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What Nino Read, July 2016

A Boy Named Giotto
A Little Pigeon Toad
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
A wind in the door
And Then It’s Spring
Are You My Mother?
Attack of the Clones
Basic Aid Training
Basketball for Young Champions
Brian Jacques The Tribes of Redwall Otters + Badgers
Cam Jensen and the Wedding Cake Mystery
Cautionary Tales For Children
Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations
Chasing Degas
Clara Barton
Click, Clack, peep!
D’aulaire Book of Greek Myths
Dave and the Giant Pickle
Draw Really Cool Stuff
Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods & Heroes
Eyewitness: universe
Farmer Boy
Fortunately, The Milk
Fractals, googols and other mathematical tales
Galileo’s Leaning Tower Experiment
George Gershwin
Good Morning, Gorillas
Guinness World Records 2015
Henry Huggins
Joseph from Germany
Julius: The Baby of the World
Keepers of the School
King Arthur’s Knight Quest
King Jack and the Dragon
Leif The Lucky
Long-Arm Quarterback
Mission to the Moon
Nancy’s Mysterious Letter
Officer Buckle and Gloria
One Small Square: Cactus Desert
Pink and Say
Rome & Romans
Room For A Little One: Christmas Tale
So You Want To Be President
Squire and the Scroll
St. Martin de Porres
St. Paul the Apostle
The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport
The Boy and His Lunch
The Boy Mechanic
The Case of the Shipwrecked Tree
The Dangerous Book for Boys
The Home Adventure Library
The Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes
The Parables of Jesus
The Piece of Resistance
The Planet Of Puzzles
The Reader’s Digest: Children’s Atlas of the World
The Secret Of Red Gate Farm
The Secret of the Old Mill
The Sinister Signpost
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!
The Usborne Rainy Book
The Way Things Work
The World Almanac and Book Of Facts 2015
The World’s Best Fairy Tales
Tintin in Tibet
Treasure Box 2
Usborne Knights & Castles
Usborne Rome & Romans
Usborne World of Shakespeare
Volcanoes! Mountains of Fire
Wilbur and Orville Wright

– catalogued by Ate Yena and Kuya Migi

I’ve Had It! Converting to Mac

It’s about time I switched. This is the first time I’m able to blog in WEEKS!! My laptop is always at 100% CPU usage, it’s driving me crazy. Something that used to take 10 minutes to do now takes me 3 hours.

This is our third Dell. Hubby’s on his third too…. but his is company-issued so any problems that he encounters he just has to take it in and they take care of it. I don’t have that kind of luxury and I’m tired of spending time and money on repairs.

So I’m making the switch. I figure better do it now before I’m old and crotchety and refuse or unable to learn new tricks.


Some notes:

