Saturday, September 21, 2013


It has been crazy busy since we started regular lessons again.  One forgets how much time school takes.  I make a list every morning, and lately my list hasn't been nearly as full as it was in the summer.  I almost wonder if I'm accomplishing anything--but as we make slow but steady progress through the curriculum, I know that I am, or rather, we are--since the kids are doing most of that work.

In addition to that, we've visited some friends, been to market and the grocery store, processed tomatoes and made salsa, passata, and tomato sauce.  My dear husband has done most of the canning.  I do okay at freezing vegetables, but don't feel confident at all about canning.  Plus all that, there is the usual cooking, cleaning, laundry and housework.  Some days it is just all overwhelming.

Last week I twisted my ankle, nearly falling down the front steps.  That put a wrench in my exercising for a few days, but I am happy to say it feels completely better already.  I'm not sure what I did exactly, but I am very glad it is better.

On the creative front, I've done very little.  Yesterday I sat down with a project for an hour, and spent half the time taking out seven stitches.  Because of the small count fabric, and the number of different shades in the area, it was very difficult to do.  But again because of the number of different shades, I can't seem to count past a mistake, however slight (it was one stitch off).  Needless to say, that was frustrating.  This project is more difficult than some I've done.  It is here, if you want to see it.  The actual photograph in the chart is prettier than the photo in the online catalogue, but that gives you an idea.  I think there are nine pages of chart.

Looking outside this morning, it is wet and gray--water drops on the leaves and window feeder after the tremendous rainstorm last night.  It is supposed to cool down.  It is kind of funny these days having to check the forecast before getting dressed every morning because you don't know if it will be a jeans and short-sleeved shirt day, jeans and sweater day, or capris and a t-shirt day.

Ok, I've rambled enough for the morning.  I have a menu to start on, and/or a walk routine to do, so I'd better get moving.

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