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Originally Posted by DaughterOfKali View PostOh, I got the a/c.  winky.gif

 

And the next day the weather went back to normal.  LOL.  That's ok, we'll have many summer days that it will be needed.

 

Good on you about the A/C! and yes...true that, about the summer days.

 

 

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Originally Posted by revolting View PostOkay, I definitely live near a lot more green space than when I lived in the city, but most of the suburbs have less green space than when I lived in the city. I don't know how much you plan to stay with that apartment after you move, but I know when we lived in the city, good green space within walking distance was a requirement for wherever we moved. Prime rib sounds wonderful. We have no red meat in the house right now, but I have a fierce craving for it.

 

I'll find it. It's always "pick your battles", y'know? I had to go with this apartment because of *other* things it offered, and it was all about money, for me. I want to try to grow things in containers but I am not a good gardener as it is, and I definitely don't know how to do containers. Gah. I want lettuces, parsley, mint, and maybe chives and some other things, maybe even tomatoes and green peppers and a cucumber...but now I think I'm getting ahead of myself lol.gif

 

Red meat-- omg did I crave that when I was pregnant. Prime ribs, burgers and fries, constantly.

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Vydalea -  This is my second pregnancy, but first time I have gotten this far. I am due in mid-September...and I am VERY excited!

 

Miasaura - Your garden sounds lovely! I think you are right on track! :)

 

Revolting - We have 10 acres. Most of it is woods. About 2-3 acres are viable for pasture. We live in a pretty swampy area. We had goats too until 2 weeks ago. We are downsizing before the baby comes. This year we have buff orpingtons a, black copper marans and silver laced wyandottes. We have raised several other breeds in the past and I think my favorites are the buffs/ So sweet and well-natured.

post #23 of 51
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Originally Posted by Thistlemoon View Post

Hi Everyone! I am just jumping in to say hi! We have been busy around the homestead planting the garden and doing kitchen renovations. I have no real plans for Midsummer yet besides having a bonfire and grilling something outside - provided that we have a day free from rain, which has been rare these past 3 weeks.

Do others garden? This year we are doing a smaller garden in that I usually plant so I have things to preserve and freeze but harvest time here is end of August and September and that is whe the baby is due. So we are just doing a fresh garden this year - things to eat as they come up, but nothing to save.

We have a garden, such as it is. We are still working on keeping down weeds. They spring up solo thick in this area. We've got a huge rhubarb, onions tha are plotting world domination, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries. We are working on getting some beans, cukes, melons, kohlrabi, and herbs in this year. We live in town, so chickens and livestock are out. We may be able to get rabbits if they are pets that we just happen to eat... greensad.gif


Good news: I was laid off, so my summer is free. I'm looking in to making homemade ricotta spreads to sell at the farmers market. I'm also working on my writing. The illustrations for my book are coming along nicely, though I wish it was going faster.

We are going to a sumbel next weekend. It'll be nice to get out of town for a day or two. Heartland was awesome, though I was laid up for almost a week with severe sunburn. Mental note: stop taking St John's Wort before going out in the sun.
post #24 of 51
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Originally Posted by Maiasaura View Post

 

Red meat-- omg did I crave that when I was pregnant. Prime ribs, burgers and fries, constantly.

 

I was vegetarian when I got pregnant.  But I quickly started craving red meat.  Stopped being a vegetarian. LOL

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Originally Posted by Wolfcat View PostWe are going to a sumbel next weekend. It'll be nice to get out of town for a day or two. Heartland was awesome, though I was laid up for almost a week with severe sunburn. Mental note: stop taking St John's Wort before going out in the sun.

 

What's a sumbel?

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Originally Posted by DaughterOfKali View PostI was vegetarian when I got pregnant.  But I quickly started craving red meat.  Stopped being a vegetarian. LOL

 

Right? I wasn't veggie, but I didn't eat THAT much red meat as I did when I was pregnant! I wonder what's up with that. I'm not the only case I've heard of. You and I are not anomalies. Maybe the iron?

