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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The First Day of Work and School at Home

It’s lunch time here at Coal Creek Farm.  Today is our first day of school.  So far, so good.  And by that I mean, one child got a little teary eyed….but no REAL tears.  I call that success on the first day.  But, we still have a few more hours in which all three of us could be in a puddle of despair.

What is all looks like:
Isaac and Levi are outside sitting on the porch swing while they finish their lunch.  I told them to go run around and get sweaty, but avoid the mud.  I’m positive they will come inside muddy.

Seth is in the little office that we now call the school room.  He’s on his computer dialed into his history class, every now and then I hear him answer a question or type something to his classmates.  It’s pretty cool.

Clay is in his office which used to be the school room, occasionally we call it the library.  He’s in a lunch meeting with people far-far away.  I took him his lunch so he could eat while the other people were eating around their conference table.  He thinks I’m his secretary and waitress.  I think I’m the CEO and head chef.  It’s all in the eyes of the beholder, isn’t it?

Ellen should have just left her office to head to the bus stop to go to her classes and track practice.  She’s totally missing out on all the fun at home…..or is she?

I am sitting at the table eating lunch, listening to Salt the Barn Cat who has never spent more than a few seconds in the barn, talk to her baby who is now five weeks old.  We have yet to name this baby.  We call him, “Baby Kitty”, “Walnut Head”, “Mon-chi-chi” and”Bloop”, but nothing has stuck.  I’ve never heard a cat talk so much as Salt does, she kind of drives us nuts at night.  It’s not the normal mewing that a cat does, it’s like a short purr-meow-huff.  She’s a Chatty Cat-thy.  Get it?  Chatty Kathy, Chatty Cat-thy?  Never mind.

And that is what our new life looks like around here.  It’s quiet and peaceful and weird and wonderful…for now.

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