I am enjoying some me time while I have my morning breakfast and iced coffee ( did I mention I like cold). The house is quiet and still. All my dogs are napping at my feet after enjoying their breakfast and all I hear besides the slow breaths of puppies is the fire crackling and singing. It is starting to snow so even the outside is….. silent. I love these quiet mornings where I can get things done and get farm chores done and can have my own time to think. There is something so wonderful about the quiet time we adults get to enjoy. Depending on your life you might get some more than others.
We have been on break from homeschool for a few days now and it has been nice catching up on things that needed done around here. I think the multiple walks in the intense wind yesterday helped with making the kids extra exhausted so I feel like I have a little extra time this morning. Our house on a daily basis is very….noisy. There is always a lot going on whether it be outside or inside. We have 3 young kids, 4 dogs , a very opinionated cat and an abundance of farm creatures. If the rooster isn’t crowing than our Alaskan Malamute is howling. If she isn’t howling than something else is filling the quiet gap. So when the house is silent I find it odd, a very unfamiliar thing. Trust me when I say I love it, it is peaceful it always me to get my day started. At the same time though it is also that…. silent. So I have to ask myself do you think a quiet house makes a happy life? If the house was always quiet what would be missing from it? What memories would we miss out on. You don’t even have to have children your house could still be filled with noise. Think if you didn’t hear your children giggling as there feet went running down the hallway on the wood floor. Or your family member that brings you your favorite dish to eat that makes your whole house fill with aroma. How about your friend that brings laughter and joy when they come to visit. Something as simple as your dog barking or your cat meowing as they greet you at the door. I say embrace the chaos of life. Enjoy that quiet home but also enjoy what other things life has for you. A little noise in life brings you some great memories. Since everyday is different and no two days are the same…. I say that the noise is a welcome friend.
It was a long busy spring/ summer for my family and me. We had a lot of great and wonderful life events happen that have kept me busy. I sit here now by my wood stove and hear the gentle sounds of crackling fire and find myself for once having a moment to post a new blog post. We moved back in May which started a new chapter in our journey. If you read my previous post I talk briefly about how we had purchased my family home in my little village out in the country. We have since began creating a small farm and other major lists of projects. We got baby chickens in the spring and with the help of the kids raised them from 3 days on. We are now enjoying our fresh farm eggs and making all new sorts of recipes with them. My love of gardening will always be who I am. We planted a massive vegetable garden and enjoyed endless fresh zucchini, tomatoes, peppers and beans. We didn’t stop there though we planted gardens for pollinators, herbs and did I mention sunflowers. We had sunflowers everywhere. We wanted our home to come to life. We did and we enjoyed every chance we could spend outside. As usual though with every season the Earth shifts and the weather changes. Now we are in fall. Where I live it is cold more than warm throughout the year. We absorb the weather when it is warm but also cherish the colder times. Today I finished feeding the chickens the last of my frost bitten vegetable plants. I also tended to my fall garden. I finished last minute projects to get the house ready for the future cold weather. We also made sure our hay was stacked and put away. Finishing our last minute stacking of wood since that is how our home is heated. Our leaves have already peaked but I enjoy hearing the soft sound of one individual leaf falling at a time as it makes it journey to the ground. After having been so high up in a tree to see if slowly make its own unpredictable fall to the ground. Fall has officially arrived. As our days get darker until the winter equinox we begin to feel the need to get cozy in our homes. We feel life begin to slow down with winter approaching. We enjoy the sun when it shines, but also can feel the slowing of the season approaching. The late night lightning bug chases in the summer become a late night getting cozy by a fire or under a warm blanket. Now our chickens are full grown. Our seeds became beautiful plants and have now fed many people and creatures. I look forward to see what new adventures fall brings.
I have to apologize for me recent long hiatus. My family and I were in a season of change. We had a rare opportunity to relocate to my family home. This place is very special and dear to my heart. It is a weird thought to be moving back to a home that already holds such wonderful memories and to have been gone for such a long time. The moment though we moved in it was as if I never had left. It is funny how fate sometimes work. You have a path in your mind of what you will do as a child etc but then Fate steps in and she has other plans for you. For me this has been always a dream to once again be back in the little country village that I grew up in, but never thought it would happen. Anyhow my long story short is it has been a very intense last few months packing up our old Victorian home and moving to our cottage home in the country.
