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Keeping Warm

Keeping WarmSure enough, the weather has shifted back to something more seasonable, wintry, even.  The first day of Spring was cold and windy and there was the promise of snow.  We didn't see any, but it was certainly almost there.  The day was long and difficult and overwhelming, even with the addition of bread chickens for Palm Sunday.

I spent the afternoon changing things around, as I tend to do when things get rough.  I carried up the whole toy library and really went through it.  I was able to empty one whole box and bring out a few things that haven't been seen in awhile.  There comes a point in a more deliberate approach where there just aren't that many tricks to pull out any more.  I think long and hard about how toys will be used and whether there will be disputes, of which there have been many lately.  In the Joyful Toddlers class, Faith talked about her mother, the famous Rahmia Baldwin Dancy, and her proclaiming regime changes when things got stale.  So, yes, regime change!

The children returned home, happy to see things different and to play again in a more productive way.  Hopefully, everyone will feel more like themselves soon.  The past week has been so long and so disruptive to our routine.  The car got new tires and two (yes, two!) free oil changes and there were the roofers.  I think they thought our little house would be a quick job, but the weather and being a few packs short on shingles has dragged it out three days.  They'll finish up today, we hope.  I'm just looking forward to some quiet days without people clomping around up there or having to run all over for errands.

Kitchen WorkI covered up the blueberries and cole crops last night (like I have acres and acres).  I might not take the covers off today, but just check on them instead.  There was a bit of a breeze, so I don't think frost has settled on anything just yet.  It looks like tonight will be the last of the really cold weather for a bit, though I am still concerned about fruit trees and so on.  I suppose that is Spring, really, back and forth and fretting about the confused plants that we count on so much.  I'm not really ready to let go of the cold weather, though it was pretty nice having the windows open last week.  And there's that painting I want to do, sooner if I can help it.

Well, I'm off to start some oatmeal and try to work in some secret knitting.   


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Mar. 22nd, 2016 09:29 am (UTC)
It was so cold and windy yesterday! That is normal for Spring, of course, but brrrrr! I still have some winter things around. Thanks for the reminder.

Willow put the apron on her. :-) We have used those play frames that Mike made quite a lot. The children tried to make a mobile car with them and broke one section. Needs to go on the repair list. ;-) You know me, I am always moving things around and trying out new spaces. It drives my mil crazy.

Mike has a birthday party for his mother the day before, but will be home for Easter. We'll make hot cross buns this Friday and hand them out to friends and neighbors. We'll do an egg hunt and I'm not sure what else, maybe some time in the woods to look for new life. I am having a hard time believing it is this weekend!
( 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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