About Us

Last updated January, 2015.

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.  Most of the blog is now written by Mama Squirrel, with occasional posts from The Apprentice.

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 vintage books, and writing.  She also enjoys co-teaching adult Sunday School with Mr. Fixit. More about Mama Squirrel.

The Apprentice:  a university grad (science major). She has just begun a financial internship, and also happens to be a licensed hairstylist, a lovely soprano, and a passionate knitter (when she has time).  She has more or less flown our nest, but visits when she can.

Ponytails:  used to be homeschooled, in her last year of public high school.  Enjoys music, vintage Audrey-Hepburn-in-Paris style, and cosmetology.  Very good at history.

Lydia, formerly called Dollygirl, formerly called Crayons: still homeschooling, now in Grade Eight. Likes Tolkien, Rick Riordan's books, knitting, and fashion. Also likes singing.

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