Monday, December 8, 2008

Simple Woman's Daybook - Dec 8th

FOR TODAY - December 8, 2008

Outside my window... I actually have to stand and peek past the big beautiful Christmas tree in front of our window. It looks COLD outside. Not even any birds flittering around the bird feeders. Just the look of cold.

I am thinking... about getting up and going outside and chopping wood in that nice cold weather. Yummy.

I am thankful for... a sweet daughter with a heart for being best friends with the baby. If I have to do anything, she will be there to watch the baby. What a blessing to be able to have someone I can trust to watch the baby doll when I need it.

From the learning rooms... today? Work. We're working on learning to work with a good attitude. Stacking wood, cleaning the schoolroom, work.

From the kitchen... a bowl of whole wheat pasta salad with beans that could feed an army. The children all love it and it's so easy to make 108 gallons of it that they can snack on whenever they want.

I am wearing... a sage knit skirt with one of Clay's white t-shirts and my hair up in a bun. Well, and Birkenstocks of course.

I am creating... an album for a friend. Can't say more in case she were to stumble here and read it :)

I am going... to go outside in a minute and chop wood. One of my favorite activities of all time.

I am reading... seed catalogs. I have 3 major ones that keep screaming that I order from them. I need to plan the garden so I can start pricing out my seeds. They need ordering soon!

I am hoping... that we get everything done that Clay asked me to get done today. Mostly the schoolroom and schoolroom fridge.

I am hearing... Frankie sing "Grandma got runover by a reindeer". The holidays are upon us.

Around the house... a half gallon of sweet tea, a pretty Christmas tree with blinking white lights, a boy who should be asleep on the couch but isn't, laundry that needs folding, and a wood stove that needs checking because it's not putting off enough heat.

One of my favorite things... the pretty cream pillows with red floral design I found for pennies at Goodwill a few weeks ago.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Split up the rest of the huge woodpile outside, finish cleaning schoolroom and get the whole upstairs spotless so that we can make the family closet.

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Nicole said...

Aren't those Goodwill finds great? I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

The Man Crew said...

Loved your thoughts...thanks for sharing them! It sounds liek you are staying busy getting ready for the holidays...have a wonderful Christmas season!

Anonymous said...

Hello, stopped by to say hello and thankyou for the information about the West girls. I have not begone my agrarian lifestyle as of yet but hopefully soon. My husband and I am in process of this and Lord willing we will be making a move to Texas soon.
Blessings Debylin

Nathan and Aimee said...

Hi! I came across your blog today after agreeing with your comment about population control on the crunchy chicken's blog. You sound like you might be a Ron Paul supporter like us... Also, we thought you might be interested in an online agrarian bookstore where the books are CHEAP, but quality with very fast shipping, and several free downloadable interviews and bluegrass music. It is our favorite bookstore and we try to send business their way because we love it so much. That pasta salad sounds like something we also might like. Would you share the recipe? We have 3 kids 4 and under and are starting homeschooling next year. It's fun to read your blog and see where we may be in a a year! Aimee

Kristin said...

Hmmm. Birkenstocks in middle TN in December...and this a cold one? I switch to boiled wool clogs this time of year. o.k., not for chores. Particularly after the rain we had this week! And cow poop doesn't clean off easily.

Keep working on that hollar of yours. We've got previously logged land in East TN and building up the soil is challenging. Have you looked at the terracing they do in Asia and other parts of the world? Lots of work but doable!

Also, try some books like Fertility Farming and Plowman's Folly. Lots of info on soil building with cover cropping.