October 2013 – Month 10
Fall is one of my favorite seasons. For many reasons…cooler temps, beautiful colors, yummy apples, my fall projects are so much fun, and winter is almost here.
We (mostly I) picked all the apples off our trees. One of my biggest fall projects is to make applesauce. I am hoping a lot of these apples will get eaten!
I waited to pick the last batch of apples after a few good frosts. I needed to wait until most of the hornets were dead. The hornets were horrible around the apples. If I didn’t pick up the windfall apples every day they would be covered with hornets. I found a few of these apples still on the tree where the hornets ate everything but the skin.
This fall I placed an olive oil order for my friends and family. I bottled up about 12 gallons.
Toddlers in our house are hard on glasses. When Henry was two he flushed my glasses down the toilet. Nola Mae recently did this.
My second favorite fall project is planting garlic. This year I planted 3 1/2 pounds of garlic = 340 cloves. I expect to get more than 11 pounds of garlic next summer.
My garlic space, before picture.
After tilling and raking those nasty weeds.
Since garlic planting takes me about three days to get done because of the distractions I have. Nola Mae watched the chickens taking dirt baths in the garden and she would copy them
And so did Henry. He came into the house to show me how clean he was after his dirt bath.
My best helpers!
Charlie has had some trouble with a boy in his class not being nice to him. It has gone on since last year. The first time I was aware of him was last year in 1st grade. On morning I walked Charlie to his locker and was hanging out. This little boy arrived and as they were taking off their coats he called Charlie some horrible name I think it was “stupid idiot”, right in front of me. I was shocked and told him what I thought about it in the nicest way I could come up with.
This month this boy drew a very nice picture of a dragon and gave it to Charlie. The nicest thing he has ever done to Charlie. I was excited about that. Charlie said he just wanted to throw the picture away because Kris isn’t nice and why would he want to keep anything from him. I explained to Charlie that if he did something nice back, like draw him a picture or write him a thank you note maybe Kris would feel some love and try being more kind. Charlie was not excited about that at all! He wrote this:
Kris has been more kind to Charlie but not 100% of the time. Charlie is watching him, calling him on his behavior and is making sure the teachers are aware of the times Kris hurts someone.
This month was the last time I hung the diapers on the line to dry. My last load took three days to dry. And the sun is definitely not strong enough to do any bleaching!
One of our kind neighbors gave us a basket full of goodies with directions and a note to pass the Boo-ed on to another neighbor.
I asked the boys what neighbor we should do this back to, they suggested the newest neighbors that we haven’t met yet. We waited until it was dark and dropped this basket of goodies off on their door step.
Nola Mae’s way of playing Legos with Robbie.
Nola Mae at 18 months:
Aunt Carol made this beautiful dress for Nola Mae.
Nola Mae hiding the deodorant container that she is playing with.
I have made kale chips for me and Nola Mae to eat. One batch was a little oily. She must have felt the need for some moisturizer.
I am not sure how the bowl of applesauce got on her head and face, well and everywhere else.
Nola Mae likes to put on the boys’ underwear and likes to try to catch chickens to hug them.
Henry went with Jack pheasant hunting in North Dakota:
They were gone for eight days. Henry had a wonderful time. I am not surprised because he didn’t have to share Papa, Grandma Hanna and Grandpa Rob with any other kids.
Charlie actually missed Henry. When they came home Charlie ran out to greet them and carried all their bags into the house.
Nola Mae has learned to multi-task like me. Dishes while wearing her baby.
Henry came home from school sad and tired. He brought me a wrap and asked me to put him on my back. I told him I wanted a picture of us so I could remember this because he is getting really big. As soon as I got the camera out his sadness turned to silliness.
How can I bottle up this sweet little girl who loves it up on my back?
I have sold two ring slings this month.
A friend bought this one for Robbie and Charlie’s past gym teacher who they adored. Even though I made this before I knew who it was going to I packaged it up with a little love and sleepy dust for Mrs. Bourget and her son.
I sold this ring sling to my first “stranger” customer that I met on Facebook and it went far away, Arizona.
I made this ring sling for myself by ice dyeing it. I have only worn it a couple of times – once for this photo and one day while running errands in Waupaca. I have more ideas and wouldn’t mind selling this one so I can make a new one.
Do you know someone who is having a baby and wants to enjoy the benefits of wearing their baby? I can help!
Other posts for this month:
Robbie’s Favorites, age 10
This Moment – Planting Garlic
This Moment – Long Bike Ride