May 2006


Today, we went, along with other homeschoolers, to the Circle Square Ranch.
It was a *blast*. There was skateboarding, archery, ropes courses, a nature hike, tether ball, badminton… all in a beautiful setting.

Archery.

Archery.

Now have to get back to the books. With my mom visiting from out-of-province, then our trip to California and so-on, we haven’t had regular sit-down school in a while. We’re going to hit the books tomorrow. … should be interesting ;)

Running.
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Free spirit… a boy and his dog… man’s best friend… the unbridled joy of a dog at play… they all apply.
It was one *those* moments, one of those beautiful moments of childhood and innocence and immortality and I was thrilled to be photographing it… right up until both of them ran right into me at full speed, knocking me to the ground and then tangling me in the leash. At least one of them licked my face and got muddy paw prints on my jeans.

I might just drop them *both* off at the pound.

I had a staring match with this guy today…

Peacock.

When I wasn’t intimidated, he pulled out the big guns and shook and rattled those feathers at me…

Peacock.
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And when I still didn’t back down, he shook this at me…

Peacock.
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uh-huh.

Dandy.
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I put Jordan to bed and 10 minutes later, he is up. Besides being kept awake by the fireworks, it seems he had alot on his mind. For example, what is the difference between a kingdom and an empire? Indeed. We got that straightened up and him back to bed.

Jack-in-the-Pulpit.
Jack-in-the-Pulpit

I’ve been in the grips of a brutal bout of insomnia. I was finally able to sleep a little last night, and felt halfway human today. Mark has been fussing over me (which honestly? Makes things better than they’d be otherwise :P ) and today he dug out the espresso maker to make me a big frothy latte. mmmm :)

May Apple.
May Apple

After my coffee and a shower, we went for a hike along the Trillium Trail. It’s a short, easy trail, perfect for a sleep-loser like me. Artemis sniffed and snuffled herself silly. Jordan had a blast. And Mark kept saying, “Can you believe how good it smells here? I mean, I love this smell.”

We were a little late for the trilliums: most were already faded. We seemed to be early for the Mayapples: most had only buds. We didn’t see a single Dogtooth Violet bloom: I don’t know if we were too early or too late for them. But there were a lot of Jacks-in-the Pulpit. We counted more than a hundred of them before we were on the trail for 10 minutes.

Jack-in-the-Pulpit.
Jack-in-the-Pulpit

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Current Location: home!
Current Mood: bleary :P
Current Activity: little-to-none. Wait – does laundry count? I’m doing laundry! And breathing. Mostly.

We left California Wednesday night and our plane finally landed in Toronto just before nine yesterday morning. didn’t.sleep.a.wink. omg. Aside from fussing over Jordan, attempting to sleep, and changing planes in Newark, I did manage to read most of The Broker. ehhhh… pretty good book. Likely, Ill flop on the couch later and finish it off. My inlaws picked us up at the airport, and took us to their house. I was waiting for the coffee to finish up when suddenly I woke up four hours later on the family room floor. Someone had put a blanket over me and Jordan was curled up beside me, snoring away. Take two on the coffee and some lunch and then we headed for home, where we caught my dad and my sister looting the place fussing over the pets and generally taking care of business.
I feel like I’ll never sleep at the right time again.

Apparently, while we were gone, the herb garden began taking steroids because holy cow! It’s crazy big and green! I can’t get over the roses – GROWING! It has to be a joke and in a few weeks, when I’m all excited about blooms, it’ll suddenly turn black and shrivel up, dead as dead can be.
Also while we were gone, the cat was very very lonely. We have always had our cats two at a time and leaving them while on holidays (with someone checking in every other day or so to feed and pet) has never been an issue. However, with only one cat now…. well… he was sad. My dad sat with him for long periods. This cat hardly ever made a sound in the 4 years we’ve had him – but he hasn’t shut up since we came home. He is also stuck to me like glue (remember that Muppet Show episode with Gilda Radner? aaaaaahahahah!) and even slept on my pillow last night. I am covered in orange cat hair. It’s attractive. No, really.

So, I think I”ll make my way downstairs and switch the laundry around. Then maybe I’ll have another nap. With the cat, of course.

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