Sixteen years of Treehouse talk

Sixteen years of Treehouse talk

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Wednesday Hodgepodge (Better late than never)

 From this Side of the Pond

1. Something you've seen recently that's 'cuter than a June bug'?

Well, it was going to be a photo of the nest of baby robins under our deck, but all I succeeded in doing was wildly annoying the parents.

2. Tell us something about where you were and what you were doing in June of 1988? If you weren't born yet, June of 1998. Or if that doesn't work, June of 2008. 

June 1988? Oh dear, that wasn't a very good time at all. I was between university years and taking a summer night course (4th year English course on Jungian symbolism and things like that), working other evenings at a bookstore (not as much fun as it sounds), and trying to get enough temp office work during the days to save some money for the fall, and I had just moved into a basement room which then got flooded out when a pipe backed up, and then they had to bring in cleaners and drywallers and carpenters and painters, which took ages, so I spent part of the summer sleeping upstairs in my landlords' living room, which didn't please them too much either, but they were a bit distracted at the time with a new baby who seemed to howl all night.

I think I got a C in that course. But I'm not blaming the baby, just the pipes. And the heat. And, let's be honest, not caring overly much about finding Jungian symbolism in Paradise Lost.

Actually none of the "8" years were times I really want to remember, aside from maybe 2018. Let's choose another number next time.

3. A place in your home or outdoor space where you feel 'snug as a bug in a rug'? 

Since I'm not a robin, I like open spaces a bit more. I have a desk and computer upstairs in the loft area between the bedrooms.

4. June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Month. Do you normally get your 4-5 servings each day? What's a favorite summer dish you make/serve/like to be served-ha! made with one of your favorite summer fruits. A favorite summer dish made with a favorite summer veg? How do you feel about cooking in the summer months? 

Anything made with summer fruit is fine with me. Mr. Fixit is limiting his fruit intake (various reasons), so I am not as apt as I used to be to throw blueberries into the muffins or to make a peach dessert. But I do buy some just to eat.

We don't stop cooking in the summer--we just try not to use the oven much.

5. Do you have a summer reading list? If so share a title or two we can add to our own. 

Currently re-reading Five Red Herrings (Dorothy Sayers) and Love the House You're In (Paige Rien). Waiting for the thrift stores and libraries here to re-open (again), then maybe I'll have a longer list.

Linked from The Wednesday Hodgepodge at From This Side of the Pond.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Randomistic pessimism

 From this Side of the Pond 

1. Realist, idealist, optimist, pessimist...which one are you? Elaborate. 

I am optimistic about my realistic pessimism.

2. What's something currently on your wish list? 

Optimistically or pessimistically?

I just bought a few wish-list summer things (posted about that here).

Besides that? Well, a haircut would be nice after half a year without one.

We need to get some new bedsheets and pillows.

I like the upcycled jean jackets at Six Ways to Sunday, but they're a lot out of my budget. Lydia recently gave me a free jean jacket from her closet purge, so that comes close. Who knows, maybe I could even change the sleeves up like the ones at Six Ways.

3. Three things on this week's shopping list? 

Mayonnaise. Baking soda. Another spaghetti squash to replace this poor victim of vivipary (a word I'd never heard before).

4. According to Trip Advisor here's a list of the top ten things to do in the US this summer-

Chicago Architecture River CruiseSkip the Line Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour, New York In A Day  guided sightseeing tour, Charleston's Old South Historic Horse and Carriage tourGrand Canyon helicopter tourFull day iconic sights of LA, Beverly Hills, Beaches and more, D.C. at Dusk guided night tour, Beneath the Streets Underground History tour (Seattle)New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat tour, Gangsters and Ghosts tour in more about each excursion in the link here. 

Of the ten attractions listed which do you find most appealing? Have you already experienced anything on this list?

Haven't done even one of those, unless you count the Charleston Old South Historic Airport Security Line tour. The "sights of LA, Beverly Hills, Beaches" sounds quite nice, makes me think of meeting up with Jim Rockford for tacos. But at this point I might even go for the swamp, if somebody offered it to me.

5. Besides home and work where do you spend the most time? 

Home = work. Other than that?

