* Gratitude Sunday *

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Gratitude * Sunday
Sunday’s heartfelt tradition.
A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful.
A list of gratitudes, our gratefulness feeds one another.
Quoted from Taryn Wilson
Joining the Gratitude Sunday Tradition at Wooly Moss Roots

Better late than never, they say…

This we I am grateful for ~

* The bounty of a friend’s Homestead and their overwhelming generosity to share.

* The last-minute decision to bring my favorite piece of cast iron on the road.


*THIS face.  #sammylove

 * A new season of life for Big Daddy.

* milestones achieved *bikeriding

 

* The fact that over the years when the idea of selling the Tin Can came up, I always declined and held onto it. #aviontrailer

* A Mom who says, “Call me anytime and if you need lunch, I’d love to pay”! Lol, I chuckle but love it just the same. #mamalove

* Good friends who have shown my children just how big their hearts can be. #aplacetocrash

* Salt Lamps

* Crocs (always)

* sharing a meal with friends who are more like family #familytable

 
* Colored sharpies and color books

* The local public library

* God’s earth

 

* Worship

 

(I just this pic from our road trip home from Colorado, a small country church in Elk Mountain WY)

* Good teachers willing to teach

* My small but very accommodating bath tub in the Tin Can

* The iphone camera

* My Son in law willing to leave family and friends do his job far from home ~ come home soon.

#prayforMike

 

Coffee, Tea or Crazy Me

Today is Monday and although typically you hear “Monday Washday”, the focus this morning is housekeeping.  The Tin Can is bursting at it’s riveted seams with filth.  While I’m not amazed at how quick it happens ~ I am amazed at how MUCH can happen.  Needless to say it must be addressed and today is the day. 

  
Now, one can’t be expected to take on such a challenge without the caffeine -fueled beverage of choice, so today I decided on  tea.  However, while scrubbing, organizing and gathering supplies,  I spotted a near full pot of coffee left from the early hours and decided iced coffee would be divine.  Somewhere between making that decision and going through the freezer, I had again changed my mind and decided iced peach tea would be better (finding a bag of frozen peaches was also a motivating factor).  

  
Then it happened:  Complete and utter distraction.  Maybe it was the sound of the A/C grinding to an “almost” halt and my aerial dive across the room to shut it down before the breaker flipped or the blood curdling scream from outside, letting everyone in a four block radius know that Little Big Boy’s paper airplane was not performing properly, or perhaps the bag of ice that slipped from the freezer and covered floor while digging out those peaches ~ who knows, in the end all that matters is, I will today,  get my humble trailer abode cleaned up and find out if peach infused iced-COFFEE is tasty. #rvlife #travelingnomads #homeiswhereyouparkyourcan #lifeinasub
  

Haiku for a Hummingbird


Small, quick, full of grace

Agile, fragile, full of power

My gaze cannot turn

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What is haiku?

Haiku is a Japanese poetry form. A haiku uses just a few words to capture a moment and create a picture in the reader’s mind. It is like a tiny window into a scene much larger than itself.
Traditionally, haiku is written in three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line.
Haiku examples

Here’s a haiku poem written by a poetry student:
The last winter leaves

Clinging to the black branches

Explode into birds.
Characteristics of haiku
The following are typical of haiku:

A focus on nature.

A “season word” such as “snow” which tells the reader what time of year it is.

A division somewhere in the poem, which focuses first on one thing, than on another. The relationship between these two parts is sometimes surprising.

Instead of saying how a scene makes him or her feel, the poet shows the details that caused that emotion. If the sight of an empty winter sky made the poet feel lonely, describing that sky can give the same feeling to the reader.

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This is fun way to introduce poetry to children, they can’t go wrong.

 

A Bra in the Window


The past couple of days have been hot.  Not extremely excruciatingly hot, but hot.  We are no longer on the coast but have planted ourself and the Tin Can on a lovely piece of hollowed ground know affectionately as Cozy Acres.  It is here we receive respite and nourishment in more ways than one.