 

Mamas-- the house is clear to close! She got the loan! YAY! joy.gif

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Originally Posted by Maiasaura View Post

What's a sumbel?

Heathen or Asatru ritual involving mead and toasting. It's like a religious drinking game joy.gif
But really, they are very fun, communal, and spiritually rewarding. Usually followed by a blot (pron. bloat) which is a feast/potluck where a portion is selected as an offering.
post #27 of 51
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Originally Posted by Maiasaura View Post
Mamas-- the house is clear to close! She got the loan! YAY! joy.gif

 

Fantastic news!!!  Woohoo!

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Wolfcat, You are so lucky to have some Heathen folk around you where you can actually go to a public Sumbel and Blot. Enjoy it! :)

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Maia - Yay on the house!!! My first pregnancy, I was a vegan. My second pregnancy, I was vegetarian. This is my first pregnancy eating meat, and I don't recall craving meat very much with either of my previous pregnancies. I actually have pretty limited cooking skills, and for red meat, I've only cooked ground beef (though I've ate steak at Chipotle). I saw when I went shopping that Trader Joe's carries organic steak, so I might try making it this week...but I'm pretty intimidated by cooking meat, really.

Thistle - All that land sounds wonderful, but I don't think I could maintain that much land. We have a little over an acre, and it needs a lot of work, especially the pond. Have your Buff Orpington's gotten bullied by the other breeds? I really thought about them, but I read that they can have problems in mixed-breed flocks. My chicks are so young that I don't really know if I have a favorite yet...I reserve judgment until they start laying eggs. yummy.gif

Wolf - I envy your garden. One day... When we lived in the city, a LOT of people had chickens. It really depends on your city's laws.

AFM - We went camping this weekend and OMG, ticks! I've never had a tick previously, but we all several even while wearing deet (which I normally don't use). We've actually started some solstice crafting already: we made fairy houses and started making sun lights out of paper mache.

post #30 of 51
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Originally Posted by revolting View Post

Maia - Yay on the house!!! My first pregnancy, I was a vegan. My second pregnancy, I was vegetarian. This is my first pregnancy eating meat, and I don't recall craving meat very much with either of my previous pregnancies. I actually have pretty limited cooking skills, and for red meat, I've only cooked ground beef (though I've ate steak at Chipotle). I saw when I went shopping that Trader Joe's carries organic steak, so I might try making it this week...but I'm pretty intimidated by cooking meat, really.

Thistle - All that land sounds wonderful, but I don't think I could maintain that much land. We have a little over an acre, and it needs a lot of work, especially the pond. Have your Buff Orpington's gotten bullied by the other breeds? I really thought about them, but I read that they can have problems in mixed-breed flocks. My chicks are so young that I don't really know if I have a favorite yet...I reserve judgment until they start laying eggs. yummy.gif

Wolf - I envy your garden. One day... When we lived in the city, a LOT of people had chickens. It really depends on your city's laws.

AFM - We went camping this weekend and OMG, ticks! I've never had a tick previously, but we all several even while wearing deet (which I normally don't use). We've actually started some solstice crafting already: we made fairy houses and started making sun lights out of paper mache.

 

It took me such a LONG time to be comfortable cooking meat. I didn't cook steak until right before I had my DD. I'm not the best at it so I usually just use my Foreman grill. Ground beef is pretty easy. My favourite super easy lazy but my family goes crazy for is ground meat (beef, turkey, we're going to try bison later this week) browned, then add salt & pepper, soy sauce and Sriracha sauce to your liking. Serve over rice or quinoa. That's it, and they go crazy for it! I think the Sriracha is what makes it so good. When I'm mixing the sauces in with the meat, I leave it in the pan on low, with a lid on so it doesn't dry out, sometimes add half cup of water. I put some of the meat and rice or quinoa aside before the sriracha for DD. I also do a green veggie on the side, salad, kale, green beans, etc. 