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

When we moved in here almost two years ago, the back deck had some fake green leafy stuff twined through its end wall. We could have taken it down, but decided to leave it as it was; it added a bit of privacy between us and the busy road. But after this winter, it was showing its age, and Mr. Fixit decided to take the leafy stuff down and bag it up for garbage day. He tied up the bag and left it on the deck. Yesterday when he moved it out front for pickup, he came back and told me there was something moving inside the bag. Really? Like what? Like maybe some little animal that had been nesting in the green stuff, a mouse or a baby chipmunk. I looked too, and it did look like something was moving in there, but it was also a bit windy so it was hard to tell for sure what was moving the plastic bag around. I guess we will never know, because the next time he looked at the garbage bag, there was also a nicely-chewed exit hole in the side. Memo to Mr. Mouse: I'm sorry we destroyed your habitat, but I'm glad you didn't chew your way out indoors!

Linked from The Wednesday Hodgepodge at From This Side of the Pond.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

A Georgian Bay Summer Suitcase

Arthur Lismer, A September Gale, Georgian Bay (1921)

The weather, finally, is getting dependably warm. She knows she could get along all right without buying many clothes for the summer. Maybe a pair of shoes. But one day she sees that one of the mainstream Canadian women's clothing stores is having a very good online sale. She's trying to shop more sustainably, but getting a few summer things she likes at a good price also seems reasonable. When the fall clothes come around, it's more likely that she'll find something that pulls a bit more sustainable weight. Or at least that she'll be able to browse the thrift stores again.

The first thing she chooses is a pair of blue chambray pants, with some pleats and waist detailing. These give her a bit of happy nostalgia, as she owned a similar pair about thirty years ago, the summer that she and her future husband were first dating. Strangely enough, The Vivienne Files also decides to do a story featuring chambray blue and pastels. So this feels like not a bad choice for this year.
How about two summer-top versions of September Gale

Here's the water:
And here are the rocks (shown with some jewelry she already owns):
(She also buys some pajamas, but you don't need to see those.)

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Going, Growing, maybe Throwing

 From this Side of the Pond

1. It's like my mama always said, "______________________________________________." 

Go clean your room?

Our youngest Squirreling did a final move-out recently, which involved a lot of getting rid of stuff. Inspired by her energy, and also by the fact that she gave me a bunch of things she didn't need and that I had to find room for if I wanted them, I also did a good cleanout of clothes-and-stuff-that-gets-stored-with-clothes. It actually all turned out very well, and I am now the second owner of a countertop cosmetics organizer (plus some stuff to put inside it), an extra jean shirt, a handy cardigan, a slip dress, about three bottles of bubble bath, and a couple of books that were on their way to the thrift store. Plus I put my prescription sunglasses in a place where I will remember to take them when I go out instead of somewhere in my bottom drawer.

2. May 11th is National Eat What You Want Day. What will you be having by way of celebration? 

That was yesterday, wasn't it? Right...well, Mr. Fixit made chicken paprikash with noodles.

I ate some green olives in oil and basil from the gift box that my oldest daughter sent for Mother's Day.

Oh, and we stopped and got a couple of doughnuts (the really plain non-messy kind) and coffee while we were out driving around after supper. What we were driving around for was trying to find an outdoor garden section that was open, so we could buy a couple of flower baskets. However, the weather was so rotten out there that I think it would have been more pleasant to stand looking at geraniums in the middle of January, so we gave up and cruised around, picked up the doughnuts, parked by the lake and had a snack in the car.

3. Describe your idea of a perfect spring day.

Finishing the last of a package of mini cinnamon buns for breakfast, photographing violets in the postage-stamp back yard, working on the computer for awhile, stopping for a coffee break with my husband, having a package delivered (see #5), eating leftovers (#2) for lunch plus a piece of chocolate also from the box my daughter sent me for Mother's Day, going back to work while he goes out to pick up a couple of flower baskets to ornament our outdoors (the weather's better today), having little or no idea of what we're going to make for dinner and being okay with that all the same.

Oh yeah, that was today.

And you will notice I didn't say anything about the things we're not doing.

4. Success, fulfillment, growth, achievement...pick one and tell us how it relates to your life in some way, either currently or in days gone by. 

Growth? Babies grow into children grow into adults. We ourselves and the ones we produced. The one who had the butterfly birthday right after we started this blog has spread her poster-board wings and flapped her way out of the Treehouse (see #1).

5. I saw this going around on various social media sites and thought it would be fun to answer here. The last thing you bought on Amazon is your weapon in battle. How will you wield it?  (if you're not an Amazon shopper, then the last thing you bought online anywhere)

A pair of  summer pajamas, teal with a palm tree print.

