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Autumn Garden

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Sam waters the new garden bed
We spent the weekend putting in a raised bed, 4×8, and then filled it with a mixture of topsoil, potting soil, manure and our friends the Zmicks’ fabulous homemade compost. Today Sam and I planted lettuce–Bibb and Black Seeded Simpson–a repeat of last spring. Last spring the seeds germinated in 11 days. What will happen with August plantings?

Sam predicts 11 days, same as the spring. We’ll see. It was pretty hot today– high 80s.

27 August 2012

Caesar and the Senate

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Caesar wanted to become king of Rome, but the Senate blocked his way. The Senate was a group of men who looked over the consuls and told them what to do.

23 August 2012

We also started reading The Life and World of Julius Caesar by Struan Reid.

The Rise of Julius Caesar

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Caesar Is Kidnapped

One day a rich couple gave birth to a baby boy. Now this boy wasn’t any boy. He was Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar’s father claimed to be a relative of Romulus, who built Rome. Julius Caesar’s father sent him to school where he learned writing, reading, mathematics and rhetoric: talking to people in public. Julius was very good at rhetoric. But he also wanted to work in the government of Rome. Then he heard of a great rhetoric teacher who lived across the Mediterranean. But when Julius tried to cross the Mediterranean, he was kidnapped by pirates! When the government finally paid to get him back, Caesar had a plan. He asked the government of Rome to lend him three warships and a bunch of soldiers. Then he went back to the Mediterranean and killed all the pirates.

SOTW, Chapter 34
14 August 2012

Early Roman Numerals

Monday, August 13th, 2012

We resumed math today and started in on early Roman numerals from 1-10. (Early Roman numerals use IIII for 4 and VIIII for 9. Later they adopted IV for 4, etc.) Sam didn’t seem all that interested in the system, but then as soon as we were done, she disappeared into her room and then returned with a different notebook. Then she turned out her own Roman Math Book:

Roman math book

Roman math page 1

13 August 2012

The Phoenix and the Lion

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Sam read Flight of the Phoenix (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book I)
and the Wikipedia page on the Phoenix. She decided to write up what she learned in order to pursue her new career goal as a beastologist.

the Phoenix’s talefether’s are gold, red, blue, purple and green. the Phoenix has a 500 to 1000 year life cycle
near the end of its life cycle it build itself a nest of twigs. then when the phoenix’s birthday comes around it sing’s its last song then it bursts into flames When the flames go away the nest still glows buetefully. You must keep the nest shieled from the wind and feed it cinamon twigs and you have to keep it warm or the Phoenix will not hatch.
Phoenix Ritten in Pershan looks like this [Persian copy]
Phoenix ritten in greek looks like this [Greek copy]

Also, there’s a “loins Picture”
and information about lions titled “loins informachan”

lions are the Largest prdeders in Africa. thease powerfull cats live in groups called Prides in bush contry or on grassy Plains.


Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

I’m reading Heidi (1880) by Johanna Spyri to Sam in the mornings. The other day, she turned out this pictorial character list (complete with creative spelling of the names):


6 August 2012

More Birds (and Dogs)

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Birds and dogs

6 August 2012

Drawing with Dad

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Since January, Sam and her dad have been doing exercises from Mona Brookes’s Drawing with Children.

bird, lion, tree

Drawn from still-life: Seamus the teddy bear

March 2012

Catch That Martha: a sequel to The Secret Key (5 March 2012)

Monday, August 6th, 2012

One day someone dressed in black and yellow leather came running down Cantin Street.

“Grand Poppy,” asked Martha, “Do you know who that guy is?”

“No, I don’t know, Martha Nell,” Grand Poppy answered.

“Shall we see who that girl or boy is, Grand Poppy?” asked Martha. “Yay whoopy! hurray,” shouted Grand Poppy. “I love adventures. Lets go right now!”

And off he ran with Martha close on his heels. They turned on to Barnen Road where Bob, their buddy sat chopping wood.

“Hello, Bob,” Grand Poppy called.

