Loving: Cooler days – at last. We have the fire going day and night now, and although it produces a lot of dust, you cannot beat it for a beautiful warm house!
Watching: The Crown, and all the David Attenborough documentaries we can. We finally have enough data to be able to use Netflix so I signed up for a free month over the school holidays and have since kept it on. So far we are enjoying it, but I’m not sure what to watch next. Recommendations for good series to binge watch are gratefully received.
Listening: “Farmer Boy” by Laura Ingalls Wilder – read by Cherry Jones. We have done a bit of road tripping up to Sydney and over to Canberra and as per usual, we listened to audio books. I’ve read the book as a child but listening as an adult has been fabulous. The food!! Oh my goodness, the descriptions of the meals they ate! Just listening made me want to get into the kitchen and bake pies and cakes and biscuits and doughnuts etc. At the same time, I was feeling slightly inadequate as a farmers wife, not weaving my own cloth to make my kids clothes, or making our own candles and soap.
Reading: All the books about Europe. Student reports – it’s that time of year, so there isn’t much time for anything else
Buying: Curtains for Hannah’s room, and winter clothing for everyone. The kids have grown out of everything, so we have hit the op shops to get what we can from there, and spent a day in town stocking up on shoes (all the kids needed multiple pairs), socks, undies, tops, and the like. Apart from that, we are on a spending slow down to save for our overseas trip next year.
Looking: tired – work is taking up so much time at the moment. Also, I haven’t had a haircut since October last year (oops) so it is super long. Time to get my butt into gear and fix that one!
Making: Quince Paste. I was super excited to pick our quinces this year, but by the time we got down to the orchard to get them, they had worms in them. Insert very sad face here. Luckily the supermarket in town sells them in winter so I picked up a couple and made some delicious quince paste. Cheese platters in front of the bonfire this winter… don’t mind if I do!
Sorting: The guest room bedroom. It has become a little bit of a dumping ground for all those bits and pieces we don’t know what to do with. Then when we have guests arriving, we have a mad scramble to sort and store all the stuff so that our guests can enjoy the room.
Thinking: that I need to crochet myself a beanie. I’m about a quarter of the way through this giant zigzag blanket and I’m loving it, but I need a beanie, so I may have to put the blanket to one side for a few days and knock a beanie out quickly.
Enjoying: Playing board games over dinner with the kids at night. We love Settlers of Catan and more recently Ticket to Ride. There is nothing better than having the whole family around the table doing something fun together!