Good Morning! Happy St. Patrick's Day! Growing up, my family had a love for Ireland and the Irish, and a fond memory I have is of Irish music playing in the family room. I still love the music today and if time allows, I may have to play some tonight for my kids:)
I like to write here everyday and show crafty progress, but there isn't much for today. I have two boys going for doctor's appointments, one at homeschool group, and I'm driving across opposite sides of the city several times today to get them to and fro and back home again. Then, these young men will be starving for dinner which isn't planned yet, so...it's that kind of day.
For now though, I'm taking just a moment in the coffee shop to write about things like warmer weather (in the 80's a day or two ago). This brings to mind thoughts of cool clothing, and the realization I don't have any for this year. I bought a couple vintage style patterns a few months ago and planning ahead, pre-washed some fabric. I think I'm going to sew these dresses assembly line style, cutting them all out and sewing each part one right after another, that way I'll get four dresses, in just a little more time than it would take to make one. The greatest challenge will be to make these cute dresses (designed for teens,) fit my midlife body! But never mind that, the thought of some vintage style sundresses for this summer, sounds just about perfect.
Yesterday I needed to go to the bookstore across town to get a book Jordan needed for today. It hit me when I walked in the door and I had to catch myself, as I felt my eyes try to well up just for a split second. The emotion surprised me. This might sound silly, but it had been a long time since I visited a bookstore and I really love books. Walking around the bookstore had probably been one of my favorite past times, but a couple years ago the bookstore near our home closed. This is what's happening in our town. I can certainly take the time to drive farther and go to another one, but because I hadn't been for a while, I hadn't realized how much I missed it. I've been ordering books through Amazon, which is very convenient, but walking into the bookstore yesterday, was like bumping into an old best friend I wasn't expecting to see. I tried to lift my spirits with chocolate tart;) I drove home feeling a little sad, but when I saw the woods as I neared our street, the feeling dissipated as quickly as it came. I'll continue to bloom where I am and just drive a little farther to go to places I like.
Speaking of books and blooming where I'm planted, three of my favorite books come to mind about this very subject: The Nazi Officer's Wife, a book about a young woman from Austria, who did anything she could to survive Nazi invasion, including hiding by becoming the wife of a Nazi Officer. Also, The Rent Collector, which is somewhat astonishing, due to the fact the setting of the entire book is a trash dump. And on a much lighter note, A Thousand Days in Venice, an all time favorite of mine; a true story about a woman chef, (from a city near me), who took off to marry a man, on a whim, and moved to Venice.. How she creates the life she wants there turns out kind of beautiful, and there's recipes!
I had no idea I'd ramble so much today. I hope you have a lovely day today, blooming where you are planted:) I'm sure there is beauty all around, sometimes we just have to look for it. For everything else, we may just have to take a little drive. Jeannine:)