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First wood stove fire of the season

Sharing a bit of my morning with you

First fire of the season

The First Fire

The first fire in the wood stove each fall is a spiritual experience for me, it beckons an awakening of a quietude that is lost during the hot summer. This one small happening brings with it a flood of emotions that are connected deeply to the things I love the most in life. Memories of children sitting on the floor surrounded by toys, laughing at the popping of the wood as they made play horses jump and play people do chores. There are precious memories of little grandbabies sleeping soundly in the cradle, snuggled tightly under home made quilts, their tiny rosy cheeks begging to be kissed ever so gently. As I sit in front of this first fire of the season, I think about all the quiet evenings that are yet to be born. Conversations between Emery and I that are like the finest treasures. This little stove will be the place where steaming mugs of hot cocoa and pancakes on Sunday mornings are made.
This morning as I sit spinning the last of the orange silk and merino blend, I listen to th…

My Day

Breakfast on the porch, birds singing, sun shinning on the trees and the wet morning grass. A bit of quiet before my day gets busy.
A little girl singing loudly on that same porch, fairy wings on her back. Her imagination an inspiration. Melanie resting on the couch, still recovering and what a blessing it is to be able to help her out. She is not able to lift the children yet so staying here with me while Casi works is best for her. I will keep her from doing too much, like most mothers will do. Yen, sleeping in the crib...serene. A small child sweetness. Wood stove cleaned and ready to use when the first frost arrives. A winters worth of candles made and hanging from the peg board. Spiced soap curing, ready to be used for gifts when the holidays arrive. Knitting projects done for the Waldorf dolls that will be done in time for Christmas. Almost all the Shetland wool is spun up for when I have time to knit myself a sweater. Emery spent a morning not too long ago, collecting pine cones …

A Well Needed Day of Rain

Storm clouds brewing most of the day and then as if by some miracle, the sky parted and sunshine arrived for a bit.

Just A Photo

The moon is gorgeous tonight so had to snap a photo or two to share with you. Passing along some wonderful news too. Melanie is home and doing very well. Mei-Ling has an extraordinary amount of compassion for a small child, her life experience is not many in years, but great in depth. When Melanie first got home, Mei-Ling sat beside her mother, tenderly held her hand and told her mommy that she will be o.k.In the car on the way to the hospital yesterday, she asked me where her mommy was and I said in the hospital and this little person said to me, "Mimi, we should pray for her." We did just that !

What A Week !

It's been a wild week. Monday I ended up at the Doctors, that cold I had the end of August kept hanging on, it would respond to my herbal treatments, and symptoms would go away, then come back. Finally, I realized it had turned into a sinus infection and decided to just get some medication and be done with it. Tuesday I just laid low, babying myself a bit. Wednesday Melanie came over with the children but she wasn't feeling all that great and had a bloody nose. Very early in the morning, 3 a.m to be exact, we get a call from Casi, that Melanie is having chest pains and can't catch her breath. The ambulance is called. Casi stays with the children and tries to sleep while I head off to the hospital with Melanie. Casi has to be to work in the morning. Melanie has a CAT scan, blood work etc and it appears her gallbladder is the culprit. She is admitted to the hospital for more testing and pain management. Being diabetic for 20 years complicates any illness also.
I head home ab…

A Simple Life

A simple life has less to do with taking inventory of what we own as far as possessions, but more to do with why we acquire all that we do. A simple outlook on life, combined with a desire to live free from the burden of "must have's" is what living simply is about on the most basic level. Its about not having to own or create things to get a reaction from others. Its about daily taking count of the good things in our lives that have nothing to do with material wealth. Our health, the relationships we have with our loved ones, the ability to enjoy Gods marvelous creation. The joy in being comfortable in silence and not tormented by racing thoughts. The wonder of sitting on a square patch of bare earth and discovering something new or seeing something very ordinary as extraordinary. This is what a simple life is all about.

A Chill In The Air...Makes Me Think About Our Thanksgiving Plans

Windows open, but there is a chill in the air. The crisp morning seeping into the house, making me pull the old wool shawl around my shoulders and reaching for some warm wool socks for my rather cold feet. I could just close the windows, but this cold feels good. Memories of our long hot summer are still fresh...perhaps I am trying to freeze them away !
This time of year has me planning Christmas gifts and checking out recipes for soups. I long form long evenings by the fire, knitting in hand while Emery and I talk and plan for the future. Melanie and I were mulling over the idea that it might be fun to have our Thanksgiving meal outside this year, make it a bit more like the original one. The more I think about a long table spread with the traditional foods surrounded by pumpkins and colorful corn, the more I like the idea. It seems to me, the day would feel more real, more in touch with what the history of this day of feasting is all about. I am the 10th Great grand-daughter of Francis…

