An autumnal day here.... rainy, cloudy, and cool! Huzzah!
welcome CoVegMom! We're a chatty bunch, especially this time of year, so jump on in as you feel ready... what spiritual path are you exploring?
I think autumn is far and away my favorite time of year so I tend to enjoy all the bits... and I also sort of look at it backwards a bit. Instead of feeling like the days are closing in and the summer is ending, I guess I feel like the nights are blooming and the world opening up a bit more? Almost as if the summer heat/lush vegetation/hectic "get up and go" activities are a weight that sits on me... and the autumnal energy is lifting that burden, opening up the opportunity to reflect on my own little space?
I'm not explaining it well... but I'll think a bit more and try again!
Aweyn- hugs chica. Like the scene in Labyrinth... If you need me, just call.
Maia- good luck! I hope you two are able to find a balance. I know how hard it must be to feel like time/health is slipping away but don't forget that relationships are built on itty bitty little things as well as great big heart sweeping emotions. I lived a long distance relationship for two years and know how much those brief visits count, and how much it can hurt if real life means the visit wasn't everything I'd hoped or needed but... real life is real life. Given the extra challenge of his diseases, sharing space (without physicality) may not have felt like a distancing from his perspective. I may be way off base, but maybe what you experienced as being ignored might have been (from his perspective) a letting you in? I know that for a very long time my own history made it very very hard for me to simply "be" around someone I liked... I felt like I had to "perform" my affection (physically in some way or another). Therapy helped me with that.
Anyway, I'm not saying that is what was happening there, but maybe? And no matter what, you've got my admiration... you're going through a lot in a very short time!
DoK- hope you and the Roo are doing well... stay healthy!
redveg- yes, we got 5 hens back in May. One was eaten by the neighbor's dog (dh built a fort knox style enclosed coop/yard and this dog managed to rip it's way through the chicken wire) but the other 4 started laying a few weeks ago. Three are golden comets, one an easter egger. DD1 named the comets after comets
(Ikeya, Sekis, Hale, and Bopp... Ikeya is no more) and the easter egger is named Tulip-rose (of course
). She named the roster Asteroid... a big glossy black/green Australorp who may or may not end up in a pot. He's gorgeous, and the same age as our ladies, and gets along with them but dear lords... he crows non-stop from 5:30am-7pm!
busy life- so, today was dd1's first day of 1st grade. Tomorrow is our first preschool playgroup and I need to pick up some things SUPER fast tomorrow morning for the Caterpillar craft. I've been canning beets, drying tomatoes, and prepping veggies from our CSA in between the homeschool lessons (I'm loving the math program which is hard for me to believe). But I think it's going pretty well... I'm committed to keeping our food budget below 100/week and I'm usually within a few dollars of that by the end of the week.
Oh, the earth scout group we're forming here sounds fab, and I'm looking forward to it, but it looks like the annual fee will be $60 per child! And that doesn't include all the extras, like admission to parks for hiking or apple picking fees or the cost of the uniform/badges. Sigh. I really think earth scouts sounds great, but compared to GS at 12 dollars a year? A hard choice.