Homey as our Tin Can is, there is no laundry room onboard.  Needless to say, I have found the local laundromat.  I’m glad to report, it is very clean and offers stamp cards for the frequent Washers and free coffee for the early birds.  All good things when you are a Traveling Nomad.  I actually find it a fine space to think and people watch ~ today however is different, I am too hot to load up and head to the laundromat (double stamp day or not) and lack enough gumption to get to my car.  So what’s a gal to do?  I apply my problem solving skills and tackle this most preplexing delema.  I can do this,  after all washing is just soap water and more water and I have managed scrubbing the clothes of seven little ones in a bin once before, right?  How easy would it be to wash a couple of sundries on the fly? Although I do wish I had been a better planner and packed more unmentionables ~ I am pretty sure this here Bolder Holder can get up and walk on its own!  That is right I only brought the one (gasp) and let’s just say washing at the laundromat a “free” woman is just not going to happen!  Not today, not ever. However there have been plenty who feel it would be fine and do so at the sudsy establishment (learned this from the people watching), it will not be your truly.   So I suppose this afternoon with my kitchen window full of stuff, I can hold my head up high and say I am your official stereotypical Trailer Trash Woman and loving it.

Summer Prep on the Porch

Last night we spent some of the evening prepping tomatoes straight out of the Farmer’s garden ~

First we quartered, then pulverized in plain ol blenders, skin and all…


Then into the crocks for an overnight simmer.


In the day we will freeze it flat in freezer bags for a rainy day.  #homesteading is grand!


Next we started dinner, which included Cozy Acre staples:  fried okra, zuchs and eggplant!


Aka around these parts as “candy”, yum!  All organic, all local (a mere 10 yards to walk) and fried in coconut oil!


~ Enough to share ~

A friend loveth at all times…
Proverbs 17:17 KJV


Nothing is wasted.

What Say Ye?

working hard or hardly working?

  
Actually Big Daddy has been working hard, having begun a new season in his life, the adjustment has taken a toll.  

#rvlife #homeiswhereyouparkyourcan #endofday #hammock #outdoors #relax #crocs 

Christmas in a Sub

Our life has taken us on many adventures throughout the years and although this particular one doesn’t “stand out” as much as others, it was a real special time with our friends and  it is still worth sharing 🙂

There were a few time over the years we lived in out trailer(s):  The fist was between the Cabin and the Castle in Redding CA, along the beautiful Sacramento River (another story) and this time on some friends property while looking for an avail property back on the grid.  Christmas was upon on and what’s a Mom to do?  So, the Silver Sub was decked in lights that twinkle and since our regular decorations had been packed away in storage, I headed off to the local thrift to find some temporal Christmas  “cheer”.  A $4.99 boxes tree cleaned up real nice and once the stash was wrapped and under it, the feel was lovey.

So the Silver Sub became our cozy Christmas retreat and although from a parent’s perspective it was not the ideal, once again, I think the children came out unscaved.

Mary rocks her baby,
Joseph holds a light,
Ox and ass are standing
In the stable bright.
Shepherds in the doorway
Come to greet the child,
Now they kneel before Him
And his mother mild.
One holds out a lambskin
Soft and white as snow,
All shall give their presents
Ere they homeward go.

Chores for a Four-Year Old

~Little Big Boy Tending the Rabbits~

15 Chore Ideas for 4-Year-Olds

 

Children at this age are probably able to dress themselves, brush their teeth, and comb their hair. If they aren’t doing these things on their own, I’d encourage you to start by teaching them those chores.

1. Pick Up Their Room — Make sure you show your child exactly what a clean room looks like. And if their room is really messy, I’d suggest working with them to clean it and giving them one specific project to work on at a time. Young children are often still learning the concept of staying on task, so you want to make sure you don’t overwhelm them by giving them too large of a task to accomplish then they are ready to tackle.

2. Vacuum — If you have a vacuum with an attachment, they can use the attachments on furniture or small areas in your home. Kaitlynn also can vacuum one room, with a little help from me.

3. Water Plants — Use a plastic watering can (we found ours at the dollar store or you can make one from a milk jug) to make it fun and easy for small hands.

4. Fold Washcloths, Hand Towels, Underwear, & Other Small Items — I often will sort these out from the big laundry pile and make a small pile for each child to fold, based upon their folding abilities.

