Monthly Archives: January 2015


We took advantage of our MOS membership’s reciprocal admission program today and spend the afternoon at the SEE Science Center in Manchester, NH. We were impressed by the both the number of exhibits and the breadth of topics covered.

One huge enjoyment (both literally and figuratively) was visiting their massive Millyard model built entirely out of Lego. We spent a long time walking round the model pointing out different facets and watching the train and trolly go round. The girls were politely patient as I went on and on about mill work (Industrial Revolution style) and my work in a mill (Historian style).

We then sat and built with some amazing inspiration in front of us. Nice.

January Snow

The snow fell this afternoon, slowly and silently.
Cold pellets of flakes dusting the sidewalks and the street.
A sparkling cover of white hiding the dingy neighborhood.

[photo: Snow on the car windshield, from within]

Homeschoolers On Ice

Forgive me if I wax poetic, but I truly hold dear our Monday skating outings with our homeschool friends. The kids are so adorable skating together and the ones who are comfortable on the ice are so willing to encourage and guide and teach their friends. They never complain or poke fun at those who aren’t as accomplished.

On any given day there is serious skating going on as well as some serious play. I skate in and out, near enough to hear their discussions and give a little tip or encouragement, but far enough away that they feel independent enough to try new things and forge their own relationships.

The photo above was taken one minute before the zamboni came out and a mere fraction of a second after they all gave me a great pose and fantastic smiles! I put down the phone and they all sped off for one last lap before they got kicked off the ice.

Early Morning Studio

“I’m so glad my window looks east into the sunrising…. It’s so splendid to see the morning coming up over those long hills and glowing through those sharp fir tops. It’s new every morning, and I feel as if I washed my very soul in that bath of earliest sunshine.” ~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables



Our resident baker has waited patiently for eight days to bake the gingerbread Mickey cookie kit that she got for Christmas. Tonight, her patience could last no longer and the Mickeys were mixed, rolled, cut, baked and eaten right up!