Sweet summer carries on here, but try as it might to hold on, fall is gently nudging its way in. More leaves are falling, requiring the porch to be swept now, and although the days are hot, mornings are glorious.
It’s been really hard to write lately and I’ve missed visiting with you, so I truly appreciate your visit with me today. This space was created to express the peace and joy I find in my quiet, simple way of life, but finding peace to write about lately, has been tangled up a bit, with busy days of full schedules.
Today though, I’m able to write and to let you know, that regardless of busy days spent car shopping (mine was determined totaled in the accident), school shopping with the boys, cleaning, trying to stay afloat on my chore list, and running to numerous dental, doctors, and registration appointments in preparation for a new school year, I have still found ways to incorporate peace of mind, no matter what the day may hold. I’ve known for a while now, that for me, happiness is found when there is quiet inside me, even if the day is overflowing with things to do. I’ve found a quiet disposition, may be as important to me as my next doctor's appointment, and discovering this over the past couple years, has really changed my life.
So during the busy that’s been building here these past days, I knew that to conquer it, I could take a little better care of myself. There have been some late evening quiet walks, to see the neighborhood pets like the llamas and horses. I’ve taken time to love my kids even more and to enjoy time with our own pets.
I decided to treat my skin like it is special, instead of dropping into bed without removing my makeup, like I’ve been known to do at times. (Ew.) Who knew that caring for your face could feel so good?
I signed up for “Stitch Fix” too, a company that picks out clothes for you. (I haven’t bought new clothes in a long time.) They sent me five pieces of clothing, and I kept them all; a dress, two shirts, a pair of jeans, and a necklace. This will be my new way of shopping, since shopping is something I don't really enjoy.
I’ve also found peace of mind, by taking time to read, even if I do only get through a page before having to move on to something else.
Lastly, I’m consciously drinking more water. By taking good care of myself, I’ve realized it’s possible to feel relaxed and happy, even in the midst of hectic days.
Well then, we should move on to crafting, should we not? Christmas fabric has been cut! I reluctantly uploaded these pictures, for fear that those of you who want to wait until much later, okay, at least until after August (I know:), might not find Christmas fabric too pretty of a sight right now. But I have several quilts in progress, and if I’m to get them done by Christmas, I do need to start sewing now. So late last night, after everyone was in bed, I pulled out some fabric and started sewing. I must add, it was a surprisingly exciting, in a Christmas preparation sort of way:)
Well my dear friends. I hope it’s beautiful where you are today. May your busy days be balanced with beauty, and with moments of treating yourself extra well, so that even in the rush, there is always peace and joy.
Love to you.