February 3rd. My least favorite day of the year. I say this with no malice, just an observation of a pattern I have noticed, year over year. In my life it seems, traditionally, February 3rd or the 10 days surrounding it are my least favorite, or hardest. I think this tends to be a combination of the cold of Minnesota, the continued lack of light, and the wearing off of the shininess of a new year.
This is also the time of year that I tend to want to start new things, a new blog, a new business idea, new projects, in the past new schools (or at least the applications for a future school year.) This year, I’ve attempted to go inward and think about what new skill I would like to learn, and while I’ll probably keep updating the poetry blog, at least for now, I’ve channelled my interest in to learning the harp. My orientation lesson is today, and I’ll be visiting with an instructor and another potential student for a group class.
Big is extraordinarily excited about this, as then she is 2/3rds to her trio (cello, harp and flute) and grandma has mentioned in passing an interest in flute. Little is taking it all in stride. I asked her if she’d be interested in learning harp, and she laughed, and reminded me that she already has a cello.
As a child I was in piano lessons for a bit. I learned how to play by ear, and subsequently never learned to read notes. In watching Big play her cello, and learn to read notes, then take that skill and apply it to other instruments and sheet music has been fantastic, and it occurred to me that I would really like to learn that skill as well.
Wish me luck! -CM
Horaay! We’ve made it. We are back. Big in 5th grade and Little has begun her first of two years in Kindergarten at Waldorf. This means that both children are in the same school! Yippie! For mom’s sanity this has been amazing. I have managed to arrange my schedule with clients to accommodate an earlier pick up time for both girls than we had last year, and that’s been wonderful to spend more time with them before the dinner to bedtime slide.
Michaelmas is coming up this week, and the children are getting ready for the celebration. This year has been the easiest school year we’ve had yet, and I’m so thankful to have found a school that has nurtured both my children. The lack of stress and tears has been lovely and very easy to get used, and it feels like we established a rhythm earlier this year than last, and that has gone a long way to alleviating stress and anxiety for both the children and my husband and I.
More updates soon.
Everyone I’ve talked to has just about given up. I always used to joke that Minnesotans love to talk about the weather, but given that we’ve had over 50 nights below zero and almost as many days not reaching past 0 that weather has become a taboo topic, unless you’re looking to annoy people further.
Yesterday was reported to be the “last day under zero” for a bit, so fingers crossed that will actually be accurate.
Meanwhile, we haven’t come close to getting our fill of winter exercise and experiences, as it’s been too frigidly cold. Hopefully, if it actually “warms up” to around 20 or so we’ll be able to get back outside and explore.
Maybe it’s just me, but there is something demoralizing about taking a half an hour to bundle enough to be able to go outside. Especially if you can only be outside for 10 minutes before extremities go numb.
Here’s hoping for warmer weather!
We are now in our 4th day of missed school due to “unseasonably cold” weather. I think that’s a flowery way of saying soul sucking, mind numbing cold. (-10 to -25 standing air, and windchill up to -40+.)
On the up side, we’ve been having a lovely time baking bread, reading, harassing our sibling and on occasion throwing boiling hot water outside to watch the steam cloud. (Mom had that honor.)
Is Spring here yet??
Goodness, it’s been entirely too long since I updated. As referenced in the previous post before the hiatus we had a bit of a traumatic start to summer. With some time and distance things are getting better. We’ve had a series of “doggy play dates” to help us all acclimate to having dogs around again and feeling more comfortable being around dogs generally.
The school year is flying by, Big has really enjoyed meeting new friends and getting in to the rhythm of the Waldorf day. She’s reported that woodworking is a definite highlight and she seems to have picked up the cello with impressive skill.
Little has begun dance at her Montessori school once a week, which is one of her favorite activities. She is really enjoying her school, however, she keeps asking when she can start kindergarten. (She’s 3 1/2 so she still has plenty of time in pre-school.)