While it snows (yes!) outside.
The two sugar pumpkins we roasted on Saturday continue to give and give. Pumpkin pancakes on Sunday and tonight I turned the rest of it into pumpkin soup.
AC and Grand-mère share a celebratory margherita after AC’s soccer team won their division championship game this afternoon.
Sam and I baked a pumpkin pie today after roasting the homegrown sugar pumpkins our friend Connie gave us. The roasting went fine, and the filling looks yummy, but as for the crust… let’s just say I have a whole lot of appreciation for pastry chefs. And Sarah Lee.
We’ll see what our
guinea pigs guests think about the pie!
Sam’s “Cultured Cultures” class ended today at CHEC. It was essentially a cooking class, where the kids learned to make fermented vegetables such as cabbage, ginger, pickles, and beets. They also made a class cookbook and packaged samples that they’ll sell at the CHEC Winter Festival in a couple of weeks. Sam came home with lots of samples– we’re now set for Thanksgiving
Sam is having some second thoughts about cutting her hair for Locks of Love. I think it’s long enough but she does not agree…
I “graduated” from Physical Therapy today and received this lovely hot/cold pack as a parting gift. The graduation is dubious, as I may need to return post-surgery. Plus, it occurs to me that I have pre-surgery homework to complete pre-operation (calf and foot exercises), so really it was no graduation at all, but a summer break.
Ah, summer. Hopefully by the time summer rolls around I’ll be running and jumping pain-free. Now that would be a great graduation gift.
The Tadpole and Bullfrog classes at Green Adventure Project play a game of “Flinch or Catch” with teacher Ben from the UK.
AC and Sam have been doing physics projects and experiments at night. This evening they learned about incline planes and wedges. AC had Sam hammer three different nails: one standard, one blunt, and one chiseled. The idea was to see which one took the most work to drive in and pull out. As expected, the blunt nail came out easily. The chiseled nail was by far the easiest to drive in and the hardest to pull out. AC was quite pleased with the effectiveness of his chiseled nail; I wouldn’t be surprised if he started grinding the tips of all of his nails now
As I write this, they’ve moved onto soldering. Uh oh.
Sam, Grand-mère and I caught a ride with John and Jane to Richmond from our Newport New family gathering. AC had traveled separately the night before so he could play with his soccer team in the semi-finals this morning, and we left my car at Grand-mère’s condo overnight. Good news: AC’s team won and advances to the finals next weekend! Bad news: I couldn’t find my car keys. I suspect they dropped out of my coat pocket somewhere at the Jamestown Settlement. AC drove back to Richmond this afternoon with the spare car key, so I could drive the car home. Here’s hoping someone finds my keys and returns them to the Jamestown Lost and Found…
A guide taught Sam how to make rope at the Indian Village at the Jamestown Settlement. We had a fabulous afternoon learning about the Powhatans and the Jamestown settlers, and touring replicas of the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery.
Sam and I turn to making our own teas. It’s not a shoppe, really, but if we did have one, I’m confident we would spell it with an “e” on the end.
As part of our unit on the fall of Rome and the division of the Roman empire into east and west, we played Barbarian tag. The Goths, the Visigoths, and the Ostrogoths eventually “turned” nearly everyone
Likely the last warm day of the month.
Oh, Trader Joe’s, you bake a mean croissant.
Backyard full of kids post-French Club playing freeze tag. Sam is in there somewhere– maybe in the tree?
David introduces Sam and AC to bouldering at Moorman’s Rock. I think this was as high as Sam went and that was high enough for her Mama.
The Red Raptors celebrated a win for the final game of the season. They beat the Teal Tigers 9-3. Sam scored 5 goals.