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Just in Time

Sheep ShearingThe winds have been rattling the windows all night.  I had to get up and stuff an envelope in one to quiet it, the joys of an old house.  Rain is in the forecast and I think the weather has shifted for good to being cooler.  Yesterday was the last of the sunny and nearly hot for awhile.  The children lived it up, for sure, staying outside past dark (which comes earlier these days).

Saturday was the worst I had felt in some time, and I woke up yesterday intent on just getting through the day.  I knew that Carrie had some things for me at her house, so I did my work here and drove over there.  It was so nice to be out, just me, and get to talk.  Mary Alice had left a whole bag of very nice crafting kits for me from Chinaberry (from way back)--felted soaps, origami crane mobiles, pinwheels, paper stars.  These were just the things we needed!  I had wanted to make pinwheels, as they are among the Enki crafts, but never had all the supplies.  Origami is part of grade one, too.  It was really just what I needed to brighten me up.

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Now, it's Tuesday and this post has taken awhile to write.  Our computer has been broken and just got repaired, so I've been working on Mike's work tablet.  I'm really not of a fan of them, or space phones, but it has helped me to keep up with some necessary things.  Anyway, Carrie also sent us home with a funny sort of shelf.  To me, it looked like a balance beam and to the children, it has been anything.  I never told them what it was and they have had fun with it.    They've sheared sheep and forged iron and rested their feet.

Sure enough, yesterday stayed cool and breezy all day, the eight months of wind have returned.  I am glad to see it, myself, and I think Willow is, too.  She has grown so much, inside, in the past year.  Six has been very good for her.  Old things that were so hard have fallen away.  She is eager to help much of the time and I think all will be right in her world when she begins the recorder in a couple weeks.  Roan is hard these days.  I am beginning to wonder if it is an Autumn thing for him.  I find myself dealing with similar things as last Fall and really needing to engage his will in order to keep him in a good place.

And with that, my little fellow is awake and it is time to get breakfast going.  Something warm is in order, for sure, and perhaps a trip to the orchard.

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A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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