After Snow

We had our first snow of the season last week. Just a tiny amount, but it reminded us just how short autumn is, and how soon winter will be here. On The First Snow Day, we began winterizing in earnest. Windows were taken down and replaced, the wood pile was nearly doubled, and all the…

When God Wants to Teach You Something…

He¬†really¬†hammers it home. Apparently, I’m supposed to learn something about cars. Or maybe it’s trust. Or maybe it’s a lesson in staying home more and really building this domestic monastery. Either way, He’s been pretty insistent this year, so I better figure it out soon! “Cars and [Goepels] are like, un-mixy things.” Yesterday, while driving…

Vintage Tables and Houseplants: Winterizing the Yurt

The maples around us are bright red and yellow; Even the oaks are starting to change. The ferns are rusty gold all down the path to the beaver pond. We’re stacking wood and planning for winter’s bacon. The whole world smells of October. Inside the house, we’re shifting furniture and hanging curtains – getting ready…

Bohemian Mama: One Room Family

Some days we feel so crowded! Sometimes life in one room is exhausting. We’re always together – and for this introvert, that can get old really fast! Like Yarrow and Ilya’s favorite toad in his “new house.” (Don’t worry, he broke out only 5 minutes after being moved in, usually he lives happily under the…

Learning Silence

I’ve been quieter online these past months. I’m learning about silence. Learning to step back and recognize limitations: both my own and other people’s. I’ve been thinking a lot about how much we invest in these screen-lives of ours. I went into the woods to live. Intensely, simply, wholly. When we first went off-grid we…

Today

Feeling: still slightly hazy-brained, tired, but refreshed. We spent all day at home yesterday, and didn’t work on a single thing! We all went to bed last night in that tired, happy, hot, summer exhaustion that has nothing to do with accomplishment and everything to do with company. Thinking: about boosting my immune system seriously…

Changing Habits in July

This month, I said ‘good-bye’ to Facebook. Seth and I joined together (with a joint account) when we were married in 2008. Over the years, we’ve had a careless, shifting level of engagement there, but I’ve seen it creep up slowly in the last few years to become a real distraction. And I don’t want…

Cake and Herbs: Recipe and Retrospect

It’s the weekend, and oh my goodness am I ready for this week to end! You know how some weeks are just a big challenge? This was one of those weeks. It started Sunday with family exhaustion after Yarrow’s Saturday evening dance recital and just continued on through the week with a bout of sickness,…

Coffee Steeping and Big Plans

How do you make your coffee? We use a french press. Water heats to a boil on the stove, then is set aside – off heat – until the bubbles still. Then we pour it over rough-ground coffee in the press and set it to steep for a while. Long enough to walk Ilya to…