Entrance to the Herb Garden




Bird Feeder

The last few weeks have been a little crazy, I’ve been rushing from one thing to the next. Jenna’s school assignments have been all encompassing. She has managed to complete almost all of them and only has a couple left, thank goodness. Even though she has been under extreme pressure to finish her tasks by a certain date, I can see that she feels a tremendous amount of pride in the completion of her work. I can also see that she will cope well in the future to finish work within a certain time period and I feel that this is a great accomplishment.

Homeschooling is lovely but the higher grades are not for the feint-hearted, especially when you know that there is a portfolio that needs to be completed over 3 years and a final grade 12 exam to be written. After today, I can see that Jen is going to be just fine with her Afrikaans too, she is learning to translate it and work through comprehensions and grammar etc… This is a huge relief for me because languages can be tricky to learn at times.

Today we are past the bulk of her assignment work, they have been uploaded and I just wanted to find a little time for me, so I went out into the garden and sat with the chickens. Can you believe two of our Koekoek chickens were trying to sit on my lap at the same time, I have the scratches to prove it:) It was lovely to just be and experience the now outside, looking around and experiencing my surroundings. Often I am thinking so far ahead of what needs to be done, that I forget to see where I am. I am going to make a concerted effort everyday to be in the moment and really feel it so that I can give myself some support and grounding within our busy family of 6… Is there anything that you do during the day to help keep you centred and energised amongst the busyness of family life?

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12 Responses to Reflecting…

  1. Jody M February 24, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    When my children were preschoolers, on cold but sunny winter days, we would sit on the family room floor in front of the large southwest facing window and read stories until we all fell asleep. We all woke up in better moods.

  2. Heather February 24, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Sitting in that spot sounds perfect. A friend suggested using the month of March as one of focusing on meditation. I think I may try it. I am not one usually given up to such things, but I think some time with one’s self is necessary.

  3. Lise February 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    I wish I knew because I too tend to think about what needs to be done, what is coming up next. Knitting helps!

  4. Kylie February 25, 2013 at 12:45 am #

    Always, always, a cup of tea and a little craft. Even if it’s only a row or two of knitting.

  5. Gracey February 25, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    Your yard just sounds so tranquil…no sitting outside for me right now as we still have about a foot of snow on the ground (in certain areas)….and the possibility of more on the way…..

  6. Theophanie February 25, 2013 at 3:30 am #

    I dump my cold coffee and pour myself a new one – then force myself to drink it – while seated! Lovely photos. 🙂

  7. Barbara February 25, 2013 at 3:45 am #

    I sit at the table in the kitchen and watch birds – rather than chickens – at the feeders. I love the motion and colors. The gold finches are starting to turn yellow and I wonder again if the color change is related to length of day. In central Ohio in winter it can’t possible be intensity of light since it is mostly dreary. I wonder if I will see the white squirrel that Richard has named Snowflake. I saw him 3 weeks ago, a bit muddy but still active, but not since. In the coldest part of winter I saw a pair of American bluebirds at the feeder and I wonder if they will be back. They are not common around here and I miss them. I hear first the crows and then the jays making a ruckus and wonder what predator might have stirred them up. I watch the ebb and flow of life in a microcosm and am tempted to find my CD of Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams to listen to the violin rise in flight and fade to nothingness. A dreary Sunday and this old lady is getting morose and missing the sunlight and the flowers of spring.

  8. Andrea February 25, 2013 at 4:14 am #

    Centered sounds nice…I need to find a way to get there as well. Lately, I’ve been feeling on the ragged edge of burn out :/

  9. lori February 26, 2013 at 7:10 am #

    nature is what always worked for me linda, even a short walk on the beach or up a trail…well done on jennas hard work and yours too dear friend!

  10. Halina February 27, 2013 at 5:16 am #

    You are lucky. In Poland, homeschooling is much harder. Our children have to take exams every year. Younger have 5, older 10-11 exams. If they fail to pass they have to go back to school. This means the end of home education. But fortunately, children taught at home tend to have more knowledge and skills than the children of the school and do not have problems with the statement exams. But every year is a very big stress. Greetings from snowy Warsaw, Poland.

  11. Barb Yerke March 2, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    What a lovely post. The photos are so beautiful, especially of the cat and chickens. So sweet. And reading about homeschooling, it sounded wonderful.

  12. K March 11, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    I always snuck off at mid-day with a little plate of lunch and a novel. It was upstairs on the far side of our bed in a patch of sun, where I would lie on the floor and refuse to be summoned or spoken to for twenty minutes.

    But honestly, here I am at this end of life, and I am still asking that question, even without the dynamic turmoil of family running my day. Now my days are consumed with the pressure of things that wanted doing for all those family years – doing the books about my parents’ lives, collecting the history of our families, sewing and making and designing – it’s constant and engaging and engrossing – and I added reading again to that mountain of industry – so many things I want to learn to do, and to make – and the whole has swallowed me as I swallow my vitamins, when I remember them. Thus, the dearth of blogging and commenting. It seems I can either read OR write OR write and read blogs but I cannot do more than one of those along with all the rest. I am loathe to give up any of it. The point is that books that want to be written and photos that want to be preserved and corrected and all the rest of it is, in its own way, as demanding and relentless as are children – and all because of love. So one stumbles along = at least the voices that call me now aren’t a matter of life and death and the building of healthy minds and hearts – if I let down in any area now, it’s simply opportunity lost, rather than soul lost.

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