Good morning and happy Friday to you all!
Rain has been falling, and with that comes a break from watering the flowers, as well as some cozy knitting time. I casted on a fun shawl yesterday, A Day To Remember, by Joji Locatelli. I love the pattern so far, and I think I’ll take a closer look at her other patterns as well. Her photos are lovely. The yarn is from Pigeon Roof Studios, a superwash merino/silk blend with a high twist and soft yet strong to the touch. I’m unable to read the hand written color way.
One thing I have noticed about our home, is that I seem to hear the birds even more than I did at Stone Cottage. That might be because we lived in a valley there, and here we are at the top of a large hill. There are also large trees closer to the house here. There are so many kinds of birds, and the songs they sing are so unique. One morning, a black bird was making the exact sound of rippling water. Listening to the birds is one way I slow down and enjoy my day. Oh little birds, you are such a gift.
Wishing you a very happy and peaceful weekend dear friends. xo Jeannine
"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
Hello! Since moving I’ve been so busy, that my days have felt like a whirlwind. By the end of the day, I would wonder how it all got done. Also, I’d think of all that didn’t get done, but I took comfort in the fact that the important things somehow always work out. We’ve been trying to sell a house, applying for colleges, driving to tutoring, school, and music lessons. Then, there is a homeschool push to prepare the youngest for public high school next year. Meaning we must do Math, and more Math. My job takes me away on weekends, a challenge, and we celebrated a Senior prom!...I haven’t been able to spend time writing here, nor with my camera like I have wanted to. There were days when I’d snap a photo of a sunset, or a flower, and think this would be lovely to share with friends, only to resign to the fact that there wasn’t enough time, or energy to finish the job. One factor is that my sons who were making A's in Honors classes at their old school, suddenly found themselves struggling to pass in the new, advanced district. Yikes! Being placed in new classes half way through the year hasn’t help either. My computer is in use most nights until 2:00 am, by a dear boy who will not give up, and is determined to succeed:) (Love, love, love.)
Some of you who know me a little, might guess, that that kind of busyness is not easy on someone of my character, who tends to prefer quiet, peacefulness, and time alone, to recharge and ever so purposely, slow down. Whoo!
It’s really all been ok however; happiness was felt each day that the kids met their challenges, and each evening, knowing they were well fed. Everything else could be saved for the following day. I did find a minute here and there for tea, or a moment of time to sit on a bench. I’d take a slow deep breath, complete a stitch or two, or make a list of what I’d like to do when things slowed down, and somehow these moments kept it all in check.
Vanilla sock - stash yarn.
The front yard. My kind brother-in-law has been stopping by each afternoon to haul away the rocks. Pesky rocks.
Shaelyn By: Leila (Stash yarn)
Then, all of a sudden I felt it. A shift. Yes! I felt a shift toward slow. Spring had sprung! Homeschool network was finished for the year, a college was chosen, and difficult classes are nearly complete. With the shift, came a little extra time to finish a pair of socks, time to enjoy that cup of tea, to complete a few more stitches, to plant flowers, and oh sweet goodness...time to knit! Glorious!
Have a beautiful day friends. I’ve missed you all! Jeannine:)