When the weather shifts and the leaves begin to turn, I tend to get focused on strengthening our daily routines and making things cozy. My younger kids, on the other hand, want all routine thrown out the window because the nice weather calls them outside. Compromising means starting our school day later after morning adventures are over. Soon enough it will be cold outside and we will start our school days earlier. Daily rhythms that change with the seasons make sense to me. Today we are starting quite late because my little boys are turning a big clear plastic storage bin into a makeshift aquarium for fish they catch in our creek. Silas just came racing into my room to tell me that I just had to come and see it because it’s “So beautiful.” I suppose it is in its own special way but had been under the impression that they were setting up their aquarium on the back porch. Actually, it was on a damp towel on the hardwood flooring in their bedroom and there was water everywhere. It’s being moved to a table as I type. It’s very beautiful, almost as beautiful as the tank of mealworm beetles and larva that live in our schoolroom.
Last week, we had some rainy days, and with them came the return of puzzle season! We quickly finished this puzzle and this one, and we may be ready for some bigger ones soon! I am also determined to do some cross-stitching. I buy every single kit that Alicia Paulson releases, and am very comforted to have them on hand for when I get the time. Jonny finds this amusing and probably doesn’t think I will ever complete any of them. Well, I am on the second motif of Things of Autumn, so I think that’s pretty hopeful. I mean, at least it’s a start. I like starts.
Random things: Beatrix made milk custards using our duck eggs and sprinkled with pumpkin spice and they were very delicious. I spent the weekend cleaning out my basement storage closet and am soooo happy to have that done. One of our lilacs is practically in full bloom. That’s not normal, right?
Okay, It’s almost twelve. I have to make a trip to a local farm later today to load up on hay for the winter, so I better do some homeschooling now or it’s not going to happen at all. With my younger kids, I only aim to do school four days a week, but I like having that spare day in my back pocket, you know? I hate using it on a Monday!
p.s. Thank you for all the orders last week! We so appreciate your support!
p.p.s. I just got a question about my cross-stitch frame in the comments, so I’ll answer it here too! I use Q-snaps that I ordered on Amazon. I have two sizes and love these so much. They aren’t as pretty as wooden hoops, but they make cross-stitching easier on my eyes and just easier in general!