After two weeks off to enjoy autumn. Can you believe it -- in South Texas? The boys went back to school today. Much to their dismay and sighs. This week Saenz and I are learning fractions through cooking and baking cookies. Zephyr is learning how to read entire sentences and writing. I hope to get back into science next week with a dash of spelling, reading, agriculture (gardening), and maybe I will add in an incubator of eggs? Though, it would be a tough feat to accomplish since, winter may come early. We have been seeing lots of wild geese, ducks and other birds headed South; don't know if that is an ominous sign of bad weather. Or just cooler weather.
I am writing this here so ya'll will keep me on the straight and narrow. I quit smoking cigarettes on the 20th -- cold turkey now for five days. It has not been that bad with cravings; I just go mow something. But, sleeping in the hotel was darn near impossible. I am 44 years old and had been smoking since I was 16 (actually started younger). I figure if I tell ya'll then maybe I will have to keep honest. The boys have be extra encouraging, next my flubber will be coming off since I have added a koozie of fat since retiring from the Air Force.
More on that later...... ROFL
I have forgotten to post the links to My Passport to India for days 3 through 6. Enjoy -- very enlightening and like Tali; I may pull out my Indian cookbook and teach the boys how to make Tandoori chicken and Naan. I love all the spices Indian cuisine has and its flavors using fresh produce. YUM YUM
Day three, shows the hospitality of the India people and their living conditions. Day four, Mr. Chris visits a little boy's home. What a difference of living standards there; I had Saenz imagine our entire family living in his room without electricity. Day five shows the differences in clothing from village to village and really ornate temples. Day six talks about illiteracy in India. This has been an eye opening experience for our sons.
Just one small thing I noticed at HEB (local grocery store chain) was small planters of herbs like cilantro being sold for $4. Can you believe it? The herb cut inside the store costs .33 cents for a bunch as big as in the planter. Have we really gotten so lazy, we can not figure out how to grow fresh herbs? Our winter garden is coming nicely especially the broccoli. Who knew? I sure had no clue it would grow so well -- it has doubled its size. One of our weekly lessons will be starting a pineapple tree from its top cutting. The how to's are found on this link which gives excellent directions:
Any way, I am too wordy so I will leave you now. :O)