Tuesday, May 21, 2013

love spring . . .

Love Spring here on the farm!  The leaves have come, flowers are blooming, and the grass is OUT OF CONTROL.
 

 The younger three have already started fishing and swimming.
And my green house is finished.  Kind of.  I decided to save a little time and be able to get the plants started earlier by putting plastic along the bottom and on the door frame.  Later this summer, when I am finished with school, I'll cut the glass and screen to fit in the bottom portion of the house.
The other day it was 115 degrees in there when I got home from school.  I have since taken off some of the plastic and keep the door propped open to allow some air flow while my plants are starting.


Friday, May 17, 2013

all growing up . . .

 

This past week, my little daughter, who is not so little anymore, left home.  Not forever, but what seems like forever now.  Being that this is her first time away from home, it was a happy, yet nerve racking departure.
 
About three weeks ago she was invited to go on tour with the Defiance College Choral group and perform at several places.  The choral group needed some stringed instruments to accompany them and she, along with four to five others, went with them out to Colorado for a ten day musical tour.

 

And then there was the ACT (American College Test) that needed to be taken in order to start applying to colleges.  Even though she is technically only a Junior in High School, I am shipping her to college next year as a Dual Enrolled student.  Her Senior year classes for homeschool will be her Freshman year classes that she takes.  The ACT (the SAT on the West Coast) is an assessment test that determines if the student is "ready" academically for college.  And if the student is not ready, usually colleges will require students to take remedial classes (lower than 100 level) that boosts their academic skills to prepare them for the classes that count towards a degree.  Most schools are looking for students to get above an 18-22 on all areas of the test in order not to take remedial classes.  And the more prestigious the school, typically the higher the score needed to gain admittance.
 
The ACT highest score is a Composite 36, and in order be considered for an Ivy League school, a student needs to score a 30 or above.  Top universities, liberal arts colleges, and top public universities will generally require a 26 Composite score or higher in order to be accepted.  And just last week, Amory got her score back from her first attempt at the test.  And it was the FIRST test she has ever taken!  Her composite score . . . 26!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

more spring rectial work . . .

The children all have musical spring recitals.  I have spring building recitals!  And I think that I am addicted to building things.  The last few weeks I have been designing the greenhouse that I have wanted to build for three years now.  And this spring was the time for the production.  I had gotten some glass patio doors from a friend of mine and planned the structure around the shape of the doors.  Free glass is a hard thing to pass up.
 
I decided to build support walls on the bottom because each glass door weighs around 150 pounds.  The back, sides, and top all get the big patio doors.  They all measure 80" x 50" and I am using them horizontally.  I used some new construction wood to build the frame and painted it with an aluminum reflective paint.  Since I am in a rush to get it up and use it, I painted it and assembled it at the same time.  And I learned my lesson about building things "on site" with the bridge I built in the woods.  I constructed the wall in the wood shop, then brought it out where it will stay and put it together. 
 It's a nice little building that will accommodate all of our seed starting.
And this is Maine's spring recital piano piece.