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The Spring equinox, March 21st, does have a traditional history, but it seems to have largely been lost. Children still feel this change and you will often hear classroom teachers say that March is the hardest month of the year, one that seems to go on forever. One of the two moments when the sun’s rhythm is in perfect balance, when the forces of nature are so balanced that some say you can stand an egg on end, has become a time of long dragging days, antsiness, and irritation. We believe that this happens, in part, because we have stopped noticing and honoring the changes around us connected with this equinox. In the Enki approach, we see this as an important moment to turn the children’s attention toward nature, toward the sense of balance and warmth returning to the earth. We recommend a festival that has a strong outdoor component, both in playful activities and in some kind of ceremonial noticing and encouraging the return of the sun/warmth.
~Enki Homeschool Teaching Guides Book III

Outdoor CookingNothing, it seems, can keep the children inside right now.  Winter wasn't that hard and certainly not that long, but now the pull it just so strong.  It rained off and on all day yesterday and they spent a lot of time on the porch cooking up dyes, alkaline concoctions, and March beer; all pretend, of course.  Mike took them hiking in the rain and on a walk after supper and they were still full of life at bedtime.  I have to admit that I am hoping they will sleep "late" this morning due to the time change.

I felt scattered all weekend, too.  We were scrambling around trying to get the supplies needed for a long overdue bathroom remodel.  I feel so silly using that word, but I suppose that is what it is.  We got new shower walls, new faucets, and a new sink.  I need to get a vinyl remnant for the floor and that's it.  It's such a small space that there aren't a lot of options.  The sink is the smallest sold with a cabinet.  I have disliked the bathroom since we first saw the house just over ten years ago and we have lived with it for a long time.

We've also spent the past three weeks waiting on and talking with roofers.  The first two estimates were so high that it put the project off for later, but the third one (after weeks of waiting) seems to be the one to go with.  It helps that my family has extensive real estate that has been roofed by this particular man.  He wants to keep me happy so that he can keep getting work from my family.  I shudder to think of re-doing a bathroom and a roof all at once, of really spending that much money, even though the repairs are needed.  When this house was with the previous owners, they took every cheap shortcut possible and we are slowly replacing them.

All this and four gallons of paint sitting in the basement for me.  The living room, dining room, and office will get repainted this year.  I'm not sure which room to start with.  The colors are basically the same, just softer or, in the case of the living room, slightly louder colors.  Soften the dining room and Mike's office and make the purple in the living room a bit stronger.  With the weather so warm, it seems a shame I didn't do any over the weekend.  It was all I could do to get caught up with things here, though.  There is just so much to do--sewing, knitting, cooking, wrapping my head around these repairs.

I think I need some quiet secret knitting and reading before the children wake up.  Happy Monday!  I hope it's a quiet one.


( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )
Mar. 14th, 2016 12:57 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is a lot going on! I hope it goes smoothly and fits The budget. Happy quiet Monday to you!
Mar. 16th, 2016 10:55 am (UTC)
It is! The car is getting new tires today, too. Whew!
( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )

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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