August 13, 2018

Grey Baby Hat and Changes Ahead

Summer has been humming along with the usual family busyness.  Swim lessons and sleepovers filled the month of July, with only a tiny bit of crafting in the mix.  I finished up a couple of little hats for my nephew, who turns one next month.  I haven't picked up a new project since, but not from lack of want.  I've had my eye open, but haven't yet found a project that I love.  A few good ones, yes...but nothing that really speaks to me.  I suppose I am getting more selective in my age, as I find myself less willing to sweat and toil over a project I don't absolutely love.  The irony is that the absence of a new project caught me stumbling back toward that old sock.  I think I started the thing a year ago, knitting only a handful of frustrated rows before setting is aside.  Well, it's only a few rows longer now.  I might be a senior citizen before it is finished.  Must keep looking for that must-make pattern...

Earlier this year we made the decision not to continue homeschooling in the fall.  Astrid will be attending a school in the next city over, opening a few hours in my weekday.  For the first few months, my priority will be helping her adjust to the new routine, and the new expectations of her teachers.  The truth is that we have struggled these past three years to find our place in the local community, and neither of us has connected in a meaningful way.  If I could find a way to send her to school for social interaction, and keep her education here, we both would prefer it.  There are so many things about homeschool that we will miss, especially sharing and discussing books.  I'm hoping we can continue that somehow.  She is excited about the adventure of something new, meeting new people with common interests, and expanding her world.  I am inspired by her courage, stepping out into the unknown.

I'm also looking forward to those few hours each day.  I'm not sure what is on the horizon for me, but I would like to spend a little time, while she settles in, enjoying a few quiet read, to craft, to bake bread, and have a little more to share with you here.  <3

January 30, 2018

Playing Around

Look!  Actual knitting!

I couldn't control myself with all of that spring-like weather last week.  I had the bug to get moving on something.  I'm not sure if I am going to complete the project, as it was a bit of a whim, and I'm not familiar with this kind of work.  But!  There was actual knitting happening!  It looks like a thumb, doesn't it?  I promise you it is not.  :)

Even though the cold is set to return soon, I can still enjoy the lengthening days.  Midwinter is around the corner, and we will be pulling out of the cold and dark in a handful of weeks.  My mind has definitely turned to spring planning.  I have already laid out demands (in my sweetest voice) that we have more backyard fires this year, and Astrid has mentioned bike rides about a hundred times.

In the meantime, I might toy with this a little more, and take a stab at something for the newest addition to the family.  I've heard a rumor that baby things are fun to knit.  The best part is that if I mess up, he won't care!  :D

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January 10, 2018

Joie De Vivre

We have rolled back into a regular school schedule without too much fuss.  The winter weather adds the extra challenges of bad driving conditions and a general lack of desire to leave the house.  In truth, this time of year is one that I suffer through, counting the weeks until spring.  Astrid and I have  been staying warm at home as much as possible.

I've been keeping myself distracted with thoughts of a warm French countryside, cool breezes, and farmer's markets.  Most people don't know that I have a little thing for French country.  It all sounds so romantic.  *sigh*  This book, Joie De Vivre focuses mainly on food culture, their meals, gardens and markets.  The chapter on breakfast has inspired a spring plan to clean out our enclosed back porch and put in a little breakfast nook.  I am daydreaming of summer breakfasts in the fresh air, enjoying the sunrise.

Instead of resolutions or elaborate goals for New Year's, I wrote a quick list of a few things I wanted to work on, with the intention of adding to the list as I am able to complete them.  My original list was three books and two knitting projects.  Joie De Vivre is the second book of the three, and I am thinking I had better get started on some knitting soon.  I found this baby alpaca that I purchased last summer, and then set aside to work on shower gifts.  So maybe there is something brown and pink in my future?


"A simple and pleasant breakfast lifts you right into the day's activities with a gentle boost that's like a pat on the back as you go out the door."
- Robert Arbor

January 5, 2018

Welcome 2018!

Hello 2018!

This year I decided against a big, long list of goals in favor of a few general guidelines, like a compass pointing the direction I want to go.  Two things for sure that I want to put time into are working through my book pile and digging back into knitting.

Like most, we have been keeping indoors this week due to the bitterly cold temps that have swept through the region.  I've returned to my copy of Seven Stages of Money Maturity, which was recommended by a financial planner and family friend.  At about 3/4 complete, I can say for sure that I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in getting and keeping their financial house in order while living a fulfilling lifestyle.

I also broke out my copy of Last Minute Knitted Gifts.  I picked this up last summer, but haven't tried any of the projects yet.  Soon!

We've been taking a break this past week, but are heading back into our regular homeschool and co-op schedule next week.  So I fully intend to relax and enjoy as much as possible this weekend. :)


"Much of what we call depression isn't is the emotional result of clinging to Innocent, idealized beliefs about how things are or how they should be."
- George Kinder

September 15, 2017

Seventh Grade

Can I just, am I glad that is over?!

We crash-landed at the end of our first full week of seventh grade the moment Cynar walked in the door with dinner.  Yeah.  Because I have been really super great about cooking dinner at home and now I am sick of washing dishes.  Or really just tired of having seventeen more things to do today.  Now I understand why those other homeschool moms get up at 5:00am.

I had hoped that we would have a chance to take some time outdoors this afternoon.  I had planned to, but life, as they say, had other plans.  With our first lessons at the new co-op this week (including new co-op jobs to learn), and a post-summer meltdown on Wednesday (her, not me this time), we had a couple of things to catch up on.  But...

...we made it!  ...with her reading the last page of her last Lit assignment as he was walking through the door.  Whew!

...and I gotta say, aside from the meltdown (which I empathize with), I am really impressed with how this kid handled her stuff these last few days.  A new co-op?  No problem.  A high school level class, as a seventh grader?  She didn't bat an eyelash.  This, compared to the kid who, three years ago, was terrified to do anything with anyone who wasn't a school friend.

We are rolling into a weekend of celebrations, first a housewarming for my cousin, then a couple of birthdays.  A busy weekend after a busy week.

I'm sleeping late tomorrow.  :)

September 12, 2017

At The Orchard

Sunday afternoon was absolutely perfect.  The temp was holding in the low 70's, the sun was out, and a cool breeze kissed the skin.  And so I did the only logical thing I could do.

I nagged my family until they agreed to go out with me.  :D

We took a drive out to our local apple orchard and cider mill.  Typically we wander on down later in the year, when the squashes and pumpkins have come in.  But we all agreed it was just what we needed, even if early.  Who couldn't use more fresh air, goat therapy, apples, cider and donuts??

I believe they are conspiring to return for more goodies later in the season.