~rain, blessed rain! Rolling off the roof this morning and more importantly, sinking deep into our gardens.
~The house smells good after a night of broth bubbling on the stove and yams cooking in the crock pot.
~an extra little person showed up in my bed this morning, looking to be cuddled. Then they plotted together and there was a conspiracy to get me to read. Which I did, one book each; “Little Baa” and “Mother Goose”, the later turning into a sing along.
Little Rosebud’s favorite illustration
~Galen has taken to slipping my wedding ring off while I cuddle him and putting it on his own finger. Then he asks me to tell him about it. I show him the circle as well as the continuous Celtic knot pattern. We look for a beginning and an end and never find one of course. I tell him that it’s just like my love for Daddy with no beginning and no end.
~The other two get up early and read to themselves for an hour or two every morning.
~Iain built a fire.
~He lost two teeth on Saturday and has two more loose. Galen thinks he has a loose tooth (it would be his first). He often asks if I can see it wiggle. I can’t really, but I’m certainly not going to tell him that! “hmm, I think maybe I might see something…”
~Quiddler with the big boys over a breakfast of yams, sausages, sauerkraut and green tea.
~Chores as usual
Màiri Rose with the nasturtium she’s growing. She was able to taste a leaf for the first time today. It’s a climbing variety and growing so fast that Galen is convinced he’ll be able to climb it like Jack and the Bean Stalk.
~Baseball fever is alive and well. We’ve been doing their team’s warm up exercises in the morning before school work.
~Making sauerkraut this morning as an activity with the little ones. Really it’s an all morning affair, one that lead right into making lunch, followed by most of the dinner prep, since I know we’ll be working when Steve gets home tonight. It takes a whole lot of peeling and chopping to fill that big crock. We usually get around 2 gallons of kraut once it has all fermented down. We never really make the same one twice. Today’s is green cabbage, onion, garlic, turnip, radish and ginger. I got a new little gadget that you crank to julienne things. The little ones love making (and tasting) little turnip and radish strands with it.
Iain’s Nature Journal Entry:
Date: 4/23/12 Time: 11:42 Location: home Weather: cloudy, 48 degrees
*Nothing is coming up in the garden yet.
* It is raining today.
*The woods are turning very green.
*My cherry tree is in bloom.
*Galen and Màiri’s peach trees are starting to bloom.
*There are a lot of birds singing today.
~Elijah’s entry by contrast started with, “My fruit tree is the only fruit tree that does not have any flowers on it.”
~Galen the faithful forager went out and gathered a whole bunch of dandelion greens, even though I said I didn’t have time to prepare them today.
~A game of skippo with Galen while the big boys do their math work. The Wee Girl likes to play with the discard piles, sorting and arranging them.
~Lunch: kale salad with baby basil, pear chunks and maple-blueberry vinaigrette
~Iain and Elijah finished up the map of our property that they started working on together last week.
~the little ones did some coloring of their own.
~One of the big ones told Rosebud that what they were doing was more important because they were working, while she was just playing. I scolded him and told him that play is the work of little ones and very important. At which point she announced, with a rather superior tone, “I’m doing baby work!”
~Steve and I put up just under 150′ of fence around the garden.
~ dinner was asparagus soup with Jerusalem artichokes and fresh thyme from the garden. It was lovely to come in to after working in the cold and damp.
~Steve is reading Peter Pan to Galen at bedtime.