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Did you catch the snake warning above? Do any of you remember that? It’s been awhile… But it came up on Instagram a couple of weeks ago when I did a Q&A session. Hopefully I haven’t traumatized anyone by posting those photos of Bea’s little green snake! You can read about the snake warning system here.
I realize that I haven’t posted here in more than a week, maybe the longest I’ve ever gone without at least a quick check-in. The past week or so included a two day power outage, the basement clean-out, homeschool planing, and so much more. It’s been non-stop.
Cleaning out the basement was exhausting! I’ve only just barely recovered. When we moved here in 2016 everything non-essential plus all off-season clothing was dumped there with the intention of it all being dealt with. But then it sat, and sat, and sat. Children rummaged through bins and bags. More stuff was added, and by the time I got started you couldn’t see the floor anymore. I spent two days sorting, organizing, purging, and lifting. In the end, Jonny hauled a trailer load to the dump, and another to Goodwill. I was ruthless. My high school yearbooks went, as did Jonny’s unfinished paintings from twenty years ago. I was physically sore for about three days after finishing. If I had to do it again, I couldn’t. I was so exhausted afterwards that it felt like I’d been through some sort of trauma. When I was still exhausted three days later, it occurred to me that something else might be going on. I remembered that my doctor suggested an iron supplement at my last visit, though I never got around to looking into that. So I did. I’m taking this now, and it only took a couple of days to start feeling better. I’ve been dragging all summer, and I think that low iron might be to blame.
For the first time in I don’t know how long I read a book cover-to-cover in a couple of days, but I’m not sure I should recommend it! It definitely couldn’t be named on my Happy Reading List. When an online group I am in decided on Sigrid Undest’s, Gunnar’s Daughter, for their book club pick, I knew I wanted to read it. I’ve read quite a few books by Undset including one of my favorites, Kristin Lavransdatter. Gunnar’s Daughter reads much faster than Kristin, and is a fraction of the length at only around 150 pages. It’s an intense read and I couldn’t put it down. The only reason I hesitate to recommend it is that not everyone likes a good tragedy. Read it if you like that sort of thing! For me, it was a good shift from all the Mitford books I’ve been reading.
Jonny and I watched The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on Netflix last week, and I can definitely recommend that one! I read the book years ago and enjoyed the movie. I so rarely watch movies these days, but this was a good one. I actually watched two movies last week because I took my younger kids to see Christopher Robin at the theater. It was a sweet movie and I think I good choice for Silas and Job’s first theater experience. We had fun and I ate way too much popcorn. (I know-movie popcorn is terrible. But once every decade shouldn’t kill me?)
Last week must have been a sort of “summer’s last hurrah” week for us because in addition to going to the movies, we took a day trip to White Oak Canyon with friends to hike and swim. I intentionally left my camera home, so the only photos I have are on my phone. Jonny also started a tree house for the kids and I canned tomatoes. Whew!
I lamented to a friend that I’ve hardly knit a stitch lately. I sure hope that changes soon because I’ve got quite a few projects going now, including a shawl I started just after I finished cleaning out the basement as a reward to myself. Any excuse to cast on! Beatrix quickly claimed this project, so I will aim to finish it up for her November birthday.
How about all of you? Are you ready for fall? Next week our homeschool co op starts up again as do homeschool band and orchestra. Can summer really be ending? Honestly, I think I’m okay with it. I think I’m ready. Sort of.
p.s. The head scarf wait is almost over. I’m updating my shop on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET. I have lots of new things to share with you including organic, naturally dyed, cotton gauze scarves (perfect for fall!), head scarves, and even a limited edition run of naturally dyed organic baby swaddles. New goat’s milk soap, and playsilks have just been re-stocked as well. I told you, I’ve been busy!!!! 🙂
p.p.s. In the photo above, Mabel is wearing Beatrix’s orange Sunday Sweater that I knit in 2012. I dyed that yarn in 2011 with tickseed sunflowers and the color is still so vibrant!