Alfred and the kids just left, headed to Jacksonville to see Joel graduate from high school. So it's just me and the cats and the dogs until tomorrow afternoon.
Can you hear that?
It is so quiet. The silence is almost deafening.
I better enjoy while it lasts!
We have had a lot of rain lately. It's been great for the garden and my water budget, but not so great when it comes to me wanting to tackle yardwork. I can say this - I am getting stronger and building muscles from simply mowing, weeding the garden, digging up bushes, lifting, carrying, and raking. I'm getting a nice tan, too. It is wonderful!
I'm almost finished reading A Year on Ladybug Farm. I have the sequel on hold at the library and am waiting for it to come in. Until then, I still have a stack of library books that I can savor:
A Place in the Woods by Helen Hoover
We Took To the Woods by Louise Dickinson Rich
Beyond Bear Lake by Anne LaBastille
(this was the only one of the Woodswoman books I could find through the interlibrary loan system)
I am keeping a list of books I read this summer. In the evenings I have started reading aloud to the family. We are currently reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary. It was my husband's favorite book as a child. I can't say that I've missed watching tv much at all. My time has been filled up with living life.
I am rediscovering myself and am redefining my life by my own values. I'm setting sail on a new voyage. I'm creating a life of simplicity, beauty, independence, self-sufficiency, and creativity. I'm learning I am stronger than I realized and that this world offers nothing compared to the peace I have found by pulling away from society's norms and expectations and turning towards the Creator.
At last I am living!