Saturday, August 17, 2019
I quit working at the college, because childcare is now unreliable at best, and borders occasionally on negligent. Things continue to be complicated with our living situation, in ways that it shouldn't be, but is.
We started our new homeschool year. Each year changes, and this year was no exception. All three are doing "for real" school work - even the Littlest Princess. We also have more time because I am not teaching out of the house anymore. This makes it a little smoother and less halting. We're still adjusting, as we now get to school a full 5 days instead of 3 full and 2 partial days. We still go to book clubs, although those are changing too.
We managed to take our first family vacation this year - we went to Charleston. It was fun (and educational - we slipped a few educational things in on the kids, which were incredibly fun for everyone and they didn't recognize it as "learning") and we all got sunburned at the beach.
We are growing together as a family - traveling the winding path of life and exploring the twists and turns along the way. It's not an easy path, but each challenge - a bump in the road, a twist in the path, a rock or tree limb that inhibits our way - we grow, and learn, and change. And we do it together.
In addition to educating our children, I have been attempting to educating myself. Sometimes my education is simply by reading a book outside my normal genre. I find being drawn to history and biographies more. I usually read fiction - classical literature, murder mysteries, and even some newer fiction. I still do, but I am broadening my scope. I have been picking up historical fiction, historical accounts, biographies. These are books that before held little to no interest to me before. I have also been looking in to homeopathic remedies more. Not in a crazy "modern medicine is trying to kill us" way, but in a "would a natural option with fewer or no side effects work" kind of way. Holistic medicine, treating the underlying cause and not just the symptoms as well as treating the whole person and not just the disease (truly caring for people), is an interest. I've had an up and down relationship with medication - I think most people would say the same. If there's a better way, shouldn't we find it? What works for me may not work for you. Here's an example: I know someone who swears by ketoprofen. He thinks it's great for his sciatica. And it works for him. I have taken it, and it does nothing for me. I get more relief from back pain with a heating pad than ketoprofen. Do I tell him he's wrong? No - just that the pills don't work for me. I try other things to alleviate the pain. I have been searching for herbs and extracts that can help alleviate my symptoms, because it's more natural. The ketoprofen can cause constipation or diarrhea, but the heating pad won't. I don't eschew the use of Western medicine - I still have ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and take antibiotics when needed. I just think Western medicine isn't the be-all-end-all to all our health issues.
In the world of crafts, I really haven't been doing much. I've been repairing toys here and there, knitting a few washcloths, and trying to finish what I've started. I am trying to make progress on different projects here and there, but I am focusing more on reading this year. Reading is important in learning, and teaching, and I am trying to do both.
Friday, March 15, 2019
I managed to finish a cross stitch unicorn project for the Littlest Princess, and I started to block my Fading Point shawl. Then I found a dropped stitch, so I had to fix it. And it sits, still waiting to be put back together. I am also attempting for the third time, the bottom band of ribbing on my Boxy sweater. I feel like I can get a project 80% done, before something happens and then it sits languishing in the WIP pool, floundering around for months before I can pick it up again.
I have so many things, it feels like, and yet I know I have no more than most people. Or maybe I do, and that's my problem. I am working on being more consistent and finishing things this year. One goal is reading. I missed it terribly, so I have a lofty goal of a book a week this year. That makes 52 books. Some are audio, some are printed, and I have some eBooks too. I am trying to be intentional about how I spend my time, and how my children spend their time. We live in a cramped location, and I keep trying to make it not feel so cramped. I hope I am making it work okay for the most part.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
|Mollie Makes Magazine, Issue 94|
|From Mollie Makes blog, Issue 96|
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Since the last time I have posted, I did put my doctorate on hold. I have tried to spend more time doing things that I enjoy, while getting things done that have to be (hello, laundry). I feel like I am floating more and more. I do not feel like I have a direction, a goal, an objective. I feel like I am floating. I am not sure that I enjoy this feeling. I have never had it before. I have always been driven. Not in a Type-A way, but I have managed to figure out a direction to live my life, and have done so with purpose. Now, I feel that I do not have that. I have started seeking full time employment again, not because I want to go back to work, but because I feel I have to.
Floating is great at times, but when you see a need that you cannot fill, it hurts. Floating down a river is peaceful, until you see someone who needs help. Then floating is no longer a good choice.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Thursday, October 18, 2018
I don't know about you, but things keep getting crazier around here. Before I knew it, it was October, and now the month is already half gone! I think I have taken on too much, so after some debating, I plan on scaling back after this month. The holidays are crazy enough without adding to it. I have been taking classes for my doctorate, and that will have to go. I will continue teaching for now, but after next semester, that's going too. I need to focus on our home, or what we call our home, for now. I thought I had stuff down, but the more things continue, the less control I have. I don't want to be a Type A, but I don't want stuff in utter chaos either. Sometimes life gets busier without adding to it.
So, I leave you with an image of fall. I have been knitting and crocheting, and reading. Because I am splitting my free time between the three, none have a lot of progress. I hope to change that after the holidays.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
I have been working on this blanket again:
It is MUCH farther along than this. I am using the Cozy Stripe Afghan pattern from Attic24 with self-striping yarn. It's an easy, fun crochet.
Knitting is kind of on the back burner at the moment. I have a project that I want to start, and one I need to finish. I am almost done with my Milkrun Shawl, but the last ruffle I had planned to do, and started, I need to take out. There just isn't enough yarn. So, I can remove it and be done. My project list is slowly diminishing, but much like reading, I can never get as much done in an hour as I think I can.
My book list still sits, unread. And it has grown. I have added 2 titles to it, but haven't started on any of them.
How was your summer? Are you looking forward to fall?