This morning, the littles were outside playing with the neighbor kids, first thing.  I got started in the kitchen, our plan, for the first time in years, to have a proper Thanksgiving meal at home, just the nine of us.  I started by baking the last of our garden pumpkins for pie.  There weren’t many this year.

Jonny ended up milling lumber for our neighbor for an hour or so, and with all the kids outside, I had a completely quiet house.  I prepped food, sipped tea, and knit a round on my legwarmer.  I felt pretty thankful for that quiet, daylit hour.

In my mind, I thought we would probably eat an early dinner, maybe 4 p.m. or so.  We did get an early start, after all.  But as seems to often be the case on Thanksgiving, we ate about two and half hours later than that, typical dinner time.  There just aren’t enough ovens.  We were all starving by then, having neglected other meals, and several of us were guilty of putting more on our plates than we were actually able to eat.  It’s nearly eight p.m. now, and most of us still don’t have room for pumpkin pie.

Sometimes, we drive to Georgia for Thanksgiving with our extended family, but not usually.  We have packed a picnic and gone hiking on more than one Thanksgiving, I think in some ways, running from the fact that we didn’t have any friends or extended family to celebrate with.  But this year, it felt best to stay home and celebrate with only each other.  Jonny noted that we were probably preparing as much food just to feed our family as many people would to feed extended family.  It’s true, we made a lot of food!  I guess we went a little overboard, because there will be leftovers for the next couple of days.  That’s pretty rare at our house.

I’m very thankful for my “little” family.  I’m also thankful for all of you, and the many ways you encourage and support us.  Thank you!


Dishcloths for Baseball!

Two of my boys, Gabe and Keats, play travel baseball. It’s nuts. It’s time consuming, we can’t afford it, and it’s time consuming. (Did I mention how much time we put into this?) We wouldn’t have been doing it for these past few years if we hadn’t seen so many benefits to our boys. I can’t imagine them without baseball in their lives. They joined a new team this fall, and we are incredibly excited about it. They will play together for the next five years.  A solid team, not an endless cycle of try-outs and cuts.  When their new instructors explained their vision for this team, I literally cried.  (It’s possible that I scared them.)

For the third year, I am selling dishcloths in hopes of funding the upcoming year. I have one hundred sets of a dozen to sell. That means that right now, there are 1200 dishcloths in giant boxes in my living room! (Help!!!!) They are made at a small mill in the U.S.A. and I have been using them in my home for years. They are a polyester/cotton blend. The polyester content helps them last longer, and it also helps them maintain softness and stretchiness even after many, many washes. The one caveat is that they aren’t great for wiping up spills, but that’s not how I use them. These are the cloths that I use to wipe down my kitchen table and counter-tops. Their texture makes them great for light scrubbing.  They are great for washing dishes, dusting furniture, or scrubbing the bathtub. After their first wash they fluff up and shrink to roughly 11 inches square. I love the colored stripes, and their vintage look. You typically receive 3 each of 4 colors, so you could designate certain colors for certain rooms or tasks. These make lovely, practical gifts, and it is always nice to toss those old cruddy rags and replace them with fresh ones!  (And, I promise not to send you any that have been licked by a goat. :) )

I sell these by the dozen for $20 + $6 for usps priority shipping in the U.S. (I don’t ship outside the U.S. because the shipping would cost more than the cloths!) There is a paypal button below, that will walk you through the simple buying process.  If you want more than 1 dozen, you have the option of updating the quantity.  If you would like to use an alternate form of payment, just leave me a comment or email me and I will get in touch with you.  Thank you in advance for supporting Gabe and Keats! They truly appreciate your help in following their baseball dreams!

(Orders placed after 11/23/15 will ship the first week of December.)

$20 plus $6 shipping (U.S. only)

p.s.  If you have any trouble, just email me or leave a comment on this post.  I will be out most of Thursday, but will be checking back in on Thursday night.  Thank you!!!!