It's officially cold and we're clad in layers. Winter's timing was spot on this year; the past few days have been icy, clear and fresh - as it should be.
The seasonal rituals in this new house are lovely ones; washing off the line come 4pm and the firewood carried in soon after. Porridge or eggs for breakfast, tea all day and broth in the slow cooker (so much easier than on the stovetop, especially with scatter brain like mine). But whilst we're relishing in the good, there's also the inevitable colds and coughs that arrive seemingly on cue. Poet is still snotty and her hearing is significantly bad; after an appointment with the audiologist today we're off to see an ENT for a specialist opinion. In the meantime I'm doing all I can on the natural front; less dairy, less to no gluten, essential oils, warm kidneys, warm feet, cups of broth and mama cuddles. Today I gave her bedroom a really thorough clean; beds pulled out from the wall, dust vacuumed away (oh, the dust!), soft toys out in the sun ready for a good wash and freshly laundered linen on the bed.
Yesterday my quarterly order from biome arrived and I unpacked it as soon as I got it in the door; beeswax candles, lyra pencils, a keepcup, scrubbing brush, soap and a little something just for me - The Mindfulness Colouring Book (I'm not overly stressed at the moment but anytime is a good time for art therapy). I've been making a point of spending more time painting and drawing with Poet instead of setting up her supplies and walking away. I have to work hard at quieting the running list of to-dos that go round-and-round in my head and just focus on her (and the butterflies, flowers, houses and rainbows that she requests - without fail). She turns four in mid-July and I'm thinking a new set of paints may be a timely gift. We have the micador watercolours but I think some acrylics may be a good idea - any suggestions re. brand?
In other news I finally took the plunge and bought a new washing machine. I always procrastinate when it comes to big purchases but I really needed to move on from the 5.5kg 18-year-old top loader that was given to us eight years ago. My new front loader is lovely; there's quick cycles, handwash options, a mould-resistant seal and an "add a garment" feature (so handy for the run-round-the-house-and-find-random-socks-in-corners rigmarole). It's pleasing to say the least.
Cold nights, sunny days, happy (albeit snotty) children, a contented baby (although recent bouts of dribbling hint at toothy pegs coming soon - surely not?!). All is good...