|into the woods|
Dad and I filled the wood box today and cleaned the ashes out of the wood stove. We're ready for the cold weather. We have two 1930s chairs, so comfy, high backed and angled just right for leaning back. We've put them in front of the wood stove and put two big sheepskins on the backs. Perfect for fire watching, reading and snoozing in the afternoon. Nothing better than being by the fire with a warm drink (mulled apple cider anyone?) on a cold afternoon.
I've harvested a bunch of leeks and onions and planted out garlic bulbs which will soon freeze and then start putting down roots in early spring. Otherwise the garden is mostly asleep. Winter gives me more time for knitting, art, reading and writing, so I try not to grouse too much about the weather. Although my favourite winter sport is still climbing on a plane headed south.
Then, fed up with the computer I lay on the sofa and read all afternoon and managed to finish The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. An interesting read. The book discusses ways to work for yourself, starting with a little money, a big idea and whatever natural skills you possess. I found it was slanted towards internet business models, although many of the folks he interviewed worked at regular jobs: a horse farm, a knitting shop, a wedding consultant, artists, a coffee shop, etc. I think the best part about it is that Chris's writing gives you a kick in the pants. If you have been sitting on the fence about a new business idea he really tries to encourage you to give it a go. As long as you are not risking life and limb what's to lose? Worth a read but really aimed at self starters. If you need handholding you'd be better off using the $20.00 for half an hour with a life coach.
Oh yes, have also moved on to Part II of my Portuguese lessons. Building vocabulary but it would be so nice to have someone to practice with. The only local Portuguese I knew, a fellow named Mano, returned to Portugal for the winter. So I'll just have to carry on as best I can. Até à próxima vez.