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February Views

We have seen a fair amount of snow and cold weather.  My December fears for a mild Winter have been relieved.  We've had quite enough!  Packages and mail have been delayed.  Public school children have missed school.  The sidewalks have become dangerous and parking is an adventure.  Yes, enough.  There are times that this little house has felt very, very little, but I can say that the children are getting good mileage from their play.  It also makes me think that I really could put away most of the toys in Summer and be just fine.

Four Friends Puppet Show

Quite times are changing as I work out ways to get things done with fewer distractions.
Willow did a puppet show of the math processes story, "Four Friends," last week.

Nutella Orange Babka

I made this very tasty bread for Valentine's Day.  It was a quiet affair this year.
We had a nice family meal Friday and then tea with Carrie on Saturday.
We only did one or two Valentine cards, which was just fine with me.

Grinding Grain

We got our grain mill, at long last!
This is our time of year to stock up on things, pay big bills, and have a little fun.
I tell myself that this mill is serious business, but it is also fun.
It makes some very nice flour and we had a lovely loaf of bread last night.

Handwriting Practice

More handwriting practice for Willow and me.
I really like the handwriting paper she has.
Those are her letters from last Fall.
She was amazed when she looked back through just a few pages.
The sleep process for learning really works.
I also taught her about making borders.
Now, she'll be bona fide. ;-)

Icing on the Cake

And lastly, a proper icing-on-the-cake snow.  This was yesterday morning.  It was enough to cover up the old melting snow and make the world enchanting again.  I think school was cancelled yesterday, too, though I'm not sure.  We ran errands downtown, so we took a day off.  I love snow like this, when it sticks to everything.  Just magical.  I am dreaming of a few years from now when we can all get out into the woods and properly enjoy it.  It was pretty nice from the car, even so.

I have just a bit of time before the children wake up.  I'm going to go read. Happy Thursday!


( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )
Feb. 18th, 2016 09:19 pm (UTC)
Oooh, grain mill! Fun, and a great way to engage them. Good choice!

That bread looks so pretty.

We're restructuring here, too, with M dropping naps (WHY must my babies drop naps so early?). It's always a challenge.
Feb. 19th, 2016 10:50 am (UTC)
The mill felt so frivolous to me. I mean, there are electric ones out there, but that just isn't me. ;-)

Willow stopped napping regularly when she stopped nursing and that was difficult, yes. I can imagine it is harder with older children who may want to do things that a toddler cannot.
Feb. 19th, 2016 12:29 am (UTC)
Delightfully quiet activity, delicious looking food, enchanting pictures. <3
Feb. 19th, 2016 10:51 am (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

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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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