I've been paying more attention to the little things lately. I don't know if it's the buoyant mood I'm in due to the return to routines, or the time I'm able to spend with my own thoughts, or the slight change in the weather as we cruise toward fall. Maybe it's some of each. All I know is that I feel good these days. Life is full and busy but not unpleasantly so. It's that nice level of busy, the purposeful kind. Not running ragged, just getting things done and being up.
Just now, I am...
Picking the apples from our backyard tree. I keep this bowl on the kitchen counter and everyone helps him or herself.
Peeling apples all the time. There's a lot you can do with apples, such as...
Baking an apple crisp. It's my own improvised recipe, slightly lower in sugar and butter, but with all the juice you don't even miss them. Apples are awesome.
Watching my children work with their hands. He's learning to use a lucet, she's becoming more dexterous all the time.
Hatching a crafty plot of my own (more to come soon...)
Discovering double-yolk eggs (we're almost certain that they're coming from Penny, who mostly lays a big egg every other day, whereas Betty lays a smaller one daily).
Admiring a birthday gift to myself (to put away until November), a vintage 1940's crocheted doily wall-hanging I found on Etsy. It will work well in my strawberry-themed kitchen.
Making soups for dinner again, now that it's not so hot anymore. This one was chicken and rice.
Rejoicing because my favorite hand soap is back in the store, after being out of stock for months.
Relishing the return of Private Fridays (today was our first one since May). We lingered over coffee, browsed a thrift store and a rock-and-mineral shop and had a leisurely lunch, all on a cool, rainy morning that felt like fall. I love having time with my old Bear again.
Enjoying the early mornings, especially as the season changes. The sunrises and sunsets have been gorgeous lately. The Bear took this photo on our street as he left for work the other day.
Posing for a new family photo on the Bear's birthday. Me and my three lovely Bears.
Thank you for the wonderful comments on my Ice Cream Flowers blanket. I'm really proud of it. I feel like I could crochet anything now. It's amazing what a complex project can do for your confidence. And you're all so kind, I was blushing reading what you wrote about it. Thanks. And welcome, new readers and followers. I'm so glad you're here.