Ways I could use them as a weapon:

a) Letting the enemies laugh themselves silly

b) Turn the pajama pants into a stone-flinging catapult

c) Soak pajamas in flowery detergent and give the enemy an allergy attack

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I think that's been random enough already.

Linked from The Wednesday Hodgepodge at From This Side of the Pond.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Fashion Revolution Week: An Act of Defiance

 This is Fashion Revolution Week, hosted by

"In an age of ugliness, a work of beauty is an act of defiance" – Sir Roger Scruton

The above quote was used in a video about the ugliness of contemporary buildings (such as monster apartment towers),  by Paul Joseph Watson. He said,

"We are witnessing the uglification of the world. The Globalist goal is to make the whole planet identical in its atomizing dreariness. By dulling our senses they hope to dull our very life essence. This is all inherently totalitarian, but in an age of ugliness, a work of beauty is an act of defiance.”

You can think anything you want about globalism and what "they" want, that's not the point here. Or, rather, that is the point, that no matter where we stand on the political spectrum, there is one common aim: to promote and celebrate a special kind of beauty:

  • the beauty of our world, when we haven't polluted it through the excesses of industry
  • the beauty of natural fabrics and dyes that lessen that pollution 
  • the beauty of colour, and not just the same few colours that a handful of marketers have decided to sell us this season
  • the beauty of human beings who are treated as such in their places of work
  • the beauty of clothes, shoes, and jewelry that are well made, not slapped together
  • the beauty of traditional arts, especially in fabric and jewelry design
  • the beauty of things thoughtfully designed, that don't "make the whole planet identical"
  • the beauty of things cherished and cared for.
We don't have to dress like teenagers or celebrities to promote this kind of beauty. We don't even have to dress in ways that stick out. We can find it in style that appeals to the more mature among us, to those who like things plain, and to those who love to shine. We can find it in imaginative application of colour, and creative uses of a small wardrobe. We can find it in designs that show the beauty of different shapes, sizes, and physical needs; and in clothes that will hold together and look good for a long time. 

Don't ask just "who made my clothes," but "who chose my clothes?" 

All this can be the work of beauty. It can also be our act of defiance.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Fashion Revolution Week: Siege Mentality

Back when her kids were young and she homeschooled them, she found out that she was good at two things: turning yard-saled books and random "stuff" into a coherent curriculum; and reading ancient history with them. Now that she's an empty-nester, she's turned her history lessons into a series of books that get other people's kids interested in the Peloponnesian Wars. And her gift for organized-randomness still gets her called on, now and then, to talk about "stuff." (It also helps her find interesting clothes in thrifty places.)

Recently she has been reading about a Spartan general named Gylippus, who was sent to help defend another city that was besieged by the Athenians. Why did the Spartans choose Gylippus? Because he had a knack for seeing potential in situations where others saw only problems. A kindred spirit, perhaps? Well, not entirely: after all his military success, Gylippus was run out of town for embezzlement. Nobody's perfect.

Still, she finds his attitude inspiring, and thinks about it as she contemplates her next closet cleanout and some plans for warmer weather (she's between writing projects at the moment). What did Gylippus actually do to break the siege? First of all, he stopped the Athenians from their usual routine of building a surrounding wall, by building his own wall to cross it. (Reminds her of some board games she used to play with the kids.) Instead of just breaking down the enemy's walls, he built his own, literally forcing things to move in a new direction.

His second strategy was to get all the help he could from neighbouring states.

Finally, Gylippus pulled out the big guns...well, spears and arrows and things like a major battle in the harbour. He used all the strategies, weapons and resources at his disposal, and defeated the Athenian fleet.

What does this have to do with  #fashionrevolution and her own clothes? Well, she's not quite sure where the next while is going to take her. As a matter of fact she's finding the world quite confusing right now, and clothes are no exception. What has happened to her favourite tunic tops and skinny pants? "Styles have changed a great deal in the past two years," says one article, pointing to trends like wider jeans, tucked-in sweaters,  and comfortable shoes. She's happy about the shoes, but iffy about the big jeans, and the current bra-as-top thing is definitely a no. Should she ignore the trends and keep wearing her skinnies, or stick to classic clothes and neutral colours? "I have a tiny wardrobe," says a well-dressed,  younger-than-her You-tuber, "but I don't bother with boring basics, just things I really like." She appreciates reversals like that: they're a reminder that, like Gylippus or a really good yard sale (whenever yard sales might reappear on the radar), it pays to look at things from unexpected angles.

