monthly check-in

I can't believe it's been almost a month since I posted….again! I thought I'd better check in, since I've received a couple of concerned emails, wondering if all was well.  I suffered a heart-wrenching loss in my family, and it has just been hard to get back into a normal routine. I'm finding it easier to stick close to home, to disconnect, and try to occupy myself with simple things. Not to mention the snow, snow, snow! It has sort of been a necessity to stick close to home! I've been reading alot of books, which is always cozy and fulfilling, trying to avoid the internet as much as possible, baking tons of bread (I'm becoming obsessed), rug hooking, and I have a new desire to make my own household products. There's something satisfying about, say, making your own laundry soap. Nerdy, right?  My creative impulses are nill right now. I hope to get them back soon. I know everyone would like to see some new animals, but I just haven't had it in me lately. I know I'll come around again, soon, though. No worries.

Breadandjam Rughooking
Laundry Soap

1/2 Cup washing soda
1/2 Cup Borax
1 Bar of grated soap (I tried Dr. Bronner's & Fels Naptha…both worked equally well)
Use 2 or 3 Tbsp per load, depending on how dirty your laundry is!

The bread is Oatmeal bread, and the recipe was posted as a response on Alicia's blog, and it's pretty tasty! This is just one of many though.  I have been having fun reading the King Arthur Flour blog. There are tons of great bread recipes on their website, too. So, I'm trying to bake at least 2 loaves a week. Eventually, I want to stop buying bread, but I have to find the ultimate sandwich bread recipe for that to occur, or Jay and Clara will be sad.

I'm watching the snow fall like crazy right now; we're supposed to get like 20 inches. I kind of love being trapped inside, with nowhere that I have to be, nothing that I really have to do. As long as the kiddies are well behaved, it's pretty blissful. 


That is still my Christmas wreath up there. It's wintry I say.

8 Responses to monthly check-in

  1. just wanted to say hello. hello! so nice to “hear” from you again :) xo sharilyn

  2. Good to hear from you, but so sorry that you’ve suffered a loss. Hunkering down at home getting creative can be so good for the hurt soul. Don’t ya just love rug hooking? be sure to show us your progress.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve lost a loved one. I’m glad you have the snow to give you an excuse to be home and bundled up for the cozy days of winter. I pray for healing and joy and comfort in your home. Happy homemaking to you.

  4. Hi Jenn
    Sorry to hear you have lost a loved one.
    Winter is the perfect time for hibernating. It sounds like you are doing just what you need to which really is the best.
    And, all the bread baking etc. is fantastic.
    That design for rug hooking looks pretty too…where did you get it?

  5. Hi Nancy,
    Thanks. It has been a tough winter, so snuggling up close to home is deifinitely best. The hooked rug I got here, as a kit, for my mom two Christmases ago. She still hadnt started it, so I snatched it back! Bad daughter!

  6. Thanks for the kind words, Jennie. All the best to you and yours, also…

  7. Yes, rug-hooking is so fun! Its so relaxing and it feels so old-fashioned and charming to sit by the fire with it on your lap.

  8. Jenn, I am really enjoying reading your blog. You inspire my inner crafter! I am going to try making my own laundry soap and I was wondering if you had any natural, child friendly ideas for cleaning hardwood floors.