“Hello, Grand Poppy and Martha,” Bob called back.

“Sorry, Bob, we have to go,” said Grand Poppy.

And off he went with Martha running beside him. They ran down Quacker Street and up Mowheep until they got to the Haunting Wood. The guy dressed in black and yellow leather was running into the wood.

“That guy must be blind or he would not go in that dark, cold wood where there are human bones and dog blood,” whispered Martha.

“Shall we keep following that guy in the black and yellow leather?” asked Grand Poppy. “Well,” he said, “We could each go different ways and see which is the best way around the wood.”

“OK!” said Martha and ran onto a path of dirt and mud. “It’s good I took my hiking boots,” said Martha as she panted up the trail.

The guy dressed in black and leather yellow was really Martha’s mother, Mrs Ceny. Mrs Ceny did not see Martha and Grand Poppy running onto the paths to find the best way around the wood. Martha ran up a steep hillside to a small clearing at the edge of the wood. Grand Poppy was nowhere in sight.
Martha sat down on a log at the side of the clearing. White clouds of smoke rose somewhere near.
Martha knew what that meant–a fire!

Martha ran and ran and ran. Out of the bushes came five black bears. Meanwhile Grand Poppy was looking for Martha at the side of a trail called the Con-Berry-Coco.

“Oh if I had only said no when Martha asked if we should follow that guy who ran down Cantin Street,” Grand Poppy sobbed. “I know Martha is just dust.”

Chapter 2
The Balloon Bunch

In which Martha finds a balloon seller, buys a balloon and flies to the city of Creem.

As the bears came closer and closer to Martha, a big fat boy holding a bunch of balloons came out of the wood. He took one look at Martha and said, “Hey, young lady, my name is Sunday. Have one of these
balloons for one of those bears.”

“Sure,” said Martha and took a nice green balloon out of Sunday’s hand.
Sunday began to sing “Fly, fly green up the sky. Night is far fly.”
And slowly getting higher every second the balloon with Martha hanging on was off. They went flying over odd buildings with windows long and thin and doors that were on the roof.

Sometimes an airplane or two would come wizzing by, dumping candy corn and lolly-pops in fresh suger snow. Now and then there would be a rain of cakes to go with the candy corn and lolly-pops. As it got darker and darker the balloon that Martha was hanging from began to lose height, until it was lying on the ground in the suger snow.

Meanwhile Grand Poppy, who was still at the Con -berry-coco was trying to find his way to a small building, which gave out cocoa and cake.

“Oh, if only Martha were here,” Grand Poppy said. “For she was the one who found the key when we went to that nice little place in the ocean.

Martha stood up from where she had been lying next to the balloon. Nine elves stood around her. They all had short red hair and they were wearing black boots, blue jeans and white t-shirts turned brown by mud.

“You must see the Queen before you enter.”

Chapter 3

In which Martha meets a bad queen, sees a ghost, and goes underground.

Martha was a little cross with the elf for it had said, “You must see the queen before you enter.”

“Well,” said Martha, “They must work for this queen and queens get they want.”

So Martha took a small path. On the side of the path there was a sign which said, “To the queen.”
As Martha ran along the path the trees grew darker and darker.

Martha said, “Do I hear hooooooooo-woooooooo-coooooooo–moooooooooo?”

Before Martha could answer herself, a huge white figure rose up from behind a tree. It had small black eyes and a huge jaw. Martha froze at the sight of it and inch by inch she began to move away. Suddenly a building rose up in front of Martha. It had smooth white walls and the door was black as night.

“Well,” said Martha, “I am very woozy. I’ll go in and have a drink.”

So she pushed open the door and ran into the house.

“Who are you?”

Martha turned around to find a tall thin women behind her.

“I am Martha Nell,” said Martha.

“Hello, Martha,”said the tall thin women. “My name is Queen Jessy.”

“Queen Jessy,” said Martha, “would you be kind enough to tell me were Grand Poppy is?”

“Grand Poppy,” Queen Jessy said, “is down on the bottom of a mine.”

