Saturday, January 16, 2016

New Projects

With a new year I don't make resolutions, I make plans. I plan to start new projects. The grey and cold of the island winter makes for great project planning. My notebook is full of ideas. I've even been able to get started on some.

I think we all know how important probiotics and healthy gut bacteria are. I try to include something fermented in our meals every day. I've always been nervous to ferment in my own home. I tried sauerkraut years ago but the mold got it. I've been sticking with Bubbies brand sauerkraut and fermented pickles (which luckily both my children love). We also drink kefir and kombucha. It's definitely adding to our grocery bill as we go through all these ferments so quickly. One of my new projects is the ferment for our health. I've already started a batch of kombucha and I have a sour bread start going. I have so many recipes to try!

Of course I have a long (very long) list of knits I was to get onto my needles. I've already finished this horse for A's upcoming birthday and I'm casting on this sweater for F's birthday. I'd love to find the time to finish the Tea Leaves sweater I started for myself years ago (yep, years). As I collect ideas for knitting I'm also keeping finger knitting ideas in mind for A when she asks to knit with me. If you have any to share please let me know.

I have already started prepping my garden for spring. I have so many plans. I want to build raised beds, potato barrels, more patio containers, just anything to get even more from our garden. The price of vegetables has been baffling. We haven't had cauliflower in months because it's out of our budget. So we will grow and preserve as much as possible. I'd love to find a way to grow year round. One step at a time though. I've started turning the garden so I can get a handle on the weeds early and add some soil amendments in a few months time. In the meantime, I've started growing sprouts in the house because I need to cultivate something.

A only has a few months left of preschool. Forest preschool has been such a wonderful environment for her, she just loves it. I'm at a bit of a loss as to where to go from here. She's so social I'm not sure homeschool would suit her but our public school system is so flawed I can't but feel it's more damaging than anything else. What I wouldn't give for a Waldorf school in the area! So research and pro/con lists about this issue are ongoing.

I have more plans and projects to share but I will share them another time. I'd love to hear what you are planning for and what projects are going for you.

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