Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Oh October!

This month has flown by... with the seven days a week soccer I mentioned in the post before, and with the addition of caring for my mom after her surgery... things have been a little crazy around here. But those same things have also been wonderful. 
Soccer was a lot of fun, but I am happy to say that it is starting to slow down now. In another week it should be completely over. 
The extra time with my mom has also been very special. I am so glad she stayed here. That is also going to change over the next week though. She has healed so quickly that she is already capable of returning home. She will have special people checking in on her daily over there as she continues her recovery.
Well, I wanted to drop in real quick and share some of these October photos before the month came to an end. I may have cut it a bit close, eh? Now I am off to help with Halloween costumes and makeup.

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Apple Picking Fan Club


The weather this October, has been wonderful.
We have had just enough rain to bring us back from the parched august feeling, but not enough to feel the least bit soggy. The forecast for our week ahead is dry and warm. Pretty uncharacteristic for an October, but I'll take it. The lack of storms has given us a long apple picking season. Extra time to visit each tree. There are many. 
I feel like we have found a better balance this year between slow and busy. I am not working, which has been wonderful. We are not homeschooling anyone this year either, they all wanted to attend public school, and they are all loving it. On the busy side... we have soccer seven days a week right now. Three kids in five different programs, and a husband coaching (or assistant coach) for three teams. That has certainly been a bit crazy, but also, a lot of fun, especially with the nice weather. I am going to be the caretaker for my mom after her surgery this month as well. She just had shoulder surgery a few days ago. She is staying in the guest house down the street right now, and her best friend came to care for her initially. Her friend will be leaving this week, and then I will be taking over as the primary caretaker. I am actually really excited about this opportunity. Once we get past this first stage, which involves extra care and heavy pain management. When we get to the point where she just can't use her arm yet, I think it's going to be a lot of fun just hanging out together. A wonderful time for connection. But in the meantime, I plan to take it one day at a time.

Oh yes, 
The webbed photo above reminded of "Charlotte's Web" and something special that I wanted to share with you. It's a response written by E. B. White on why he wrote this special book.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Beginning and Ending... All at Once

September has always been one of my favorites.
I love all of the months that are beginnings. September is the beginning of a schedule after the free spirited summer. It is also an ending I suppose. A time to wrap things up and tuck away for the winter. I actually enjoy tucking things in for the winter. Knowing that I'm about to enjoy a period of rest, so to speak. A push indoors where we will need to be more creative to avoid cabin fever. Board games, art, puzzles, and more. I love the cold season.
Usually September is a very productive time for me. I typically go through the house room by room, clean, purge, and organize to refresh our indoor spaces, since we will soon be spending more time in them. I also go through and tidy outside, pick apples, clean up the flower beds, and whatnot... get it all ready for the winter.
 But this year has been different. 
I have been sick for half of the month now. Very low in energy and spirit for these things. So, my rest season began early I suppose. I have been taking more time to rest, and the beauty in that is that I found time to work on a very special new piece. The largest I have ever carved. My first block print. It is a heart (possibly my heart, I haven't decided) with plants growing out of the veins and arteries, roots, fungus, cobwebs and spiders, music, a bird in flight, and a moon full and bright.
I have had this piece in my head for months so it felt amazing to actually get it out on to paper and then finish it so quickly. And now, I have more and more ideas popping into my head. I really enjoy this form of art. I have never found a simple way to share my love of carving. I love creating and carving the piece, and then I can roll out print after print to share. It's quite perfect. I am hoping to create a design to print my own Christmas cards this year. Won't that be fun!?
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