“It can not be this way,” Martha shouted. Grand poppy is my only grand father.”

“Do not be so sad,” said Queen Jessy, “You can be with Grand Poppy.”

“Oh, yes, please,” said Martha.

Wish splish.

Martha opened her eyes. There was Grand poppy.

“Martha,” he gasped. “You! Here in the mine with me. Why did I not see you before?”

“Well,” said Martha, “Queen Jessy sent me here.”

“You have been with Queen Jessy,” said Grand Poppy. “She was the one who put me in this mine.”

“Why?” asked Martha.

“Well,” said Grand Poppy, “Queen Jessy hates everybody from earth.”

“Huuuuuuuuum,” said Martha, “But we are on Earth.”

“No,” said Grand Poppy, “we are not on Earth. We are on Kifiney.”

“Grand Poppy!” shouted Martha, “I am falling.”

“Don’t be silly, Martha Nell,” said Grand Poppy. “All we are doing is talking in this dry mine.”

However, Martha was right. Very soon she was no longer in the mine. She was underground.

Chapter 4

What’s Here?

In which Martha meets things from underground and falls into a well.

Martha said, “Hmmm is something crawling around me?”

“Yes,” said a little voice at Martha’s feet.

“What are you?,” said Martha

“I am a Gigfig,” said the voice at Martha’s feet.

“Well, little Gigfig,” said Martha, “would you please tell me your name?”

“Sure,” said the little Gigfig. “My name is Chef.”

“Oh,” said Martha. “That is a nice name.”

“Thank you for your ever so nice comment,” said Chef.

“I am so sorry, Chef,” said Martha, “but I must go.”

“That’s all right,” said Chef. “I have a wife and a child to look after as you see I am not a child. In fact I am 879.”

“Good, good,” said Martha, “And bye bye.”

And off she went hoping to find the way out .

Suddenly wish spish!

Martha looked up just in time to see herself falling down a path made of light. Martha sat up and rubbed her eyes. She was not falling on the light path and yet she was not at home. She was sitting at the side of a path that seemed to lead to a big city.

“Well,” said Martha, “I am hungry and I haven’t had a drink for an hour.” So Martha began to run and run and run.

“Who are you?” boomed a voice.

Martha looked up to see a huge man with muscles thick as a car.

“I am Martha Nell,” said Martha.

“I am Lick-Fick,” said the huge man with muscles thick as a car.

“Nice to meet you, Lick-Fick,” said Martha.

“Thank you, thank you, Martha” said Lick-Fick. “Do you want to go into the city?” asked Lick-Fick.

“Yes, please,” shouted Martha.

“Up you go,” shouted Lick-Fick.

And in no time at all Martha found herself climbing a high stone wall that led into the city. It was about noon when Martha reached the top of the wall.

“Now jump down,” said Lick-Fick from the other side of the wall.

“OK,” said Martha and she closed her eyes and jumped. Martha opened her eyes for women stood around her.

“Is she my silver?” asked one of the women.

“I do not think so,” said another of the women. “Your silver had blond hair, not brown.”

“True,” said the first woman.

“Who are you?” asked Martha.

“We are an expedition for a lost child,” said a woman with long black hair and a gray dress.

“Well,” said Martha, “if that is all, I will keep going my way.”

And off Martha ran. Martha stopped at about 2:30 by the side of a well. Martha hadn’t even sat down when a rumbling shook Kifiney. A cloud of dust and dirt flew above Martha knocking her down into the well. Martha gasped for breath before falling down to the bottom of the well.

“Who are you,” said a voice near Martha’s toe.

“I am Martha Nell,” said Martha.

“I am Lolly Tolly,” said the voice.

“Hello, Lolly Tolly,” said Martha.

“Is there anything you want?” asked Lolly Tolly.

“Yes,” said Martha. “I want to get out of the well.”

“OK,” said Lolly Tolly. And he slid a section of the well. “Climb in,” he said to Martha.

Martha hopped in.

