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Friday, July 09, 2004

The lesser of two weevils?

G is a funny guy. He was so excited and encouraged by Kerry and Edwards's speeches the other day, he is optimistic that they might actually be able to defeat Bush & Co. Was it coincidence when he came up with a new solution for our housing situation, right here in the good ol' U.S. of A? I think not.

We have a four acre piece out on the eastern, agriculturally zoned fringes of Punta Gorda, Florida, purchased as an investment. He's asked me to start researching modular homes and houses to be moved in road-widening projects, in order to pursue developing the property. It could be a cheap and fast alternative to building from scratch, giving us a large enough land base, not too far from the island.


Current reads:

S (11)

Of Courage Undaunted -- Initially resistant to reading it, she's now enjoying the book, even sorry that they're already on their way back.

The New Way Things Work -- This one is her new all-time favorite, being dragged around with her wherever she goes and with lots of bookmarked pages. She's been busy inventing new contraptions. Unschooling science still seems to be working for us.

G (9)

Hitty: Her First Hundred Years -- A book I've been trying to share with this stubborn, reluctant reader. She loves it and has been enthusiastically reading passages aloud to the rest of us.


Undaunted Courage -- I've slowed down a bit as I teach myself to play chess, but am still enjoying this fascinating tale.

Our read-alouds

Pagoo is a big hit and we are looking forward to reading the other Hollings books.

The Scarlet Pimpernel -- While originally skeptical, the girls are delighted by the story and characters and have been begging me to read "just one more chapter!"

The Legos are out again and this time the girls are busy building guillotines, combining their interests in simple machines from The New Way Things Work and The Scarlet Pimpernel.


Comment Replies

MFS: (way late) Of course you're right ("Be wary of equating the grocery clerk's vacant smile with mindlessness.") It's all about the motivation.

Dy: I need to pick your brain about your building research, and we're going with the baskets on the shelves idea. Thanks.

Margaret: Glad the review was a help. The book is definitely an eye-opener, in my case more useful for looking back than ahead, though. Surprised to see you would consider packing up and heading somewhere more remote than WV! I imagine you living up on a mountaintop or down in a holler. Please keep the political comments coming.

Darby et al: As soon as we get the bathroom finished to our satisfaction, I'll post some photos. So far it's nothing to get excited about.

Once the porch is cleared of construction debris, I need to take a shot of our cottage exterior for an updated "After" photo. The "Before" is so horrible that we always wonder what the heck we were thinking when we saw this place.

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