lower the bar

Keeping up the fire, properly washing hands,  putting warm socks on little feet, and providing ample provisions are the only necessary tasks to keep our day running smooth.  A presence of mind and body is really what it takes.  This in itself is exhausting and at once worthwhile without a doubt.  The standard for a great day is low and simple  here and I am grateful for perspective and time to be able to see this.  I don’t fail to notice the luxury of a warm house, and the ability to fill my cupboard.  Ice on the insides of our windowpanes, and car doors that freeze closed make it easy to remember that it is safe and warm inside, and for that we are lucky.

It is too cold to go outside, or maybe a more ambitious me would disagree, but so be it.  I am in, and my back is warming by the fire as I type this.  My daughter painted her first person, “It is Row-ey,” she announced proudly, her nickname for our sweetie Rowan.  My big boys are braving the temperatures and drove off over the crunchy driveway with our neighbor to the ski hill.  And Jasper is kneeling by the fire with his best friend, cuddled on a sheepskin drawing race cars and playing make believe with markers.  A snapshot in a simple day that is not a failure and is not a waste of time.  Nothing in particular was accomplished in the view of the wide world, not a load of laundry done, not a bill paid, not a lesson administered.  But we ate dozens of peanut butter oatmeal balls, and drank our weight in maple steamy’s.  Our bar is low, and my goddess it feels good.

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wrapped up!

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On another note, we just discovered Rowan quite clearly has a photographic memory!  He can “see” baseball cards in his mind and relays every, single statistic with precision.  Strange but true…  Does anyone have any experience with such a thing?

its the holiday season

The crafting around here is alive and well.  It’s actually quite astonishing.  Between my kids, the holidays and my recent surge of inspiration, the projects are nonstop.  There is needle felting, paper cutting and folding, sewing, knitting and spinning projects in the works as we speak!  That is a type of overwhelm I can handle, because I just love it!  A few weeks ago I got to meet knit collage from my Instagram feed and making art batts and spinning bulky yarn has been high on my list of projects to work on to match the stocking I made from one of her kits.  So of course with all that yarn I have been carting around I had to make a forager vest last night to ease the project toting (those pockets!!).  There have been a few pebble vests for willow thrown in for good measure and lots of swatching for the birkin sweater I am beginning.  whew!

And the holiday season is off with a start!  I am so far not feeling at all under the gun about any of it, which is lovely as it seems the last 3 years I have spent the days after the holiday recovering from serious bouts of stomach bugs (and one first trimester too), so I am determined to keep my immune system high and my stress level low.  Which brings me to a bit of a witches brew I have been drinking nightly that I though I ought to share- tulsi tea with macerated ginger and turmeric, a few drops of oregano oil, a bit of cayenne, and a scoop of raw CBD honey- lets hope it works!

The weather has been nothing short of beautiful but extremely cold for so early in the season.  We have had a few snow storms and lots of freezing weather, sometimes dipping down the to the single digits.  It has not encouraged lots of outside play, though we get out everyday.  It has, on the other hand, been just right for crafty-dreams to come to life.

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something for everyone

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My kids activities were at an all time high with fall baseball taking the forefront, then there re is the always activities like music and 4h filling in the gaps- but mostly its baseball all day every day.  We managed to build a Sukkah for Miles’ third grade Jewish Studies block, and it was a beautiful evening complete with a bonfire and soup and stories.  We attended some of the many offerings our area has for homeschoolers, including the history museum’s architecture walk and Billing’s Farm’s “putting up food” day.  We have also made our own fun with experiments of different plant fibers as well.

And finally, I knitted something!  It’s a plain tunic by Heidi Pickles and I love how sweet Willow looks in it.  It is so soft and warm and has, of course, cat buttons.

Fair wrap up

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne year later… Oh what a difference a year makes! I would sum up the fair as a huge success.  Those little birds (Modern Game for anyone who is interested) absolutely earn their keep- this year they helped the boys bring home a bag of feed, 25 dollars in cash, two beautiful rosettes and endless amounts of pride.

Other highlights this year were volunteering in floral hall demonstrating different fiber arts and earning free ride passes, scooping ice cream for 4H, bumper cars, being on the front page of the Valley News, getting photos taken for the Boston Globe, Arlo winning a bike, Rowan winning best in show for a needle felted gnome, Miles winning best in show for junior poultry and a pie, and taking our cousin to the fair!  It was an amazing and exhausting weekend and we can’t wait until next year already.

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