Friday Cozies – Week 20 of 2020

Happy Friday! It’s been another good week around here. Today is a “catch up” day for remote learning, so we’ll be wrapping up a few things and then heading outside to play. It’s been another cold and windy week, so outside time has been limited. It feels like we’re hopping right over spring and it will be summer before we know it — I am not a summer person! Prepare for grouchiness!

I need to implement some austerity measures around here because I have been buying books like crazy since the library closed. It’s like I gave myself permission to just buy all the things! I suppose it’s the way I’ve been coping. I wish I could just replace “buy” with “cook dinner,” but that’s just not as much fun.

Out of the books that have arrived this week, I’m most excited about the Anne of Green Gables Cookbook. I thought about buying it in January but decided that it was silly and unnecessary. But I randomly changed my mind – and I love it. The recipes are so simple and the pictures are gorgeous. It’s like visiting Green Gables!

I’ve had Farm Anatomy on my wishlist for (literally) years and decided to just buy the whole Julia Rothman Collection – another gorgeous set of books to have! We are beginning to accumulate a nice collection of nature books, which are so much fun to have around.

I love the Minalima editions of the classic story books – this is The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson. We also have the Peter Pan edition – not only do the books look beautiful on the shelf, but my littles have so much fun with all of the interactive pages within.

And the last book that arrived this week was Daily Prayer by Pádraig Ó Tuama, which I’ve been interested in since hearing a recent interview with him on On Being. It’s a lovely little book and I can’t help but pretend that I’m in a dreamy house on an Irish cliff while studying. Isn’t that lovely? Even lovelier – it (sort of) fits in my Travelers Notebook (picture above)!

The yarn for my next sweater was delivered last weekend. I ordered from On The Round and it’s just gorgeous. I got five skeins of DK in the Barred Owl colorway for my Mariechen sweater. At the last second I decided to throw in a couple of skeins of fingering weight yarn in bayberry and sugar cookie. I am thinking of knitting Dream Stripes with these two but am worried that there might not be enough contrast. They could also be part of a beautiful fade! I’m giddy over this purchase and the possibilities!

We harvested a batch of asparagus this week – barely more than a handful. My husband grilled them and they were delicious! I’m looking forward to more meals from the garden this summer, but we’ll be waiting quite a while to claim anything else.

learning at home prep

I’m in planning mode for learning at home this summer. School officially ends on June 5 – much earlier than usual – and we’re going to take a week off before easing into our first independent summer term. This summer we’ll be focusing on the basics and beauty. Basics: reading, writing, math. Beauty: Greek mythology, composer studies, and artist studies. Bear is totally into science, so we’ll spend afternoons with our Exploring Nature with Children curriculum and his microscope. Can you tell that I’m excited? I’m excited. I only wish we had access to the library, but we can make do with what we have here and a couple of small online orders.

That’s it from me this week, friends. I hope you all have a restful and peaceful weekend. I hope I see you again on Monday morning!


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  1. Sounds like a great week. Your greenery is way ahead of us (hard to imagine, since Canterbury is so close). Ever since seeing your ferns I’ve been looking for ours, and they are starting to spring up now, but seem to be about a week behind. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. That’s so strange! Maybe your house is shady? Ours gets a ton of direct sunlight and I suppose that could be why we’re just a bit ahead.

      I hope you also have a great weekend and survive the black flies. I miss you!!


  2. Don’t have any regrets about those book purchases — from the way you’ve gushed about them, you’re clearly enjoying them, and we could all use a little pleasure these days! I’m intrigued about the Anne cookbook and I hope you’ll share if you make any of the recipes!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Sarah! The Anne cookbook is so cute – I haven’t made anything yet but will definitely share when I do.


  3. Lovely book purchases! Don’t ever feel guilty about buying books, that’s my motto! You’re giving yourself and your family low-tech pleasure and supporting an industry! You could be spending money on much more frivolous things. (I’m such a pusher!)

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    1. Thanks Laila! Sadly, I’m also spending money on the frivolous things too – like more teacups. Why do I need more teacups? I DON’T.

      I hope you have a great weekend!

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  4. I’m only just starting to see everything in my own garden sprout and we’re so excited to see everything grow. This is my first foray into vegetable gardening so I’m trying to not get too hopeful – already having bad luck with the tomato plant that I transplanted. Ah well. Everything else seems to be doing well, at least.

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  5. I like that nature curriculum idea. Perfect for summer learning. You can purchase a TN repair kit that has a few different elastics. My TN is not well used enough to need replacement – yet!

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    1. I’m so excited about the Exploring Nature with Children Curriculum! We’ve been using it off and on for a few months now and it’s nice to have a little guide.

      Thanks for the info on the TN repair kit! I was hesitant to buy it because I really just need a short string of elastic and would like a pretty color… I’d love to be able to go to Joann’s right now and pick something out!


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