{this moment}

Following SouleMama’s lead and posting just a picture.  I think it says it all.

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I Got My Seeds!!!!

We have seeds from three different places this year and the last of them just arrived in my mailbox today!

Left over from last year are from Seeds of Change:

  • Small Sugar Pumpkin (heirloom)
  • English Thyme
  • Italian Flat Leaf Parsley (heirloom)
  • Genovese Sweet Basil
  • Barcarole Lettuce
  • Italian Pole Bean
  • Sylvesta Lettuce
  • Triple Play Sweet Corn

Emergency Survival Seeds from Hometown Seeds (that we received for free in exchange for their link being placed on my dear husband’s blog!):

  • Golden Bantam Sweet Corn
  • Lincoln Peas
  • Champion Radish
  • Utah Yellow Sweet Spanish Onion
  • Detroit Dark Red Beet
  • Rutgers Tomato
  • Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach
  • Golden Acre Cabbage
  • Lucullus Swiss Chard
  • Romaine Paris Island Cos Lettuce
  • Scarlet Nantes Carrot
  • Yolo Wonder Pepper
  • Waltham Butternut Squash
  • Long Green Cucumber
  • Kentucky Wonder Brown Pole Bean
  • Black Beauty Squash Zucchini

And the one that arrived today from High Mowing Organic Seeds:

  • Belstar F1 Broccoli
  • Cassius F1 Cauliflower
  • Giant Red Reselection Celery
  • Gourmet Lettuce Mix
  • PMR Delicious 51 Melon (cantaloupe/muskmelon)
  • Bandit Leek
  • California Wonder Sweet Pepper
  • Early Jalapeno Pepper
  • Sweet Reba Bush Acorn Squash
  • Amish Paste Tomato
  • Sugar baby Watermelon
  • Katahdin Potato (due to arrive in mid April)

My husband extensively planned out our garden and even published the preliminary spread sheet here.  We’ll have 5 raised beds and then make use of some of the flower beds for wild and medicinal plants in addition to a few flowers.

Preparing for the Chicken Pox

My dear husband called me a half an hour ago to inform me that a little 7-month-old guy at the birthday party we attended over the weekend was diagnosed with shingles this morning and “isn’t contagious.”

Hmmmm?!  An infant with shingles?!

According to my little bits of research, he could have shingles if he was vaccinated for the Varicella virus, but that doesn’t typically happen until 12-15 months of age.  And if he does indeed have singles, anyone who has not had the chicken pox could indeed contract it.  Or maybe this little guy has the beginning stages of chicken pox?  Who knows!?

In any case, there’s not much to do but wait and see.   Any advice for making preparations for the chicken pox?

Quiet

It’s quiet here as I try to prioritize, clean, plan, and organize.

I got a late start on the de-cluttering of the new year, but I have had some success, especially our bedroom!  There’s much work to be done with the rest of the house and realistically, an ongoing project with no end in site.  I’m trying to break it down into small manageable projects and it’s working, but it is slow going.

I made a mistake with homeschool planning and only planned until Christmas, thinking that I would have plenty of time over the Holidays to work on the spring semester of Alex’s studies.  Unexpected events happened and I didn’t get to do any planning in Decembers or the first part of January.  I mostly winged our math lessons in January.  I want more than “just getting by” this month.   We’re doing a Native American block for the month of February and I can’t wait to share our adventures.

I’m attempting to re-arrange our daily rhythm.  In the past I’ve always waited until nap time to do our main lessons.  This works to get quiet one-on-one time, but it’s unpredictable and not really fair to Alex or me.  Sometimes nap time is late in the afternoon and I’m not good at balancing school work, hungry kids, and making dinner all at the same time.  And so we’re trying to move our main lesson time to the mornings so that the afternoon is free.  I’d like to eventually work in an hour of rest/quiet time after lunch when Alex can focus on handwork or independent reading while I encourage the little ones to nap.

Crafting is slow-goinf right now as well.  I’ve been knitting out of necessity and I’ve been working on the same pair of longies for a month.  I hope to finish them up sooner rather than later because my baby NEEDS them!  Many projects are floating around in my head, but I just don’t have the time to start on them right now.

Thank you for being patient with me, friends, while I get things in order!