Lately, this free time has involved fishing. We are waiting for the Silvers (salmon) to come upriver, but so far they are not complying. We know the sunny days and blue skies are numbered, so we really take this task seriously. As seriously as it can get, basking in the sunshine, bald eagles flying overhead, water twinkling, mountains showing themselves off in the distance...
I told you that I have been bitten by the fishing bug, right?
|Instead of catching fish, Luke catches Eva|
While the boys do their schoolwork, I make cheese, do dishes or finish making pickles. One of my friends gave me her cucumber pickle recipe, which our family has fallen in love with. I store the finished pickle jars in the fridge, because although they kind of seal, they are not really canned. These dill pickles are super crisp and super easy, so I cranked out a total of 25 quarts one morning. That should keep us in pickles for a while, although the kids eat a jar a day.
Yes, yes, life is busy, with homeschooling, farming, finishing up my online cheese making class, and trying to keep the house somewhat clean (good luck with that). I try to find a quiet, peaceful moment whenever I can. So the other morning after milking the goats, I wandered in the yard for a few minutes, while Eva helped do chores. I found some peaceful fall scenes I want to share with you.
With all this business and attention on the boys, I make it a point to give Eva some quality time. She plays contentedly by herself for hours, so it's important to do something special with her every now and then, don't you think?
Yesterday, we walked up the dirt road behind our house. Here is where it led us. Not bad, eh?