We’ve had a rather stressful week here. This house selling business is intense, isn’t it? I have to stop and remind myself that I can and should dwell on other topics than the most stressful one I can think of.
While we’ve mostly been experiencing our typical swampy Virginia summer days, yesterday there was a crispness with just a hint of fall in the air. All of my favorite dye plants are starting to bloom, and I am excited to start filling my dyepots! I planted one little tansy plant in my garden at our old house last summer, but after doing a bit of research about it, chose to dig it all up last week. It’s not native and is quite invasive so I am not going to grow it at our new home and didn’t want to leave it behind to take over in our old garden.
Last night, after my girls had interrupted me half a dozen times before I had even turned the first page in our chapter of Anne, I suggested that maybe we should have a knit and chat night instead of a reading night. Of course, they were already knitting (and chatting). They agreed, so I set aside the book and pulled out the little cardigan I am knitting for Mabel. It’s really, really lovely having these sweet young knitting companions.
I don’t think I ever mentioned why we started reading Anne of Green Gables when we did. It was time to choose a new read aloud, and I pulled my tattered childhood copy of Island of the Blue Dolphins off the shelf. I read it multiple times as a child, and then again to Seth, Keats, and Gabe some years ago. If you know the book, you may recall that a tragedy occurs early on in the story. Well, that completely traumatized Larkspur, and we had to set it aside much to Beatrix’s dismay. Larkspur was so upset (she’s quite sensitive and I should have known better) that the only cure I could think of was Anne of Green Gables. Both girls know much of the story from watching the movie, but were more than happy to hear it read aloud. Our bedtime reading and knitting time has become one of my favorite parts of the day (and I think they feel the same way.)
I’m really loving these little girl days right now, full of tea parties, knitting, and plenty of conversation. During a recent tea party they shared with a friend, I overheard little snippets of their conversation and it was sprinkled with words such as, “splendid,” and “delightful.”
Once the girls are all tucked away at night (Jonny puts the little boys to bed), I can spend a few more minutes knitting, before getting into bed with my own book, currently A Gentleman in Moscow. I’m more than 3/4s through and I can’t really describe it (saying anything beyond I like or don’t like a book doesn’t come easily for me.) It’s a rich and gentle story and I am so glad to be reading it.
There is always something to worry about, but isn’t it better to focus on the delightful? I believe it’s rather splendid to do just that.
p.s. I will update our shop on Tuesday, August 1st at 2 p.m. ET! I’ll get a preview post up here on the blog sometime before that, probably Tuesday a.m.
p.p.s. I bought my t-shirt here, and here are Amazon Affiliate Links for the books and movies I mentioned in this post: