Snowy Days

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We had a little bit of snow here over the weekend. Looking through my photos, and writing about snow, feels a little funny because I think it is nearly 70 degrees out right now. Virginia weather is so crazy. I’m trying hard to get back in the habit of daily walks and felt proud of myself for getting out on the days it was below 30 out. I’m wimpy when it comes to cold but I have definitely learned to appreciate snow. I took Mabel out for a few minutes so she could feel snowflakes landing on her cheeks for the first time. Then I ran her back inside to put more balm on them, because she has a major case of chapped winter baby cheeks, as all my kiddos do when the air is dry and cold (despite humidifiers, etc.)

When we unpacked the attic at our old house, we discovered a crystal chip and dip platter that we were given as a wedding gift, and never used for lack of a convenient place to store it, and maybe it just seemed a little too fancy? Fancy proved to be pretty exciting to my little ones when I made a simple dill dip and shopped a bunch of veggies for them, and now we’re using the “crystal” everyday-ha!

A few weeks ago Silas starting asking for a Lite-Brite. I’m not sure where he got the idea…maybe me mentioning the one I had as a kid at some point recently. It must have sounded fun because he persisted in his requests, despite not really understanding what he was asking for. I ended up searching Ebay and finding a vintage one just like I had as a kid, along with a big stack of the black sheets with designs on them. The kids have all gone crazy for this thing, and I have found myself sitting and punching pegs through the holes too…remembering that “V” is for violet…and “P” is for pink…not purple. Such a great toy.

Life feels a little more…(thinking of a nice word)…abundant? overflowing? than usual right now. The move is complicated and requiring so much work. We sold some of our land this week, which was necessary, but bittersweet. Our neighbors bought it from us, planning to do what we have, enjoy it, and prevent it from being built on. I think it was their first land purchase for the sake of the land itself. I wondered and hoped that they are feeling right now what we felt when we bought it. I’m beyond grateful that they wanted it, even though I hate to say good-bye. I’m trying to figure out some tax things related to our little business (not fun!) and also trying to keep everyone on track with school while making plans for next year. I’ll have three high-schoolers and the planning needs to happen now.  There’s lots to do beyond our usual level of large family chaos, but I’m grateful for the opportunities. Of course I’m wishing I had a few more hours every day, as we all do from time to time. I’m making sure to spend a little time knitting each day because that helps me to relax. Maybe adding in a little therapeutic Lite-Brite times as well. 🙂

p.s. Ravelry notes on Mabel’s sweater and hat (from the snow pictures).  The little cream colored sweater she is wearing in the photo on the bed is a Leksak that she received as a gift. (Susan, she’s been wearing it all the time! She had a bit of a growth spurt, so she fits it sooner than I thought she would!)

The Usual Busyness

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I finished Beatrix’s Sunday Sweater, blocked it, sewed some lovely honeybee buttons on (a gift from Taryn and Jeff when Mabel was born), and then hoped to take some photos of her wearing it before it got dirty. I wasn’t fast enough. Beatrix is on a, “We need to be like real farmers and get up at 4 a.m. to start working while you are in the kitchen making us pies and donuts,” kick. The 4 a.m. rising and desserts all day hasn’t happened, but she and Larkspur have been raking hay for the goats quite seriously. And that’s the real Beatrix, anyway. She’s not a neatly combed little girl, never has been. Even at Mass she typically sports her own interesting hairdos with misplaced barettes, rather than sweet curls and ribbons and such. It’s only fitting that her sweater have a fine coating of dust and bits of grass all over it within days of me finishing it.

Last week, in the midst of the usual busyness, Seth asked if we could drive to a nearby city and pick up a free square grand piano he’d found on Craigslist. I kind of wanted to say “No way.” Only because we have no need for more projects, or more time spent driving to pick up projects (and we already have an upright piano that we really like). But at the same time, we try hard to say, “Yes” to these things. I like my older boys to stay busy, outside of schoolwork and chores, doing things that they enjoy, things that might teach them something. So Seth wants to fix up this ancient piano (it needs more than tuning) that came with the name, “Matilda.” She’s made of rosewood and ivory and was built in 1879 and we are only her third owners. He’s really excited about it, and I guess so am I. (Feel free to share advice if you know about these things.) I’m also feeling pretty good about my decision not to let him quit piano lessons a few years back!

p.s. Seth added a new fossil set to his shop that comes with a photo key if you want to check it out! Thanks for supporting him. He’s now contemplating buying a used pump organ with some of the money he has made. This kid is going to fill our house with large (loud) musical instruments!

p.p.s. Jonny and I are working towards one last little shop update ourselves before taking a long break to work on our other house. We’ll be updating our shop on Thursday, December 15th at 11 a.m.  EST. There will be shawl pins, a small bit of yarn, (all in shades of orange/red/pink), and the last of my new batch of sachets.