Life has been kind of crazy around here since I last posted. I started a new job at the end of October, which makes my days much busier. For the first few weeks, I would literally get O to school, head off to work, pick O up and then finally get home just in time for dinner most days. We were able to enjoy some of the beginning of fall though, even going to a cider making party one day. We’ve also been able to enjoy seeing lots of fall colors again after barely seeing any during the last ten years. Then there is the family of deer that regularly comes into our yard. We’ve been seeing them since springtime, but this is the first time I have been able to get good pictures.
The end of October also brought our first official guests. It as lots of fun to show the house property to our friends while they were in town. We enjoyed spending time with them again and hearing how much the love what we are doing both inside and out. After that we were able to plant some trees and bushes where G had already cleared lots of berry bushes. We are finally able to see the ravine that runs through our property and all the trees close to the house. After that we had to get ready for a visit from G’s mother this past week. We ended that by having an early Thanksgiving with G’s cousin and his family who live close while my mother-in-law was able to join us. Now we can start getting back to projects for a few weeks until we rest a little for Christmas.
This project is my birthday present from G. His idea of gifts are generally projects that he knows I will appreciate. This will probably go down as one of the top three projects he ever makes for me. We’ve already been able to enjoy the warmth from the fire in the evening. I’m sure we will be able to do so for at least most of the next month. Hopefully it will provide enough warmth to use it year round.
So far this holiday season is starting out to be the most enjoyable and least stressful one that we have had in years. It feels a little weird to say that while living in a house that is in various degrees of demolition or renovation, but it is true. Our life is so much calmer no that we live in a much smaller city and can enjoy nature again. I’ll leave you with some more pictures of deer and fall colors to enjoy.