Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friends the power just returned after going out and staying out since Thursday evening about 8pm. We've been making the most of it. Luckily we have an amazing woodstove that has a cooktop and an oven. It stayed cold enough outside that we were able to move all our food outside and not lose any of it. We also had hot water and were able use our regular stove since both of those appliances are gas. It was kind of sort of fun to use the French press for coffee, and I felt truly backwoods carrying pans of hot water out to the goats and chickens.
We managed to keep cell service and ran a generator to power parts of our store. It was nice being able to still run the business and supply people with food and other things they needed. Warren stayed extremely busy keeping it all together at our businesses while I tried to hold it together at home. I think the hardest part was keeping the kids entertained. During the day we soldiered on with school and did a bunch of reading. In the dark dark evenings there was Lego building and ecodough playing by lamplight. I knitted as much as I could.
Admittedly this ice storm was nothing like the few I dealt with as a teenager. I believe we were without power for nearly two weeks during one bad storm. Our part of Arkansas never seems to get the big snow, just the damaging ice.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Thanksgiving has come and gone and I’m not sure I have ever had a more pleasant one. I spent two full days in the kitchen (my favorite place to be anyways) and then stuffed myself silly with all kinds of off limits food for the next two days. Warren and I are still mostly on that no grains kick. He a bit more than I. I’m tempted to cheat. He’s very strict about it.
We drank a lot, visited even more. Watched the kids revel in their freedom from schoolwork and the joy of seeing cousins. This far flung family doesn’t really get together often enough. I sometimes wish for the type of weekly dinners and get-togethers I see in some families, but know its not really in the cards for us in this season of our life. Maybe when the kids are older and have their own families we can draw them all back to our home for food and good times.
It’s cold and predicted to be much colder by the weekend. Wool socks are a must, the wood stove is working overtime, the goats are shivering when I go out to see them in the mornings. They seem much appreciative of the extra hay I throw their way. I am positive Willow is pregnant and hopeful that Flower is too. That will mean milk in the spring! Stella is very much looking forward to milking a goat herself. I can’t wait to see that.
The baby chicks, who are no longer babies, have moved to the coop and are very happy with the big chickens. They all snuggle in at night and keep each other warm. So far all six appear to be hens, but I am the worst at sorting out the roosters until they really start acting like roosters, so who knows!
Admittedly this is my favorite time of year for homeschooling. The weather just begs us to hole up and read. The wood stove beckons us all to the dining room table where we do all our work anyways. Co-op takes a break for the year so our commitments are very few and far between. We can focus more on our home and each other and reestablish the rhythm that this introvert needs. In fact the majority of our household are introverts which suits us just fine. Although I do feel bad for our two extroverts at times. We just have to make an extra effort to get them around people other than us.
And as of this very moment, I am wishing for a nightstand to hold my cup of tea. I don’t really need a nightstand. In fact I am realizing I don’t really need too much of anything. But I’ve been replacing my nightly wine with tea for the past few days and I find it much cozier to take my tea in bed, but have nowhere to sit it. First world problems. I should just be grateful and get on with it. I’m learning. I’m getting there. One simple cup of tea at a time.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
This one is for the main man in your life. Husband, boyfriend, father, brother. Once again, all gifts are from Etsy. Buy handmade! Support artisans!
Monday, December 2, 2013
I'm older, but am I wiser?
Not sure yet. But I'm working on it.
Here is what I am reading:
Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety - Sacha Z Scoblic
Drinking: A Love Story - Caroline Knapp
The Well Educated Mind - Susan Wise Bauer
With the kids---
The Odyssey- Homer (children's version by Gillian Cross)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
What I'm doing:
downing lots of herbs
repeating small mantras
attempting to ignore wine
Sagittarians have a reputation for being eternal learners. It's true. I soak up knowledge like a sponge. I am always interested in learning all I can about what I am interested in. Thirty-one seems like a year for doing even more of that. Thirty-one seems like a year to finally get truly healthy and kick all the junk I preach about on a daily basis but still indulge in. Thirty-one seems old, but I know its not.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
I can't decide whether or not to embrace the knitting fully or just make simple hats all winter long.
CHRISTMAS HATS FOR EVERYONE!
Truth is I really enjoy it and I'm slightly sort of maybe good at it?
So while I'm over here in a corner with a pair of needles, a ball of scrumptious yarn, and lots and lots of video tutorials on ribbing, please enjoy these links.
Hobbit Holes. Santa can totally bring me one of these. I would let my goats live in it.
This chick has a different take on Movember.
This post at Clean makes me feel all kinds of better about my less than stellar days.
I've posted this video before but it always puts a smile on my face.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The other day I stumbled across Penelope Trunk.
Then I fell down an Internet rabbit hole for a few days.
Fascinating. And not one bit surprising she has Asperger's.
I've also been knitting. A lot.
I'm head over heels crazy about Wool And The Gang.
And running. A little. With my darling husband.
I also visited an iridologist and started an herb regimen.
I miss yoga. I was practicing regularly then all of the sudden I just quit. It makes me really happy so I should be doing it, right?
And yay! My favorite combination of holidays is coming up next week. Thanksgiving/My Birthday! It's a fun fun week.
Have I mentioned lately how much I love homeschooling? I'm going to morph into one of those people that believes it is the best and only way. But I already do that with everything I am into so its not really a big surprise.
I read this darling darling story to my 7 & 8 year old Literature class at our homeschool co-op this past Monday. As a project to accompany the book, I gave them each a small ball of yarn and taught them to finger knit. I was amazed and delighted how quickly and easily they picked it up and how much most of them enjoyed it. The boys especially!
One of those super amazing things about homeschooling is the complete and total freedom it affords you. Can you imagine not having your day revolve around school hours? Just for fun we spent Monday evening at a friends cabin in the middle of Shady. The next morning we took a wee stroll in our pajamas before loading ourselves and the dogs up and heading home to start school. Still in our pajamas. I snapped these as we were appreciating the beauty of the early morning.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Backtracking a bit to a few outings we had this month.
We went camping.
That statement right there....um yeah. It was the first time we've ever been camping as a family. Years ago as a teenager I did a lot of camping. It was usually mostly miserable due to being unprepared. Sometimes it was just sleeping (er, passing out) in the back of a truck backed up to a campfire. When it did involve tents the weather never seemed to cooperate. As an even younger person I went on a few camping trips with my friend's families and it was mostly enjoyable.
I was really unsure what to expect at this stage in my life. Would the kids have fun? Would we all abandon ship in the middle of the night? Did we bring enough beer?
|Arkansas truly is the Natural State. I had to stop for this picture on the way to the Cossatot.|
|We require homemade marshmallows.|
|Exploring parts of the river.|
|The Cossatot is one of the clearest cleanest rivers I've ever seen.|
|It was pretty chilly so I decided to kick it on the bank and look at rocks.|
|I love rocks.|
|Camp. We had a good day and a fun evening. The rain started about 2 a.m. and didn't quit. We packed it|
in about eight the next morning due to the torrential downpour.
|Camping wears a girl out.|
We had already visited one fun farm this Fall, but we decided to try out another one. This time we visited Wild Things Farm in Pocola. Technically its in Oklahoma so it wasn't really an Arkansas Adventure but its only a few miles from the border. My mom went with us this time and the kids really enjoyed having their Grandma along on one of our outings.