I spent the last week riding in the passenger seat of our car, hitting an imaginary break pedal and clenching my teeth, while Seth did the actual driving. We’ve kind of failed at the whole driving thing with our firstborn due to (as I explained to him) circumstances outside of our control. Seth will turn eighteen in September, and will hopefully get his driver’s license in early October. He did start driving a long time ago, but we had a friend who was doing most of the teaching. Then that friend got married, and things changed. Around the same time, our second car stopped running and all we had for more than six months was our 12 passenger van, which Seth understandably did not want to learn to drive. So there was a long period of him not driving at all. We recently had our second car repaired, hence the renewed efforts. It makes me really nervous to ride passenger while he learns. But, I realize that this is my job and it’s going to be my job for many years, to teach all eight of my kids to drive, so I better get used to it! I am doing my best not to make too many sharp, audible inhales, and to remain calm and encouraging. Today, while Seth and I were running errands, I called home to ask Jonny a question. When he answered he asked how I was doing. I told him, “We’re still alive.” I can do this. I can.
My girls and I are in mourning because we finished reading Julie’s Wolf Pack a few days ago. I think that of the three books in the Julie of the Wolves trilogy, it was our favorite. (Amazon links are affiliate links.) I loved it every bit as much as my girls did. Thankfully, I have Mitford. I sure do love that book!
That photo of my four grubby little ones was taken at the end of day two of a three day baseball tournament. I posted it on Instagram, and it was suggested to me that I make it black and white, so I did! I think I ought to print that one. Oh, and the baby bird is a barn swallow that fell from its nest. Gabe replaced it, and it has since fledged. We have a family of them living in our garage, which has its pros and cons. I’m afraid the first family has invited some friends to join them in the attic space above our garage. There is a hole in the drywall, and they access it that way. They are beneficial birds, but we’d like to be able to close our garage doors!
I saw a photo on Instagram recently of a little girl wearing a head scarf made from some sort of crinkly looking fabric. I knew I had to make something similar for my girls. I ended up ordering about ten yards of organic cotton gauze fabric to experiment with. I cut it into squares, stitched along the edges so that it would have a frayed edge, but wouldn’t keep fraying forever, and then prepared it for dyeing with natural dyes. I dyed some with osage orange shavings, some with avocado pits and skins, a couple with rosemary, and some with indigo. I really love how they turned out! The fabric is super lightweight, so it is great for warm weather. And while my original plan was to make these for my girls, I’m wearing them all the time too! I like keeping my hair out of my face when I’m working. I tend to fold them up and wear them as headbands more than as head scarves. I’m really enjoying working with this fabric, so I got a little crazy and placed an order for more of it. A lot more! I’m planning to offer a small batch of the head scarves in my next shop update, and I’ll have larger scarves later this summer. I’m very excited about these!