What You Need

Saturday our rural internet started feeling like we should be attaching rabbit ears to our modem, so I went to work at the round table with the red and white checkered table cloth at back of our local country store, parking myself next to the deli case, compete with a view of the giant rolltop desk that sits in front of a sign that reads, “If we don’t have it you don’t need it.” Most...

Cocooning

It was -17 this morning -- so cold it froze the batteries in our brand new weather station. These are the mornings our wood cookstove-heated earth-sheltered house wraps us up in a snowbound chrysalis. I got to pat myself on the back for having thought to get the wood bins overloaded Friday morning before the cold snap known as ‘Winter’ began in earnest. As I cooked a farmer’s breakfast for...

Something to Do

For the first Saturday and as many Saturdays as I can remember, I didn't have a class or a fair, Thing1 didn't have a job, and the Big Guy wasn't working.  We have plenty to do. The yard has been professionally neglected all summer, but still with everybody in the family home for once, we felt like we should look for something to do.  Something fun. That's how we found ourselves driving...

Just Another Day

Two kids playing two different sports, with one assistant coaching the other, and our morning routine has shot to H E double hockey sticks. We have not made the bus more than once in the last three weeks, and Monday was no exception.  Monday was a two sport day with a golf tournament two towns away and a game for the other after school, so we loaded up the car with gear and got to the bus stop...