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Last week was largely about improving my focus here.  I feel pulled in so many directions all the time, that I needed to take one of those variables out so I could see more clearly.  I still felt overwhelmed a lot of days, I won't lie.  There's no way around it when you are the only adult most of the week, day and night, but I am getting better at that.  I think this week has been the best yet, knock on wood.

Let's see what last week was made of.


There was the slow, diligent sewing of Willow's new vest and skirt.
I made an effort to work on it only when I could give it most of my attention.
I think it turned out really well!

May Nature Table

The May nature table.
Our home flower garden is keeping the children busy with picking.
I sprinkled in a lot of annual seeds and crossed my fingers.
We'll see what happens.  Some rain would be nice.

Morning Sun

The morning sun in the children's room.
I really don't mind to make bunkbeds.
It helps that one side of the top bunk is open, the side to the wall.

Diapers Again!

Diapers and I reunited week before last, on the day my back went out.
The tie nappies are the ones we have now--the old kissaluvs went out in the trash.
After six years and three children, their synthetic fiber content was holding onto odors terribly.
They'd smell fresh after washing and not after wearing. Enough of that!
I didn't even want to inflict them on someone else by giving them away.

The Tiny Airplane

Roan's ever-present tiny airplane.
I think he made this back last summer.
How we've kept up with it is a mystery to me.

Washing Woolens

Washing woolens to store (and use).
I sealed them up in ziploc bags like I should this time.
Laurel's shirts that I sewed for Roan have a fair amount of holes.
Willow's shirts are two different colors, oddly,
and the one on the left had a small hole and some peculiar stains.
Makes me wonder if she wrestled a bear in it.
I love Sonett gall soap for getting out stains.

Pound Cake

I made my first pound cake using some really nice eggs.
I've become a home-raised egg connoisseur.
These had yolks so dark they were almost red!


The strawberries came in, so we made our annual trip to get them.
These were some of the best yet, only three bad berries in the whole lot.
Most went into the freezer for smoothies, but we ate our fair share on that pound cake.


I made doughnuts from the Little House Cookbook.
Boy, were these tasty and easy! Some even did self-turn like the ones Almonzo's mother made.
I'll perfect my technique on future endeavors. What I loved most was that it was a quick dough--no rising!


( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )
May. 15th, 2015 11:22 am (UTC)
Sounds like a productive week! I've always wondered about Mother Wilders doughnuts. Yours look delicious.
May. 17th, 2015 11:02 am (UTC)
You should look for the book at the library. It's lots of fun. :-)
( 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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