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April 13, 2010

last week i attended my first ROOT (residents of old town) meeting. It was awesome. Since joining BlackSoil, we’ve gotten really knowledgeable and involved with the EastSide neighborhood and all the cool programs and events they offer. But the whole time its felt a bit lacking, since we live in old town. this is the perfect answer. One meeting and I feel involved and in, its nice. We spent our meeting discussing the upcoming farmer’s market season. Our market is now the Old Town Fresh Market- and i think thats really nice. We wanted something that brought to mind a market with food AND art, since this year we are expanding to include homemade and handcrafted art and goods. I also picked up an application for eat your vegetables- were making soap again here at the revolution house.
Tomorow I’ll be cooking up a batch of goats milk soap, some castile and some good hard lard soap. Later Im going to make bacon grease soap (mostly for in house use unless it turns out amazingly). The later two are going to be my first attempts at hot process (where you actually cook the raw soap to cure it faster) The goat milk soap should cure in two weeks. (which is what we got- i do love the art of procrastination) The first market and perennial swap is May 2- the day after bean’s wedding. The farmer and the dove and I are going to book it back to the mitten late in the night after the ceremony and the party is over to make it into the market on time. The three batches of soap should be made in the next three days, I’ll mill them on friday maybe before i leave? not super sure about how that will go, and then i’ll work up all the labels and signage while im in the windy city.

im excited!
here’s to flying by the seat of your pants!



April 6, 2010

spring is here, and with it lots of busyness. really though, this is my favorite time of year, full of hope and expectation and plans and lists. i do love a good list. the last time i wrote i meant to tell you about my perfect schedule that would organize and utilize every minute of my day, making my day quite productive and amazing. well, im still waiting to find that schedule really. and since it probably doesnt exist, and if it did i might hate it, ive gone back to being a bit lax. the day looks like this.
7am- we have morning prayer. we read on to two chapters of the bible while the farmer gets ready for work, we pray together and then we split. I walk the dog (in a desperate attempt to get him to poop only not in our yard, so i can clean it up right away and not find it all over the lawn or in little doves mouth) and come home, make breakfast, check email, have some quiet time. some time around 930 little dove wakes up, and we play, and then start our day.
i try to make it home or inside by 3 to study for a few hours- i think that its easier for my day to be productive if i dont spend the first two hours of it sitting down…

now that spring is here, im going to have to add in hours in the garden every morning, and trips to the satellite gardens weekly. this week and next my goal is to get the beds ready and plant some early veggies before i head out to chicago for beans wedding. i would really like the farmer to feel confident in my gardening, and to feel like he can really let me bear the brunt of it. he has so much on his plate already and so much stress, that i’d like the garden and food chores to be something i work on, and something he can enjoy.
heres to working hard.
lash the oars to our hands and let us pull.

soo much

February 2, 2010

i have so much to update…. soo much.
look soon for a big post, and also, i should be back adding all the posts from the old site.
hint of things to come.
craft fairs im hoping to enter
the farmer is building instruments again.. but for who?( its a surprise)
the baby is HUGE
the garden is starting.


October 6, 2009

as much as i love to be spontaneous, and fly by my pants, i really need a schedule if im going to get anything done. not a rigid schedule, mind you, but something flexible that can be thrown out if needed, but that reminds me of what i need to do. (another reason why i LOVE lists) on today’s list, is figuring out what the schedule is.

things that need to happen every week
making yogurt and cheese and raw bread
going to market
2 hours of studying (birth and midwifery related)
crafting/sewing/creating for etsy store
mending and gift crafting
hanging out with folks

things that have to happen every day
rosetta language practice
walking the dog
reading to tove
bed time reading
walking the dog
chores (feed animals pick up outside)

thats a lot of day.

alright jump.

October 6, 2009

so ive had this blog for a while, and wrote sporaticly on it while i read other blogs like they were going out of style. but they arent. so here i am. i need to write. it helps me to categorize my head and process my life and not irritate my darling husband with every detail of my everyday. So here i will irritate you. i hope that i write a few times a week, and i hope that its not trivial. (well im sure some of it will be, but thats ok) i dont intend to wax painfully about every step i take or diaper i change. but i have things to wonder about being a mom, and things to boast about growing our food, and i find solace in the community of likeminded though far away folks that i have been blog-lurking, and would like to step up to the music and join in. so, jump.

introducing tove brave!

June 17, 2009

Well our daughter finally came into the air (43 weeks!)
she was born at home (standing up!) and the farmer caught her!
she was 22 inches long and weighed 8lbs9oz, and she is just perfect.
birthstory coming soon, soon soon.
here are some great pics of the little cherub, taken by david’s soon to be wife, mandy.

and you can keep up with her every movement at

May 8, 2009