A Repost, Homesteading, Simple Living, The Hows and Whys

A Repost from
Monday, October 01, 2007
Hometeading, Simple Living, The How's and Why's
There is always a turning point, a moment when things change from being what they are to becoming something new. For me, there has always been this desire, this dream to live off grid. To live in the woods, self sufficient. In my early dreaming years I wasn't very practical, just dreamy. Me in a log cabin, growing my own food, chopping wood, using an outhouse, gathering berries, hunting if need be. Not sure what I had in mind for an income, but the dreams were there in a young girls mind. I wanted to marry a farmer...not too many around Boston though. But I found one, a Kansas farm boy, raised the old fashioned way. His early life reads like a Little House in the Prairie book. Of course he did run away from the farm and move to Miami, he wanted to be a city boy. He ended up in Boston, found me and it felt like a match made in Heaven from the first date. We had the "American good life&q…

How Much Of Us Does God Want ?

A hard question, with answers that are often more suited to fit our life style than anything else. We can pick and choose scriptures to justify right where we are. I do that and I know I am not alone. A quick search of the Bible using two words, heart and soul, tell us exactly what God expects. That little phrase is always paired with the word ALL. All of our heart and soul....that's kinda hard in this world that pulls us in 50 different directions on any given day and besides, giving all our heart and soul makes us seem so different. Think about your day, make one of those pie charts that shows how much you give to each aspect of your day. Clothes, food, work, television, reading, personal computer time, cell phone time which would include texting, personal relationships, the pursuit of acquiring more possessions, which would include crafting (ouch) and then figure in your time spent in prayer, in helping others with no thought of repayment of any kind. How much time spent in Bibl…

Silent Sunday

Sometimes we just don't need words to express a part of our life, a piece of our day.


Since Yen was in the hospital overnight, Mei-Ling stayed with us so both Casi and Melanie can be with the baby. Mei-Ling has been as good as gold for us and what joy it is to have a little one in the house again. This morning I heard a little voice calling me, wanting to get an early start on her day.
Last night was her first night here sleeping in her big girl bed and not her crib. She did fine and went to bed without any fuss. This morning we had breakfast and then headed outside for some morning play time and how much this morning reminded me of the many mornings I had with my girls when they were that age. I missed out on times like that with the boys since they were older when we adopted them. I found myself going back in time as we did chores, made the bed, set breakfast on the table and did the dishes after we were done eating. Children learn from modeling what we do. They develop habits that we foster, both good and bad. Lazy parents often have lazy children ! What joy it is to …

Thankful Morning

Yen is coming home from the hospital today, and is doing so much better. How wonderful that God has given children such resiliency ! Prayers were heard and now this little one is fully on the road to recovery. Thank you for all the emails and well wishes for this little guy.
Here are a few pictures from my morning walk. As always, it is a time of prayer and thankfulness as I see the Masters handiwork.

Prayers for Yen

Just two days ago Yen was feeling fine, now he is being admitted into Cook Children's Hospital with a very bad case of croup that does not seem to be responding to treatment. I ask that you keep him in your prayers. So hard to see our little sunshine Grand-baby not feeling well.

Apple Cider Doughnut Making Day

With the cooler temperatures comes the desire for comfort food and this is one of my families favorites.
I make them with whole wheat flour, which helps me feel better about eating them !
Mei-Ling was here with me today as Yen is quite sick with Croup. Poor baby is having a tough time of it and at this moment, Melanie is at the Children's hospital with him. Here is the recipe I have come up with through the years.
Apple Cider Doughnuts
Beat 4 eggs well. Gradually add 3/4 cup maple sugar and 3/4 cup sugar. Add 4 tablespoons soft butter and beat well. Stir in 1 1/2 cups apple cider. Stir in 3 cups whole wheat flour and 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour a little at a time, along with 6 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. . Roll out 3/8 inch thick on floured board and cut. Fry in hot fat 375 degrees. Drain on paper towel for a minute or so then dredge in cinnamon sugar while they are still hot.

Heritage Arts and my love of wool

There are many things in life that are on my list of favorites. Aside from family, I have an ever growing number of things on this list of mine. One of the things close to the top of the list is wool, wool roving to be exact. I have been a spinner for nearly 20 years now and my love of wool just keeps growing. We have kept sheep from time to time, along with angora goats and angora rabbits, all for the love of fiber !Last week I was in need of some wool roving for needle felting along with some natural merino for doll making. All the grandbabies will be getting Waldorf style dolls for Christmas this year. My need for wool sent me to a shop that I dearly love but don't visit all that often, probably because I tend to "want, want, want" when I am there. It's called Heritage Arts and is owned by the very people that taught me to spin so long ago. Actually one of the owners taught both my girls how to weave too. If you live in North Texas, love wool and yarn, or perhaps …