Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Late Birthday Present...and Preparations

Finally made the Amazon order I've been meaning to make with my birthday money. With lots of time on my classes I took a chance on the new '5 minutes a day' bread book. Also in the box was a tiered cooling rack, and round cake pans.

I promise to report on the new book soon. I'm happy to say it has gluten-free items as well so I may make some gluten-free cinnamon rolls for my sister.

January is my month off as well, so I made a seed order. Last year I believe I waited until March (when I should have been planting). This year I went with a Wisconsin company called R. H. Shumway. It's an older company but the name has been revived and is either in partnership or owned by Jung's who have stores locally. When comparing the two, Shumway's had several things Jung's did not, like these curling cucumber and purple asparagus. It's not organic but it's local and it had what I needed this year.

I'm feeling more excited about growing this year than I was last year. I'm not sure why. Maybe L. has stabilized enough were I can feel like the future is worth planning.

Lots going on here this month. Need to find my camera cable and I'll share a little.

Monday, January 11, 2010

10 Things I'd like to do in the '10s

1. See the boys through their school years with the schooling choice that works best for them. See 2 of my children graduate from high school.
2. Find a mix of diet and/or drugs that controls Luke's seizures completely.
3. Finish my degree.
4. Find a job I enjoy that helps people.
5. Make more time for creating friendships and extending hospitality.
6. Pay off/fix up the house.
7. Bicycle across New Zealand, and if that's not possible visit Maine and Canada.
8. Supply most/all of our fresh vegetables and fruit from our garden or local partnerships
9. Be active every day.
10. Learn new things every day.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ten Things I Did in the 00's

1. Had 3 boys (1 grandfathered in from 1999).
2. Bought a house
3. Collected over 2000 books. Read many (but not all) of them.
4. Learned how to bake bread.
5. Got interested in gardening.
6. Began blogging.
7. Home-schooled. Taught 3 out of my 4 boys to read.
8. L. diagnosed with Lennox-Gestaut Syndrome.
9. Started him on the Ketogenic Diet.
10. Started my Master's degree in Library and Information Science.

I've had some trouble with this list. Sometimes it doesn't seem like I've done much over the last 10 years. Between Facebook and starting school again its easy to see how 'behind' I am at all the usual career and life stuff.

I guess I just need to let my work stand for itself.