Yesterday, I was standing at the laundry room sink spraying off muddy clothes, when Job came rushing in from the garage. He told me that there was some “big news” and that Silas would be telling me about it in a few minutes. Always fearing the worst with those two, I asked, “Is it bad news?” “No,” he reassured me. “It’s really sweet news.” I wondered whether or not he meant that literally. A few minutes later, Silas raced in to tell me the big news. “We caught three huge male crawdads in our minnow traps! We are going to start breeding crawdads!” So, I guess Job didn’t mean it literally. I asked Silas if crawdads have babies in the winter and he assured me that they breed year-round. Great. I’ll be sure to keep you posted.
I have been making soap like crazy in recent weeks. I took on a big wholesale order for a friend’s online shop and that kept me making soap every day for a couple of weeks. I typically only make about four batches per month, one per day for four days. Now I am finishing up the soap I had planned for my own last big shop update which will probably be the end of next month. So much soap! My studio smells amazing. In the meantime, I have a few batches ready right now and they are listed in my shop. There’s a yummy grapefruit soap, oats & honey which is a new favorite of mine, and woodsy cedar woods. Keats also listed a few little bird shawl pins!
It has been raining all day and I am afraid that with it, many of our fall leaves will drop. We haven’t had a frost yet but one is forecasted for early next week. I still have bulbs and perennials that I grew from seed to get in the ground! I planted a bunch of kale in several varieties weeks ago and it is looking great. I will have to take photos and show you! I think this is the first time I have ever planted a fall garden. I found it really challenging because I just don’t have fall gardening enthusiasm. Seems that is only a spring thing for me.
Jonny and I have been talking a lot about priorities lately. We are both so busy and constantly evaluating how we are spending our time, asking ourselves if we are spending it in a way that reflects our priorities. It’s super hard! At any given moment there are almost always several seemingly good things that I could be doing. I need fewer choices! I am already thinking of all the ways I want to simplify in the new year. Are you guys doing that yet? I think it’s a little early for me to start thinking about the changes I want to make in 2021. Maybe a sign that I’m more than ready to say goodbye to 2020, though it hasn’t been all bad for us. I hope to move forward remembering the good parts of this year while taking strength from all that was bad. This year has been so strange, but here we are! We are doing it!
Now, if you could see my laundry pile, you’d probably tell me that I need to make that a priority…
p.s. Giuseppe has decided that I am his favorite after all. Good kitty. Seth is a little sad, but he’ll be okay.