Sorry, internet was out for a few days again. It’s basically impossible for me to blog from my phone, but there has been no lack of things to write about, nonetheless.
Everything is gorgeous right now, just so you know. The colors of the changing trees are at their peak. The weather is gorgeous, and last week the kids and I spent a lot of time trying to winterize the garden, and plant some more bulbs for next spring. I felt bad, though, that we weren’t getting as much school done as I thought we should, so this week we’re getting a ton of schoolwork done, and I’m feeling bad that the garden isn’t getting cleared. We may just trade off and on like this for a few more weeks. The weather seems to be holding for it.
Corn harvest is starting for Knut today. That could likely mean I don’t see him for another 3 weeks or so. It’s very common when the weather is ideal like this that his shift runs from 6am to 2am, and he comes home for a quick sleep and leaves before I wake up again, and I just see the indent on the pillow next to me, and a cup of coffee waiting for me in the kitchen, as signs that he was here. They do still take Sundays off, though, so I’ll see him then. I may try to work out a harvest date and go visit him out on the tractor for awhile. The older kids are anxious to go riding with him and Grandpa on the combine. Corn harvest is by far the most fun harvest to go riding along.
My own little corn patch of strawberry colored popcorn is nearing ready to harvest. We just pulled in our sunflower seeds and half of the black beans too. I still have the other half of the black beans to harvest, and I’d like to plant garlic this fall still, where the black beans were. Most of the tomato plants are pulled up now. I have about half the carrots out, and none of the onions yet. I didn’t get my strawberries replanted and spread out earlier like I intended to, so I’ll have to try to do that next year. I didn’t plan that out very well.
We may take a break of school and gardening and just make applesauce all week too. That has to get done. We may not be taking as much off during December as I like to, but we’ll see how we’re doing. Silje and David especially have been getting such an enormous amount of schoolwork done on our school days…I’ve been so proud of them. We’re reading some great things, and doing some really fun science experiments. I’ve started having us do some family exercise routines at the beginning of the school day, and it’s really been helping us all with our focus during the day. It’s probably still the newness of it, but I’ll take it. Anything to help them focus!
Silje has been spending her free time getting her rabbits all set up for winter down in the barn. She’s worried they’ll miss the fresh air, so she’s putting on their harnesses as taking them for walks several times a day. It’s hilarious. The cats follow her around and have no idea what to make of it.
Finally, I decided after much thought and counsel to break up this knitting collection I’ve been working on, and publish the patterns individually, as soon as they are ready. So expect close to 4 patterns being published in the next month or so. I may also have a giveaway coming as well.
Thanks for sticking with me! Also, if you were wondering where I’ve been, you can always like my Facebook page (as I can update that from my phone), and get updates on what’s going on when the blog goes silent. Or…you can just know our internet went down again. 🙂