Rainy Summer Solstice

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The first day of summer and the longest day of the year is very rainy and so cloudy you can’t tell if it is noon or evening!

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Knitting Season

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Today is the start of the knitting classes, when girls who do or don’t know how to knitcome and either learn how to knit, or work on projects with the other girls.  I learned how to knit at the classes last year, so I take a project to work on and talk with my homeschool friends Grace, Rebecca, and Hannah who come.

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Busy week!

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Last week was probably the busiest week all year. Here is my schedule.

Mon-Thursday (June 4-7): Drama camp 9-11:00 am

Wed: Dance recital dress rehearsals. 2-4 and 7-10:00

Thurs: Drama camp production at 6:30 and Grandma coming up

Fri: Dance recital 5:00 and Grandparents coming up.

Sat: Dance recital 2:00 and Grandma leaving.

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Alexander and the Worm

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When  Mom and I were planting flowers, Mom found a huge worm.  Knowing how Alex loves worms from previous planting experiences, Mom called him to her and gave him the worm.  Alex loved it, and every once in a while we would hear things like: ‘worm so happy’, ‘me p(l)way with worm’.  Soon it was time to go in. “Let the worm go home now Alex.” Said Mom. “No worm go home.” Responded Alex.  Mom allowed Alex to play with the worm a little longer.   Just before it was time to go in, Alex came up to Mom and asked “Me eat worm?”

Dad Dances with a June Bug.

We were sitting around a campfire roasting S’Mores when John Paul asked “Dad, Can you do the June bug dance again?” He was reffering to the last time we had a camp fire and a June bug got in Dad’s shirt. Dad did a leap with a half turn in the air with his hand in his shirt, while the others around the fire questioned him as to the cause of his frolic. “I had a June bug in my shirt.”

Caterpillars

Caterpillar Season began today, when my friend Grace and I went caterpillar searching and brought back sixteen caterpillars. She took some, I took some, and I plan on giving some away to other friends.

Fox!

Today we saw a fox, running along the railroad tracks near our house.  Suddenly it turned, jumped high over the  railroad tracks and ran away.  It was red all over, except for the tip of it’s tail, which was black.

Dedication of June

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June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Litany of the Sacred Heart

Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, formed in the womb of the Virgin Mother by the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, united substantially with the word of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwelleth all the fullness of the Divinity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is well pleased, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, rich to all who invoke Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, saturated with revilings, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, crushed for our iniquities, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, made obedient unto death, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord,
Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
V. Jesus, meek and humble of Heart.
R. Make our hearts like unto Thine.

Let us pray :

Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Your well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto You in the name of sinners; and do You, in Your great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Your mercy, in the name of the same Your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You, world without end.

Wood!

Monday Dad took us to see a man take a maple tree that had fallen down and turn it into boards. First we stoped at Dad’s friend Mr. Swenson’s, house, (the man who owns the logs). The girl behind Mr. Swenson and Dad in this picture is his daughter.

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Then we continued on to the house of the man-who-turns-logs-into-boards. He had several stacks of logs. This is a picture of the smallest one.

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This is the top tip of a seventy feet long tree. It  is not often you get this view of a tree.

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One can barely see the end!

The wood-man lifted the heavy logs out of the trailer with a machine.

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He had some very interesting stuff in his workshop, such as this:

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 Finally the man began to cut the wood. first he cut of a smooth horizontal sliverof bark off, then little hand-like grips came up and turned the log over. He repeated this procedure untill all bark was removed. then he cut longer boards off.

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The logs were square and bare atfer they were done having the bark removed. then the man cut bigger boards off the log.

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Pieces with only a little bark were sent through another machine to remove it.

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After we left we went back to Mr. Swenson’s house to see his goslings and ducklings.

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 When we finally returned home, we were very tired and happy to go to bed.

“There Goes Baby”

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Mom and I  were  planting the flowers we got for the front yard.  Josephwas sitting in the stroller eating graham crackers and drinking water out of a bottle. Suddenly he began to roll forwards down the driveway.  I casually thought to myself: I wonder if anything is in that stroller.  Then I remembered.  I yelled “There goes baby!” and ran after the stroller which had just reached the street by that time.  Fortunately there were no cars coming and I brought a giggling, smiling baby back to the previous positon of the stroller.  This time I put on the brakes.

 

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The Battle of the Gardener!

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Today I take up my garden tools and join the fight for my plants! I have waged war on the cabbage worms who have tresspassed into my vegetable garden! Beware, garden pests, this offence will not be tolerated!

 

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Redoing the Front Flowers

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Saturday Mom found some strawflowers (Oh! I l0ve those!) that were just her colors (red and yellow-orange) from the farmers market. She was currently looking for new flowers to make our front yard pretty. So she bought them. She let me pick out a white daisy-like thing, and a orange daisy-like thing, as well as a couple of dill plants (I am hoping for catterpillars.) We saw a Black Swallowtail, the same type of butterfly whose caterpillars eat dill.

 

Sunday after Mass, Mom, Maria, Joseph and I went to the nusery. We bought some orange coneflower and someIndian blanket

 

 After an unsuccsesful attempt to grow carnivorous plants, I spent my birthday money from Mom and Dad on a venus fly trap and two pitcher plants. I will keep you updated on how they do.

 

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