos make me happy. Free makes me happy. Heiroglyphics make me happy. And today my sister and brother-in-law are coming for a visit, and that makes me even happier (and explains the silence that will ensue on this blog for the next couple of days.)