I keep asking myself, “How on earth are you going to keep up with everything once you start homeschooling in a couple of weeks?” (We’re having a late start this year, week after labor day.) Then I shush myself, saying, “Not yet, you don’t have to worry about that yet.” I’m slowly putting things in order, and little by little, I’ll be ready. But there’s really no reason to ruin these last couple weeks of summer with worry over what isn’t here yet. We’ll figure out how to get it all done. We always (mostly) do.
Jonny and I have been having lots of fun making things. Well, I’m mostly dyeing things (mainly yarn, though I let Beatrix dye her slip in my indigo vat last week). Jonny’s been playing with wood, mainly some of the red oak left over from this tree. He made me a cutting board and I really love it. He has a few more ready for our next shop update, which I am planning for Thursday, Sept. 1 at 12 p.m. EST. I think there may be some bird shawl pins in walnut. I’ve been dyeing with goldenrod and have some really beautiful yellows and olive greens. I also dyed a few skeins with the Hopi dye sunflower seeds that I am competing with the goldfinches for. I may have settled on letting them win. The sunflowers are so tall that it is kind of a pain to get them protected from the birds, and I’m not sure it’s worth the trouble. I also really enjoy listening to the goldfinches as they dart around my garden.
Earlier this week the boys found a large-ish tortoise on the baseball field. We brought it home, thinking that it didn’t look like any native turtle we’d ever seen, while simultaneously praying that it was so we could let it go in a more appropriate spot. We were not hoping to keep it (Well, Gabe and I weren’t. The other kids would have been glad to.) It turned out to be some sort of African tortoise, a Sulcata we think. Our local shelter took it and will hold him to see if an owner reports him missing, and if not, he will go to a rescue group. Thank goodness. I was kind of freaking out just a little bit having him in our downstairs bathtub overnight, especially after I saw the size of his poop!
A friend’s mom who is a lifelong swimmer and instructor is in town for awhile. She is giving Larkspur and Beatrix swimming lessons every morning. I left Mabel at home with everyone else yesterday so I could swim too. It was literally the first time I have been in a swimming pool in years. I think I need more swimming in my life. At least there will be for the next few days!