One of the first things I did after moving in was get the garden soil mixed up and plan out the garden blue print. I knew that no matter what needed done that I was going to enjoy my summer garden. Something about walking outside and picking a fresh egg plant or squash and then carrying it back in the house to make a delicious meal with does give you the feeling of self reliance. I feel that since before modern day convinces made life a little easier, that its almost human nature to make sure that one self has an ability to eat. One of our primal instincts. Well after planting the main garden I looked around and decided maybe we needed a few more. So five separate vegetable gardens later I now feel accomplished. This brings me to the main reason for this blog post “Planting is Bringing Hope into the Future.” I know I spent many days planning and digging and building just to be able to put that small helpless plant into the ground. I was putting this little plant into the soil to let it grow and become something of its own. Maybe it will grow big and produce lots of amazing fruit. Maybe it will need some help. I still planted it though with all the uncertainty. I know that some years crops are amazing and other years not so much. The simple fact that we take that first step to put the plant or seed in the ground is having hope for the future.
The winter time is the time of year where most people are just like nope see you in the spring (way to cold out). Getting outside to me as important as basic needs such as water or food. I make time out of our daily day to day to make sure that my kids get some much needed fresh air. The great thing about the fresh air is it seems to make them even sleep better. Old man winter shouldn’t keep you for getting out there. Today was a cold day with same big time gusts. We still have snow from the other week and more to come ( it snows here a lot). We usually bundle the kids up and sometimes we grab our sleds, or do snow art or even just make snow people. The best part about sledding today was the hill was very icy so it made the sleds go even faster. By the time they were done and the sun was setting everyone had very red cheeks and big smiles. Making memories to me is just as important as learning math. It’s part of what makes childhood wonderful. When you grow up and look back you will think do you remember that time we did this or that. The sunset today was a vibrant peach that stretched for miles and even though it closed our adventure for that day it shines the hope that tomorrow there will be a new adventure to come.
So we bundle up and wear extra socks and we get outside. We get the little bit of vitamin D that the winter sun has to offer. We take a good deep breath and get those lungs full of cold air. We dream of longer and warmer days but we also remember that come summer we will miss our cold air and snowy hills. It’s nice to embrace every season whether that be actual seasons or seasons of life. Each season has something different to offer. Each is a unique experience that comes with its own exciting journey. So when you feel like it is to cold outside bundle up and go have some fun.
Check out my YouTube video of a winter’s sunset for some 10 minutes of me time.
If you have read any of my blogs you know that we as a family hike a lot (Hiking with Kids). No matter what the season we usually pack a lunch to eat so that way we are no rush to leave. When you have hungry kids you have a tendency to rush everything. Our solution has always been to pack a lunch for the day. That way when we spend our day in nature its not a rushed event.
We took another winter hike the other day. It was a day before another snow storm so there wasn’t fresh snow but still snow everywhere. It’s calming in the winter because not a lot of people are out when it’s a certain temperature and as I like to say a lot, the forest is even taking her winter slumber. The few animals and birds you do see are nothing compared to when spring has arrived. Where we hike there is a man made waiting pool they had built to help gather run off from the mountain and give wildlife a small habitat. It was frozen with small ice crystals creating a swirling design. In the spring you will see hundred of frog eggs and newts swimming. The flowers and lilies will be coming back up to greet the sun. For now though they are hidden beneath snow and ice. The winter nights are long and the days are short but now since the winter solstice you can slowly see the daylight returning.
The forest where we hiked had a stillness to it. It’s a interesting feeling you get when you are secluded and since there is no one for miles it can make the stillness even more exaggerated. We tracked on though. The kids you could tell had needed a good walk and at some points were running on the flatter parts. Getting everyone some much needed outdoor time.There is nothing quiet like the fresh crisp winter air to help clear the mind and relax the soul.
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