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    March 7, 2014 by Brandy Vencel

    — 1 —

    We’ve watched a couple interesting movies lately. I say “interesting” because I found myself still thinking about them days later. The first is called Neverwas. I expected this one to be either depressing or scary {or both} but it turned out … well, fascinating, and unexpected. The second is called The Way Back and it seems like I should have heard of it when it came out, but I really don’t recall it. Anyhow, it is “based on a true story” {meaning of dubious origins, of course}; the story of an escape from Siberia.

    I always love a good Communist escape story, don’t you?

    — 2 —

    Afterthoughts is now available for subscription on Kindle, if you’re a Kindle fanatic.

    For just under a dollar a month, Amazon will deliver this blog’s feed to your Kindle. I get a small royalty, so of course I appreciate it if anyone subscribes, but I mainly set it up as an experiment and also for the convenience of anyone who prefers blog reading on a Kindle.

    — 3 —

    O-Age-Five has lately seemed ready for “more.” I had been pondering what to do with him, when someone mentioned MEP math and how much they love it. I thought he might enjoy it, and, to be honest, since he’s the youngest and I’m often caught up in doing lessons with the children who are of {truancy} age, I sometimes forget. When my oldest was five, I had nothing else to do other than count blocks and read picture books. These days, things like that can fall through the cracks if I’m not careful.

    So, did I mention that it is free online? This means there is no risk to try it!

    I printed out part of the Reception Year to see what he’d think. He’s definitely ready. It is mostly too easy. But we’re doing it, just one short lesson per day. And it’s a nice addition to our normal preschool time of Bible story, picture book, and letter lesson. I don’t know that I’ll switch to MEP, but I like it enough that I am going to try and use some of it over the summer with my girls to see what I think.

    — 4 —

    So I got a quote on the new transmission that my poor vintage Suburban is going to need, and it ain’t pretty. I never actually say “ain’t,” so this should effectively communicate how bad things are, right? My husband’s solution is to buy more wine. At first, I objected with some sort of logical nonsense about how spending more money on wine didn’t actually solve the money problem, and possibly made them worse.

    He was not to be deterred.

    However, comma.

    I have since repented. First of all, I like the wine he’s buying. Second of all, I was reading in Proverbs and came across a proof text that he could surely wield at me:

    Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish,
    and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
    Let him drink, and forget his poverty,
    and remember his misery no more.

    {Proverbs 31:6-7}
    Everyone was coming up with cutesy theme verse back in January, right? This, possibly, is our family verse for the year. My word for the year, therefore, is whine wine.

    — 5 —

    I’m trying to make one special snack per week. We’ll see if I can keep it up, but so far I’m one for one! {And the crowd goes wild…} I made Piña Colada “Gummy” Snacks. I put gummy in quotes because I’m still not sure what I did wrong, but the result was that they didn’t set up. The children kept whining about “when the snacks will be done” and I kept hoping in vain that they would be ready, and so I said things like, “later” and such like.

    Two days went by before it dawned on me there was going to be nothing “gummy” about my snacks.

    Anyhow, I did what any self-respecting Californian would do in February: I made them into popsicles. That was a big hit, and so I feel encouraged enough to try again this week.

    With a different recipe, of course.

    — 6 —

    I am reading through Charlotte Mason’s second volume, Parents and Children, with some dear friends. Oh my! How I love this volume! If you are looking for something to read, I highly suggest it. Seriously, every chapter is good.

    — 7 —

    And now time for the obligatory guest house photo. This week has been crazy! I had no idea so much could be done in such a short amount of time. The bathtub was installed. The inside wiring looks done. The eaves were painted and the roof put on. The gas lines are ready for inspection. Much of the central air system was put in. Even the door jams were installed! Incredible.

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