This morning it was -4 degrees here. So cold that even while out to do the morning animal chores the tips of my fingers were uncomfortable for a time. When I jumped on the back of the rubber bucket to break the ice and water splashed on my boots, ice immediately formed on my shoelaces and then trying to undo them with aching fingers after coming inside was nearly impossible.
The wonderful part about the cold is the skating. Friends are over.
In between preparing lunch and snacks for everyone, tightening skates, putting wood in the wood stove, Mike and I continue to work on our business. I wood burn and package. Mike heads down the basement to get some hooks done.
This life of ours is a series of compromises. With seven children (which yes we did choose to have a large family) we need a certain level of income to support the basics - our mortgage, keep our old Suburban running, some clothing - specifically shoes as the rest I can usually find at thrift shops, and some other random bills. But the biggest expense for us is food. This is a topic I am passionate about - about working towards growing and raising our own and what we cannot (which is the majority but we do a little more each year) we try to buy locally and then finally organic if I can make it work financially.
But, I make compromises constantly.
Keeping up with every one's needs and the needs of our business, time is sometimes at a premium. So for example, today we had homemade chocolate cake with frosting made of local organic cream (yum!) but the hot cocoa, boxed from the general store. I know how to make cocoa from scratch. But I have not had the time to source and purchase the organic powdered milk, organic cocoa, etc....
During this holiday season when our business is busy, I will continue to make compromises because for this season snatching moments of time with each other will be more important than being caught up in making every meal from scratch or making every gift by hand.