Farm life has such a draw. The slowing down of life, so much time outdoors, the freedom the boys feel to just run and run and run. It was beautiful and relaxing and it's always an adjustment to come home....back to city life. *sigh*
While in Wisconsin....
...I found some beautiful yarn I hope to knit some dolls from.
Hand dyed and hand spun in such beautiful colors. Bought at Ewetopia.
I knit mine with some soft and fuzzy thrifted yarn so don't know too much about it. It is very fine though, so I knit them on #3 and #1 sized needles. Because, well, if you've been reading here lately, you know I have a thing about creating small creatures that fit in the palm of my hand.
Now on to easter plans. We're having friends over on Sunday and the boys so I will be dyeing eggs later today for the table. I'm just so thrilled to see that the wheat berries we planted in thrift store baskets at the preschool last week are in full bloom and should look lovely as a centerpiece.
April first and our high today is expected to be 77 degrees...no foolin'.
We spent five glorious days at our friend's farm last week. Everything moves at a slower pace there and I just love it. There is time for long dinners, mile-long walks and time to share coffee and conversation with friends, face to face instead of facebook to facebook. The weather was perfect for apple picking, tree climbing and exploring all the fall flowers crops. (I went a little wild taking photos which can be found here.)
My friend's farm is know as "probably the largest bittersweet farm in the world". I love that. "Probably". He doesn't know for sure, but he certainly has a lot of it. How I do love bittersweet, the perfect fall flower.
It was quite an adventure for the boys. They wanted to be outside the entire day.
For each card I have a little pumpkin that can hide in the tree stump (when it gets scared). Each pumpkin has a happy face on one side and a frightening face on the other. Although my son thinks it's more of an angry face. It's been a while since I made ATCs and I forgot how much I really enjoy working on such a small scale. I think I may have to do more of these soon.
It's so hard to think about going back to work. I've missed all the little ones at the preschool but it has been a nice and relaxing break for the holiday.
We spent New Year's at the farm. It was cold and snowy but as usual very beautiful. I just love being in my friends' home. His use of color always inspires me.
Good friends, good food, lots of handwork and beautiful walks. The perfect way to bring in the New Year.
And as is my tradition, I did my New Years run (walk). It's been nineteen months since my last run, but I'm excited to get back into running again.
My mom keeps reminding me that one day I will look back on this past year and wonder how I was able to accomplish all I did. She is so right. Looking back on 2008: I had a baby, started a new business, bought a house for that business, finished school and did a major second floor renovation on our house. Whew! I'm looking forward to a more peaceful 2009. I'm also excited thinking about all the possibilities that come with a new year, thinking about all the new things I will learn and friends I will make. I get energized by a "clean slate" "new beginnings" and believe there is so much to look forward to. May all of you have a beautiful, healthy and very happy new year. xxx, Kristin
Usually we celebrate Thanksgiving on the farm. We dedicate one afternoon to making candles in the workroom kitchen which has lots of space for us to work. The smell of the beeswax is intoxicating and stays with me days after I return home. Last years supply of candles is dwindling quickly. But there will be no trip to the farm this year. My boys have been sick most of November. They've gently passed germs from one to the other, so I've had no break in the continual care of a sick child for quite a while. Right now, we're just waiting for the conjunctivitis to clear up...and until it does, I'd rather not expose anyone else to it.
This year, Thanksgiving will be quietly celebrated between the four of us...at home. And I'm really looking forward to it. It will be a good time for reflection, to remember all the things I have in my life to be grateful for. On the top of that list, that this sweet baby boy has turned a corner and is finally on the mend.