Thursday, September 17, 2009

Transitions: a Hodgepodge Post

I have my computer back. Everything seems to be working, except that all of my 2009 photos, save September, have disappeared. I hope they come back!

Here is what we did the last few days of summer:









And then school started with a blur.



It's crazy how quickly September rushes up on us, and now it's half over already and I'm still not in the swing of my new groove. No crafting. I'm determined to get the house tidied before I mess it up with bits of thread and fabric. Would it be embarrassing to tell you I've spent this entire week on my clothes closet alone? I read Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style, and two of Nina Garcia's books: The Style Strategy and The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own to help me with my closet purging. The books were entertaining (I own 35 of the 100 items!! That makes me 35% stylish!!!), but even after my purge I still feel like I have too much, and I'm still uncertain what to get rid of. You'd think I was a child of the Depression or something, because my mentality is I have to keep it, I might need it again someday! Ugh. I try to keep in mind people who truly need it right now, which helps me part with a lot.
I need to come up with a weekly themed post to keep me on blog track. My friend Lynn at The Little Red Hen does lovely Thoughtful Sunday posts, Crystal at Elsewhere Living does Lazy Sunday posts, and Bookwormbethie does Keeping it Weird on Wednesdays. Any good ideas for a weekly themed post?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Back to school with no photos

My laptop ground to a halt last week. I am not a techie, so I handed it over to my husband, and he fears the worst. It is now in the hands of someone who will hopefully be able to perform a miracle on it. In the meantime, I have no photos, because they are all on my laptop!!! Along with everything else in my life. I'm trying not to think about what all may be lost.

The children went back to school yesterday. Summer to school is always a difficult transition. The incredulity that they have to be somewhere every day, the realization that homework is back in the mix, the too-quiet house for me. I think I suffer more than they do, for every September I see them moving farther and farther away from me. I am on a mission, though, to take my mind off all of that. I am in the mood to clean out closets and tame piles and purge and reorganize until we don't recognize this place any more. I spent four hours on one room yesterday. At that rate it will take a month to do the whole house, but that's okay. This is what I feel the need to do now. I have some good books on CD checked out of the library, so I will listen to stories while I bring some order to this home of ours. That is my back-to-school project! And honestly, having the distraction of my laptop out of my life is only helping this endeavor. So wish me luck!

Friday, September 4, 2009

In which I rediscover the needlewoman in me

I haven't completed a needlework project in three months. How did that happen? Oh, wait, I know. It's because I was bit by the cross stitch bug. Cross stitch really is my favorite stitchy pastime, but projects can take me quite some time, so it doesn't make for a frequently updated blog.

I've been working on this piece all summer. It's "The Christmas Elf Fairy" from Mirabilia. I love her boots and her little sparkly tree. I plan to take her for framing this weekend. My 55% off coupon expires on Tuesday!
Speaking of Christmas, it's time to think about handmade gifts already. I have a few ideas in mind. Once we are settled back into the school routine, I will hopefully have some time to really dig in. The way the schedule is looking, though, with PTO meetings, curriculum nights, back-to-school picnics, and all that kind of stuff, it will be almost October before I will be able to catch my breath!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Pardon me, it's still vacation

This came in the mail a few days ago. This is unprecedented. My son is quite shocked and puzzled. He is not amused.

According to his calendar, school, and therefore homework, do not start until Tuesday. It is still summer. He would rather spend these last few idyllic days building a cable car out of Lego and zipping it across the backyard.