 

I still crave beef and steak and eggs! I hated eggs before I got pregnant, then started craving them in the third trimester and still do while nursing. I read somewhere that you can have nursing cravings too. 

 

 

Maia! - CONGRATS! Must be such a relief to have that done! 

 

 

I picked up a bell with a handle at this cool toy store for DD today, so we're going to use that to cleanse the house together. I'll also do some candle spells. Maybe burn some sage. I'm going to wait till I'm all unpacked so I can cleanse our stuff. 

 

Unpacking is going very slow and its driving me crazy! The house is much much smaller than our house in SD. Peanut is teething her last tooth till 2 year molars and its taking forever! Her other eye teeth didn't give her this much trouble. The night we moved in she was up every hour and then I had to give her medicine at 5am. She gets a super hot fever too. She's feeling better but that tooth still hasn't broken the surface yet! 

Cute thing is that she's been role playing on her own a lot. She initiated giving her baby and stuffed animals medicine! She's only 15 months which I thought was young for role playing. It's SO cute. 

post #31 of 51
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Originally Posted by Thistlemoon View PostWolfcat, You are so lucky to have some Heathen folk around you where you can actually go to a public Sumbel and Blot. Enjoy it! :)

 

 

I knew what a blot was, but not sumbel. Sounds fun! I knew some people back on the OBX where I used to live, that are Asatru. We had a very small Pagan group that met regularly, and it had like 10ppl at most when I was there, but it was nice just to get together with other Pagans at all. Asheville is full of them, being a WooWoo town in general, but I am finding them online in MA already. Yay! I'm pretty generally Wiccan.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by revolting View PostMaia - Yay on the house!!! My first pregnancy, I was a vegan. My second pregnancy, I was vegetarian. This is my first pregnancy eating meat, and I don't recall craving meat very much with either of my previous pregnancies. I actually have pretty limited cooking skills, and for red meat, I've only cooked ground beef (though I've ate steak at Chipotle). I saw when I went shopping that Trader Joe's carries organic steak, so I might try making it this week...but I'm pretty intimidated by cooking meat, really.

 

 

Wolf - I envy your garden. One day... When we lived in the city, a LOT of people had chickens. It really depends on your city's laws.

 

I agree with Kaydove on the Foreman grill. That thing can cook anything and make it taste good. I recommend, for steak, just a bit of salt, pepper, garlic powder (not garlic salt unless you nix the by-itself-salt), and paprika for color. I remember being very intimidated by cooking meat when I went back to omni from veggie. Also how gross it is by comparison, the cleanup, I mean. Meat has lots of organic yuck (fat, bones, etc) that has to be got rid of somehow...whereas veggie cooking you just throw the extras in the compost, or out the door.

 

Asheville allows chickens within city limits, but I'm not sure what the restrictions are. I think you can have 4, or 6, and no roosters...I forgot. There was a big uproar about that not long ago. Because Asheville is so crunchy and so many people want to be organic and sustainable and such. They won. There's chickens in city limits. It would be hilarious to try to have them in MA cities, though. Or anywhere else, really. I am so going to be The Butcher's Wife in that town lol.gif

 

 

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Originally Posted by Kaydove View PostI put some of the meat and rice or quinoa aside before the sriracha for DD. I also do a green veggie on the side, salad, kale, green beans, etc. 

 

I still crave beef and steak and eggs! I hated eggs before I got pregnant, then started craving them in the third trimester and still do while nursing. I read somewhere that you can have nursing cravings too. 

 

 

Maia! - CONGRATS! Must be such a relief to have that done!

 

I would put a TINY little bit of sriracha in dd's and tell her it might be a little spicy and see how it goes. Kids get used to that real fast, believe it or not...my ds is 12 and he was raised on garlic and hot sauce and he is fine with it. I think about kids in, I dunno, Thailand or India, those kids can eat hot that would melt our sidewalks. Try just one bite for her, with teenyteeny bit, and see how it goes, y'know?

