Wednesday, December 2, 2015

welcoming December








Warm tea is being drunk by the cup fulls daily. The tea station has been set up with all the favorite teas and honey. A certain little boy getting so big, has learned to tie his shoes. Knitting and reading and painting and lots of chatter and giggles are filling our days. 
The same boy that's getting so big has asked repeatedly for a knitted vest, so on the needles it is. Hopefully going to be knit right up very quickly. 






Whew it's turned off cold, making playing outside difficult ~ so we are walking these days. I think someone is going to need a cute pair of mittens very soon!  Oh and everyone should take a walk in ballerina slippers at least once in their life...don't you think?

We are welcoming December with high hopes of snow and warm cozies!
JM

Saturday, November 28, 2015

this and that and a great thanksgiving





 


 Breakfast in bed.~ such a treat!  Days are shorter now, but weather has been unseasonably warm, giving us plenty of time outside in the sunshine.  We have done leaf clean up at the "cottage", and enjoyed the most biggest piles of leaves to jump in.  We are beginning to...start...to work at the cottage again, much to my excitement.  We have been so up and down with what we want to do, that I think we have finally come to a final decision...I think ;)

We are down to just two goat girls who should be pregnant and ready to kid this spring, and the chickens, that should be laying this spring!  Its a weird feeling to have just a few animals, but it's good.  The goat girls have begun to put on their winter coat, so they are looking quite scroungy.  

A snake at the end of November...how strange...

I have been thinking lately a lot about lessons and how everything will be different when we move to a different state with new and different laws.  I will have to have an actual curriculum or some sort of "something" written down to turn in and grades...oh my...grades.  How will I do grades.  I've never done grading, for many reasons, but one being I mostly do and go over their work with them so they always get everything correct, I suppose they will just have to be straight A students(whatever that really means).  I will have to be better organized for sure, and maybe set up some sort of computer filing system for ease, aaannnd maybe assign an older child to record at the end of the day!  I'm sure it will work out just fine with nothing to worry about...you know, I'm sure I will get used to a new system, and it will be good, I think, maybe just what we really need.  

Thanksgiving was good, our third year to celebrate with friends that are either staying home or just have no where to go.  Holidays are a complicated matter for us, so we decided after talking it over with some good friends that this would be a great option.  My kiddos look forward to it every year now, having so many friends to hang out with, and all the families play games, and sing songs.  It is really a blessed event!




Blessings,
JM

Thursday, November 12, 2015

around the homestead


A mud man made by a very creative little boy.


Tree swings


The pasture grasses are turning brown.


Two stray sunflowers.


A goat haven.


Our constant front door companion.


New yarn...Ginger, Soft Pink, mineral blue


A seventeenth birthday.


The garage is almost done.



The chicks are getting so big, with almost all their feathers.





Forest huts have been made
One must sweep and clean the forest you know!  
It's always nice to know that our woods has such good law enforcement to take care of any bandits!

Blessings,
JM

into the woods

We finally got over to the "cottage" collected the last of the butternut squash, zinnia's, a few tomatoes, and just two very sweet pumpkins.  Then we enjoyed the day in the woods.  










These two pictures ^^ are the bottoms.  It hadn't rained, I don't know for how long, but there was water.  We were told there is a spring on the property, but we aren't sure exactly where.  

 
One of the girls took this picture...maybe a home for a critter, they thought!




 This is a little "lane" behind our woods, kind of between our property and the next.


This is our property from the road coming toward our home.



This is facing our home, the driveway is right in the back round.  See the little white lantern...one of my favorite things!



Look at that cute little critter,, he must have wanted to be friends so he attached himself to one of the boys and went along with us.  He looked just like a tiny stick.  I've never seen one of these before and I must say we have a very creative creator! 


A ramshackle of a run in needing to be made new



Fall is Bliss!
JM

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