Thursday, August 29, 2013

Summer's End Photos

Summer is ending.
Soon Autumn will be here. The leaves will fall from the trees. The last of the crops will be ready for harvest. Herbs will be gathered and dried.

Right now, The Kingdom of Dragonia (my micronation) is bursting forth in blooms. The Russian sage is beautiful with it's purple flowers.
Russian Sage

The Spearmint is in bloom as well. The white flowers are so beautiful next to the purple.

And of course the "dwarf catnip." It sure is tall to be a dwarf, but the purple flowers are gorgeous.
"Dwarf" Catnip

Then there is the sage. It's cooking sage and I cannot remember what type.

Then there are the roses, pink and white, and the crepe myrtles, lavender and red/pink.
Pink Roses

White Roses

Lavender Crepe Myrtle

Pink/Red Crepe Myrtle

There are other plants as well. One produces yellow flowers and the other produces purple.
Yellow Flowers

Purple Flowers

Of course, then there is the all important gourd crop. The gourds are important for the Dragonian sport, Gourd Ball!

The garden is starting to die, but here are a few pictures of it as well.
Potato Patch


Tomatoes (which are not producing)


Corn Field

Also of note are the ducks and the chickens~

The ducks and geese!

The Chickens

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Unschooling Forever

Have you every heard of the term unschooling?
No, it doesn't mean to unschool yourself by taking knowledge away. It doesn't mean to dumb yourself down. It doesn't mean anything like that.
Unschooling is to give yourself (or your children) as much freedom to learn as you are comfortable with. It doesn't need textbooks (unless that is what you really wish to use) or problems, but instead it learns from everyday life.

Now that I have graduated, I'm out of school. I, however, am not done learning. No, I'm not going to college (at least not at this time). Instead, I'm choosing to unschool myself. Now that I have total control, I'm choosing to learn things such as computer science and programming, herbalism, jewelry making, and homemaking skills. I chose not to go to college for quite a few reasons.

1. The idea of a traditional college terrified me.
2. I really didn't want to spend that much money on something that would possibly never get used or that I couldn't get a job with.
3. Online college doesn't seem to be what I want right now.
4. I'll be getting married next year.
5. I don't know what I want to do with my life. Why get a degree when I don't know what I would do with it?

So, I choose to unschool myself forever. Some day my unschool curriculum (if you can call it that) may include college, but not at the moment.