 

Steak and eggs, YUM, when we stay in the motel this weekend there is a Travel America center with a little restaurant and they have that. I am SO going to eat that, yes indeedy.

 

Thank you! Yes, it's a relief...snag snag snag. Yesterday when I was taking ds up to his camp, my Bumper Pack got stolen right out of my yard. http://www.realtruck.com/images/products/rola-adventure-hitch-carrier/rola-bumper-pack_open.jpg This is what it was. Now I don't know how I'm going to get all my shite to MA...I was depending on that thing to carry a bunch of my stuff...now I have to figure out something new. GRRR. I can't wait till my massage tomorrow.

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mamas!  the launch of my cloth diapering business has begun!! woohoo!!  I'm so relieved to have it out there...I have had She-Ra (no doubt) on my altar during this entire process (she reminds me of goddess Frejya for boldness) and now I need to add something for success on this business... any thoughts?  

 

 

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Originally Posted by Maiasaura View Post

 

Where in NY are you? I'm sure I asked before. I'll be closer to you now, a bit! I don't know if you know/remember Wombatclay, but she's up there, too.

 

 

I am in Binghamton, actually.  So, not exactly what anyone outside of the state considers UPSTATE as we are on the PA border but (as you probably know from your time in Syracuse) anything above NYC and outlying areas we consider "upstate."  I would love if our paths crossed one of these days...I believe they will.  

 

HOW EXCITING about the loan -- WHAT A RELIEF MAMA!!!  I am over the moon for you and DS and M.  When is the day you officially get your booties on the road?

 

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Originally Posted by revolting View Post
Vy: Is your mama friend feel connected to more experienced mamas in her area? IDK if she's in the city proper or how far out, but we just moved from the city and there are some groups with amazing women in the city! I can't believe you prefer freezing over canning...canning does such a better job of preserving taste, imho. I definitely enjoy it, though I don't think I'll do much if any this year.

 

My friend is in Berwyn.  She seems to have a good group of mamas around her so that is great.  I just wish I could be there, too, but I think Maia is right about SKYPING.  

 

I think you are 110% right about canning and taste.  However, I am a lazy Libra when it comes to preserving and freezing is just so much easier for me. orngbiggrin.gif

 

Ticks: I heard they are really bad everywhere this year so we should all be very vigilant about checking ourselves and our families!  yikes!  I had one once when we were in the hills of NC.  It scared the crap out of me and turned me into a hypochondriac immediately!  

 

Fairy houses sound fun.  I saw this cool tiny plaque on a little door you can place on the base of a tree that reads "Sorry we missed you we're dancing in the garden...the Fairies" I'd love to replicate it.  

 

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Originally Posted by Thistlemoon View Post

Vydalea -  This is my second pregnancy, but first time I have gotten this far. I am due in mid-September...and I am VERY excited!

 

OooWeeee!!  A virgo baby?  is that right?  I will be keeping you in my thoughts, mama!!  

 

Love the description of your land.  Sounds lovely.  I don't think I could live somewhere like that in my life now (I grew up in a similar landscape to what you describe) but I appreciate the solitude and connection to nature that atmosphere can bring.  I have to say, though, I have found a pretty good connection in my city back yard, it's just different. you know?

 

 

 

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Originally posted by Kaydove: 

 

I picked up a bell with a handle at this cool toy store for DD today, so we're going to use that to cleanse the house together. I'll also do some candle spells. Maybe burn some sage. I'm going to wait till I'm all unpacked so I can cleanse our stuff. 

 

Unpacking is going very slow and its driving me crazy! The house is much much smaller than our house in SD. Peanut is teething her last tooth till 2 year molars and its taking forever! Her other eye teeth didn't give her this much trouble. The night we moved in she was up every hour and then I had to give her medicine at 5am. She gets a super hot fever too. She's feeling better but that tooth still hasn't broken the surface yet! 

