I found this image, and thought some of you might be able to relate, when I was searching for an Anne Taintor calender for 2015. I always get one of hers for my desk area. I love her humor and may have to include some of her other creations I came across that tickled my funny bone. Maybe I'll have an "Anne Taintor Week" coming up!
But, this isn't me this year. We've intentionally planned our holidays so that they would be low-key. Christmas was and I expect New Year's to be also. It will be a good way to slide into January which we intend to make a relaxing, rehabilitating, restful month. I can hardly wait.
Today Papa Pea and I hauled twenty-some heavy, large tote boxes down from our uninsulated (colder than a son of a buck it was up there) storage room. We spread the boxes out in the kitchen where it took us all day to sort through them. We now have six big cardboard boxes of clothing to take to our recycling resale store tomorrow along with some miscellaneous household items we sorted through last week.
After going through all the totes, just to have more fun, we re-packed and re-labeled them all and hauled them up the stairs and back into storage. I will not be working out on my StairMaster tonight. Nor will I be doing any weight-bearing exercises.
Our temperatures finally fell to more December-like weather two days ago, down into the low 20s. Now the forecast for the coming week is high daytime temperatures barely over zero. But the fantastic news is . . . wait for it . . . SUNSHINE is also forecast for the whole week. How welcome that will be! (Still no snow even though the mid and southern part of our state got dumped on a couple of days ago. None here in the north. What's wrong with this picture?)
Although it's not a New Year's Resolution (honest, it's not), come January 1st Papa Pea and I are going to purge our bodies (said in a Julia Child voice) of all the not-so-good morsels we've allowed to pass over our lips during this food and confection-laden season. We need to straighten up and fly right . . . and hopefully lose a few pounds in the process. We'll be eating lots of apples and healthy smoothies, probably our good eggs for breakfast but no toast, dinner will be a couple of veggies (heaven knows we have plenty of them from the garden stashed in the freezers) along with some protein. Few or no carbohydrates (I will personally need lotsa help in this area), especially no sweet treats (hubby's downfall). We'll be reminding each other to drink a lot of water to keep our systems clean and pure. I know these are all high and noble plans, but we're both on the same page with it and want to shed some of the winter hibernation fat we absolutely don't need.
The seed catalogs started arriving here before Thanksgiving this year (didn't like that . . . way too early), but now I'm getting itchy to pour through them and get my seed order(s) in early. I don't think I'll do anything radical or too different as far as the vegetables I plant this year, but I do want to plant more flowers. I believe it was Ralph Waldo Emerson who is credited with saying, "The earth smiles with flowers." I like that. Yes, I wanna plant lots more flowers!
I live with my husband on a small homestead in Northeastern Minnesota. Our daughter (Beyond the Fork in the Road) currently lives in a small cabin in the woods not too far from us.
Our place is located outside a small tourist town and a two and a half hour's drive from the nearest big city. Trips to the city are infrequent, well-planned, and exhausting!
We currently raise chickens and have hives of honey bees. Raising some of our meat and most of our fruits and vegetables is a priority for us; so, along with our birds for meat and eggs, we have fruit trees, berry patches and a huge vegetable garden.
Quilting is my passion, and I could happily spend each day in my quilt studio if I weren't happily spending each day out in the garden. Good thing we have winters up here; Mother Nature helps keep my life balanced.
Home and Household Manager (Highly-Skilled Domestic Engineer)
Wife of Retired School Teacher (I Really Enjoy Having Him Home)
Mother of Grown Child (I Am So Proud of Her)
Fanatic Gardener (So Many Seeds, So Little Summer)