Epiphany 2018

6 January 2018
Holy Day:  Epiphany
Chalking the Door
A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk to write above the home’s entrance, 20 + C + M + B + 18.
  • The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.
  • They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.”
  • The “+” signs represent the cross and 2018 is the year.
 Dreikönigskuchen–3 Kings Cake
Ingredients
  • 4-4 1/4cups flour
  • 2 tsp dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 tsp orange zest, thinly stripped
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest, thinly stripped
  • 1/2 cup raisins, cherries, cranberries (whichever your family likes best)
  • 1 whole almond
Egg wash
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1Tbsp water
Coating
  • 1/8 cup apricot jam
  • 1 Tbsp hot water
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat together all ingredients except for the almond, egg wash, and coating.
  2. Once a soft, smooth ball forms, set it aside to rise until doubled in bulk. About 2 1/2 hours. Be sure to cover it and place in a warm spot.
  3. Divide the dough into 8 Pieces, one a little larger than the rest.
  4. Roll each piece into a ball and arrange the 7 smaller balls around the slightly larger one on a sheet pan, forming a flower.
  5. Let rise another 30 minutes, then brush with the egg wash.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  7. Prepare the glaze by mixing the apricot jelly with a tablespoon of hot water.
  8. Bake the rolls for 30-40 minutes, or until deep golden brown.
  9. Brush with several coats of apricot glaze and sprinkle with the coarse sugar
  10. Once the bread is cool enough to handle, poke an almond into the bottom of one of the rolls.

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Morning Office:  Psalm 46, Psalm 97, Matt 12:14-21
Vespers: Psalm 96, Psalm 100

Weather: 14-23 degrees F, sunny, waning gibbous moon. Sunrise-Sunset = 8:00-5:35

Reading, Watching, Listening . . .
Celtic Book of Days, Commonwealth, Every Earthly Blessing
Star Trek: Voyager (rest time) and Fringe (family time)
Harry Potter 6 (as I fall asleep)

 

The Art of the Overhaul, week 10-13

It’s been a very quiet few weeks.  We reached that point where everything we’re doing to prepare for our journey is little steps.  Each of us has a few areas of our personal stuff where we just aren’t willing to let go until the time is nearer.

The yard work is now taking enough time that we aren’t getting house repair projects started, completed, or even thought about.  Although I must say, the outside looks amazing! The garden is mostly planted and we’ve had some great salads and tasty strawberries.  The blackberries are really flowering, so we should have an abundance of fruit soon.

We’ve signed our home up for 100% wind energy.  To help lower the bill and be better keepers of the planet, we’ve been working on making some changes.  These changes will also help us when we take the next step of our journey.

Here’s our week 10-13 list:

  • solar chargers for iPhones, iPads, Kindles, and other “microUSB” type things.
  • solar lights (two so far, adding a couple each month) for each person and room.
  • analyzing our water consumption and attempting to get it within sustainable levels for our primary goal
  • We had a bit of a financial set-back, so our numbers look about the same as the last check-in.
  • Trying new natural personal care products.  Akamai so far is the winner!  They have a 3-in-1 bar (soap, shampoo, shaving), a toothpaste, and a skin fuel (mix of oils) that are amazing, priced well, and minimal packaging.  My lip balm is from Hurraw.  That leaves me only using regular mascara, SPF tinted lip balm, and contact solution.
  • Making plans to travel a bit:  Scotland and Eastern Africa are my goals. If we sell the house and have enough saved, I’d like to see both places before settling into a new life. So now our “A Family’s Journey . . . will include some bit-time dreaming about traveling.

The Art of the Overhaul, week 8

Family

  • 8 more bags to Goodwill
  • Movies:  watch movies on “Watch and See” list and decide if we want a digital copy.
  • medical bill 2– still working on, 65% paid off

Kim

  • Laundry Room Sort: extra blankets, miscellaneous stuff that ends up in there, and household tool kit

Kelly

  • garden work and help with yard work

Michael

  • Work continues in his room:  trophies, closet, more movies, more books
  • Yard work, garden work, mow grass.

Hannah

The Art of the Overhaul, week 7

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Family

  • Decided we definitely need a dumpster this winter to clean up the back woods.
  • 4 more bags to Goodwill plus a tote full
  • 1 bag full of movies to sell or give away
  • Movies:  watch movies on “Watch and See” list and decide if we want a digital copy
  • medical bill 2– still working on, 50% paid off
  • Selling a few things . . . most still going to Goodwill.

Kim

  • Kitchen sort
    • Klean Kanteen insulated and Keep Cups(Easter gifts for Kelly and Michael) for each person
    • Small white plates to go with pasta bowls ($4), all Fiesta Ware in Freedom box
    • cooking pans, food storage supplies, and cooking utensils
    • Sold dish set–used money for groceries and added extra to medical bill 2.

Kelly

  • garden work and help with yard work

Michael

  • This is the week Michael really started his room: books, movies, photos, scrap books, TKD trophies and boards from belt tests, 2 shelves, and 2 full bags of garbage.
  • Yard work:  grass, garden, finished tearing down old chicken house.

Hannah

  • *Her room is pretty nearly completed on the sort through.  Repair list started.

