It’s not even Christmas yet and I’m already thinking about the new year. I don’t make resolutions — I feel like, for me, a change can happen anytime, and should be driven by my interest and need instead of a date. That said, the month of December is so jam-packed…back up, the schedule starts getting crazy in mid-November..that things I’ve wanted to do, and try, get put on hold until I have more time, and that isn’t until mid-January each year. (Four kids, four kids’ birthdays between mid-November and mid-January.) So when the craziness slows down, my list is feeling long and I’m antsy to get back to normal.
On hold right now is adding some health-related content to my blog. Ayurveda, exercise, herbalism — three things I’ve not mentioned much, if at all — will be featured. Organic gardening will get dusted off as I plan my garden and get my herbs started out in the greenhouse. Increasing our ability to be self-sustaining is another goal as a family. (An episode last night of Doomsday Preppers got us thinking: we have the “bug out” place and vehicle, aka our 5+ acres of property in another state and an RV, and we have a pretty good collection of canned goods and water and two generators, but there are some areas that we can reasonably make change just as a precaution. After all, we’re headed back to earthquake country and we’ve experienced life without water and power after natural disasters before.)
My visit with my daughter to the tea room renewed my interest in tea-drinking, and I’d like to try growing, drying and making my own tea leaves. Putting herbs to use to make us healthier, without the chemicals in medications, is something I’ve dabbled in but I want it to become more mainstream for us. I want to get the metal cans off my shelves and replace them with items we’ve grown and/or canned, and I’m excited that a friend of mine is organizing a couples evening where we’re each making a solar oven.
So much lies ahead! We’re still selling the house, and hoping for the promised increase of showings after things settle down, but until then, life goes on as normal, with the addition of a few things we were waiting on due to the move; we’re just going to forge ahead and worry about making change later if need be. Right now though, I still want to focus on enjoying the holidays with my family and friends. Tomorrow morning, we’re decorating the gingerbread people cookies I baked yesterday (using my “Sweet Christmas” cookbook, check out my review!) and creating the gingerbread house out of pieces we cut and baked yesterday. (Fox Run’s house cutting kit is SO fun. I bought it years ago and knew it would come in handy some day!) Today, I’m hanging with the kids and getting a few last-minute things done around here, while listening to carols or watching cheesy Christmas movies.
And dinner tonight? Food Network’s Buffalo Mac ‘n Cheese. But now, I’m off to play a rousing round of Wizard 101 with my little guy, arm to arm on our own laptops. Merry Christmas!