Lately I've been feeling uninspired to turn on my computer. It's strange and so very unlike me. I'm hoping it's just a short lived phase and I'll be online inspired again soon. In the meantime here's a little catch up...
Lately I've been thinking a lot about facebook. I've been reading through the comments on that post and realising that a lot of people feel VERY strongly about it. In our house we've been making our own facebook user rules. Rules that work for us and make us feel safe. This week my farmer boy got his own facebook account and he is actually really enjoying it. I have a feeling Miss Indi is enjoying watching her Dad's page more than her own. I think someday soon I will write a post entirely dedicated to what I have learnt about facebook so far, but I might have to join up first.
Lately I haven't had more than a few minutes at a time to craft it up. I've found that since ditching the tv during the week, I just don't crochet until the weekend. Apparently hook time and couch time and screen time go together for me.
Lately the boys have been building a new shed. Old school techniques with old materials. Some of the bits of wood they've been using are over one hundred years old. It's been a nice couple of days, every few weeks, kinda project. I think I should organise the women folk to make quilts on their shed building days. It seems right don't you think?
Lately I've been wondering about tomatoes. We have a cool room full of them and we are about to start preserving them tomorrow. But should we puree and bottle them all, or should we play around with other preserving recipes and techniques?
Lately I've been stressing about the weather. I do not like winter. I suffer the cold. I don't like wearing 100 layers and having the laundry drying inside. Freezing days make my bones ache. Grey days make me sad. So we've been brain storming ways to make winter warmer. New ways to heat the house, new ways to dry the washing, perhaps a new oven than heats and cooks.
Lately we've been enjoying eating and preserving the last of the summer berries, cooking and juicing the apples, munching on colourful carrots and crunchy peas and making a start on the earth oven.
Lately I've been reading books about parenting teens. It's funny, I never read one book about mothering a baby or a toddler and here I am with a stack of books on my bedside about adolescents. I'm not certain how much I am actually learning, but it's definitely feels good to find out we are not alone in this.
Lately farmer Bren has been obsessing over building a cycle powered apple crusher for apple cider. Miss Indi is one of 20 kids at her school to be part of a local landscapes project sponsored by the National Gallery of Victoria. Miss Jazzy has been working on her lolly project and just today was stung by a wasp twice (while her Dad was dumpster diving searching for parts for his bike project). And Miss Pepper is all about the letters and what things say.
Lately we've been enjoying the 350 fluffy day old (now week old) chicks we picked up last week.
Lately we've fallen off the menu planning wagon and it's been a 'what are we having tonight?' disaster. But after a huge bulk organic shop in Castlemaine today we are hopping straight back on tomorrow.
And lately I've been feeling pretty happy. The growing and preserving and cooking makes me happy. Spending time with my gang makes me happy. Thoughtful and kind emails make me happy. Phone conversations with old friends and plans with new friends make me happy. Watching my kids finding their passions makes me happy. My new plan makes me scared and happy. Miss Pepper begging me to make her a new dress today made me happy. Roses on the table makes me happy. Cooking from our garden makes me happy. Buttercup yellow makes me happy. My farmer boy makes me happiest.
So enough about me.
How are YOU??
What have you been up to lately?
What's making YOU happy?