Wow…I’ve seriously neglected this lately! I have been, in a word…BUSY!
Not just my normal raising-7-kiddos-homeschooling-housekeeping-juggling-a-dozen-craft-projects-at-once busy, but like yes-I-am-insane busy. Somehow or other during the last 2 months I got the idea in my head that I could do all my normal stuff, plus add in moving, organizing a new home, decorating a new home, putting in a garden, contemplating starting a couple small business ideas, cracking down on our budget, wrapping up insurance stuff from our house flood in NY, and revamping our menu plans in favor of healthier eating while staying within my grocery budget. Oh, and celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s fell in there somewhere, along with house guests 3 times. Whew!
We are super excited to be back in the Austin area! We bought a house here towards the end of November, just days before Thanksgiving. Of course one of the first things I did while unpacking was pull out all our Christmas decorations and decorate. I even talked Jeremy into putting up outside lights. Priorities, people! My formal living room, for the entire month of December, contained nothing but a small curio cabinet and a large decorated tree. (Now we’re back to just the curio cabinet–finding furniture is on the agenda!)
We are loving our new neighborhood. After 4 years on what was basically a farm in upstate NY (read: no close-by neighbors), my kids are THRILLED to be surrounded by other kids. And surrounded we are! It seems like every house within 4-5 houses in either direction on both sides of the street has kids, and on any given weekday afternoon or Saturday, there are anywhere from 2 to 6 extra kids in my house or back yard. It’s been super fun. Most of the kids that regularly show up here are Joey’s age. I think nearly every 3rd grader in our neighborhood must live on our street.
Out of all the crazy that’s keeping me busy, the two I’ve been working on this past week are my garden and a little business idea that came to me recently. As for the garden, we got one raised bed built a few days ago, that is already seeded with cold-weather veggies. I’ve planted sugar snap peas, 2 kinds of carrots, spinach, and lettuce so far, all from seed. I planted a couple of broccoli and Swiss chard seeds in it also, as well as starting more of both of those in Jiffy pots in my kitchen. I’m curious which way will work better. I’ve also started tomatoes, peppers, several herbs, okra (I’ve never grown okra before!), and tomatillos in Jiffy pots inside. Now we need to get the raised beds made for those over the next several weeks. I want to put in some fruit trees, if I can figure out how to do so with our rocky yard. Can you plant trees in raised beds, too? Something else to figure out.
My business idea has to do with the crafting/sewing tutorials I like to create and post here. It’s been super exciting to me to see how many people come to look at them, and I love seeing the comments from those who have tried one of more of them out! Thanks, y’all! Anyway, it occurred to me that some of y’all might want to make my projects, but don’t want to go out and find small amounts of each of a dozen or more components to make each one. So…I’m working on kits! I’m starting with kits for my cloth envelopes and clutch for using a cash-only budget, and my cloth “paper” dolls. They should be ready to go within a few weeks. And I’ve already got some giveaways planned to go along with the launching of this project, so stay tuned!