What are the biggest walls she struggles against? What she doesn't have...what she can't find...what she can't afford. Not being a well-dressed young You-:tuber, which only bothers her when she's looking for advice that works for fifty-somethings as well. How can she build  her own wall, without getting walled in? 

Well, maybe not a wall, but a wheel. Starting with colours instead of function:

And now she has to pull it apart again to see if these clothes will pull their weight in the battle against boredom. Some of them may not play nicely with the others in real life. There are also going to be gaps, because, unlike the You-tuber, she does wear boring (boot-cut) blue jeans and white t-shirts.

As it turns out, the only things she decides to delete are a pair of pink pants (free from an offspring who didn't want them) and a couple of surplus t-shirts and tops (the pile was getting to be more t-shirts than anything else).

What she keeps from the photo (17 items):

teal tank top
burgundy tank top
dark pink tank top

blue-grey (or is it grey-blue) short-sleeved t-shirt
pink/navy/white striped t-shirt
pastel green t-shirt
purplish-taupe lightweight top
dusty-pink lace top

orchid-purple (maybe mauve) long-sleeved jersey top

jean-style Tencel shirt
orchid-pink (maybe lavender) button-up shirt

pants whose colour she can't define, but she usually defaults to "khaki"

teal Chrysalis Cardi (multipurpose piece of clothing)
pearl-grey cocoon cardigan (dressy)
sage-green long short-sleeved cardigan
dark blue cotton-modal cardigan (casual)

denim-blue sweatshirt dress

What she adds from her closet (13 items):

wine-brown short-sleeved jersey top
off-white short-sleeved t-shirt
blue and white print t-shirt 
dark blue t-shirt

off-white button-up shirt, long sleeves
dark grey linen shirt with roll-up sleeves
navy blouse with floral print

wine-coloured sweatshirt

jean-style shorts (they're old, but they do have a high waist, so that's good?)
blue jeans (ankle-length, summer weight)
navy jersey pants

plum t-shirt dress

purple faux-suede coat (rescued from a dollar rack five years ago)

The Outfit-Building Battle Commences

Taupe top over tank top, khaki pants
Sweatshirt dress, scarf
Tank top, cocoon sweater, khaki pants
Off-white shirt, striped t-shirt, khaki pants
Sage cardigan, grey-blue t-shirt, shorts
Jean shirt, striped t-shirt, jean shorts
Navy cardigan, green t-shirt, khaki pants
Jean shirt, orchid t-shirt, jeans
Cocoon sweater, teal tank top, teal Chrysalis Cardi acting as skirt
Teal Chrysalis Cardi, wine-brown top, jeans
Lavender shirt, t-shrt, jeans or jersey pants
Navy cardigan, blue-print t-shirt, scarf
Sage cardigan, t-shirt, khaki pants
Purple coat, jean shirt  t-shirt, khaki pants

A  few odd things

Print blouse

 plum t-shirt dress

Wine-coloured sweatshirt


Shoes (oh, shoes, how wonderful to see you again after a winter of snow boots)





Poncho (Fair trade, made in Ecuador, but I found it at the Salvation Army store)

teal faux-leather jacket 

hooded rain jacket (not shown)

jean jacket (not shown)

Sources of clothes and accessories: Most were thrifted or were found at antique markets. One scarf, the purse, a couple of tops, and some of the shoes were bought new. Some of the jewelry pieces were gifts; the teal and white bracelets are from Fierce Lynx Designs. The Chrysalis Cardi was bought from Encircled five years ago.

The final installment in this series will be posted on Wednesday.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Fashion Revolution Week: Mean Business, Make Waffles

This is Fashion Revolution Week, hosted by

First, a bit of an "imaginary heroine" story from The Vivienne Files:

"She returned [from her vacation] to a madhouse. Drinking at lunch, crying in the bathrooms, shouting in the halls – it had all of the elements of a bad soap opera, without the romance…

"So she decided that it was finally time to take over.  She’d considered it before, but wasn’t really all that interested in management. But when she saw how absolutely miserable her co-workers were, she started to plan."

Do you notice something that's not going on in that office?  The drinking, crying, shouting employees aren't doing anything to improve the situation, no matter what their qualifications or skills are supposed to be. As the story continues, the heroine assumes the role of ad-hoc manager by managing.

Here's an older story: the 1921 novel Re-Creations, by Grace Livingston Hill. During her senior year of college, Cornelia is called home due to family needs. At first she is annoyed, but then she realizes how desperate things have gotten and how badly the household needs someone to take on an adult role. (The mother has been hospitalized, apparently from overworking and undereating.)

