November 15, 2018

Eighth Grade, Q1

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. 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

Well hello!

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 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, 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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