Cute thing is that she's been role playing on her own a lot. She initiated giving her baby and stuffed animals medicine! She's only 15 months which I thought was young for role playing. It's SO cute. 

I totally wish I was like Samantha on Bewitched and could wiggle my nose and *voila!* everything in it's place.  

 

Z is cutting her 2 year molars (at 3yo) so I commisserate with your teething.  She has been a nasty, wild woman (not like her) and so when we saw her teeth popping through it made us feel so much better.  I've heard (from all of you) that 3 can be helacious so I was getting scared.... I'm sure I probably still should be... haha.  

post #33 of 51
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Originally Posted by vydalea View Post I am over the moon for you and DS and M.  When is the day you officially get your booties on the road?

 

Ticks: I heard they are really bad everywhere this year so we should all be very vigilant about checking ourselves and our families!  yikes!  

 

I have to say, though, I have found a pretty good connection in my city back yard, it's just different. you know?

 

I've heard (from all of you) that 3 can be helacious so I was getting scared.... I'm sure I probably still should be... haha.  

 

Congrats on the dipe business! That's awesome. She-ra lol.gif Why not, though?

 

Saturday. DS is at camp right now and I pick him up Friday. I'm packing up this week and closing is Thursday and we're staying in a motel. Cross fingers the pool is open.

 

We found two ticks (not at the same time) on our doorjamb, of all places! Scary!

 

I'll have to hear more about your connection to your city backyard. We don't have have a yard, to speak of, in our new home.

 

Three IS hellacious. But four is the reward for not killing them at three lol.gif Srsly, though, four is nearly a palpable, immediate, difference, IMO. Hang in there and remember it's temporary!

post #34 of 51
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Originally Posted by Maiasaura View Post

 

I would put a TINY little bit of sriracha in dd's and tell her it might be a little spicy and see how it goes. Kids get used to that real fast, believe it or not...my ds is 12 and he was raised on garlic and hot sauce and he is fine with it. I think about kids in, I dunno, Thailand or India, those kids can eat hot that would melt our sidewalks. Try just one bite for her, with teenyteeny bit, and see how it goes, y'know?

 

She does like spicy foods and even liked japaleno chips! She is so much like her dad! He loves spicy food too. I'll give it to her with the Sriracha, she'll probably like it. She liked the Mahi Mahi I cooked tonight! Its so nice to be back in a real kitchen cooking my own food! I never thought I would say that since I don't enjoy cooking, but I've gotten so much better and really like what I make. That and DH's grandmother made really bland food and a lot of it was store bought canned food. Nothing against, but I grew up growing our own veggies and being from international Seattle, I like lots of spice and flavour. 

post #35 of 51
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Kay - My eldest ate pretty much anything: spicy food, kale, anything! until she turned two, and now at six she still prefers a pretty limited variety of food that excludes anything spicy (or sour or bitter). My second child started more picky, but unlike his older sibling, his palate didn't significantly narrow at any point. At three, he eats a much larger variety of foods. Whenever I hear a mom talk about all the things her baby will eat, I totes think about how I used to say the same thing when my eldest was little.

Vy - I'm so excited about your diaper business. I hope it prospers! We never used a service, though I thought about it with my first-born since we didn't live somewhere with laundry on site for a while, but given how many cloth diapers we typically used (newborns pee like every 15 minutes), it didn't make financial sense to go that route.

Maia - That sucks about your bumper pack. Did you file a police report? Maybe they'd recover it for you!

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Yeah it is amazing what different landscapes can bring up. I have lived in lots of different places, desert, near the ocean, here in the mountains, suburbia. All have a different flavor of the same basic energy. I have been thinking a lot about the idea of "home" - what makes a place home? 

post #37 of 51
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Originally Posted by Kaydove View PostShe liked the Mahi Mahi I cooked tonight!

