I’ve been working! I took about a month off and had forgotten how good it feels to be gathering plants, making dye baths, and watching all the lovely natural colors emerge in my kitchen. I’ve had a good rhythm going between homeschooling and dyeing. Sadly, I haven’t quite figured out how to balance that with housework. But that’s mostly true for everybody (so I tell myself). I told Jonny the other night that it might be a decade or so before we get on top of everything. And I suspect at that point we’ll have realized that there’s no use trying! We went out on a quick date over the weekend that included our favorite new taco place (homemade corn tortillas!) and gathering sumac berries. For several years now our dates have sometimes involved gathering dye plants, which is almost always a lovely way to spend an hour. It’s important that we make those date nights a priority rather than always working on our endless to-do lists.
Today, Silas had a doctor’s appointment so I took him out for lunch afterwards to make it a little date for us. Solo dates with our children are a little harder to come by, but they do happen quite naturally at times. I had an embarrassing moment at the check-in desk when I was asked for his birthdate and I couldn’t come up with more than the month and day. The woman eventually had to prompt me, whispering, “2011.” I think it’s time to make a little card that I carry in my wallet… Years are hard to remember! Once we were back in a room answering the nurse’s questions, she asked if Silas has any allergies. I told her that he doesn’t, but he was quick to correct me. “I’m allergic to poison ivy,” he told her with big, serious eyes. So precious. I made a note of it in my planner, so I’d remember to tell Jonny. I haven’t always carried my planner everywhere, I think to some extent because they were so bulky, or the spiral binding would uncurl and get caught in things. But, I’ve been using this one for the past six months or so and love it especially because it is so easy to carry around in my purse. I use it for keeping up with appointments and other plans, but I also jot down lots of notes on the pages. There is an entire lined page to go along with each week at a glance, so there is plenty of room for writing, at least for me because I’m not big on journaling. Often, I am sketching out plans of what I want to accomplish in my dye kitchen, but there are also plenty of little notes about my kids. One day, it will be lovely to look back at the words and plans that filled my days and weeks.
Dear little Mabel is really keeping us all on our toes! I talked a little bit about that here. She’s so clever, darling, and naughty! At nineteen months, she’s into absolutely everything. For the first time in many years we are realizing we need to up our childproofing game as she can open doors now. She’s a wonderful problem solver and I know that will serve her well some day, though right now I wish she wasn’t quite so resourceful! The other day I was standing at the sink in my studio, and the next thing I knew she had turned over a five gallon bucket, climbed up on top, and was stirring my dye pot! With her help (wink), I’ll have a shop update ready in a couple of weeks. Early February, I hope!