This week is surely flying by. I got super lucky with the weather, the first snowfall melted a few hours before I landed and the temperature has been holding up at somewhere around 60-63 degrees (sometimes higher). This is enabling us to take nice and long walks as a family every single day. I love the walks not just to see how everything changed since last year but also because the girls have a chance to chase one another, play hide and seek as we walk (many trees to hide behind) and basically use all their energy outside. Otherwise, if they don’t, the house is literally shaking as they run around the rooms like little monkeys.
My dad and two nieces walking through our own property. The land on the right is ours (the land on the left is our neighbors). Both strips of land go for around a mile. It used to be all planted with rye, wheat, potatoes and cabbage. Now, with no young people willing to work as farmers, the fields get planted with trees.
My oldest niece (6.5 yo) is practicing her math. Please know she is using the matches under close supervision!
Visiting local cemetery. This is where my mom, grandma, grandpa, multiple aunts and uncles are buried. The grave with the abundance of flowers if a fresh grave of my PE teacher (25 years ago) who passed away in late October.
I love how our community takes pride in keeping the cemetery well taken care of. Always full of flowers (even in late fall / early winter!) and candles.
All this wood will get used this winter. My dad squirreled away a lot of it. Getting the wood is easy (it comes from our own forest). The hard part is bringing it home, chopping and organizing it.
Yes, more wood. And, there is more around the other side of the house too.
Tomorrow, on Thanksgiving Day, is my 37th birthday, and I will be giving thanks for countless blessings; loving family and good friends, good health, ability to make money and knowing how to spend, save and give it away wisely. I feel very fortunate to have a good partner by my side and I am grateful that while we do have some ups and downs we grow stronger every year.
I am wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. xx