Stoop Sitting

Every year, I get a little better at taking care of our container garden. This year we got ambitious and bought a galvanized steel stock tank from Tractor's Supply, so we could grow tomatoes and cucumbers. They need a LOT of water, and of course the kids love helping out front. 

Sometimes I bring out a TROFAST tray for C.  She loves to fill it, splash in it, and wet her chalks in it.

"It's the world's tiniest paddling pool!" she told me.

Here's to summer in the city, and making the best of small spaces.


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Duck study


Bone collector

In the two years our backyard has been a construction zone, J has been digging around here and there, coming up with some very interesting artifacts. Our house is somewhere between 150 and 200 years old, and along with bits of broken pottery, the livestock of previous tenants have revealed themselves. Teeth, ankles, and vertebra of what we think are horses have been piling up, and today we took the bones to our vet.

Most days, our homeschooling is a lot like Pawn Stars. We find something interesting, and I may not know a lot about it, but I know someone who does. I keep a file in my head for everyone I meet. If we've talked more than once or twice, you can almost guarantee I'll be calling upon your expertise one day to help with something my kids need to know.

I worked in news for a decade before I had kids. The greatest benefit was not some great wealth of information, but learning how to get that information beyond just Googling. Everyone likes to talk about their job, even if they don't like it. I just have to find the right people and point my kids at them. The rest is cake.



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