Tuesday, November 15, 2011
A taste of winter
So, these past few days, we've had rain or strong winds non-stop. The winds were such that two days ago, I got up at 4 in the morning and let the chickens out of the coop because I was sure it was going to collapse right on them (it did not - what a pleasant surprise).
Anyway, we have been cooped in the house, ourselves, and those of you who are mothers to small children know what this means. It's generally easiest to occupy children out of doors. There are plenty of interesting things to see, a lot of what can be professionally called "educational opportunities", and you don't have to worry about stains on the floor or crumbs on the sofa. A couple of rainy days, though, and a bad case of cabin fever starts to form.
So, after we've exhausted our supply of picture books and puzzles, I proceeded to constructing a doll's house from an old shoe box, with furniture made out of match boxes and corks. We also made a tent from some chairs with a large blanket draped over them, and spent quite a while observing a spider spinning its web on the outside part of one of the windows. It will last, I suppose, until next time I clean the windows on the outside.
Soon enough, a fine day will come and we'll go out to observe how everything is turning from dry yellow to vibrant green, and how winter flowers are beginning to pop out of the earth. And now, some hot soup is waiting for us on the stove, and I hope that you, like us, are headed for a delicious lunch (or breakfast, or dinner, or tea).