So the weather has been seasonably warm - in the low 30's and perfect for firewood gathering. Mike has been cutting down some dead evergreens on our property so we can use it this season. With all of the cold weather we just want to be sure we have enough.
We have also learned that the soft woods - pines, hemlock, and poplar burn really well in our older inefficient woodstove. Mike used to follow the conventional thought that hard wood was the best but now we are excited to learn that the soft woods actually burn hotter in our stove.
We had a full house this week with Sam and Thomas staying during their last week of winter break. Lots of meal cooking. It was wonderful to have Thomas, our activity director here. He gets everyone playing board games and card games. I also enjoyed having Sam, she knits every minute she can and she inspires me with her talent. I have been doing a fair amount of knitting as well.
Mike and I have also been caring for Abraham and Emmy as they have a virus that won't quit. Just when I think they are getting better, a fever will come back and knock them out.
A friend dropped off old National Geographic magazines - so everyone has been sharing what they find interesting as they look through them.
Really, our life has been so home centered these last few weeks - would be considered boring by most. But, I am feeling content once again (have squelched the fears and wantings for now) in the daily tasks and rhythms that repeat themselves over and over again each day, week, and month.