About Us

Last updated February 2016.

We are a fivesome, living in urban southern Ontario (have lived in this area all our lives). 

We began our family blog in February 2005, with a hamster, a squirrel puppet, and a trio of youngsters who were all homeschooled at the time. The children have grown, the parents are moving into new paths...and the squirrel has lost a little more fur from his nose.

Here is a rundown of the Treehouse inhabitants:

Mr. Fixit:  started out in electronics, spent many years working for the phone company and then as a network administrator; now back to electronics and fixitry, pursuing self-employment by restoring vintage radios, guitar amps, and antique clocks.  A good Schwabian-style cook and back-porch barbecuer, he also enjoys vintage sitcoms and radio dramas, and has been known to venture into improv and stand-up comedy.

Mama Squirrel:  her questions about life's direction were resolved when she went for her first ride in Mr. Fixit's '79 Cordoba.  Things that spark her interest include Charlotte Mason education, frugality (homeschooling, food, crafts, just about anything), easy slow cooker recipes, hunting for old books, and writing.

The Apprentice:  a university grad (science major). She works for a finance company, and also happens to be a licensed hairstylist and a passionate knitter (when she has time).  She is now the caretaker of two very hairy guinea pigs (reminiscent of our late hamster Snowball).

Ponytails:  finished high school, working at her first full-time job.  Enjoys music and vintage Audrey-Hepburn-in-Paris style.

Lydia, formerly called Dollygirl, formerly called Crayons: homeschooled through Grade Eight, now attending high school. Likes reading, drama and singing.

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