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Outside:

Although we are experiencing some sub zero temperatures, we are finding our way outdoors.    We have a solid base of snow for cross country skiing and between after-school ski practices, MYSL and weekend outings, we're logging a fair amount of kilometers on the trail.

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Coffee shop 2

Duct tape crafts
Duct tape crafts
Duct tape crafts

Inside:  

We are staying warm, even given our recent sub-zero temperature cold snap.   We recently tried out a new coffee shop in town with a welcoming atmosphere after a cold and snowy ski.  We have been keeping ourselves busy inside, the kids experimenting with duct tape crafts, the mama with some knitting projects.  On these winter days we are also savoring summer blueberries and backyard maple syrup with pancake breakfasts.

Wishing you a great start to your week!


In the Garden & In the Kitchen - Mid August

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Oh August, a month of abundance!  

This month is delivering an abundance of garden (work and harvest), preserving, gatherings with friends and family -and lots of lake time.   We have been so busy, but in a full, rich and wonderful way.   August, has its moments, but overall it is a wonderful time to be.


::gratitude

 

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We have been experiencing some pretty gloomy, snowy and muddy weather this week.  It is quite tempting to complain and give into the crabbies. 

However, I am working with intention to find pockets of light and love amidst this all - seeking moments of sunshine that can often be overshadowed by the clouds.

Today I am sharing just some simple snapshots that reflect gratitude:

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sprouts of green in my kindergarten classroom

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gifts of eggs from our flock of chickens

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echoes of "mama kiss!" before I head off to work

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all six of us eating together around our family table

yes, there is lot's of sunshine in my life these days - clouds, snowflakes, mud and all! 

 

 

 

 

 

 


holiday sweetness

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Between last evening and this afternoon we have completed our holiday baking.  We usually make four different kinds of cookies to enjoy and give.  We also end up being on the receiving end quite frequently so there is no need to go too overboard.

This year we made gingerbread cutouts, maple sugar cookies with snowflake icing, holiday pretzel rings with carmel & chocolate and peanut butter blossoms.  I am gaining more and more help every year.  This year I had a lot of help with baking and decorating.

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It is starting to feel like the Christmas season.  All we need now is a little more snow!

 


::making to use and to give

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We have used some pockets of time over the last few weeks to do some making, both for use in our home and for holiday giving.

New this year:  bath bombs!  We made one experimental batch, which was fun and easy - and another for gifting.

I have also been doing a little more experimenting with my soap making.  I have made four batches this year:  peppermint , calendula, lemongrass and oatmeal & honey.  I have been trying out some layering techniques and experimenting with colorants, exfoliants and textures.  I am pretty happy with the results.

We also made a large batch of homemade fire starters for our own wood-stove fires and more to give (a very practical gift in our north woods).

We have had fun so far - and I do have a couple more projects on my list for the upcoming weekend - stay tuned!


bunny yarn

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I have been harvesting fiber from our bunny "Checker" since we got him late last Spring.  Today I put a new spool on my spinning wheel and started spinning some super-soft bunny yarn!

This afternoon I carved out just enough time to spin about half of what I have been collecting so far.  My plan is to add to this spool until I have a usable amount, then dye it and knit it into something simple and functional like a hat, shawl or scarf.

It is great to have hobbies like this to lean into on cold and rainy afternoons, and it is ever so meaningful to have the fiber sourced from our own little fiber bunny.


bunny love

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We are enjoying our bunny "Checker."  Tending to him is easy.  He spends most of his time outdoors in his coop, we do take him in for frequent snuggles - sometimes accompanying us during our evening story times.  On a recent grooming we even able to harvest a little bit of fiber from this little guy, which I am collecting in my fiber bin for future use with plans to spin it into yarn.

He is proving to be a great addition to the homestead. 


outside and inside

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Minutes of daylight are returning to our northwoods each day.  It seems there is just enough time after school and work to tend to the chickens, light a fire, eat an early supper, then get out back for a little ski or walk before the darkness sets in.  

Lately, our evenings indoors include time spent together, then some time off in our own little corners of our home.  On a typical weeknight we may have three boys wrestling or splashing in a tub, a daughter drawing or singing in her room, the daddy reading a newspaper or book and the mama clicking away at the keyboard or dabbling in one of her handicrafts sipping a cup of tea.

We know as our children get older they will have more and more evening activities drawing them out of our home during these weeknights.  But for now, savoring this time where we are most often all at home, warmed both by the fire and the love that we share.