“Thank you,” she said as she disappeared into the shadows.

Chapter 5

In which Martha finds something.

Martha walked and walked. Suddenly an eerie glow lit the tunnel. Martha stopped and stared. A glowing figure about the size of a chair stood in front of her.

“Hello, Martha Nell,” said the glowing figure.

“H-hello g-glowing f-figure,” said Martha, shaking with fear.

“My name is not glowing figure!” yelled the figure.

“What is your name then?” said Martha.

“My name is Scroogus.”

“Hello, Scroorgus,” said Martha, but there was no reply for Scroogus had disappeared.

So Martha ran and ran.

Bang! Martha crashed into a door. The door slid open and Martha tumbled into a dark chamber lit by a single lamp. Martha sat up stunned. Then her eyes opened for there on the wall was a sign that said,

“This is where the crystal ball of luck is hidden.”

“The cristel ball of luck!” cried Martha.

Martha began to look in every nook and cranny of the place. Unfortunately there was no crystal ball to be found. Martha sat down by one of the shelves and cried. Suddenly she felt her hand touch something hot. And in her hand was the crystal ball of luck.

“Yes,” cried Martha and she began to dance and dance.

Then Martha remembered something. “I have got to free Grand Poppy,” she said. So Martha said to the crystal ball of luck, “Give Grand Poppy food and drink and bring him to me.”

“Yes,” whispered the crystal ball of luck.

And in no time at all there was Grand Poppy at the side of the room.

“Martha Nell!” cried Grand Poppy. “Did you really find the crystal ball of luck?”

“Yes I did, Grand Poppy,” said Martha.

“Wow,” said Grand Poppy. “Now can you take us home?” he said.

“Sure,” said Martha. Then she turned to the crystal ball of luck and said, “Take us home.”

Chapter 6

In which Martha and Grand Poppy return home.

Suddenly Martha felt soft pads on her feet.

“We’re home,” she said to Grand Poppy.

“Yes we are,” he said.

That night Mrs. Ceny said to Martha, “Do you know who that person in the black and yellow leather was?”

“No I do not know,” said Martha.

“I was,” said Miss Ceny.

“Were you?” said Martha then she fell asleep.


The Trip (18 August 2011)

Monday, August 6th, 2012

the trip.

samantha fay capehart.

you may not believe it but long long ago when
egypt was still very busy uper egypt was on the
and can you believe that egyptians
made pyramids with there hans

well well lets get ON WITH OUR

once upon a time there a little girl and here name
was leana. leana was sad
because she did not have a
thing to do but one day leana
went out of the hous her and
her mom and dad lived by
the docks.and one day
leana went out and
went across the street to
the docks. she saw ship.

leana said to her self i need
to get on that ship she said.
so leana went on the ship.
and she olso met a girl
and that girls name was
rleana.rleana and leana
hid on the ship.but one day
uh _oh cook heard
them. what can we do? said
leana.oh my godnees said
rleana.yes said leana?
we can fly.

2 flyt
fly said leana yes said
rleana.but how said
leana.look said rleana.
leana looked.great she
said.yes said rleana but
come on she said.
so thay ran to
the wings quik? said rleana fly
said leana.
so thay rose in to
the sky. look
at this said leana.
uh oh said rleana.
yes? said leana
come on said rleana
oh yes.hello said
a man. hello said
leana. sh said rleana.
why said leana.
sudanly the man
said you to look tiered?.
yes we are. said leana.well well
said the man i have a very
niec hous. and you can come in it.
so thay went down rock st.
sudnly thay were trned.
here we are said the man.

stop! said rleana.but leana
wasent listening. sudunly
boom thay landad on a dap
floor. leana and rleana looked up
and there next to them two
boys sat. hello said one my
name is jim and this is my
borather dim.hello said
rleana& leana. look
said jim. evryone looked&
there was a siyn . &
it sais
danger tricker

sudenly a hole was
on the floor and leana

fell.she went in to the

air.sudenly boom
leana landed in
here bed at home.

the end