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I have big dreams lately, or at least sizeable ones.  There is so much I want to do and so much that needs my presence and I'm just feeling like I'm spinning my wheels a lot of the time.  Maybe it will help if I lay them out somewhere?

I work on sewing projects in little bits, seldom completing something in one sitting.  I suppose this helps me to keep up surprises for the children by never finishing up something in their presence?  I managed to turn out a dozen bean bags for them yesterday, but that was miraculous.  I kept spilling the beans and Laurel woke up very sad from her nap, just as I was sitting down to sew.  I wanted an open-ended toy, since those seem to be shared most easily.

Golden Poison

One of my goals is to make most of the children's Christmas gifts.  I have many things I want to make, so it seems good to aim for Christmas (or St. Nicholas Day or the Solstice, whenever we do gifts).  I have a pair of very Wintry lined pants for Roan started.  I want to sew felt mushroom hats for each of the children, like those in Children of the Forest.  I want to sew or knit a simple Waldorf doll for Laurel for her birthday (which is three weeks away!), but I need to finish off that poor unstuffed doll first.

Autumn Lake

I have plans to knit a lot, too, of course.  There are farm animals to knit.  I want to knit a balaclava for Roan, in addition to his earwarmers that turned out too big and need to be ripped out.  That was a quick project, blessedly.  I want to knit some thing for Willow and some high-waisted overalls for Laurel.  Mike needs some new hats, since he lost one or two last Winter.  He also has one glove and one mitten, having lost the other of each pair.  We call them Glittens now.  I remember seeing a pattern for camera mittens a looooong time ago.  Might be time to make them.

Leaves in the Lake

I have aspirations to really be awesome all the time that I am alone with the children, involving them with my work and giving them meaningful things to do.  Not that I will have every moment of the day planned with sparkly crafts and fun stories, but that I will really get a handle on living peacefully with them.  Roan's in a difficult season right now (always on the half birthdays, it seems).  We've taken on the task of raking up all the leaves in a neighbor's yard (I'm sure he won't mind) and bagging them up to give to Carrie for her garden.  I'm working hard to keep them warm, moving productively and playing cooperatively.  I've got something in the works to help me with this, too.

Fall Highway

Oh, this is just such a photogenic time of year, isn't it? I took these pictures in a matter of a minute or two yesterday when we drove out to the lake just to see it before coming home to make supper and get ready for Becky to come over. We're definitely going back this morning, rain or shine.  After we rake up those leaves.

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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