I know I have been absent. My best-friend drove up from Colorado to bring my oldest home from college. She and her five kids are staying with us. It is loud, it is hot, it is noisy and it is wonderful. There is never a quiet minute and the kids have been running around all day and into the night every single day since last Wednesday. In my girls' room, her daughter is bunked in with my six. In my boys' room, her four sons are in their with four of mine. My college boy is on the sofa for now. All night long there is the sounds of many, many people breathing in the house. Bath time is an all day affair and we are staggering turns in the tub and in the bathroom and to use the clothes washer.
We're keeping busy. Basically we are eating all the time. We are cooking or we are actively eating or we are cleaning up after eating and then we are planning for other things to eat. Oh! And making cheese. We made four pounds of ricotta today as well as two pounds of chevre. But we are not only eating, even if primarily eating. Hanna and I have gone to both Keweenaw yarn shops and stocked up on yarn. We have picked out yarn for a pattern that we are going to cast on as soon as I finish the second sock I am working on for my oldest daughter. The girls have played endless rounds of paper dolls, dress up, hair salon, and hissy fit. While my older boys are keeping themselves busy (Raymond is working on turning electric fence wire into tiny locking washers for homemade chain mail in addition to milking a cow twice a day), the younger boys are building a raft with scrap from around the farmyard.
They are intense about this thing. The water in the lake is frigid, I have not idea what the exact temperature is but it is within the range of "melted ice". I am not sure how they will manage taking it out on the water but I think we will plop the thing in the trailer and take it down there for them. Eli is trying to apply technical elements like cross pieces and I have no idea what else. It should float but I am not sure how many people it will hold but these boys are not so big. Hopefully they can all go for a ride even if not all at the same time.
There is something else, check it out. Flowers. Real ones. The apple trees are in bloom! And other things, too. Like Ben's grandmother's lilac bush. It is just starting so I am not out there cutting off it yet but soon, very soon, I will have lilacs for the kitchen. I have waited so long for those flowers!