A little about everything. (8 weeks)
Suddenly it’s fall here.
Leaves falling, a crisp feel to the days even when the sun is warm, walnuts on the ground, chickens beginning to molt.
Fall at the cabin has a magical feel to it. It does not leave me disappointed. I love walking into the woods each day. There’s always something new–new smells, different bugs, flowers in bloom that weren’t there the day before.
I’ve been so busy spending time outside, and surprisingly meeting new people. New friends. And one friend from OD, which was awesome.
My photography business is quietly steady with a photo session or two each week. I haven’t done any advertising because I just don’t have time for much, but people still find my website and email me. That’s nice. The extra money is exactly what we need since paying our mortgage on the house for sale in town plus rent on the cabin eats up our entire budget.
I completely hit it off with photography clients this evening. They came out to the cabin for maternity portraits, but right as they got here it clouded up and began to drizzle. We were hoping for lovely evening light! So I ended up talking to them instead. I didn’t realize we were out there for so long! We talked for two hours.
We didn’t even take any pictures. They’re coming back another day when it’s not so gray out.
I talked to strangers for two hours?! This is a big deal to me since I’m usually awkward and quiet. Maybe I’m outgrowing that? Or I’m finally meeting the right people?
It helps living at this cabin. It’s easy to have people over. Something about this place, people love to spend time here. And for me, this place makes me feel so happy.
I used photography money to buy the majority of Christmas. I discovered local Melissa and Doug co-op Facebook event where we were able to purchase almost anything from the Melissa and Doug website for 50% off and free shipping. That’s a great deal! The girls got a wooden horse stable with extra horses (Rosie), and the wooden barn and tractor with farm animals (Ada), plus some puzzles and craft items, and some things for Ada to do while Rosie and I work on homeschool stuff. The horse stable was originally $50 and only cost $25 with the co-op group…that makes it so worth it! The girls spend hours playing with figurines and stuff like that.
I also got them each a make-your-own monster puppet, which looks so fun! The monster’s features velcro so you can move them around and change them. Kind of like Mr. Potato head in fuzzy monster puppet form. My kids love puppets and putting on puppet shows. I’m thinking about building a puppet theater, but I don’t know where we would store it in here. I got a matching monster bowling set too. We have a lot of space in the cabin to bowl this winter.
I’m really planning ahead here, having most of Christmas squared away! That’s never happened before. Usually we’re scrambling at the last minute.
I’m in the process of multiple projects. Winterizing my chickens and bunnies, fixing the weed disaster along my electric fence line, and building a new mobile chicken coop out of scrap wood I’ve amassed. I’ve discovered that I LOVE building things. It’s thrilling!
I’m also researching permaculture and making plans for gardening this coming spring. I’ve got ideas. Lots of ideas. The worm composting, and worm tea from the compost juice–sounds utterly disgusting because it is, but it’s easy and amazing for plants. Deep mulching in small garden plots instead of rows in one big plot like I tried (and failed at) this year. It’s going to be great, I’m sure of it.
I’m thinking about trying a cold frame for over the winter to grow some hardy greens. Maybe spinach and some kind of greens the bunnies like. Those buns eat a huge salad every day! I think they eat healthier than we do, seriously. But they are so soft and friendly. I heart them. A lot. More than the kids do. Oops.
I have plenty of pictures, which are hard for me to post now due to slow internet. And more things to write about including warbles and our new kitten, and the country veterinarian who treats animals out of his garage. Oh my. Plus more about Igor! And homeschooling, Rosie and Ada, parenting…but my sweet fat boy is waking up, I can hear his little noises. I need to write about him too. He weighs 12 pounds now, gaining more than a pound per week recently. He will be 8 weeks old tomorrow. Two months. Can you believe that?
I’ll have to update you on those things later because currently my boobs are needed in bed. Henry demands it be so.
You guys, he’s just so squishy and sweet smelling. I wear him in the mei tai all day, every day, and sniff the top of his head over and over. I can barely stand it. I want to eat him up. He is all things good, wonderful, soft, lovely, and adorable. Yes he is indeed!