(Ok, so I just wrote this whole post, and then lost it. Let’s try again.)
I guess you could say this is my mantra these days – Love what you love. I really mean it. I’ve been realizing this year how much time I spend doing things I think I should do, instead of what I really love doing, or want to do. Don’t get me wrong – I’m blessed with work that I deeply love, and a family and homelife I love, too. But very often, in the little pieces of the day, I do some cleaning (because I think I should) instead of sewing, or I do some sewing (because I think I should) when really I think it would be fun to scrub down the bathroom. Sometimes it really does appeal, you know. Do you see what I mean? These past few months, I’ve been trying to notice this habit in myself, and gently but firmly make myself do what I actually want to do. Like reading books, resting, sometimes sewing or knitting, sometimes deep cleaning. I’ve been trying to make my workaholic, obssesive, doomsday monkey mind take some breaks. It’s interesting to see how everything does balance out, if we give it a chance.
I spent a lot of days this summer sewing this quilt, just for 15 minutes or so in the mornings, before I left for work at the cafe. Amazing how those minutes add up – tonight I’m sewing the top pieces together, and then I just have to learn how to put it all together. I plan to tie it, not quilt it. It’s certainly not perfect, but I like it, and luckily, my plan was to make something pretty and useful, not something perfect. How refreshing.
I finally got the canning urge. I used to think that canning had to be an all-day extravaganza to be worth it, but these days I just do a few jars, here and there, some of them the “essentials” I know we’d be sad without (like lots of canned tomatoes), some to save what we have (peach preserves!), and some just for fun – fermented salsa, pickled fennel. I will share the best tip ever with you – use masking tape for labels, not the official labels. It *actually* peels off.
And I’ve been enjoying planning for our homeschooling year, which starts next week. I am hoping to share a lot of what we do here, but it will also be taking a lot of my time and energy, so we’ll see! A few things I can say – we’ll be doing lessons three days a week, and I’ll be working at the cafe two days a week. One of those days the children will be home with their dad, and Ella has made it very clear that she is hoping for some advanced pastry lessons on her Daddy Days. With me, we’ll be starting out gently the first two weeks – playing some games, working with form drawing straight lines and curves (partly this is a preparation for forming letters), and doing handwork – we start the year by washing a carding a wool fleece. How handy that I haven’t yet washed and sent to the mill our two ewes’ fleeces from last spring! We’ll also be establishing the rhythm of our days at home, which I’ve started already, and we’ll be learning new songs and verses for our Circle Time. I think this is the part I feel most challenged by, currently – engaging the munchkins in songs and verses can be tremendously fun and joyful, but it can also be really hard or just plain failure! For now, I’m just trying to keep it simple, use some things we already know and love and some new ones for fun.
I’m grateful that the season is starting to turn – summer is not my best time, and I’m glad for cool winds and earlier sunsets.
Blessings on your week, friends. Love what you love.