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Thursday Afternoon at the Internal Homestead

Ahhh Thursday.

I really love Thursdays. Have I mentioned that?

Unfortunately the non-homestead world is going to intrude on my internal homestead this weekend. But it’s okay. Because it means that hopefully in the next few weeks I get to add a day to my long weekends.

Yee Haw!

I found out that they’ve hired someone else to work part time with me. So we’ll both work part time, and we’ll both go to school. I don’t know who he is. And I don’t care. I’m so excited I’ve been doing internal backflips all week long!

Here’s my ideal: I work Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and he works Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  See how nicely that fits? Yep.

But. I am going to work this weekend to get caught up on things I haven’t had time to do since my last office mate left. Like filing. And writing progress notes and evaluations. But then…then…someone, anyone, in my office with me.

I can’t even tell you how happy that makes me.

I am going to find time for some internal homesteading this weekend though.

  • I found a big pair of knitting needles at a thrift store this week. I’m going to use a yummy ball of wool and figure out how to knit….something.
  • I have about 20 items all photographed and ready to list in my shop. I’ll be doing that this weekend.
  • If I have time, I’ll take some more pictures this weekend. My brother (also Kevin) has the most adorable girlfriend named Judit. I have hatched a little plan to load up my mini-van with my vintage goodies and head down to visit my dad, and somehow lure the pretty Judit and perhaps a friend or two into modeling for me. I’m very excited about the prospect. So I’m not too worried about taking pictures this weekend, while I figure out if this is going to work out.
  • My one small change for March is going to be wearing cloth pads, so this weekend I’m going to stitch some up. My fabulous mother-in-law sent me some flannel, so I’m all set.
  • I’m about 1/3 done with Ruby’s adorable pajamas-from-a-vintage-pattern. The pattern I had is for a size 12, and Ruby measures more like a size 8, so I’m going to have to do some tucking in, but I’m glad that they’re a little bigger. They’ll last longer. I need to remember to buy some binding tape this weekend.
  • I’m making spinach with walnuts, feta, and dried cranberries tonight, so expect that recipe tomorrow. Yum.
  • I am going to find some time to continue to work on What My Nana Knew. Besides wanting to share it with you all, I think I’m going to use it as my writing sample for my residency. I’m really, really excited about getting your feedback before I leave.
  • I plan on also finding some time to write articles for Demand Studios. Mama wants those ruffle-y gray shoes!

What is on your internal homestead agenda this week?

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Friday Morning at the Internal Homestead

I’m sorry I didn’t post this yesterday.

Friday mornings are nearly as glorious as Thursday afternoons though. It’s funny, I wake up at about the same time as I do any other morning, but without an alarm clock yanking me out of sleep. Bliss.

I have to do some non-internal-homestead work today. Paperwork. Yuck. But I can do it from home, which is excellent if I have to do it.

Last weekend was very spring-y here. Warmish, clear, most of the snow melting off. I was able to take pictures of a whole bunch of things for my Etsy store. I think they turned out really nice.

It’s overcast and very cold today, so I’m glad I still have some pictures left. I’m so happy with the way my store is looking. And I had four sales this week! How exciting is that?

I’m buying my ticket today to get to Vermont for my Goddard residency. I’m nervous and excited all at the same time. I haven’t flown in years. I would love to take the train the whole way, but it’s not happening. This feels like such a leap of faith. We don’t have the money for me to go, but we’re confident that it will all work out in the end. I have to have faith that I’m a good enough writer that working on this degree isn’t a huge waste of time and money. Faith. It’s exhilarating and terrifying at the same time, isn’t it?

Here’s what I have planned for the next three days:

  • I’m making up some adorable shipping bags for my Etsy stuff. Their just brown wrapping paper squares sewn around the edges with a couple of rows of zigzag stitch. They are so cute. I’ll post some pictures.
  • The pantry is all cleaned out and inventoried. This weekend I’m working on clothes.
  • I’m going to get some writing done for Demand Studios tomorrow.
  • I have a really fantastic book to review for you.
  • I’m going to post a recipe for vegetarian 3-bean chili that rocks. Hard.
  • I’m working hard on the What My Nana Knew ‘zine. I really want to have it ready in March.

What’s happening in your internal homestead this weekend?

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Thursday Afternoon at the Internal Homestead

(I’m having a giveaway over here.)

I’ve decided to make this a weekly post.

That’s just how much I love Thursday afternoons.

I am so glad to be done with the work half of my week, and on to the home half.

I have a policy. I don’t complain about my family. Especially not my husband. Does he make me nuts? Yeah. Sometimes. My kids, too. Sure, they might hear about it from me, I don’t spread it around to other people, you know? I don’t tear my own house down.

I’ve decided that maybe that policy needs to extend to my work. Maybe I need to stop tearing my work house down. I complain a lot (at home) about my job. I wake up four mornings a week and groan. I have to fight back tears almost every morning when Ruby wakes up just before I leave (before the sun is up almost) and says, “You don’t have to work today, Mama, right?”

And then her big brown eyes widen and her bottom lip pops out when I tell her I do, and how many days it is until Thursday.

I love Thursdays. But maybe if I stop complaining about Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday they won’t be so bad after all. See that, it’s only three days (I work on Thursday, too, of course. But it’s Thursday, so it never feels like as much of a chore.)

So while I love Thursdays, I’m going to make a conscious effort to stop whining about my job and to find something positive in a hard situation.

(I’ve always worked, by the way. It’s not the work that makes my week miserable. It’s an almost (but not quite) intolerable work condition, exacerbated by a deep desire to work from home.)

So today starts the internal homestead part of my week. Our landlord is coming to visit us Monday for the first time in three years. He’s bringing us a new washer and dryer, which is totally random as our old ones work just fine. This is actually sort of  exciting, because it’s a really great motivator for my February The Plan theme.

Housekeeping.

Here is what’s happening at the internal homestead this weekend:

  • My fabulous mother-in-law has sent me some cotton flannel in the mail (six yards!) and I have a super-secret project I’m so eager to work on. I’ll share it with you when I have it all done. Hopefully by Sunday, if the package gets here tomorrow.
  • I only have enough flours to make one more loaf of gluten-free bread. I have drug my feet on ordering more of the little bags of millet and sorghum flours from Bob’s Red Mill direction (Amazon doesn’t carry them shipping free or they would have been bought long ago.) The shipping is nearly as much as the flour itself. Yuck. I’m going to call the grocery store tomorrow and see about them placing an order for me.
  • We’re half way done with our food storage inventory. I’ll post pics as soon as it’s done. I’m aiming for Saturday.
  • I’m determined to weed out the clothes (at least mine and Ruby’s) this weekend.
  • I’ve done a lot of thinking about money and the plan to save $3000 (which has been utterly derailed by school fees.) I’ll post about that tomorrow.
  • Wrap all those apples in newspaper (and pray that it isn’t too late. They look good so far though.)
  • Write a review of a super amazing book.
  • Prepare our taxes.

I’m really loving the idea of the internal homestead. I think there can really be the perception that in order to have a DIY, self-sufficient lifestyle you have to live on 40 acres with livestock and a grain field. I’m convinced that homestead is a mindset, or an attitude, rather than a place.

And it seems to me that this internal homestead might be what gets us though whatever is coming in an unsure future. Reducing dependence on systems that are proving to be unreliable, truly understanding where our food comes from even if we don’t have the acreage to grow it ourselves, learning nearly-lost skills so that they aren’t forgotten. All of these things matter.

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