Saturday, August 25, 2012

A Perfect Summer Moment

It is evening. Dinner is over and the children are clamoring. I want to read and so I am sitting outside in the cool air. I am in one of my favorite places, a bench under the trees outside the kitchen window. The window is open and I hear the rattle of silverware and murmur of baseball. This is a perfect summer moment.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday, My Day

Happy Friday, friends!

I had such high hopes for this last week of summer, but it sure didn't go as planned. The last few days have been one frustration after another. Problems with the in-laws, Fios installation confusion, ceiling fans falling out of the ceiling, friends needing to talk about huge, major problems, bickering children. The list is long! Therefore, I am taking this last Friday and making it worth a whole week.

My plan for today is to sit in my special chair with my feet up, watch an HGTV marathon, and knit. I will not be putting on a bra today. I will not be washing dishes or clothes today. I will not be preparing meals today. I will not be refereeing any fights today. The kids are on their own! I will not be answering any calls! Save the drama for your own mama! Today is my day.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Last Weeks of Summer

These are the last two weeks of summer! I don’t know about you, but this summer has felt really long to me. I am ready to get back to the daily routine of homeschooling and sports and maybe some cooler weather.

I have been knitting a lot the past couple weeks. Check out my work! My goal was to stock my Etsy shop. There are now a few more things there, not much, but that’s how knitting is, right? Do it well, and it takes time. I have thinking about my Etsy shop a lot, why do I have it, what is my goal for stinkR, that kind of thing. I have decided to keep my shop and fill it slowly. No pressure for sales or money. I started knitting because I was intrigued by the process. I continue knitting because I am passionate about the creative process of making practical things with yarn. I want my shop to be a side-shoot of that, not the purpose of my knitting.

At the same time, I want my shop to be the best it can be. Therefore, I bought a mannequin! She was a wonderful, spontaneous find on Craigslist. We happened to be heading to the beach, so on a whim, I searched for a mannequin in that area. Wouldn’t you know, there was one listed for cheap! It was meant to be! The seller lived five minutes from the beach we went to and we picked up the mannequin on our way home. Here she is. I named her Tyra.

My headless mannequin is watching me, always watching!

One of my goals this week is to get photographs of Tyra modeling everything already listed and get the new pictures posted on stinkR. At the very least, the bags and things will look as they should, instead of lying flat or hanging on a hook.

I have also spent a lot of time reading this past week. I finished The Lost World by Michael Crichton. Sigh. I am so thankful he has a long list of books written. I think he is one of the greatest suspense, action writers of all time. Amazing, heart-pounding, loved it!

Last night was my Zumba class. The teacher is awesome and I am finally getting some of the choreography down. Although, by that I mean, just my feet. As soon as I start trying to copy the arm movements, forget it! This was only my third class so eventually I will get it. I love that I spend an hour dancing and getting sweaty! It’s fun exercise and that is the best.

I am spending this week reading, knitting, and catching up on my DVR shows, The Office and Political Animals. Next week will be spent organizing and preparing for the school year. How are you spending your last weeks of summer?