The calendar reminds me that the days are getting shorter. This wheat field is a visual that reinforces that.
The sunshine hours are so precious and I’m always happy when I’m outside “puttering”. Both the veggie and the flower garden are a source of food and beauty.
When I’m not puttering I’m usually beside the mason working on the rock wall. I have a love hate relationship with rocks because after three years of back and arm strengthening work I’m like so “over it” but I can still see the beauty in the rocks.
The beauty in the next picture is more than skin deep which is good because the skin is messy! First encounter with an Arrowroot biscuit and while she really enjoyed it the result ensured a bath at Gran’s house.Whether it’s with the camera or your memory it’s good to focus on the positives and the beauty in life. It’s far too easy to get weighted down with all the negatives and the “busy”.
Ps I know this isn’t snap chat but that’s what I called my little chat that went with the snapped pictures!
I am most definitely not having a staycation. By it’s very definition it doesn’t describe what I’ve done in my week “off”.
This first week off is always spent balancing between full on construction work (more on that later in the other blog) and gardening. The peas, beans and raspberries are all ready so I’m squeezing in picking and processing around loads of mortar mixed and rocks set. Add some laundry, house cleaning (well only a tiny tiny tiny little bit of that to be honest) and some financial catch up and hat has filled almost every moment of my first 7 days off.
I did make time to go to Lathey Pool with my baby and her baby. Outdoor swimming, followed by an ice cream sundae at the 8th street DQ, was a summer tradition for well over a decade at our house. My friend discovered Spencer’s first tooth at George Ward Pool. Alyssa’s first set of swimming lessons was at Lathey pool — apparently it looks a lot smaller as an adult than as a child! We had a lovely time introducing Baby A to swimming. She likes it a lot better than the tub apparently.
Soccer and biking (last official ride of the season) have both put in an appearance this week and a couple of evenings by the fire pit were lovely. But no other staycation type activities as it always seems like there is a lot of work to catch up on.
BUT before you give me the gears about not slowing down to smell the roses know that a)I love time in the garden and the kitchen, b)time spent at home, to me, is quality time cause I’m pretty darn lucky with where I live and c)we have something else planned for next week and d)I find beauty where I look.
I think the world needs more unicorns. It would be a kinder happier place if the unicorns dropped in to visit or where seen fleetingly in the sky at dusk.
Turns out my daughter believes in unicorns. She’s convinced her pretty mare Mia is secretly a unicorn. Hard to argue with that one hey!
So when she found out, via ultrasound, that this first grand baby of ours was going to be a girl a unicorn parade was born. It’s truly amazing how many super cute unicorn items she has found. The “guest book” at the baby shower was a plush unicorn that we all signed. Well played on the part of Lexi, part of the shower planner duo. A boy nursery would have been deer antlers but instead there is a unicorn “head” on the wall in the nursery with a coral frame around it.
So when the consummate shopper, our daughter, found unicorn fabric she was all over that. I have subsequently gone back and bought 3 more panels of it! That has been the “base” building block for many items I have created. The big ticket item, the quilt, is the only one without unicorns but the fabrics all intertwine.
I’ve had so much fun sewing for this little one!! I bought extra of the flowered fabric as I am pretty sure it will look darling as cap sleeves and the little collar on a baby blue dress! Such fun days ahead!