It is January, after the holidays, and we are mostly back in the swing of things.
On Monday Jesse returned to work and our dog sitting days ended too, but I knew Monday would not be the day we returned to our regular schooling routine. The one thing I've learned about December as a mother is that it is exhausting. Fun, but exhausting. So many things to do and experience. It's great, but for me to get back into the rhythm of home and schooling life means I take things slow.
January is so good for hibernation. Reading on the couch in the afternoon has actually lulled me to take naps a couple of days. Napping is not my norm, but as I age I'm trying to be kind to myself. If I'm tired, sit. If I'm sleepy, close my eyes. Just a few minutes can do wonders for rejuvenation. I received The Best of Stillmeadow for Christmas and it is a wonderful read. I discovered Gladys Taber this past Summer. Her commentary on country life in Connecticut with descriptions of children, weather, gardening, birds and dogs resonates with me, I guess (although I've never been to Connecticut!). I've always liked simple, charming perspectives on life.
I keep looking outside, gazing at the bare, frozen ground and thinking of the Spring garden. This compelled me to go ahead and place some orders. Potatoes, onions, carrots, pole beans, bush beans, black beans, and kale have been ordered. We're doubling the planting of potatoes, growing onions and bush beans for the first time and planting more greens and carrots than ever before. This all makes for wonderful Winter dreaming! Living in the moment isn't so bad as this is Ella's birthday month. Celebrating will commence soon.