In May I quit my full time job. It feels like a step forward. Which seems odd given the financial limits that places on us. Still… I think we are moving in the right direction. The best and most important part of staying home is that I get to spend precious time with my daughter rather than missing out on so much of her daily life. The move has also allowed me to work on certification as a doula and begin to build a business as a doula. It’s something I have wanted to do for sometime and I’m thrilled to be starting. I have already attended my first birth and absolutely loved it.
We are conitnuing to collect the skills and knowledge we will need when we have our own place someday. HB got her own colony of bees this spring and built a top bar hive for them. It didn’t go quite as planned – the bees didn’t quite settle into the top bar hive (but they did stay in a regular hive box) but it was a good learning experience. We continue to be involved with the farm here and our own garden plot. My garden was not a roaring success this year, but I did have some small victories. Whereas last year the squash beetles killed all my squash, this year I was abe to harvest 4 butternut squash and a canatloupe. Some of our tomatoes actually survived this year and EG was able to eat her fill and then some of the cherry tomatoes. I need to get out there and plant some fall crops soon, plus I’ve got sweet potatoes to dig up.
For the first time we ordered a whole lamb from Nature’s Harmony Farm. They often offer half a pig, but I always seem to miss out. We picked up the lamb from the butcher this past weekend and decided to keep all the parts. I’ve never eaten organ meats before, but maybe it will be a new and exciting adventure!