I’ve spent the last week or so catching my breath, and it’s felt like a good move. After a really busy past few weeks, it’s been nice to take a break, clean up, and regroup.
My sewing machine has been missing me this week. But I think it’s been good for us to have a little bit of space sometimes. Other than making a few more face masks, any time I spent in my sewing room this past week has been trying to clean up my space, put things away, and declutter. It was definitely time for a reset. It feels good to clean the palette/cutting table every so often, right?
I’m also starting to make priority lists of what needs to get done so that projects are ready to go when I’m ready to sit down at my machine again.
In the mean time, I’ve been working on a new cross-stitch project to keep my hands busy. I started Camille Roskelly’s Stitchville pattern a week or so ago and it’s been a good portable project to work on while hanging out with my family. (For the first time I’m using this frame instead of a hoop. I love how tight it holds the fabric.)
Or when I’m in the mood to stab something over and over.
A neighbor dropped these delightful flowers off this week. Since I’ve got people with flower-allergies in my house, all flowers end up behind closed doors in my sewing room. These were a sweet little pick-me-up.
Usually by this point in the summer I’m counting down the days until school starts again, feeling very excited to get back into some regular schedules, routines, and bedtimes, not to mention anxiously awaiting a quiet, empty house for a good part of the day where I can think and work without distraction or interruption.
A few weeks ago I may have had a mini (or not so mini) meltdown when I finally came to terms with the fact that was not going to be the case this fall. 🙁 I’ll have at least one child starting school remotely (online at home) while another goes half days every morning. So pretty much like having a kindergartner. And who knows how long even that will last before he’s home again doing online school again too!
Basically, like everything about this bizarre year, and like all of the rest of you, we’re learning to roll with the great unknown.
The good news is I’ve been feeling better this week than I have in a while. I’m trying to just slow the pace and find things to enjoy – particularly out of doors. Being outside has been my sanity saver. I’ve been really purposeful about spending time outside everyday, going for walks or even just sitting in my backyard in the mornings while it’s still cool and shady.
I’m also exceedingly lucky to live near the mountains. In stead of going to dinner and a movie, most of my dates with my husband this summer we’ve just driven up the nearby canyon to sit and talk and admire scenery. (We’re so 19th Century. haha)
Here is irrefutable proof that we’re getting older (and hopefully wiser?). I’ve reached the point in my life where I’m perfectly content to sit and look at a mountain for an hour. Maybe that’s because I’m getting older, but maybe this weird year of 2020 has also taught me something about slowing down and focusing on the good things I still have in my life.
One of our drives up the canyon we also saw this guy hanging out near the side of the road having an evening snack. (Hence the reason I could take this pictures since I was in the safety of a protective car.) He was definitely not too stressed out by life. I need to take a cue from him.
So there you have it: more nature photos than quilt photos this week. I hope you can breathe in some fresh air where you are. Next week, back to quilts. Maybe.