Early this summer, I found a tiny box turtle crawling with ants on a path near our house. I wasn’t sure if it was alive at first, but it moved a bit when I picked it up. We kept it all summer in a tank, feeding it worms and vegetables. I don’t know if it was the right thing to do, but I think it would have certainly died had I left it. We released it last week in the woods, in an area where we often find box turtles. The kids didn’t seem too worried about it but of course, I was strangely emotional about the whole thing. I hope it makes it.
Little dog, Ollie, is doing well but we sure signed up for trouble with this one. He’s sweet as can be, but also naughty. He is very intelligent, and I am hoping to train him to ring a bell next to the door when he needs to go potty. We tried that with Pip last year, but Mabel broke the bell almost immediately and we gave up on that method. A new bell arrives this week.
Gabriel spent the last few months rebuilding a dirt bike. It was a huge project and I cried the first time he tried to start it and was successful. He sunk hundreds (thousands?) of dollars and many hours into that bike. Hopefully, he will sell it in the coming weeks and then maybe he’ll buy another project bike.
Beatrix and I went goldenrod picking last week and I’ve started dyeing some yarn with it. This is my favorite time of year for natural dyeing and I’ve had yarn mordanted and waiting for months. I won’t be listing any yarn in my shop until September, but do plan to update my shop on Friday with headscarves, a handful of large neck scarves, naturally dyed cotton velvet, goat’s milk soap, and sachets. I’ll put up a preview post on Friday morning and update the shop at 2 pm ET.
Something came over me this month and I tackled some big projects. I cleaned out our unfinished basement storage space, a very not-fun job that I have been meaning to do since early this year. And then last week I painted our kitchen! It’s not a huge change, but the old paint was in really bad shape so it looks cleaner and a bit brighter now. Now I’m obsessing over what color to paint our bedroom. I think that the motivation for tackling these projects is a need to feel like I have things together before we start officially homeschooling next week. Honestly, I am anxious about it. It’s hard keeping everyone on task and I don’t have a type-A personality or the energy of my youth to be a strong driving force behind it all. Let’s all be praying for each other as we face this school year!
Seth has decided to drop all of his college classes this fall with the exception of calculus. After learning how his engineering and physics courses are going to be structured online, he felt that he wouldn’t learn well in this format and his grades would also suffer. He struggled last semester when everything converted to online halfway through. It was a difficult decision to make and will ultimately set him back a year (particularly if classes are still online in the spring), but it’s another year of saving money for when he transfers to a four-year school and can no longer work as he does now. I told him that I took an extra year to finish college because I had a baby (him) and it’s okay if he takes an extra year because of a pandemic. This is life. It doesn’t always go as you hope or plan.
Finally, here’s a kind of crazy idea: Jonny and the kids think we should start recording vlogs as sort of an extension (not a replacement) of the blog. We’ve actually talked about doing this for many years but the technical side of things combined with my social anxiety has always stopped us. What do you think? Should we try it? Could I learn to talk on camera? I do feel like we have so many good things we could share this way. Maybe it’s time for something new.