Sunday, October 31, 2010


As I mentioned before, some people have studios. I don't, which allows for interesting moments. And yes, that's pizza in his hand.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Today we were talking about the Manchu Dynasty's conquest over the Han Chinese & the Ming Dynasty. This discussion of dynasties made Margaret wonder about a previous lesson, "Mom...does the Gupta Dynasty still exist in India?"

At this moment, Ella began flipping furiously through her notebook for her paragraph on the Gupta Dynasty from last year.

Just before Ella made her pronouncement on the dates of the Gupta Dynasty, Margaret says thoughtfully, "...because I've seen a guy on TV, Sanjay Gupta..."

Ella and I start laughing,

..."for Cable Vantage..."

Saturday, October 2, 2010


This is the space in which I'm working on an icon of Vladyka John. Some people have studios. If I had a studio it would probably be less organized than this.

I have my chair-and-stool lighting creation, my stool/TV tray work table, and something I call my "Quick Box." This box contains the brush-sizes and paint-colors I'm currently working with, in addition to the mess-up miscellanea I need when I mess up--which I need to replenish often, FYI.

I can set up and break down this stuff in less than five minutes, morning, noon, and night. It's become both a habit and a challenge to turn this 3'x5' studio back into the 3'x5' walkway in between the kitchen, living room, classroom.

I also homeschool five kids and make homecooked meals almost every day. I sometimes get behind on laundry, though.