Homeschool PDX

I am going to try my hand at the old blog again. Here’s a start: my contribution to Homeschool PDX.


I hope to begin blogging again more regularly. Check back!


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Bear in Mind

Nibsy is studying California History this year. As usual, we’ve had our own creative meandering around the subject matter, and we’ve had a great time learning along with our friends.

We have connections to a really fascinating blog devoted to Cuffy, the illustrious California Bear Flag bear, in all his various manifestations.  Seeing all the interesting activity there gave us a shot in the arm to post again with our own Bear Flag creations.

I was really taken with a vintage postcard advertising the Panama Pacific Exhibition of 1915, which was posted on the Bear Flag Museum Blog.

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I thought this was such great design, so of its time and yet so timeless. I suggested to my husband that it would be a great little screen printing project.

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With a show coming up, it’s always good to have something new to present.

The strike off:

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And the finished project: printed by hand, from an artful separation, with 5 colors.

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Mermaid Skirts! by Niamh

photo-6I have taken a sewing class three times. It’s really fun. So far I have made a drawstring bag, two skirts, and a little purse.

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The last project I did in my class was a skirt made with really cute fabric with mermaids and little seahorses on it.


I was excited when I got to sew a skirt at home for Clara. We are going to wear our matching skirts for Easter.



For my next project I am going to make an apron. I would also like to make a skirt for my American Girl doll, and maybe for my sister’s doll too.

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Archery by Niamh


I went to archery on Saturday with my mommy, daddy, and my sister, Clara.

I had a lot of fun.

The staff there are really nice.


I was really excited to try it and I was glad it was easy.When they blow the  first whistle you go to a white line and get ready to shoot the target.

When you’re  ready, you let go of the string and the arrow goes flying. When everyone runs out of  arrows, they blow the whistle three times and everyone retrieves their arrows.


They tested me to see if I am right or left eye dominant. I started shooting first with my right hand because I am right-handed, butwhen they tested me, they found out that I am left-eye dominant. So they gave me a left-handed bow then. Shooting left-handed was better.


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I am excited to go again and my daddy wants to try next time too.

By Niamh

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Once more, this time with enthusiasm…

We’ve been featured in one way or another on two different blogs recently.

First, Nibsy sent two of her Bear Flag tea towels to the Bear Flag Museum. She based her design on the original Todd Flag, which was designed by William Todd (a nephew of Mary Todd Lincoln) and raised at the Bear Flag Revolt in Sonoma, California in June of 1846. Nibsy’s father kindly screen-printed some tea towels as well as a few t-shirts featuring her design. The tea towels were a featured entry on the Bear Flag Museum blog.


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I have been subscribing to Brave Writer for three years now and we really enjoy it. I sent in a photo of the girls having a Tuesday Teatime, with appropriate baked goods, tea, tablecloth and cloth napkins-and of course, some poetry. We were pleased to be selected for a blog entry by the folks at Brave Writer.



Since we’ve managed to make an appearance in the blogosphere, maybe it’s time to get back to blogging.

Nibsy has relayed a desire to do some guest posting here at Southpaw Grammarian, so watch for future posts.




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Niamh and Clara’s Christmas Movie 2012

In the interest of saving sanity, postage, cards lost in the post, trees, and energy; the girls made a Christmas movie in lieu of sending out Christmas cards.


Merry Christmas!

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December 1, 2012 · 18:58

(M)Other Love

It’s been a while since I posted, due to general business and a trip abroad.  More posts to come, but here’s something for Mother’s Day…..

“Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.”

-James Joyce

“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.”  

-Victor Hugo

“My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart – a heart so large that everybody’s joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation.”

-Mark Twain

“Mother is a verb, not a noun.”


“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me.  They have clung to me all my life.”

-Abraham Lincoln

“Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.”

-William Makepeace Thackeray

“Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at de sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.”
-Zora Neale Hurston

“One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.

-George Herbert

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.  

-Honoré de Balzac

Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that suppose to mean? In my heart it don’t mean a thing.

-Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987

My mother’s love for me was so great I have worked hard to justify it.

– Marc Chagall

“[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.”  

-Emily Dickinson

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.”

— Maya Angelou

“By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.”

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Giving kids clothes and food is one kind of thing, but it’s much more important to teach them that other people besides themselves are important and that the best thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the service of other people.”

— Dolores Huerta

“Mothers are all slightly insane.”

–J.D. Salinger

“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.”
-Mark Twain

Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.

-Lisa Alther

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”


Thou art thy mother’s glass, and she in thee

Calls back the lovely April of her prime.

~William Shakespeare

“Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.”

-Marion C. Garretty

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder

where you are when you don’t come home at night.

– Margaret Mead

A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. –

Honoré de Balzac

The strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.

– Barbara Kingsolver

The mother’s heart is the child’s school-room.

-Henry Ward Beecher


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