"To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I just found that quote on the blog for Little Acorn Learning, which is a Waldorf education based organization for childcare and early education. I think it's an excellent quote to guide one's life by.
It's been a very long week for me with the kids having Star testing 3 days, a doctor's appointment in San Jose another day, my minivan's transmission dying and a pretty serious reaction to a vaccine that has caused my arm to swell up among other things. I decided that it was in everyone's best interest to cancel today's activities and just stay home. But with all the driving I've been doing this week plus all the waiting around at various places, I have been doing a lot of thinking. I've come up with a few long term project ideas for myself in the various things that I do. One of my ideas is to post more "how-to"s and recipes here on my homesteading blog.
I've also considered posting ideas once a month for homemade gift giving for the holidays. I'm going to attempt to do a homemade gifts post on the 25th of every month leading to Christmas. I'm not Christian, nor particularly fond of the commercial version of the holiday, but the season still draws my nostalgia and gets me excited. (Perhaps my birthday being the 24th plays into this.) My favorite parts of the holidays are the homemade parts. I like homemade cookies, home cooked meals, handmade ornaments and gifts, hand drawn cards and the natural beauty of the season. I like candles lit in the darkness, the taste of peppermint and the joy of giving to and cooking for the people I love.
So, these are my blog ideas. I'm going to base the "how-to"s and recipes on what I am currently up to but if there's something anyone is particularly interested in me covering, let me know.