"It was no use whatever to sit here and cry about it when such a mountain of work awaited her. The lady on the train had been right when she told her there would be plenty of chance for her talent...At least things could be clean and tidy. And there should be waffles!"

What needs to happen to make this family's world better can only be done by doing, and Cornelia has to be the one to get the ball rolling.

So what are we talking about here? Bossing people around? Washing sheets and making waffles? Not exactly...more like...if the mess is all around you, don't wait for somebody else to clean it up. If you have people around you, of any age or relationship, you're modelling behaviour for them, like it or not.  So start somewhere. Stay calm. Use your talents. Make a plan. 

Act (and, if necessary, dress) to show you mean it. In the case of the Vivienne Files heroine, getting people to take her seriously meant dressing up; but for Cornelia, who had a house to scrub down, dinner to cook, and curtains to stencil, it was the opposite.

Ask for help and co-operation, but make sure your helpers get waffles (or pizza, or whatever).

And what might this have to do with Fashion Revolution Week? Simply this: if you're troubled by little or big problems (like fast fashion), decide to be part of the solution; and then do something to show that you mean business. 

People will notice.

What happens when someone takes this advice to heart? Part Two will be posted on Tuesday..

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

From the archives: what we were doing ten years ago

First posted April 2011. Edited slightly.

The weather here is still on and off--mixed snow, rain and general gloom.  Sore throats and general malaise have several of the Squirrels not up to doing much this week. 

However:  so far we have managed to:

make a quart of yogurt (this is a good home ec lesson for days when you don't want people sneezing all over the ingredients--just one person has to actually handle the milk and starter)
make a pot of pepperoni-lentil-beef broth-carrot soup, good for what ails you
start a jar of lentil sprouts
make a big pan of orange-coconut-almond granola (we're short on boxed cereal)
bake gingerbread
wash a bunch of laundry
fold a bunch of laundry
iron some grab-bag fabric for sewing
read half of Plutarch's Life of Solon (that was Mama Squirrel)
listen to a good chunk of the audio book of Number the Stars (that was Ponytails)
read several fairy tales from The Fairy Ring (that was Crayons)
turn more plastic spoons into little people (Crayons)
keep reading The Book of Three (Mama Squirrel and Ponytails)
finish Daddy-Long-Legs (Mama Squirrel and Crayons)
"But there is a different kind of virtue, the kind that children know about, the feeling of self-worth and happiness that comes from purely personal achievement.  The kitchen is just about the only place in the house where a whole family can re-learn this kind of virtue, where there is comfort, joy and enormous pleasure in doing something simple together, and then enjoying it together."--James BarberThe Urban Peasant

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Killing it on the keyboard

 From this Side of the Pond


1. What is something you currently find 'taxing'?

Going to leave that one aside this time. The big things are the too-obvious ones, and the small ones are too personal. Or the other way around.

2. I've seen this question asked in various forms on several social media can only keep three-

coffee, jewelry, tacos, wine, books, dogs, chocolate, Netflix, make-up, leggings, cheese, cats

Which three do you keep and how easy or hard was it for you to decide? 

Would anybody not say "books?" I mean, over cheese and leggings?

Cats and dogs in general, those with whom I am acquainted, or those which I might host myself? Since I don't have any of the third group, and know very few of the second besides my daughter's chihuahua, I'd probably cross them off. I mean, if we're talking in terms of a "no pets" apartment or something.

I don't drink wine, and don't care especially about tacos. Netflix I can take or leave.

So I guess that leaves coffee, jewelry, and makeup! Coffee stays. And I'm getting should probably stick around. Apologies to my earrings.

P.S. Oh, I forgot about chocolate. I'm with Joyce on this one: it would be pretty hard to cross off the list of life's good things. Somebody invent a chocolate that doubles as lipstick, okay?

3. Tell us something you know or have learned about forgiveness? 

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
― Oscar Wilde

4. What's something you'd recommend that is often overlooked and under appreciated? 

Vanilla ice cream.

5. Give us a favorite word that starts with letter K and tell us why this is the one you chose. 

Keyboard, as in computer. Because you never appreciate one fully until you've had to do an entire blog post using a touchpad.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Paul Klee did a "priorities" game one time too. This was his conclusion:

"First of all, the art of living; then as my ideal profession, poetry and philosophy, and as my real profession, plastic arts; in the last resort, for lack of income, illustrations."   —Paul Klee.

