I am working, painfully slowly, on my home making plans for this year.
We’ve talked endlessly about moving into a bigger house sometime this year, originally it was to be this spring, but we have a new baby coming now! Not sure how that will work out but if God wants it to happen it will, and wholly according to His will. Still not sure at this point if I start packing up garage stuff and the endless bookshelves for storage so we can properly “stage” this house to sell, or if we just sit and wait a bit and see what happens. We’ll be doing any necessary painting NOW before baby comes, just to have it done. I want this place to be beautiful for this little guy! Not sure about anything else though. Still praying.
I’m hoping to begin a long and successful life of preserving our own foods this year as well. I didn’t grow up in a household that did that with any regularity and I seems to be missing the intuitive part of it all, but I think with time and research I could get it going fairly well. I do intend to start small, there are places near(ish) here that are famous for their peaches in the summer and apples in the fall. We could go and pick them off the tree!! I’ll be doing that and canning peaches and making jellies and canning applesauce and apple butter and apple pie filling. I really, REALLY can’t wait! We used to live so much closer to those orchards and used to go every year (not once thinking to preserve our treasures! Duh.) so we’ll be making the field trip this year. Maybe use it as an excuse to visit with family…
I’d also LOVE to try my hand at my own pickles!!! My kids love them, I love them, it seems like a good idea. Not sure where the best place to get pickling cucumbers is, so I’m thinking I need to try to grow them myself. Cucumbers grow nicely here, like weeds really, so it shouldn’t be too difficult a task (says the woman who can’t keep aloe alive).
I’d also like to get back to baking again. Breads, pies, cookies, what ever my family needs. I need to get back to taking care of them, really taking care of them. I think that’s all, on the home front, that I am trying new this year. We will still be doing the homeschooling and day-to-day living that seems to eat up every waking moment. I have other goals, spiritual goals, that I’ll be sharing as I have time.
as a quick update, I’m 32 weeks pregnant and everything is going fairly well. This bugger will be a big one, he’s already huge and getting quite heavy to carry (although I have a sneaking suspicion that could just be because my back is old, but we won’t go there…) and the constant kicking is becoming more painful than sweet. Time is closing in on us and he’ll be here before we know it. We should get cracking on that whole naming thing soon!!