Saturday on the Homestead

We’ve been busy doing a bunch of random things here lately.

My husband is in week 12 of seminary so he’s up to his eyeballs in theological reading.

I’ve been reading Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis. It’s the story of his conversion with a good bit of autobiographical background I find both relatable and entertaining. I’ve also been trying to catch up on my annual Bible reading plan. Newborns throw off my spiritual disciplines. It’s been true for all three of my children. It’s just the business of being their primary food source and care giver that just drains the life right out of you- in a good way. But it leaves little time for anything else. In any case, I managed to finish the New Testament, most of the Proverbs and Psalms, and I’m almost through the Pentateuch.

Then we’ve been adding to our Christmas decorations. The kids and I made cinnamon star ornaments a few days ago, and today we began hanging the greenery. Naturally, the Nativity had to go up on the mantle as well.

For the first time in my adult life, I have a Christmas wreath on the door. It’s a small one, but I love it. And our home at Christmas time is especially charming.

I’ve been crocheting Christmas ornaments. Mostly, I intend to give them as gifts, but if time allows, they may show up on the Etsy shop after Thanksgiving. There’s a Christmas tree, a snowflake, and a present/gift.

I actually ended up writing my own pattern for the “present” one because I couldn’t find one I liked online. I basically took the tree pattern and instead of working in multiples of 3 for the triangle, I did it in multiples of 4…for a square. Obviously. I may tweak it a bit as I go along. So far, I have about 4 of each done.

This afternoon in lieu of a nap, my oldest helped paint our bee hive. It matches our chicken coop, and I love it.

My husband and I did a “walkabout” this morning and evening, mentally noting our various projects for the fall/winter. He’s planning on some mild clearing, and then we have some terraces to remulch probably Monday if it dries out a bit.

I’ve sorta been on high alert since my ER visit two weeks ago. I’m fairly certain I determined the cause was not anaphylactic in nature. In my research, the MTHFR gene mutation results in elevated levels of homocysteine and low levels of B12, B6 and folate. All of that can lead to muscle spasms and seizures if the levels get extremely imbalanced. So, still struggling with finger tingling and numbness, I tried taking some Bcomplex supplements and that seems to have alleviated the symptoms. Yay! More on that later.

There was also plenty of general cuteness around.

All in all, it’s been a nice, relaxing day and hopefully that will continue through the rest of the weekend.

Oh, and because I’m making a point not to think about the blog over holiday to prioritize family,


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