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Autumn Cleaning


I've got a little time to myself this evening, so I spent it preparing Willow's birthday ring and moving furniture.  Those are some of my favorite things to do, along with all the others stuff.  So many things are pleasant tasks, really.  I can be very adept at complaining, but I do try to perform the many tasks of homekeeping with a good mood.  Things these days, when it comes to chores and working together, are going really well.  The weekly work day has the children wanting to do more, which is wonderful.  Sure, there are times where they end up playing in the leaves while I haul them over to our yard, but I feel that's a good part of their sensory integration.  I feel like these are the formative years for teaching children about the daily work of life, about doing what needs to be done.  So far, so good.

We are doing some big housecleaning this week.  I've been going through drawers and closets, taking out warm weather things and other items that need to go.  The children have been doing similar things.  It's easy for this place to feel like it is closing in on you.  I often dream about a bigger house (really!), but I was thinking today that it would just mean more furniture and more stuff.  I'd rather stay here, with a few modifications over time, and keep my materialism in check.  Might help the others, too.  I often wonder how things will turn out for my children.  I suppose every parent does.

Seems everyone is home now.  Time to get ready for some Edwardian Farm!

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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