Author Archives: Erin

Kids trade school for online lessons, and then for summer play

Katherine and Nathaniel currently share their parents’ distaste for computers (particularly video) and for car rides.  We like both our education and our socializing in person and on foot.  So our biggest struggle with staying at home these past few … Continue reading

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Spring Hiking

Since this is the first May I can remember when temperatures are not already in the nineties, we’ve been getting out for a lot more hiking than we manage most springs.  Some parks are closed because of crowding, but we’ve … Continue reading

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Chicks

Exactly one month ago, I collected from our post office a small box that emitted soft, but incessant, cheeping sounds.  The box contained 6 day-old chicks, whom we kept in the basement until they grew adventurous and could be moved … Continue reading

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Home Projects

Surprising no one, Sydney has been ambitious in his yard projects.  A very wet couple of weeks has put work at the farm on hold, so he has built a large new bed in the front yard, created a rock … Continue reading

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Blooming Kentucky

It is currently 77 degrees in Kentucky . . . at 7pm, at the end of March.  Although I think normal temperatures will resume, this heat is a reminder of the hot summer to come.  But it’s also a signal … Continue reading

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We’re here.

Well, with the kids out of school for the foreseeable future and Sydney and Erin juggling teaching from home (students were sent home, and faculty are not allowed back on campus for the next several weeks), we’re spending a lot … Continue reading

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Nathaniel in the morning

“Not eating anything from the sea really would be hard.  We eat salt, and that comes from the sea.” First thing out of his mouth, just after 6 in the morning.  I’m glad someone’s awake! Erin

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Penners in the Kitchen

Sydney suggested we each pick a different kind of hummus to make over the weekend.  That started up a discussion in our house!  After much sorting and debating, we made a list of our top 6 and decided to break … Continue reading

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Christmas in Nova Scotia

In the first week of December, Katherine found herself juggling a piano recital and two separate school presentations: one on the life of Joan of Arc, and the other on the health benefits of bananas.  Sydney and I, deep in … Continue reading

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Fall Hikes and Harvest

The kids have grown a bit camera-shy, but I managed to get a few shots of them over the course of the fall. Sydney’s brugmansia (Angel’s Trumpet) prompted a number of questions from people who passed by the front yard.  … Continue reading

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