If it looks like a mess to you, you would be correct in that assessment. Today is fermentation Day in the kitchen, and it has not been bland or uneventful, in any sense. I've been getting jars of lacto-fermented veggies going. I've got some ACV, cucumber pickles, and curtido going. I also made some spelt … Continue reading Fermentation Day! And a few updates
Today is exactly the kind of day that that would see me go into labor- we shall see... My husband went out this morning to check on the animals and move the rabbit tractor to fresh grass for the morning. He noticed 2 baby bunnies from our newest litter had been flung out of the … Continue reading Homestead Chaos!
One beautiful and charming aspect of homebirth that I'm extremely excited for is the capacity I am afforded to prepare and to have my personal preferences accommodated. After birthing 4 children, I've learned what is "normal," what is "traumatic," how my body handles each phase of labor, when I want a hand to hold, when … Continue reading Preparing for My First Ever Homebirth
I've hit a period of urgency in my nesting. I've been saying the whole 2nd and 3rd trimester that it feels like Baby is coming early. She's dropped significantly in 24 hours, and while I sensed this would be the case, I'm still not totally prepared. So, because we're done with school, and I don't … Continue reading Nesting
I had forgotten what it's like to be pregnant and allergy-ridden through the spring/summer. I don't recommend it. I don't think I've been able to breathe freely without a foot digging into my ribcage or congestion and itchiness in at least 2 weeks. And trying to stay away from OTC allergy medications means I'm sticking … Continue reading Homestead Update: Restless
It seems an odd thing to me to be knitting mittens on my front porch in 65° weather in December, but such is life in East Tennessee- Weather is a fickle mistress. In any case, I've completed 2 of 4 pairs of mittens, and am working on pair #3. Mitten in progress, The Knitter's Handy … Continue reading Homestead Update:Knitting, Projects, and News
My oldest turned 5 years old today. That is hard to believe. The same kid who's pregnancy had me in fits of excitement, fear, joy, depression-- pretty much all the emotions-- and whose delivery lasted 32 hours is now a 5 year old kid, half my height and reading... I struggled with becoming a mom, … Continue reading Birthdays and Identity