Friday Cozies – Week 28 of 2020

Good morning, friends. On Fridays I like to spend my blogging time going through the photos on my phone and putting together a short narrative of our week. I managed to take a lot of garden photos throughout the week, so please come into my burrow and check out all of the things growing around here!

What a week! It’s been hot and muggy, but thunderstorms make that weather worthwhile. Thunderstorms are the only thing I miss about growing up in Texas. The garden has loved the weather and we’re in a very exciting spot – just waiting for cucumbers, zucchinis, and squash to get a bit bigger and soon the deluge will begin. Our local farmstand is open now and I’m looking forward to buying some local honey!

I’m frightened by the news and the push to reopen schools. We’ve already made the decision to keep Bear at home next year, but our family really needs the treatment that Bug gets so he will continue going to his treatment center. We’re able to minimize the risk and exposure for Bug and his classmates by keeping our other two children safe at home. I know that not all families have that luxury and I’m thankful that we do.

Speaking of learning at home, we’ve had another really good week of focusing on the basics and beauty. I’m getting more and more encouraged about the fall. Bear is a rebel who pushes back on any sort of expectation (I’m the same way), so school was definitely not his cup of tea. He spent a lot of time in the school office and refusing to finish his work. It was a constant source of heartache for me. But when we switched to remote learning in the spring and continued our learning at home over the summer, things have vastly improved. He has permission to be super silly with his learning as long as he’s making progress. And we can take deep dives into subjects when the opportunity arises, instead of being forced to put things away when it’s time to switch subjects. For example, he spent hours studying a timeline of the evolution of human-like skulls in our Smithsonian History book on Wednesday, which led to a great discussion about how the actual shape of our brains changed over time given the kinds of lives our ancient ancestors lived. I love that we’re both so fascinated with evolution and the history of our planet. We can explore it through our secular worldview in ways that the school can’t, out of fear of upsetting families with different belief systems. Can you tell that I’m excited about all of the possibilities ahead of us?

Remember when I shared that a domesticated bunny appeared in our backyard and I scooped him up and gave him a home? It happened again! That is clearly not a wild bunny, I walked right up to it (in my nightgown, no less). I didn’t try to capture it because we only have two bunny cages and they’re both occupied, but I haven’t seen it since early Wednesday morning and I’m hoping it’s okay! I’m super tempted to go to Agway and buy a third bunny cage, just in case. (My husband would kill me.) We spent a couple of weeks watching John Harry Jack and I was amazed that he survived as long as he did, especially since it was early spring and all of the predators must have been starving. So maybe this bunny will surprise us and pop back up in the next few days. And maybe it will let me love it, hug it, and call it George.

And in knitting news: thanks to the Through the Loops Mystery Knit Along, I’ve developed a taste for mosaic knitting. And then Andrea Mowry posted the tease for her next pattern:

Friends, I think this is my next project! Look at the rainbow of stitches! I’m looking forward to seeing the WHOLE sweater, but I have a feeling it’s a winner for me. The collar alone is probably a whole hank of yarn and I might have to clean out my corgi fund to pay for the materials (!). Susanne Sommer also teased the possibility of a mystery knit along, which would be very exciting!

I’m looking forward to the weekend. It will be the last few days of my husband’s vacation and then it’s back to the real world for us. It’s going to be hot and steamy, so expect to find me in the living room and under the air conditioner! I hope you stay cool and find some time to recharge. I plan to be back on Monday and checking in with my Hobonichi Weeks.

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  1. Thank you so much for all the pictures – the garden looks AMAZING and so does your next project!! I’m excited for you!!

    I have a question about school, if I may – you know that I’m Christian and that school systems in Germany are different, but … could you elaborate on schools not teaching evolution and biology, etc. in a secular way? Does that mean that they HAVE to bring the Bible in when they are teaching natural sciences?

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    1. Thanks, Julia! And thanks for asking for the clarification! I didn’t mean to imply that schools teach to the Bible in the states. They definitely don’t. And I didn’t attend public schools in the state where I currently live (New Hampshire), but grew up in Texas. I learned the basics about biology in public school (the parts of a cell, etc), but didn’t really learn about evolution until I attended university. I think it’s a very touchy subject and I grew up in a very Christian area of the state — one in which teaching evolution would have caused quite a stir. I think every school district is different and I hope most public school children are learning more about evolution than I did, but can’t say for sure!

