I wonder why I am so exhausted and run down lately, and I come here and see that I've not even posted in 6 weeks.
Now I'm wondering... All those emails from my friends that are still, yes STILL, sitting in my inbox - has it been 6 weeks for them as well? Good grief!
I truly have not forgotten any of you. The last couple of months has been so busy, mostly with homeschooling, that everything else has been on the back burner.
I've not done anything farmish, up until yesterday. And that's another reason I've not blogged. This isn't supposed to be a blog about our homeschooling or our running around like crazy, so I've been waiting until we had something going on around here that would be more helpful to those looking to be self-sufficient.
But as many of you have become actual friends and I feel like the worst friend ever for not being able to keep up with online friendships lately, I will post a few things we've been doing.
One reason we got busier is that, under threat of jail, my husband finally began putting child support into my bank account. He absolutely held out til the last minute, and a warrant was issued before he 'somehow managed' to find the money. So we got to put Michael back into swimming, and in the gymnastics he'd been absent from for over a year.
He's lost quite a bit of flexibility, but will get that back eventually. It's taken 6 weeks, but he's back to the skill level in tumbling he left off in. This was from his first class back. He can jump a lot higher now.
We've been getting a lot of rain and snow, all winter. This is usually a field, not a lake.
Michael enjoys being able to help serve by playing music for worship.
Michael has been participating in a men's group weekly. We ladies use the opportunity for several hours to get together and do various things. We often practice our knitting, which I am proud to say I have been learning and getting faster at! We watched the Olympics, and on this night we made chapsticks.
We made some parallets for Michael to practice at home. They cost about 30 dollars. We could have made some much more inexpensively, but we wanted them to be taller and stronger so he could do more on them.
It's built from simple PVC, reinforced with wooden dowel rods, as PVC can splinter when it breaks, we didn't want to take any chances.
We are working on a floor horse, or a pommel trainer now. We'll have to borrow someone's jigsaw to finish it.
We had a knitting party on Purim. I wanted to try some Hamantaschen, but had no time to pull it together. I read a cheat recipe online that said you could use sugar cookie dough in a pinch.
Don't believe it.
It was fun rolling, cutting out, and filling them. Traditionally they have jelly and poppy seed filling. I also used chocolate because..... well, why would you NOT use chocolate?
Here they are, all pinched up into triangles.
And here they are, doing exactly what I suspected they were going to do.
I don't have to tell you all that it snowed. A lot. Seemed like I saw more snow this year than any year in my life.
Just this week we enjoyed our first school morning out of doors!
That's a few highlights of our non-farming stuff for the last couple of months. We have begun working outside this week. Yay! Next post is about farm stuff!
Seriously behind on just about everything,