The Art of the Overhaul, week 6

Family

  • dumpster filled and removed
  • decide if we need another dumpster this winter to finish up back woods
  • 12 more bags to Goodwill
  • 1 bag full of movies to Buy Backs
  • Movies:  watch movies on “Watch and See” list and decide if we want a digital copy
  • begin property and house repair list and prioritize
  • medical bill 2– still working on

Kim

  • Complete wardrobe planning
  • Complete sorting through personal items, book list — anything not going has been moved out of the room
  • Complete living room sort:  the living room will remain mostly as is until right before we move.  A few things into a shipping pod, the remainder to Goodwill
  • Started kitchen sort: eating area complete, dishes complete.  Still to do:  cups, mugs, water bottles, cooking equipment, utensils, etc

Kelly

  • shed cleaned out
  • garden work and help with yard work
  • found home for a chicken tractor

Michael

  • Books:  a few more books put into the Goodwill pile
  • DVDs: finished sorting, iTunes list made, and some to Buy Backs
  • Yard work:  grass, garden, rabbit hutch, finished dumpster loading, cleaned up burn area

Hannah

  • sorted through her books, movies, photos, papers,
  • Drove load 1 to Goodwill
  • Drove load 2 to Goodwill
  • Drove load 1 to Buy Backs
  • *Her room is pretty nearly completed on the sort through.  Repair list started.

The Art of the Overhaul, week 5

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Week 5 checklist:

  • Family–-
    • Dumpster filling
    • Insurance calling
    • Picture taking
    • Medical debt 2 is now 40% paid off
  • Kim–
    • media list:  sorted into get on iTunes, watch again to decide, and watch again and donate
    • cookbook: put our favorite recipes into a new folder and donate books that are intact
  • Michael — begin sorting through personal books and media
    • He finished his first pass through his books.
    • He started and finished the DVDs
    • This week he donated 1 bag of books and a half bag of DVDs
    • Property prep (cont): grass mowing, dumpster filling, built small rabbit hutch
    • Began cutting our neighbor’s grass to earn a little money
  • Hannah —
    • Continue working on novels.
    • Sort through belongings and books
      • 3 bags to Goodwill pile
      • 1 bag of garbage
      • Bitty Baby and all her gear given to young girl — see picture above
    • deciding to write or look for 2nd job
  • Kelly —
    • Property prep work (continued): dumpster filling, weeding and planting garden, helping with grass and general yard work.

The Art of the Overhaul, week 4

Before–

After–

Week 4 checklist:

  • Family–-
    • Begin work on medical debt #2
    • Ask: After 4 weeks of thinking about it, is this still what we want?  Answer: Heck, yes!
  • Kim–
    • media list (favorites to iTunes list)
    • closet purge
    • decisions on home repairs finalized
  • Michael — begin sorting through personal books and media
    • For Michael this will be a long process.
    • This week he donated 1 bags of books
    • Property prep (cont): taking apart old chicken shed, cleaning front yard in preparation for mowing season, and stacking things for dumpster arrival in April.
  • Hannah —
    • Continue working on novels.
    • Sort through belongings and books
    • added language app to iPhone for easier practice
  • Kelly —
    • Property prep work (continued): fencing repairs, fencing removal, general cleaning of front yard (1 acre), sorting things for dumpster arrival in April

The Art of the Overhaul, week 2-3

Week 3 checklist:

  • Family–
    • Medical debt #1 paid off
    • Begin work on medical debt #2
    • Roofing company called
    • Get estimates for front window replacement
  • Kim– sort through “hobby” and photos
    • make notebook of favorite knit and crochet patterns
      • donate books
    • sort needles and hooks
      • donate duplicates
    • yarn; easy since I only keep one current project going and I don’t store leftovers as yarn.  I use my leftovers to construct woolen dolls (knitted) so I have some doll “parts” in my yarn tote.
    • Use some photos for this blog to chronicle the journey.  Put other photos on our family blog that is not specific to this journey but is more about our day-to-day life here in Indiana.
  • Michael — begin sorting through personal books and media
    • For Michael this will be a long process.
    • This week he donated 4 bags of books
    • Property prep: taking apart old chicken shed, cleaning front yard in preparation for mowing season, and stacking things for dumpster arrival in April.
  • Hannah —
    • Put in applications for second job. Hopefully schedule interviews.
    • Continue working on novels.
    • Sort through belongings and books.
  • Kelly —
    • Lots of thinking about gardening in a different climate
    • Property prep work: fencing repairs, fencing removal, general cleaning of front yard (1 acre), sorting things for dumpster arrival in April

The Art of the Overhaul, week 1

The story of our journey will continue each Sunday, since the title of the blog is The Journey to . . . but, each week I hope to post a recap of what we accomplished that moves us closer to taking the step into the next adventure.

Our stay in Indiana has been a long one, and we’ve accumulated the stuff that goes along with an extended stay.  There is much work to be done and we are excited to take little steps each week that will move us closer to our goal.

Week 1 & 2 checklist:

  • Family–
    • Agreed on primary goal
    • Agreed on priorities as we wait
      • medical debt
      • Kelly knee surgery
      • home repairs as needed
      • save as much as possible (Ask: Does this get me closer to X?  If not, say no.)
  • Kim–sort through personal books.
    • Compare hard copies to Kindle list (purge duplicates)
    • Make list of books to get on kindle (store hardcopies on different shelf)
    • Make a note to only buy one book per month and only a book I’ve read more than twice
    • Use the library to try new books
    • Decide which 10-15 books are my “non-negotiable” books
  • Michael — begin sorting through personal books
    • For Michael this will be a long process.
    • This week he pulled very old encyclopedias off his shelf and a few other old books.
  • Hannah — Her list is in the comments