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      1. Thank you so much!! I … don’t really know what to say to that, to be honest, I’m still trying to digest the fact that evolution is a touchy subject. πŸ˜‰ (In Germany, schools teach R.E. – religious education – as a separate subject, but I can’t begin to imagine the uproar that would happen if a public school stopped to teach evolution in Biology. πŸ˜‰

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      2. I.e. to clarify – what you said is 100% correct: Christianity is a BELIEF SYSTEM. And evolution is about FACTS. That’s like doubting gravity, to loosely quote Tim Minchin. πŸ˜‰

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      3. And I just want to clarify that I’m only describing what it was like where I grew up, which was in South East Texas. Every school district around the country is different, which is ALSO interesting to me!

        Have a great weekend, Julia! I hope you get lots of knitting done πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Carole. The garden is keeping us so busy right now and it’s wonderful. And I know our positive experience with remote learning is the minority, but there it is. I’m just happy that my oldest is enjoying learning and is making progress.

      Enjoy the weekend!

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  2. Look at all your produce coming on so well. Your children must have their moments but they look very sweet- I love that they have benefitted from home education and can spend time on things that fascinate them. We had the grandchildren for the afternoon yesterday and as I drove them home topics of converstion – were what does it mean to Sue someone, and why have we got money and is it not just paper. Kept us gooing all the way! Both topics coming from the 6 year old.

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    1. Thanks Cathy! 6 year olds are amazing. I’m glad you got to spend some time with them!

      And you’re right – my kids are very sweet AND they definitely have their moments!! πŸ™‚

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  3. I also have so many questions about kids going back to the classroom. While I am retired, I am helping the admin team at my (former) school puzzle out how it will look. It is a multifaceted conversation and whatever is decided will impact many children and families – some to the positive, some not so much. I appreciate your approach and it sounds like a well thought out decision.

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    1. I am not envious of schools right now. They’re stuck in such a difficult place. Of COURSE educators want the kids back in the classroom and they must be worried sick about some of their at-risk students. I was outraged watching the press conference earlier this week. The Task Force went on and on about how children don’t really seem to be affected by the virus and there’s no evidence that they’re spreading it. I was so exasperated and kept saying but it’s because they’ve been stuck at home! Juliann, my six year old was in public school for 2 academic years and we were CONSTANTLY sick. And that’s not an exaggeration. We had one cold after another for two years. Even if very few kids will be symptomatic, they will absolutely be spreading the virus to family members and other vulnerable people in the population.

      Sorry this was so long. It’s something I’m really struggling with!! But I’m very happy with our decision to keep our oldest home to minimize the exposure for my middle child and the other children at his treatment center.

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    1. I DON’T KNOW! Since publishing this post, the bunny has been around a LOT. I’m looking at it right now – it pretty much stays in the backyard, so we haven’t had any issues with our garden yet. It seems like this bunny knows the other bunny that appeared, because they both sort of freak out when they see each other. I’m loving it now, but if more keep showing up then I think we’re going to have a problem!!!

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  4. Oh, what a garden! And that blueberry custard pie! It may not look very photogenic, but I bet it was delicious. Anything with custard has me making heart-eyes, haha.

    I find myself anxious about what to do with my kiddo– keep him home or enroll him in a daycare program. He’s been home with me since birth, but I had just started enrolling him in music classes and a Tinkergarten program so that he could socialize with other kids. But then, everything started shutting down. I feel so desperate to have him socialize with other kids right now because we are fairly isolated from friends and family, but I have that constant nagging fear of the virus…

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    1. It’s such a hard decision and I keep reminding myself that every child and every family is different. We are doing different things for each child based on their needs. Two are staying home and one is leaving the home for desperately needed services – which is still terribly frightening! I’ll be thinking of you as you make this decision. I’m sure it will be right for your situation and your family.

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  5. Your garden grows and grows! I’m so glad to read a little good news about Fall school in your post – nothing is ideal right now, but it does seem that you and your family are as well-positioned as any to survive and maybe even thrive. (I saw that sweater tease, too … wish I had a corgi fund πŸ˜‰

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