Good bye October. Hello November! I'm running late, as usual. After an unseasonably warm September and October, we are now getting the proper chill in the air and frosty mornings. I love it! I celebrated another trip around the sun on Monday. I'm 35! Woohooo! I've lived a third of my life (if I am lucky enough to make it to 105, haha). I'm trying. I've been thinking about turning 35 all year... I don't usually get so focused on my age, but I think there's been something inside me screaming, "Oh no, 35!" as if I'm looking at my watch and saying "Oh, shit, I'm late!" So every time I feel a little panicked about the passing years, I remind myself of this quote:
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
My heart hurts for all the victims of recent tragedies shaking my country and the world. Today is a necessary day of quiet contemplation for me. It is day to appreciate the beauty, mourn our losses, and dream about how things might change. It is a day to think about how I might change, how I might do better, how I might help more. And it is certainly a day to spend some time with my children, smell the flowers, and make something beautiful (but really, that's everyday).
These photos below are from the weekend. We played with paint brushes made from nature. It was fun, but most of them proved to just make a seedy mess on the paper. The girl's both discovered that they liked painting with a feather. Besides the almighty feather, hence forth, the rest of the brushes will be used as magic wands.
Hopefully this afternoon when they return home from school, we can spend some more time painting. What do you like to do to restore calm in times of distress?
Thursday, September 28, 2017
I guess there's no shortage of fairs this time of year. After nearly nine year's of living in VT, we finally made it to the much talked about Tunbridge World's Fair. It was whirling, blistering hot fun to be sure. My favorite part of fair's is the crafts, of course. I didn't get a picture, but there was a fun lego competition for kids that my kids might have to join in next year. I also love seeing all the giant vegetables and sunflowers. One of these years, I will be successful at growing a giant pumpkin. I always seem to kill them before they bare fruit. I am hoping to get to go the sheep and wool festival coming up, but that might be a harder sell for the family. Why don't they love staring at rows and rows of yarn like I do?
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Kitties keep appearing on my work table these days made of felt with embroidered faces and dressed for market. Some are for snuggling, some are for hair clips, and I'm sure more will manifest themselves in other ways. I was raised in a "no cats allowed" family, but have slowly and methodically become a crazy cat lady over the years. Okay, I'm not super crazy... we only have two cats, after all, but we do have the cat mugs and kitty dolls to prove it. Over the summer, a real fur kitty also appeared in our lives (kitty number two that I referenced.). He started out living in our shed. We heard him yowling on the Fourth of July, hungry and in need of some attention. We tried to find his home without success. We are trying to get him to move into the house, where life isn't quite as dangerous, but so far we have only been able to get him to move to the porch. I think winter will surely get him inside, at least for the nights. Luckily, we're enjoying (sweating through) a second summer here, so he is plenty warm out there. It's unusual for the north country, our garden hasn't been frosted yet, so I'll have to do a garden update soon (something that I've clearly neglected this year!).
Thursday, September 14, 2017
The mountains are putting on their Autumn dress, apple cider has magically appeared in the refrigerator, and a flannel feels oh so good in the chill of the morning. Fall is on her way. Every year, our tiny village welcomes the changing season with a bountiful Harvest Fair. Delicious food and home grown veggies, games and music, and crafts too, make this a day I look forward to all year. Unfortunately, I was set up, so didn't get a chance to move around and take pictures of all the fun, but I captured a few. I've had lots more making time now that the girl's are back in school, and will hopefully have some of these goods up online when our local farmer's market season is over. The house is quiet. Time to get sewing!
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
The kids are back at school. I have no idea where the summer went. It was gone in a wink. I love everyday that my kids are home with me (for the most part!), but I do appreciate the rhythm and extra work time I have during the school year. My little one is still in preschool and so she's only gone for a couple hours during the day, but it is enough to get some sewing or other work in. I'm still getting in the swing of this new season, and how to make the most of my time, but I have made some new wool babies (made from recycled sweaters and stuffed with wool roving) and other odds and ends for the local farmer's market and upcoming Harvest Fair.
It's already looking to be a busy Fall with soccer for at least one girl, Girl Scouts and PTO. I never thought I'd be that kind of mom (the mom that does everything), but our small town seems to demand it. And very likely, I'm not good at saying "no". I'll be a Girl Scout leader (that's one of the not being able to say "no" roles I'll be playing this year), and hopefully my crafty background will help, but our troop combines all GS levels, so I'm not sure how much control I'll have over anything that our troop does. This is all on top of figuring out how to manage my business well enough this year so that when my little starts kindergarten, I'll be able to continue to do it full time. Anyways, I guess there's nothing to be done but leap right in. I am secretly thrilled at the chill in the air, and a few trees here and there popping with color.