Just about every day I think about this blog. Honestly. It's a virtual thorn in my side these days. I can look at the stats and know people are visiting - over 10,000 per month at its peak. Last month 7,661 people visited this blog and I only put up 5 new posts. Yet at the same time I am just not inspired to write. My life seems so boring and I feel like I've shared all that I have to share.
Maybe I will set a goal of just one quality post per week. But how to choose what to write? There are so many facets to our life and the blog really reflects how eclectic we are.
So...what have I been up to? We're harvesting fresh produce from the garden. I have a love/hate relationship with this time of the year. I love the fresh veggies, but hate that my time isn't my own. I have to schedule things around food preservation. We've frozen green peppers and zucchini, eaten more cucumbers than I care to remember, and are loving the fresh tomatoes. The Hubster also canned up a huge batch of ham and bean soup yesterday. I have 13 pints and 7 quarts of ham and bean soup to add to the food storage.
I've also been busy working on stocking the etsy shop during the slow season. I've been sewing more than needlefelting, but that will likely change next month as I begin working on Christmas ornaments. I've expanded some of the lines a bit and have some other ideas for new products. As always photography is my greatest challenge.
Toward the end of July the Hubster took some vacation time and we had two mini trips - one up north for my sister's wedding and one a bit farther to the south to take the Big Girl to the American Girl Doll store in Chicago and to attend the temple. Instead of birthday parties we allow the kids to choose one special activity we can do as a family to celebrate their birthday. The Big Girl's choice was to visit a real American Girl Doll store and due to the Hubster's work schedule we pushed it up to the early part of August rather than the end near her actual birthday. In addition to their special birthday activities we also celebrate on the day of their births with a cake (or special treat of their choosing), a special meal that the birthday child chooses, and a gift (or two). August is a busy birthday month in our family because both the Boy and the Big Girl were born in August and my birthday and my sister's birthdays also fall in August.
We're also gearing up for a new year of learning. We actually have our "schooling" as a year-round activity because learning never ends, but this year might well look and feel different for us. The Big Girl is asking for more formal learning. She's eager to master some skills and we're actually considering some prepared curricula to assist in honoring her requests.
- A 40 something mama meandering through life an 8 year old girl (the big girl) who is a ball of lightening and a 5 year old girl (the baby girl) who brightens our lives with her smiles. I'm grounded by my 40 something husband and partner (the hubster) whose quirky mannerisms brighten my days. Our family is rounded out with with an eclectic 21 year old boy-man (the boy) who I hardly ever right about now since he's off starting his own life.
I've been a single mama, married mama, divorced mama, career mama, SAHM, and WAHM. There was a short time of my life when I wasn't a mama, but that was a LONG time ago!
I hold an AA, BS, and MA and most say I'm wasting them by devoting my intellectual capabilities and energy in the nurture of the wee ones that I've been entrusted to raise, but there is nothing else I'd rather be doing these days. :)
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