5. Sort & Fold Socks — Sorting and folding socks can be a fun job for little people. And you can teach matching, colors, and counting with it, too.

6. Put Away Laundry — When the girls help with laundry, I have each of them put away their own laundry plus sometimes some towels. It’s amazing how much more quickly things get put away when multiple people are working together!

7. Dust/Wipe Down Surfaces — 4-year-olds are great at cleaning baseboards, small floor areas, wiping down cupboards, or dusting surfaces. If you have a feather duster, they might have fun trying that out, too!

8. Wipe Down Sink/Toilet — Cleaning wipes work especially well for young children to use. Or, you can spray some nontoxic cleaner onto a rag and let them wipe down the sink, toilet, or floor in the bathroom. Kaitlynn is also learning how to clean the toilet with the toilet brush, with my supervision.

9. Empty Trashes — 4-year-olds are usually big enough and strong enough to tie up the trash bag and haul it out to the garage or back door.

10. Wipe Down Door Handles — Give your child a cleaning wipe or a damp rag and have them wipe down all the door handles. This is a favorite chore at our house!

11. Clear the Table — Teach your children to clear their plates after each meal (our children are still working on doing this without needing to be reminded!)

12. Rinse Dishes/Load Dishwasher –A 4-year-old is usually old enough to stand on a chair at the kitchen sink and rinse nonbreakable dishes (be sure to remove the knives and other sharp or dangerous objects before letting them do this). They can also help to load silverware and other nonbreakable dishes into the dishwasher.

13. Simple Meal Prep — Kaitlynn has learned how to pour cereal/milk, make toast and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, and pop popcorn on her own. She also often helps me when I’m cooking.

14. Set the Table — Teach your children how to set the table correctly from the time they are young–it’s a skill many adults still don’t know!

15. Mop — My dad got the girls child-sized mops for Christmas and they love them. And while Kaitlynn is still working on perfecting her mopping skills, she does a pretty good job at mopping a small area.

via http://moneysavingmom.com/

10 Reasons Kids Need Downtime

Parents are often tempted to fill their kids’ time with activities and entertainment. We feel a bit guilty if our kids have “nothing to do.” But it’s actually important for kids to have downtime, even with “nothing to do.”

10 Reasons Kids Need Downtime. Kids don't have to be entertained all the time. In fact, time spent playing alone or just hanging out is quite beneficial for kids, even very young ones. Here's why.

10 Reasons why kids need downtime (screens not included)

1. Kids need downtime to learn that mom or dad (or the iPad) isn’t the only source of entertainment.

10 Reasons Kids Need Downtime. Kids don't have to be entertained all the time. In fact, time spent playing alone or just hanging out is quite beneficial for kids, even very young ones. Here's why.

 

2. Kids need downtime so they have a chance to look at books. A love of reading is one of the best gifts you can give your child.

10 Reasons Kids Need Downtime. Kids don't have to be entertained all the time. In fact, time spent playing alone or just hanging out is quite beneficial for kids, even very young ones. Here's why.
3. Kids need downtime to daydream.

10 Reasons Kids Need Downtime. Kids don't have to be entertained all the time. In fact, time spent playing alone or just hanging out is quite beneficial for kids, even very young ones. Here's why.

 4. Kids need downtime to be bored. Sometimes being bored is the best inspiration.

5. Kids need downtime to learn patience.

6. Kids need downtime to rest and refresh.

10 Reasons Kids Need Downtime. Kids don't have to be entertained all the time. In fact, time spent playing alone or just hanging out is quite beneficial for kids, even very young ones. Here's why.

7. Kids need downtime to learn contentment.

8. Kids need downtime to learn it’s OK to be quiet and still sometimes.

9. Kids need downtime to become more independent.

10 Reasons Kids Need Downtime. Kids don't have to be entertained all the time. In fact, time spent playing alone or just hanging out is quite beneficial for kids, even very young ones. Here's why.

10. Kids need downtime to play pretend like my minimalist kid. Sometime the most fun is the fun you invent yourself.

VIA http://www.earlybirdmom.com/