Thursday, July 11, 2013

Finding some sweet things this week - These are a few of my favorite things.

Fourth of July fun.
I am so thankful for google hangouts this week. Joel and I both have android tablets, so while he is in Maine working, he brought his tablet and we have been able to talk every night. I gave the tablet to Noah last night in bed and Joel gave him a talking to about not going to bed the way he was supposed to... Of course they also chatted and got to see each other and say they loved each other. I actually didn't have to go back in after that. He just needed Dad to tell him to go to bed and that he loved him.

I'm over here trying to stay all composed, continue taking showers, feed everyone, keep the house clean and keep up with laundry. But the hallway needs to be swept, I wanted to do more work cleaning in the brown shed, and there are seasonal clothes waiting in the bedroom that I'd like to pack up and store away. Eh. There were a lot of other things I kept myself busy with and I needed to do some enjoyable things along the way too.

Thankfully there were things to sigh about - in a good way. So I'll share with you a few of my favorite things this week with some pictures:

I actually liked moving our chickens every day by myself. Joel added a handle to the chicken tractor and it rocks. And I liked getting caught in the rain a few times while trying to hurry up and get it done.

I ordered a cookbook and got it yesterday. There is a blog that I love called The Elliott Homestead and the author, Shaye Elliott just put out a cookbook called From Scratch. Great blog, and great cookbook. It is the cookbook I've been waiting for after reading Nourishing Traditions and wishing I could just see it all in action in a real person's kitchen. Well, Shaye is real.

So from that, I've enjoyed making my first egg drop soup (even without the kale - it was delicious). Homemade broth and eggs from our chickens. :-)

And a late night with chocolate coconut truffles.

And Edwardian Farm on youtube.

And today I'm soaking crackers and bread, and making more yogurt.

So I'm a - lets figure things out in my lonely moments - kind of person.

I loved looking at the cutting boards that Joel made me. 

And I called the library (I love libraries) and requested a few top bar beekeeping books. Don't laugh. I'm checking out The Barefoot Beekeeper by P.J. Chandler which is all about top bar beekeeping and apparently tells you how you can make everything you need yourself, and Swarm Traps and Bait Hives by McCartney M Taylor, so that we can catch our bees for free instead of buy them... we'll see if that works out.

So that's what's up this week. Tomorrow night I get to see my man! I'm so excited!

But right now, I've got to go make hot chocolate for my little boy. And maybe some spaghetti and sauce. But hot chocolate is more important. Trust me.


  1. Sounds like you made great use of your time, Michelle. This post brings back memories of days when my girls were little and John would have to be gone for a few days. I missed him so, and It always became "project time" for me. . . I love the "Android" bedtime conversation with Dad and Noah. Precious! He must be back by now. Have a great weekend! - Peg

  2. Thanks Peg! It was all much sweeter when Joel got back. Yes, I could say it is project time. It's a good way to keep occupied. I definitely do not like it when Joel is gone! There will be quite a few more project times in the following weeks. :-( -Michelle




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