After a few days during which our computer didn't work properly, I'm back online. I must say, I find it providential that the computer malfunctions just when I need the time most badly to concentrate on projects which need to be done around here, and which are completed more efficiently without the internet to distract me!
We are experiencing a wave of heat which deceitfully claims that summer still lingers, but I know it for what it is - the spell of oppressive heat that occurs each year just before good long rains, which means that many things need to be done in preparation for winter, such as:
* Order in our closet, and especially in the girls' closet, with winter clothing pulled out and aired. Evaluation of what we have, and what we need to have, to pass comfortably through the colder season (which, although it doesn't as a rule snow here, can get cold - especially for Israel).
* Yard work. Everything that is outside will be attacked by wind and rain, including the animals, and that needs to be taken into account. Tools which we don't want to get wet have to be properly stored. Below: the beginnings of a new goat house, which will hopefully be a snug and warm shelter for the goats during the winter.
* Projects are pulled out. Soon, we will spend a great deal of our time inside due to the rain and especially the strong winds that blow here, for days and sometimes for weeks. To keep us from getting restless, as much as possible, we will need a variety of creative pursuits: baking, painting, doing one thing and another with paper and glue, making dolls, etc. I took out my crochet again, and am now working on making a bag for myself.
How are you preparing for the winter? Unless you're in Australia or New Zealand, of course, in which case you are preparing for the summer... either way, you are experiencing a change of seasons, which always brings something new into our lives.