Sunday, October 31, 2010


Pollyanna, by Eleanor Porter, is a great classic that my kids and I enjoyed listening to at Librivox during the summer.  I love Pollyanna's attitude about finding something to be glad about in everything, and how this endears her to everyone around her.

I read it when I was a kid, and remember being unimpressed, but my girls all loved it.  They like a lot of things that I like now, and didn't when I was young.  Not sure why exactly that would be ...  something to do with homeschooling, maybe?

Anyway, I highly recommend the book.  And Librivox, also.  Librivox is a site full of public domain books that have been recorded by volunteers.  It's all free, has tons of classics available to listen to, and some of the readers are very good.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

State Fair 2010 Part 4

Here's my last bit of miscellaneous photos from this year's fair.


Robin was taking one of the rabbits up to the judging table when she was snagged by a news crew ....

She's looking at me:  "What do I do?!!!"   I said:  "Just go"   --  so she left them with just the other kid to interview.  :)

Dave's talking to a "mountain man" here.  An interesting guy... selling handmade rope, rope making kits and books, maps, and other stuff.

And that's all.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

State Fair 2010 part 3


I think Robin did a really nice job with this crocheted doll.  And the judges thought so too!

This is a wire sculpture cat that Charissa made.  It's a cat hunting a mouse.  A lot of entries were displayed in glass cases, which made it difficult for me to get a good picture.  (The bright spot is just the reflection of the flash.)

This is a beaded skunk, by Robin.

Here's a pencil sketch of Dave, by Charissa.

And a watercolor of somewhere in the Southwestern US, also by Charissa.

A crocheted washcloth by Robin.

And a crocheted scarf, also by Robin.