  • We’re finally on our last week of the Africa Unit Study. Since I wasn’t able to blog the rest of the study I’ll just put everything into one document and post it sometime.
  • I shopped for school supplies early this year! Which I never do since we shop for them year-round anyway. But this year we’ve got piles of (15-cent at Target and Meijer!) notebooks, and a new case of Ticonderoga pencils and gluesticks from Costco, and a new pack of washable markers.
  • Aisa and I have been inducted into the Ranger’s Apprentice fan club here at home. We are ALL eagerly awaiting the 9th book in the series, Halt’s Peril, due out October 5th. I’m thinking of pre-ordering to surprise Paco, but he’ll probably see this post anyway. 😀 I’ve allowed Migi, who’s 11, to read the books up to Book 7, which to me is quite violent… but no further, at least for another year or so. I’m *so* tempted to order that book on Amazon that someone brought in to the US from Australia. But. I will be patient and set a good example.
  • Paco has decided what to do with Kolbe. Going for honors but not Summa which isn’t flexible. Nice to see my curriculum still holds sway over him. I’ll try to post it sometime, perhaps after I get the Mac.
  • Aisa’s paying for 1/4 of it since she wants it for Garage Band. I’d RME but I know she’ll make good use of it. Now if I could only find software that will transcribe music for me, so I can get all these songs off my head and onto paper.
  • Our big ones are off to Santa Clara, CA for the YFL-SFL conference.
  • Hubby’s best friend of 25 years (?) was here with his family last Tuesday. B got home that evening from a 10-day trip to Germany and Bogie and family showed up a couple of hours later. Soooo good to catch up with old friends. We really miss the brods out in NJ. Fun fun fun evening looking at old pics (Alex’s comment, that was you, Dad? You were so ugly!) No he wasn’t, but he was (and Bong too) way THIN in those days. LOL.
  • Hubby brought home my much-coveted Greengate spoons from Koln, along with really cute clothing for the kids. I’m married to the sweetest guy ever.
  • This week I am cooking from Mario Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Spanish food tour cookbook simply titled “Spain”. Tonight it’s grilled fish with a garlicky vinaigrette. Sometime this week Caldo Gallego, with shelling beans I got at the farmer’s market. Gravel Knolls is the only one who’s got them! A mix of cannellini and some black and greenish beans whose names I forget.
  • Nino, the little imp 🙂 , is having fun signing. I was getting a little worried there for a bit, but he’s catching on quite nicely, I think. Thank goodness I had a brother who didn’t talk ’til 2, and Migi didn’t talk much until this age either. But prayers for his tongue to be loosened more would certainly help. The not-talking seems to not affect his naughtiness and sense of humor though.
  • I’m trying, again, to get back to once-a-month shopping. It’s been a while since I did this — let’s see how I do. Supposedly I’ll be saving time and money doing it this way. Don’t even remember how it turned out the last time. I’ll post a list of my monthly shopping list next time.
  • I have *lots* of pictures to upload. But again, will have to wait until I have a working computer again. I’ll have my computer whiz brother convert the Dells into Linux so we can get a bit more mileage out of them.

Love and Devotion, Pussy Willow, Miquelrius


Love is a fire, which when fanned into a flame, becomes devotion.

The love which we begin with early on is a tiny bud, which we water and feed and grow under the light of His Grace… until it becomes DEVOTION. Love brought us together, bound us together… devotion keeps us together. By constantly attaching ACTION onto the EMOTION, love is allowed to flourish and bear fruit. It’s when we try to live on EMOTION alone that we neglect the needful things…. and when there is no evidence of fruit then discouragement and disillusionment sets in, and we mistakenly think that LOVE has ceased to exist.

The same applies to our relationship with God. The action that proves our love for our God is also the food which allows this love to grow and bear fruit. It is a cycle that never ends. If we truly want to be DEVOTED to God, our love needs to be motivated into ACTION.

Reading: Introduction to the Devout Life

So I bought a bunch of pussy willow branches, just because I’ve always wanted some in the house. They are now at the fireplace, in a vase much too big for them… to look nice, it will need at least 5 more of these bunches. I guess I need a pussy willow vase for them to look “proper” but if I tarry too long even the vase will not be necessary. Nino (14 months) has been pulling the little catkins off the branches, at first attempting to eat them… and after being reprimanded he is now simply caressing them with his index finger. Pussy willow all over the carpet, the couch…. I suppose I should be glad I don’t have to get a real kitten for him.

He has also started to draw. We made him muffin crayons the other day from saved Crayola pieces. He seems to prefer the Derwent pencils though.

Unlikely place to find my favorite notebook, but there it is. My beloved Miquelrius, in the stationery aisle at Target. An even lovelier surprise: my beloved Miquelrius, in the CLEARANCE aisle at Target. I jumped and bought 5 of them, one for each of us. What I love about Miquelrius: the color coded pages, perfect for separating subjects without the use of tabs. Made in Spain. Quality paper that takes fountain pen ink really well. Yummy yummy.

The kids have started new notebooks. I was inspired by a conversation at the 4RealTL…. and was reminded that we haven’t done a proper notebooking project in a LONG while. (Did I mention I *strongly dislike* 3-hole-punched lined paper?) But the kids have been using it for years so it’s hard to break the habit — everytime I propose switching to notebooks they balk. But Miquelrius changed their minds this time.

Paco has started one for Technology, Migi for Weapons, and Yena is picking 4 different topics, Birds being the first one. She’s thinking of Engineering, Weapons, and Plants.

Mine is the “master notebook”, where I’m keeping track of all their projects and mine.