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It's been almost two weeks since we've been home now.  Still savoring the bliss of living and working at the lake for five months.  All the while, finishing long anticipated projects, falling into a daily rhythm and preparing for winter.  It doesn't feel like it yet, running around in t'shirts and bare feet, but it's coming, that much I know.  The old timers are saying it's going to be a tough one.  We'll see.  We're all feeling the pre-snow romanticism that makes us dream of hunkering down in the house, cozied up around the fire, a mug of tea, knitting, projects with the boys and a daily pot of soup on the stove.

I've been doing this for thirty eight years now and I'm no dummy.

All of these romanticized notions of winter will be out the door a week after the first staying snow, so I'm preparing... cleaning, clearing, sorting, and collecting what will help us all enjoy the long, dark days ahead.

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I wrote this last week, but with all of the preparations, I completely forgot to post it.  Last night it snowed.  The wind blew fierce across the homestead and for the first time, in a long while, we had to get up at night to stoke the fire.  As predicted, we're reveling in the first signs of winter.

Today, I'm snuggled up on the couch with my boys knitting a batch of emergency hats.  When I heard snow was coming, we brought the box of woolens out, only to find that the barn cats managed to wiggle their way in and use it as a litter box.  I guess this will be a good way to clear out some of those left over bits of yarn I've been stashing away all year and get some new woolens to boot!

It's so good to be home.

p.s.  Thank you to everyone who sent us messages over the summer with curiosity and concern.  Unintentionally, we dropped off the face of the internet world {no signal at the campground, except for one spot on the bridge if the wind was blowing just right and you hopped on one leg!} and just spent the summer decompressing and enjoying each other's company.  I didn't even unpack my camera, only taking a few photos with my cell phone.  If you'd like to see how we spent the summer, I posted over on Instagram as @thesittingtreefarm.


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