Sunday, December 16, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Today was a very exciting day, because today was the Craft Fair. All of the farmstayers were happy to finally display their items, we all put in a lot of effort into making our crafts and we were also happy to see our parents enjoying themselves, socializing, and buying what we had to offer. The craft fair was a success; most of our inventory sold and everyone got to see friend and family once again.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Today at the Land School we all woke up around 8:00 to have breakfast. After an hour-long math session we started community work. There were a number of jobs that had to be done, including making lunch, making a ski map, decorating and shelling corn. I decorated the entryway with some kind of pine décor with Cam. After we had finished hanging this, we shelled some popcorn. I ended up shelling so much popcorn that it peeled some of the skin off my thumb. After community work was over, and we had eaten lunch, we had some Microeconomy time, which we all valued and worked very hard during, preparing for the event the next morning. We also had a long deep clean, in preparation for the upcoming event. Then we had some free time and then dinner. After dinner we had more free time, and finished the night with a movie called Source Code.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Today we had occupations all morning and the “cooking science” occupations group made sushi for lunch. Ellis, Amal and I rolled everyone’s sushi. In the afternoon, we had micro-eco and everyone was rushing to finish their crafts and finish their food items. Then we played tackle football in the snow of the A-field and everybody had a great time. For dinner we had “enchanachos” an interesting combination of enchiladas and nachos. After dinner we had study hall and because Katie had a dance class, Andy supervised our studying. Then for a closing he took us outside to see a meteor shower, which for some people was the first time they had seen a shooting star. While we were lying in the snow of the A-field some people got snow down their backs and ET phoned home.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Today we woke up and had breakfast. We had bagels and cereal. After breakfast we had math, which was very productive. We then had science and caught up on genetics, went to the Bird Blind, and talked about tracking certain animals. We had lunch after science, which Katie made and we had lasanchiladas, rice, and soup. After Doug left after lunch we had Micro Economy for three hours and all of the groups made a lot of progress on their projects. Then we did our chores and once people were done with their chores we had free time. Tonight it was make your own dinner night. People made some really good meals. Make your own meal night is really fun because you can choose anything from the pantry that you would like to use for your meal. After dinner we had free time for almost an hour. We then had study hall until 8:30 and had transition time before the closing of the day. 12/12/12 was a great day! We won’t see a date like that for another 100 years!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Today was a regular day. Everyone woke up bright and early for Farm chores and breakfast. Tired as we were, we got to do math. It is sometimes hard to focus in the morning but this morning was productive. At 9:30 ish we split up into occupation groups. Donna’s group made a delish meal of chicken vegetable soup along with broccoli and homemade mozzarella cheese. Andy’s group worked on the 2013 season seed inventory. We are counting all the leftover seeds and ordering new ones for the next years to come. After lunch we had CE/PE (creative and physical expression) We first snow shoed into the woods and made “earth art” inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. Then we played broomball with Andy in the driveway. It was really cold outside but no one seemed to notice because we were having so much fun. After that, we had daily chores, the usual. Then it was off to Din Din crew and free time. Tonight was TACO TUESDAY! Yumm! At 7:00 ish we had study hall, then off to closing and bedtime. It was a regular but fun day!
Monday, December 10, 2012
Today we had to get used to the fact that it’s not the weekend anymore. We all tried to convince Katie to let us have a Land School snow day. The conditions were if Andy and Donna couldn’t come, we could have a “snow day.” Of course Andy could come; he doesn’t exactly live far away. Donna was able to come even though there is almost a foot of snow. We woke up at the normal times for weekdays and ate breakfast. Then we had math and occupations until lunch. In Donna’s occupation, we learned about the science of popcorn and did an experiment with different variations of popcorn under different conditions. We learned how most recipes for baking are set up. After occupations, we were supposed to have a Land lunch with our mentor groups, eating the sandwiches we made last night. Unfortunately, it was like 15 degrees for the high today so we decided to eat inside. My group, Katie’s mentor group, went outside and built a fort in the plowed pile of snow just outside the Homestead. We also poured boiling maple syrup into the snow and ate it with spoons. Katie said we should try it again next week because we could probably improve it to be more like taffy. I think the other groups went snowshoeing and went sledding. When it was time to come inside, we had a Council Meeting. During Micro Economy, my group dragged a lot of wood over to the Long Barn and worked on our project. Our hands got SO cold. After a while they felt like they were going to fall off, so we decided to come back to the Homestead before we couldn’t hold the saw anymore.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Today we woke up to the sight of snow. Everyone was excited for almost one foot of snow after we hadn’t had a lot of snow this year and the year before. It started with some free time. People had snacks, read, and did other things. Then we had a tasty brunch of French toast, eggs, and sausage. Then we got to do what we wanted for the rest of the day. Most of us went sledding at Strawberry Hill, but some of us made cookies and played in the snow at the A-field. We had a scrumptious stir fry dinner. I am writing this during study hall. Everyone is working really hard on a variety of subjects, (especially math).
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Yesterday, on Saturday, we started the day with optional work for credit. We got to choose if we would work, and if we did, we would get four credits per hour. For the first hour, there were just a few of us, and we tidied up the greenhouse. We picked up trash, took the husks off of the dried corn, and threshed sunflower seeds. While we husked the corn, we would guess the color it would be before we opened it. After that, we did the part that no one was excited for. We mucked out the llama pen. Everyone wanted to stop because of the smell. Then, we cleaned out the chicken coop and winterized it with hay and cardboard to keep the chickens warm.
We also had a memorial for Pearl. We buried her at the top of the garden, where she would always lay while we were harvesting and told stories about her.
In the afternoon, I went out in the woods and walked. There was a little bit of snow on the ground from the night before, and the deer were taking refuge on our land from the doe-hunting season. Just as I finished my walk, I met Katie at the Farmstead and we turned around and walked Pippa.
In the morning when I woke up on Sunday, there were three inches of snow on the ground. Now, there is a foot, and it is still coming down.
At 6:45 on Friday evening, Pearl, the beloved dog of the community, passed from this life. Pearl lived over fifteen years, over half of them at the Land School. She died in her home surrounded by her people. Thank you to everyone who has loved Pearl over the years.