Monthly Archives: July 2007

Busy week!

This has been a crazy week! Monday and Tuesday one of my husband’s old friends came to stay with us. although we had spoken on the phone a few times, we had never met in person until Monday. He’s nice, very inquisitive. On Tuesday, I guess any shyness had worn off, he began to really […]

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Stephanie - July 20, 2007 - 4:27 am

Yew maka me lahff.

childsplay - July 20, 2007 - 5:25 am

I had to comment about the Stephen Cosgrove books. Talk about a blast from the past! I learned to read from those books…probably when I was 6, so…1978. (Yikes!) I haven’t seen any in years–it’s nice to know they’re still out there, I’ll have to check.

Also, I can empathize with frustrating comments from people. One stranger behind me in a grocery line huffed when he overheard me talking about homeschooling my kids. He said, “Are you going to home employ them, too?”


whimsigal - July 20, 2007 - 2:41 pm

Hi Steph! Was that the craziest post ever? I went back and read it this morning and I sounded like a 4 year old after drinking 2 cans of Jolt Cola.

whimsigal - July 20, 2007 - 2:45 pm


Thanks for stopping by! It’s nice that you remember those books, too. They are such sweet stories, definitely check around for them. I found tons for sale on ebay, too.

Wow, that person at the grocery store was an ass! It’s amazing the things that perfect strangers feel at liberty to say. He was probably a ne’er do well himself. They seem to be the ones the most “worried” about our kids!

Thanks so much for your comment,


My kitchen on a good day

This is the front of my dishwasher. For about the last week or so, the boys have really been into using these magnet letters to spell words and put them on the dishwasher. What started this recent attraction to spelling? No idea. Ryan actually started doing it first then Iain got in on the act. […]

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Stephanie - July 16, 2007 - 10:48 pm

Do you have any dollar stores? Or is that a thing only rampant in my state? :)
Try those places in the wooden spoons section – they’ll be $1, of course. We’ve had like 5 or 6 sets so far.
Prob’ly I should clean under the fridge….

whimsigal - July 16, 2007 - 11:52 pm

doh! I haven’t looked there and there are at least three in very close proximity to me! Thanks for the tip. I’ll check there tomorrow!

It’s perfect for my budget too.

Stephanie - July 18, 2007 - 6:12 pm

Damn it, Evie, I’ve written out a big long mushy comment TWICE!, and lost it both times.

The gist – how the heck to you spell gist?- of it was I read your whole blog, and am so in awe of the beautiful and wondrous way your family demonstrates the magic of unschooling.
Your chidlren are so obviously very well educated, and brilliant.
Whenever I read of your doubts, I was like “What? What the heck is she talkin’ about?!?”
Your children’s sparkliness is apparent for all to see! (my daughter is right this moment taking a sip from one glass and spitting it in another, speaking of obvious intelligence. I roll my eyes. :))
Anyway, they seem brilliant to me, and you tell your stories so well.
(sorry to give you the third and cheap version.)
Sending love,

whimsigal - July 18, 2007 - 9:48 pm


Wow! What an incredibly sweet thing to say! It really touched my heart and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

You know yourself how hard this lifestyle can be, especially when trying to explain it to others, or when family members aren’t understanding what it is we’re doing (or undoing as the case may be). That’s why your comments mean so much to me. You KNOW what I’m talking about. You made me laugh out loud when you mentioned your daughter spitting water from one glass to another because at that moment, my boys were rolling around on the floor in their underwear, like a couple of midget sumo wrestlers. Not a traditional school day to be sure!

It’s nice to feel a connection to someone else who seems to share a lot of the same interests and I’m so glad you come here and post your comments. As much as you enjoy my blog, I enjoy yours too and find yours to be written much more eloquently than mine. I would compare them this way- my style is short and sweet, like Hemingway (nowhere near as good as his though !) and you are poetic like Lord Byron. It’s nice to escape my matter of fact life and enjoy the prose of your blog.

Geez, now I’m the one getting mushy. All that to say, thank you for being my blogger friend. It’s nice to know you! I know I’ve left out some other things I wanted to say but they escape me now.

Thank you again for your extraordinarily kind comment.


Check this out

Sean, being the absolute lunatic that he is, went out and bought me a new camera. I guess the squeaky wheel really does get the grease. :) It’s a Canon Rebel XTi and I totally LOVE it. This morning, I got up and took some pictures in my yard and now I might have to […]

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Stephanie - July 16, 2007 - 4:41 am

Holy Moly!
Kiss him once for Me! (too) :)
How wonderful.
Learn a few tricks, and take some pics for me, too, won’t you? At least until Wednesday at about 3:00 (the usual time the UPS guy goes barrelling up my street)……

whimsigal - July 16, 2007 - 12:34 pm

Roger that! I took some pics and loaded them onto so if you’d like to check out what I’ve done so far you can go there and search for whimsigal’s photos.

I’m totally in the dark when it comes to photography and know nothing about all the technical terms, etc.

Your camera comes on Wednesday? How exciting!!! What a sweet daddy you have to give you a gift like that. I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

Stephanie - July 16, 2007 - 8:30 pm

I tried, but didn’t come up with anything for whimsigal.

whimsigal - July 16, 2007 - 9:11 pm

Try that link and see if it works.