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I am Tricia. Momma of nine, homeschooler, artist, foodie and maker of all kinds of things. It's a pleasure to share here our family homesteading adventures, the things we make, and what inspires our days. Read more about my family and work here. Thanks for visiting!

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not yet spring

Last week I was so sure that spring was on its way.  It has been a very warm winter and most of us have felt a bit cheated.  We haven’t really gotten that winter feel where we just want to curl up with a book or a project by the woodstove.  Our woodpile barely looks any different than when we stacked it in November.

Then on Friday I got to give my little boys the news they have been waiting for.  A cold snap.  Enough days for us to tap our trees for maple which we had thought probably would not happen for us this year.  In just 2 days we went from spring right back to winter.  So much happiness from my little Southern boys.  It isn’t that they love the cold so much as that they know we need a bit more winter so we can tap our maples and so we get some good fruit set on our plants.

So the winter coats are back out as well as scarves and gloves.  We aren’t minding the cold very much and we have as much time with the sun out as dreariness which truly I probably will always love though the cloud days aren’t so bad either.  We are all pretty excited about foraging season starting very soon and our walks in the woods are turning more into inspections to see what might be coming up out of the ground these days.  We are back to indoor games and projects and the chinese checkerboard has regained popularity with games going on in the kitchen at almost every meal.

Two weeks ago, I walked into Luckys and they had Florida strawberries piled so high that my heart just flew home which meant that I had to buy a bunch!  It isn’t strawberry season here for a while but my heart knew that back home in Florida, the festivals are starting and I would have been making jam in these days so I bought some and made a batch.  6 jars of jam did not last very long with kids using a big spoonful in their yogurt or on toast with butter.  So this time I bought slightly a bit more and made 12 jars of our balsamic strawberry jam.  I hope it lasts until we have our own strawberries ripening on the homestead but I have to tell you,  these strawberries were so good.  They tasted like home.

I should get on with planning the garden and starting some seedlings but this year I am doing winter sowing so I am giving myself some grace and time to procrastinate, a little, not a lot.  Are you planning a garden this year?  I will be using what is left of winter inside time to get my spring prepared and planned and perhaps get just one more winter hat finished which we will still be able to use for another month or two in the early mornings.   I had hoped to finish a sweater for Mateo but its not even worthy of mention yet so perhaps that project should be in my basket right now where I can see it.

We did actually tap trees two days ago and the task of collecting sap every day has begun.  I am looking forward to a few days outside boiling it all down but much more on that tomorrow yes?   So much spring coming but very little winter left so I better get back to it.


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still here

Days go by so fast, don’t they? Having an abandoned blog looming in the back of your mind is a great reminder of this. Somehow it has been almost a year since I have been here. If you are still here you have my gratitude. I have needed time to be quiet yet have missed the outlet of getting my thoughts and days into written form.

I don’t really think you have missed much or perhaps there is so much that I have not shared that it seems like all the world but somehow I would like to have some of those days present here. Perhaps a flash back post here and there? In the meantime, we are all still here where we always are, at home making up what creates a life. Food, clothing, gardening, reading, knitting, just being together. We are still doing all of those things. So perhaps just to get over my writers block I will share with you some of our pictures and then give myself the grace to start anew.

A few things we have done

Visit home and get some actual family pics done

Mateo turned a whole 4 years old

Almsot everyone turned another year older except JP whose birthday is a mere week from now

Lot of work outside

Hundreds of meals cooked

Got a visit from Alex and Lewis and the babies

Lots of living but so much missing from here so what I would like to do is just have a Flash back Friday every week where I can start to document the important days that I don’t want to leave out. And now that I have taken to top off the bottle (I feel so much better already) I can start fresh and that is always such a good thing in life, isn’t it?

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