It’s been a busy week so far–ferrying lunches and mid-morning snacks over to the "new" house, fitting in a load of laundry and a trip to the grocery store here and there. The girls are champing at the bit, knowing Dan is just around the corner, and yet so busy.
And of course I waited until the last minute to tackle a birthday present for my cousin (yes, when you’re father comes from a family of 15, you have cousins the same age as your own children) whose little birthday get-together was tonight.
It was her turn for a pillow, just like I had done for her older brother a year or two ago. I think she knew it was coming, especially when she saw a soft, square gift, wrapped in paper. And she was happy. This project made me realize two things:
1. My fabric supply needs some replenishing–starting with the fact that I need some more solid colors and simple prints.
2. I love hand sewing. The minute I sat down in my rocking chair, flicked on the lamp beside me and began to stitch up the last little opening on the pillow, I felt so much busy-ness and stress and worry leave my mind and body. I need to make more time for this kind of simple sewing, or even knitting. It brings such peace. Isn’t it a gift that we have these simple ways to unwind?
Dan and his brother have been doing some crafting of their own at the house this week–tearing out and replacing rotten logs, and laying down new floor. It has been so fascinating to see the old bones of the house. The progress is slow and there’s always something that doesn’t go as planned. But having the extra help here and the solid week of work is making things move along.
I intended to share some good mail in this post, too…but I think I’ll call it quits for tonight. My book, journal and clean sheets are calling to me. And I need to coax my achy, sore, tired husband from the couch to the bed. The girls tucked him in before I took them to bed for the night–he has a pillow over his face and a blanket draped over his knees and ankles. I’m going to guess he’ll be more comfortable in our bed.
More soon……good night, friends.