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Monday, December 12, 2005


Not another post about the weather - only about how we deal with the weather this time of year. Today, I was fortunate enough to curl up in front of the fire and do nothing but read ALL day. First to the kids before they started their school and then for myself. It's hard not to feel guilty about this at first, but not for long - it felt too good.

As I've mentioned, we are starting an organic vegetable and flower CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture or some know it as subscription farming. People buy subscriptions (hopefully) and we deliver fresh produce and flowers to them for a 19 week season. I can't tell you how long this has been my dream and even though it is an incredible amount of hard work, it makes me happy. Anyway, it seems like you can never read enough about all the aspects of this business and can never learn enough from other people who are already doing it - so that is what I read today, which in turn got my wheels turning and I made pages and pages of notes and tried to start to get organized for Spring 2006.

The kids did their school in front of the fire as well and before we knew it - it was 3:30, time for John to get up (he works nights) and time for our oldest daughter to be getting off the bus. We had a quick early dinner - homemade tomato soup, made from our own canned tomatoes, delicious winter squash and yummy purple cabbage, also from our gardens and grilled cheese sandwiches. Then because that was so exhausting, back in front of the fire we all went. It feels so good when we can all sit together and talk about whatever comes to mind and then before you know it, all the kids are off in their own directions and the day is over.

Now, before anyone gets sick over how 'too good to be true' this scenario seems - you should have been here yesterday! Meltdown. The girls were fighting, we were trying to get a Christmas picture taken for the Christmas cards, which I gave up on - all 3 of them were in trouble for not doing various chores, yadah, yadah, yadah. So, we needed a nice quiet reconnecting day. I guess in the end, that's what matters, right? Even though we all have our meltdown days, as long as we reconnect somehow - hopefully no permanent damage is done.

So, on to tomorrow - who knows what it will bring. If we knew, we might not get out of bed, but I could sure go for another day in front of the fire!

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