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Monday, July 25, 2016

Gearing Up to Start

One more week until school starts [ETA- We went back to starting our school year in January, makes so much more sense to me!] and I spent today getting ready! We got our second order of books for the year...

With this order we have everything we need to get started!

I set up my teaching station; my nice comfy chair, one of those little doohickies that keep your tea or coffee warm, and a basket with the books we'll be reading from most frequently...

We bought that table when Sheldon was a newborn!
Can you tell it's 16 years old? LOL
I've got our blackboard and school schedule set up right up on the wall...

Going to have to get Sheldon to rethink how he hangs his internet cable

I got the shelves all organized...

Still got a few things on top that need to find a home (just a few more things left to unpack yet) but top shelves are books we'll be using in the future. The second shelves are for things we're using this year. The next shelves are for the girls' school things, one each. The bottom two shelves on the brown set are for equipment and board games. Second to bottom on the white shelves are reference books and the bottom is for books that can take anytime they want.

Between the shelves and my desk live the girls' instruments. Anne's violin (which belonged to her great grandfather!) and Vanellope's djembe. The keyboard lives on the other side of the room.

Here it is, over by the computer/ tv area; which the girls forgot to tidy up I see :p.

I've also been working on cooking ahead for the freezer.

This here is 6 lbs of ground beef I cooked up with onions and green peppers (as well as 2 cups of pureed liver!). This I froze in 2 cup portions which gave me a good head start on 10 meals! I also put up another jar of fermented veggies (ginger carrots this week). I really let our diet slide with all the stress of the moving situation but I'm easing back into it. My sourdough starter is quite active and busy now, I'll be putting up some big batches of sourdough goodies this week; tortillas. and english muffins... loading up the freezer for quick healthy meals!

 I also just got some kefir grains from my MIL (thankfully I'd given her some before mine died!), and I'm putting up one jar of veggies up a week so starting August 15th we'll have a jar of beautiful ferments ready every week! I found a local source for kombucha and water kefir starts but I want to take my ferments back up one at a time so I don't get overwhelmed (I am so bad at jumping into too much at once and burning out!). I think the next thing on my list will be to purchase a new matsoni culture. We eat a LOT of yogurt and I've never been real great at thermophilic yogurts. Matsoni is a little thinner than we like our yogurt but I have a great greek yogurt maker that will take care of that! However that will have to wait a bit, we really went all out on the school books this year (this is going to be the best year EVERS!!!! <3 ), not to mention we still need to get a good snowblower before winter and the car is wanting some attention, but when I have a bit to spare, matsoni's where it's at ;).

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