I'm squeezing two weeks into one, here; our phone service went out two Fridays ago, taking our Internet with it. We were almost grateful, really, for the forced break—almost completely unreachable (except our cell phone, which we were also grateful to have in case of emergency) and without the siren call of the Internet to distract one or the other of us, we found we connected a bit more, and a bit more readily. We hope we'll be able to preserve that connection now that the Internet is flowing freely into our home again.
I'd like to say I got more accomplished in our week-plus without Internet access, but it seems that getting tied up online doesn't keep me from getting things done as much as I thought it did. Turns out, I'm just lazy...
:: tiny bean bags
We had a few friends over to celebrate Asher's birthday (very belatedly) the last weekend in February, and I made a set of little bean bags for each of his friends to take home. They were a last-minute project, made on Friday for a Saturday afternoon gathering, but I thought they turned out quite well. I made them a bit smaller than usual—perfect, I thought, for tiny four-year-old hands—and filed them with split peas. I think I'll make more, for us to use in sorting and rhythm and counting activities. (If I'm feeling really motivated, I might even make some to put in my shop...)
:: creating space
January, you might remember, was the month of the pantry. February sort of flew past while I wasn't paying attention (although I did manage to collect several bags of things to drop off at the Salvation Army last week). During March, I am determined to organize and purge my creating space. The purge, I'm finding, is the most important part of these projects; otherwise I'm just moving things around every few months and complaining that I don't have the space to organize it all. In this space, I have boxes of fabric that have made three moves with us now that I will never use but that I haven't been able to bear to part with because it was all free. How can I get rid of free fabric? But I've long ago run out of space for it all, and something must be done about it all.
:: little things for the shop
I didn't get my shop opened up last month as I planned. Time ran away from me, as it often does; I was busy early in February making little things to list, and then they sat in a little pile waiting to be finished. I finished some up last week and got started on some new ones—and I even took some photographs. Now if I can only find a few minutes to write up the listings...
Not actual wildcrafting, of course; even if anything were growing outside at this time of year, who could find it under all that snow? But we recieved Wildcraft for Christmas this year, and lately we've been playing every day. (They're playing right now as I type, in fact.) Every so often I hear one of them say something like: Oh, I'm sorry you have a bee sting...can I help you? or I'm hungry; I think I'll eat some wild mustard, and it warms a mama's heart.
We've been eating a ton of sourdough this winter, and...we're a little tired of it. (All but the English muffins. We are never tired of English muffins.) So I've been on the hunt for a new recipe for yeast bread. This one is Heather's, from one of her Whole Food Kitchen workshops, and when we sampled the finished loaf last night we all agreed it is quite tasty, if a bit sweeter than we prefer. I'm going to play with this recipe for a while, I think, but I'd love to hear about your favorite recipes, too.
I really love this little tunic. It is knitting up surprisingly quickly for such a light yarn, and the eyelet pattern is just enough to keep my interest amid all that stockinette. The pattern goes all the way up to size 10 so I suspect Julia might be wearing these for several years to come...
We finally The Long Winter and started in on Little Town on the Prairie. Julia is fascinated that the picture of the girls on the cover shows them "all grown up." And also with a kitten. She was very excited to see they had a kitten. (She's still not quite gotten over Jack's dying two books ago.) I'm re-reading Organized Simplicity on my phone (which is camera shy) and slowly working my way through the latest issue of Brain, Child.
Joining Ginny today, as always...