Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday Stitching


A day to rest is even more appreciated after a long, busy week full of errand-running, chauffeuring, and general busyness. Admittedly, I enjoy a slower pace to life. Brad and I attempt to be very judicious in choosing family and children activities so that they do not interrupt a sense of purposeful routine in our lives and the lives of our children. I don't know how some parents spend their evenings (and days) carting their children around from one activity to the next almost every day of the year. Oh, that kind of non-stop schedule, would have me hiding in the closet crying.

So last week's schedule (with the kids taking classes at a local college) was a bit busier than what we're used to around here. By week's end, both the kids and I were worn out and ready for a few days at home.

Yesterday, on our official "day of rest", Lily and I found ourselves on the back deck after church, stitching and crocheting. That was my plan for the entire afternoon. I knew it from the time I had woken that morning. I needed rest. Yarn and hook (or needle) makes me feel rested and at peace. So I spent several hours working on a couple of projects, finishing one and making a commendable amount of progress on the other. Lily worked on a handmade gift she was making for her cousin for his birthday.

I felt refreshed. I felt rested. I felt very happy that I had allowed myself that block of time to do something creative. Rest is good. As a mama, you just have to be intentional about it.



Friday, July 18, 2014

A day to slow down...




The photos are definitely sub-par this week, having been taken with my iPod rather than my regular Nikon. It was that kind of week, though. I may have picked up the Nikon once this week. The rest of the time, it was easier to slip the iPod in my back pocket and go.

Ian and Lily took summer classes at a local-ish college this week. This meant that I had to live the life of a regular school mom - lunches packed, clothes set out, bags ready to go the night before; up early, hurriedly make and eat breakfast, etc. I was reminded again how much I appreciate the perks of homeschooling. I remember telling Brad that I was soooo happy that I didn't have to do this everyday like a lot of moms I know. Kudos to you mamas who have to be organized and ready to send your kiddos out the door at a way-too-early hour each morning. 

I spent a lot of time (much more than usual) driving and in the car this week since the college is about a 45-minute drive from our home. The pros of that were that we were able to listen to quite a bit of the audiobook that we are currently enjoying. We typically don't get large chunks of time to get enthralled in audio books since most of our travel is local. So that was a positive thing.

Another wonderful thing was that while the kids were in their classes, I had the whole morning to sit and knit and enjoy chatting with my friend Claire, whose children were also attending classes. It felt like a bit of a guilty pleasure. Just sitting. And drinking coffee. And talking. And knitting. 

Needless to say, I am a morning person so by the time I got home in the afternoon, I felt pretty much useless. That's how I am. I do my best work first thing in the morning. Lunchtime comes, and my energy levels (and ambition) start to dwindle down. So, I didn't get as much done this week as I would have liked, but the kids had an awesome time and Claire and I had some much-needed mommy time. 

Today, though, oh it feels wonderful to have no plans other than laundry and other house/garden things. I like these kind of days ~ days when I don't have to be anywhere, days when I can concentrate on and enjoy home.


Friday, July 11, 2014

bits and pieces

Fields full of daisies (amongst many other wildflowers) before the fields were cut...



Sleepy morning time... Cuddling up under handmade afghans while slowly waking up...


Snapshots of a little girl's room...


Tending to the many herbs and veggies that are beginning to grace our family table each meal...


Homemade black currant jelly from a new friend...


Projects in progress. There are always several of these going on...


Side porch swinging on summer nights...


Enjoying the clean and uncluttered spaces in our home...


Some of what I've been reading (when I can)...



Spending time out in the pasture with the alpacas. One of the things they are loving these hot, humid days are spray-downs with the hose. It's quite amusing and endearing...


Enjoying our fresh eggs in many forms and fashions on an almost daily basis...


Enjoying browsing my cookbooks for new, light recipes and trying to decide on a few more cookbooks that have caught my eye recently (like this one and this one...


Midi has taken up permanent residency on the back deck during the day. Note to self: leave nothing of worth on the deck (two pairs of flip-flops lost in one week's time.)


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

magic



The last month since the plants and seeds had been tucked away in their warm, soil homes has been rather quiet in the garden. There has been weeding, of course, and also some watering (although the open skies have mostly taken care of that.) But other than that, the seeds had been left alone to do what God had made them to do ~ grow.

This week, though, our harvesting has begun. Yes, it's still just a small harvest, mostly herbs, some greens, several handfuls of berries, and a cucumber or zucchini here and there. But it's a sure sign that the soil, sun, and water have worked their magic and there will be much, much more very soon. Very soon, indeed.