 

OMG, mahi....NOM; I haven't had mahi since I lived at the beach. Ten plus years ago. I can't wait to be an hour away from fresh seafood again! yummy.gif

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by revolting View Post My eldest ate pretty much anything: spicy food, kale, anything! until she turned two, and now at six she still prefers a pretty limited variety of food that excludes anything spicy (or sour or bitter). My second child started more picky, but unlike his older sibling, his palate didn't significantly narrow at any point. At three, he eats a much larger variety of foods. Whenever I hear a mom talk about all the things her baby will eat, I totes think about how I used to say the same thing when my eldest was little.

 

Maia - That sucks about your bumper pack. Did you file a police report? Maybe they'd recover it for you!

 

I would have totally had a dipe service if there'd been one where I lived at the time. I looked online and for other places, it wasn't any cheaper/more expensive than me doing them myself.

My ds was a kid who ate ANYthing when he was little...and then around 4, he got really really picky. Wouldn't eat any dang thing. I made him anyway (at least try things), for some stuff, and now at 12, while he won't eat everything, at least he is a very good "trier".

 

Yes,I filed a report. I have a $500 deductable on my homeowners, but I might still be able to get as much as $200. Any little bit will help. And, I just packed the car-- I did it w/o a thing on the hitch at all! Woot! Plus, there's still room for ds's camping stuff when he gets done on Friday!joy.gifDamn, I'm good thumb.gif Thank you, Daddy, for my ability to pack things. That is one legacy I am SO grateful for. That, and being able to read a map really, really well. No GPS for me! orngbiggrin.gif (I have one, but very rarely use it).

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Originally Posted by Thistlemoon View PostYeah it is amazing what different landscapes can bring up. I have lived in lots of different places, desert, near the ocean, here in the mountains, suburbia. All have a different flavor of the same basic energy. I have been thinking a lot about the idea of "home" - what makes a place home? 

 

My son and I make a home. Together. Family. Soon it will be M and me and DS, though M will not be living with us for a goodly while. And anywhere I can find a connection to Nature. If Phyllis Curott can practice Paganism in NYC, I can certainly do it anywhere I find smile.gif

Off to get a shower, and a massage at 2:00...then I'm going to splurge and get a motel for tonight, too. I'm done with air mattresses for awhile!

 

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Maia, there's a slew of us pagans in mass.
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Thistle - Ditto what Maia said. I definitely think my children make a place a home. We've moved a lot in the last few years, not very far one time to another but my six year old has lived in five different homes. I hope this will be the house where we stay, but in all that moving, my children have made each place feel like a home.

Maia - I envy your massage. I told my husband that this pregnancy, I will get a massage towards the end. I already ache!

 

For those who celebrate, how was Father's Day? We went to a water park, and for the second time in my life I got a sunburn. I want to get the kids moving so I can pick up some calendula cream before their swim lessons this morning, but they have moved slowly this morning. Oh, and my brother got married this weekend and my kids both had a role in the wedding. So cute! They didn't have any Pagan elements to their wedding like Kay, but we had a great time (though I wish I could have drank).

 

I'm heading to PSG on Friday, and I really need to get everything together. We saw our tent had holes, and I haven't really unpacked the van from last time we went camping. I am so excited! OTOH, I definitely still feel the itch to celebrate the solstice with the kids in some way. I don't want to do a whole thing like we've done in previous years, but maybe I'll try to convince everyone to wake with me at sunrise for some sun salutations. My three year old often wakes pretty close to that time anyway...but my six year old sleepyhead might have more reservations! Maybe I'll try to entice her with a special breakfast. Any ideas for something quick, easy, and with minimal clean-up?

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I agree with the whole home is where the people you love are. But for me there is something more, like landscape, what materials the house is made out of, the "vibe" of the place. I have lived almost 30 places in my life and I always feel like I am being pulled in so many directions. There is a good chance we will find ourselves in Italy in the next 10 years (where DH is from and all of his family is) and probably several other places in between. I never feel settled.

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