(Gualtieri Di San Lazzaro, Klee. Praeger, New York, 1957, p. 16)

Paul Klee, Red Balloon

Linked from The Wednesday Hodgepodge at From This Side of the Pond.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

From the archives: Or we can keep on...

First posted April 2006 (which makes it fifteen years ago); edited slightly. The Apprentice was fourteen, still homeschooling that spring, but later in the year she started part time at the local high school. Ponytails was eight and a half. Crayons/Lydia was almost five.

 "Mom makes us work too hard." "Not another book!" "School is hard." If my children were talking Barbies, they might echo that unfortunate doll (who had her conversation chip yanked for saying that math is too hard). Yes, the Apprentice and Ponytails do complain about school, lest you think that these Shakespeare-reading progeny do everything excellently without ever needing to be prodded (that's only true of other peoples' children, right?). After all, The Apprentice isn't planning on going to university anyway...she alternates between interests in hairdressing/cosmetics, photography, and computer information systems (maybe she'll figure out a way to do all of them). Why does this stuff matter?

[2021 update: The Apprentice did a hairstyling apprenticeship first, but also studied science/math at university, and now works in computer information systems.]

So I have some alternatives. I could buy a fill-in-the-blanks homeschool curriculum instead of boring them with Thomas More or Winston Churchill. (Jane Austen and Charles Dickens don't get the "boring" face, for some reason.) I could let them follow their own interests completely. I could buy some of those prepared novel studies, comprehension workbooks, language textbooks, and spend a lot more time teaching them to write five-sentence paragraphs. (Squirrelings, that's not meant to be a threat--some homeschoolers spend a lot of time on those things because that's just the way they do school, and it works for them.)

I could send them to public school, so that they could develop the the following characteristics of current university students. (This list comes from the story "Educating the next wave" in a local newspaper. I'm only including some of them.)
* "Doing" is more important than "knowing." In other words, what you know is less important than knowing where to get the answer. "You don't have to master the subject anymore," Sharpe said. [Associate Professor Bob Sharpe of Wilfrid Laurier University, who led a seminar about preparing for the next generation of students.]
* They have zero tolerance for delays. When they send an e-mail to a professor, they want an answer immediately.
* They're consumers rather than producers of knowledge.
* They blur the lines between consumer and creator by sampling information on the Internet and producing new forms of expression. 
(That last one, in particular, intrigues me. It sounds like one of those creative report card comments that really means "He cheated on his term paper.")
Or we can keep on reading writers who are much wiser and better educated than we are, taking what we can from their thoughts, and making our responses to their books a central part of Treehouse homeschooling.

In spite of the grousing, there are those moments when I know that what we're doing is what we're supposed to be doing. Like when Ponytails asked for a James Whitcomb Riley poetry book at a booksale last year, or The Apprentice kindly found me a volume of Tennyson at this year's sale. Or when I found The Apprentice reading her Canadian history book without being reminded, or saw Ponytails poring over a map of Narnia. Or when The Apprentice found a creative way to make her science experiment work even though somebody discarded the plastic pop bottle she was hoarding. (Sorry.) Or when Ponytails was genuinely sad at finishing a biography of Galileo. Or when Crayons read me back part of the Charlotte's Web chapter we'd just finished together.

We'll try to understand that delays happen...there are disappointments...and that not everything's fun (though something can be enjoyable in its own way without being fun). Maybe the Squirrelings will be strange enough to think that knowing something is even more valuable than knowing where to look it up (or where to copy it from the Internet). Maybe when we've read Utopia and How to Read a Book and Whatever Happened to Justice, there won't be so many blurry lines. Maybe they will be subversive enough to think that they can be producers as well as consumers of knowledge.

If they turned out like that, I wouldn't mind at all.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Frugal April Closet

Why call it frugal?

Because most of the clothes and accessories shown here were thrifted, some of them for a dollar apiece. The two scarves shown were, strangely enough, not thrifted, but one of them was a gift. A couple of things came from consignment stores and vintage clothing sellers. One purse was bought new a couple of years ago.

Why do frugal?

It's a budget-friendly way to shop sustainably. Plus you can find things nobody else has!

I've used this poster before as wardrobe inspiration. This time it came up kind of after the fact, but there's definitely some "Sonatina Per Due" going on here again.

It might be this scarf:

Or this one:

Or this blouse from the thrift store's dollar rack:

Or this taupe top, also a dollar...

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