November 15, 2018
Just a few scenes from our mid-fall shenanigans. Both of the pumpkins were hand-drawn designs from their respective carvers (not me). My pumpkins always end up with some goofy face that looks like the art of a four-year-old.
So...in lieu of that, I leave the carving to the masters, and use the time to clean, prep, and roast the pumpkin seeds. That's really the best part of this whole circus anyway.
We never made it out to the apple orchard this year, but we did manage to make some homemade sauce with locally-grown apples from the market. I've heard a rumor that you can freeze this stuff so you can have actual real fruit in winter instead of the mushy, tasteless citrus that passes for produce around here in January. Maybe next year?
...and a breadmachine recipe test for Traditional White Bread. I didn't actually do the tasting because of my Elimination Diet, but the fam approved. They demolished the loaf in less than 48 hours.
This week I've spent a good part of my days on the phone with contractors discussing job scope, getting quotes, scheduling work for both the old and new houses. The cold and snow came early this year, and now everyone is scrambling to finish before the onslaught of winter. My next post will be full of snow photos.
Tomorrow I have set aside two *entire* hours to sit down with a book, my commonplace, and a cup of tea, as I impatiently wait for my child's first report card to roll in. She has done well so far, and I'm excited to celebrate with her. :)
November 5, 2018
So I guess it's been a minute, eh?
When last I posted the sun was high in the sky, a balmy summer day. Now we scrape frost from our windshields and eat dinner after dark. The Wheel keeps turning.
It appears that we have made it through the transition back to school relatively unscathed (so far). Astrid has already made a few friends, and seems to have caught on to the school rhythm. I've been using the time to *finally* finally make some headway on getting our old house sold, as well as beginning the slow process of sorting through my dad's things in the basement. Don't worry...there is also time set aside for some reading and study. I was serious about enjoying a bit of quiet. An old interest caught my ear, so I've been reading here and there about the practices of the ancient people who lived by nature's cycles. Imagine a world before clocks and alarms...living by the cycles of sun and moon, your fate inexorably linked to the fate of the land. It's beautiful and terrifying.
Aside from the study, I've been in a bit of a dry spell with personal projects, until recently. Now there are four....no, wait...count that five projects on my list. At the rate that I knit, this should keep me busy at least until spring. First stop was to the LYS, where I treated myself to a little something from Juniper Moon Farms.
The past week has been filled with activities for Halloween/Samhain, and we were blessed to be able to get away for the weekend to celebrate our anniversary. With that behind us, we begin the sweet descent into the holidays. This really is my favorite time of year. <3
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August 13, 2018
Summer has been humming along with the usual family busyness. Swim lessons and sleepovers filled the month of July, with only a tiny bit of crafting in the mix. I finished up a couple of little hats for my nephew, who turns one next month. I haven't picked up a new project since, but not from lack of want. I've had my eye open, but haven't yet found a project that I love. A few good ones, yes...but nothing that really speaks to me. I suppose I am getting more selective in my age, as I find myself less willing to sweat and toil over a project I don't absolutely love. The irony is that the absence of a new project caught me stumbling back toward that old sock. I think I started the thing a year ago, knitting only a handful of frustrated rows before setting is aside. Well, it's only a few rows longer now. I might be a senior citizen before it is finished. Must keep looking for that must-make pattern...
Earlier this year we made the decision not to continue homeschooling in the fall. Astrid will be attending a school in the next city over, opening a few hours in my weekday. For the first few months, my priority will be helping her adjust to the new routine, and the new expectations of her teachers. The truth is that we have struggled these past three years to find our place in the local community, and neither of us has connected in a meaningful way. If I could find a way to send her to school for social interaction, and keep her education here, we both would prefer it. There are so many things about homeschool that we will miss, especially sharing and discussing books. I'm hoping we can continue that somehow. She is excited about the adventure of something new, meeting new people with common interests, and expanding her world. I am inspired by her courage, stepping out into the unknown.
I'm also looking forward to those few hours each day. I'm not sure what is on the horizon for me, but I would like to spend a little time, while she settles in, enjoying a few quiet moments...to read, to craft, to bake bread, and have a little more to share with you here. <3
January 30, 2018
Look! Actual knitting!
I couldn't control myself with all of that spring-like weather last week. I had the bug to get moving on something. I'm not sure if I am going to complete the project, as it was a bit of a whim, and I'm not familiar with this kind of work. But! There was actual knitting happening! It looks like a thumb, doesn't it? I promise you it is not. :)
Even though the cold is set to return soon, I can still enjoy the lengthening days. Midwinter is around the corner, and we will be pulling out of the cold and dark in a handful of weeks. My mind has definitely turned to spring planning. I have already laid out demands (in my sweetest voice) that we have more backyard fires this year, and Astrid has mentioned bike rides about a hundred times.
In the meantime, I might toy with this a little more, and take a stab at something for the newest addition to the family. I've heard a rumor that baby things are fun to knit. The best part is that if I mess up, he won't care! :D
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January 10, 2018
We have rolled back into a regular school schedule without too much fuss. The winter weather adds the extra challenges of bad driving conditions and a general lack of desire to leave the house. In truth, this time of year is one that I suffer through, counting the weeks until spring. Astrid and I have been staying warm at home as much as possible.
I've been keeping myself distracted with thoughts of a warm French countryside, cool breezes, and farmer's markets. Most people don't know that I have a little thing for French country. It all sounds so romantic. *sigh* This book, Joie De Vivre focuses mainly on food culture, their meals, gardens and markets. The chapter on breakfast has inspired a spring plan to clean out our enclosed back porch and put in a little breakfast nook. I am daydreaming of summer breakfasts in the fresh air, enjoying the sunrise.
Instead of resolutions or elaborate goals for New Year's, I wrote a quick list of a few things I wanted to work on, with the intention of adding to the list as I am able to complete them. My original list was three books and two knitting projects. Joie De Vivre is the second book of the three, and I am thinking I had better get started on some knitting soon. I found this baby alpaca that I purchased last summer, and then set aside to work on shower gifts. So maybe there is something brown and pink in my future?
"A simple and pleasant breakfast lifts you right into the day's activities with a gentle boost that's like a pat on the back as you go out the door."
- Robert Arbor
January 5, 2018
This year I decided against a big, long list of goals in favor of a few general guidelines, like a compass pointing the direction I want to go. Two things for sure that I want to put time into are working through my book pile and digging back into knitting.
Like most, we have been keeping indoors this week due to the bitterly cold temps that have swept through the region. I've returned to my copy of Seven Stages of Money Maturity, which was recommended by a financial planner and family friend. At about 3/4 complete, I can say for sure that I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in getting and keeping their financial house in order while living a fulfilling lifestyle.
I also broke out my copy of Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I picked this up last summer, but haven't tried any of the projects yet. Soon!
We've been taking a break this past week, but are heading back into our regular homeschool and co-op schedule next week. So I fully intend to relax and enjoy as much as possible this weekend. :)
"Much of what we call depression isn't clinical...it is the emotional result of clinging to Innocent, idealized beliefs about how things are or how they should be."
- George Kinder