I feel like I have a million things to tell you! First, thank you so much for all your orders! I got most of them out Friday and Saturday, and the last few will be mailed today. I have a big bolt of organic cotton gauze and I plan to make more of the head scarves. I’m sorry that I didn’t have more available this go round, but I will start cutting, sewing, and dyeing this week. I’m also planning to dye some full sized scarves. First, one for my sister who just had a birthday and one for my mom! If those turn out well, I’ll be dyeing some for the shop as well. I’m in love with this fabric and think it will be just perfect for lightweight scarves!
Okay, I didn’t meant to write so much about that stuff-I really want to talk about the fox! Do you think the little fox in the first photos looks like the same one in the second set of fox photos? I saw the one in the first photos down the road from our house the day we went blueberry picking. It looked so pitiful it just broke my heart. I googled around and found this article that outlined a plan for helping that I thought might well apply to this particular one. Evidently completely deranged and out of my mind, I decided I would try to treat this one for mange (you sneak medicine in food). A few days in though, and a fox that appeared to be the same one was dead in the road. I was pretty sad. But then the following day we saw a fox that looked identical running across a neighbor’s yard. So, I’m thinking they are siblings? Later that day my girls started yelling, “The fox is here!” And indeed, there was a little fox in our front yard (about a mile away from the one we saw earlier that day) That’s when I took the second few photos. They aren’t as clear as the first ones because I was not as close. (The first fox photos were taken from the safety of my van.) I have no idea who is who at this point. And I suspect I’m not making much sense either.
During the same stretch of days, Seth rescued a juvenile rabbit from our cat, Intruder. It was completely unharmed, which was a small miracle. Seth kept it overnight, not sure he wanted to release it back in our yard just to be snatched up again by a cat. In the end, he decided to take it a bit farther away, but it leapt from his arms near the spot where it was rescued to begin with. Hopefully it will make it!
Speaking of wild things, I asked Jonny to shave Silas’ and Job’s heads (to make it easier to spot ticks) and somehow they ended up with bingo marker dyed mohawks until I insisted that he finish the job. I don’t need my wild little boys looking like little punks, though I’ll always laugh at the photos I have of them with that ridiculous hair, “helping” to milk Greta!
I got bored with my morning weed pulling routine and I’ve replaced it with Bible study and a bit of exercise. Well, just a tiny bit of exercising because I hate it. I’ve been experimenting with “girl” push ups. I can do about eight of them. My boys tease me about the whole thing. The fourth anniversary of my friend Sarah’s death just passed, and it feels appropriate to have recently started (affiliate link) this True Friend Bible study. I’m really enjoying it, and it has me thinking hard about friendship, being a good friend, and feeling thankful for the ones I have.
We have a full house here, as we are taking care of a friend’s three little boys (ages 3, 4, and 9) for the next week. Our friend is a single dad, and he’s struggling right now. I’d so appreciate your prayers for him, his little boys, and for us as we do our best for them this week-and really for the whole situation. We are trying to help find some more sustainable solutions for the long term. Less than 48 hours in, and I am already feeling wiped out. Bedtime has been especially difficult, and well-it’s just going to be a hard week. My head is ringing with a chorus of “Mommys” and “Miss Ginnys.” Jonny commented that life will seem very quiet when the boys go home, and I suspect that’s true, though I would never have called our life quiet! It’s supposed to rain all day today, so I can’t send them outside… Oh, dear!!!
p.s. That colorful granny square blanket was made by my grandmother. It is one of my happy memories from childhood and my Aunt Genie surprised me by sending it last week. I smile every time I look at it!
p.p.s. I forgot to say a word about any of the knitting! I honestly haven’t been knitting nearly as much as I usually do. I’ll talk about the purple/brown cardigan in my Yarn Along post on Wednesday. I am getting close to finishing my South Bay Sweater, though it looks like it will go to Larkspur, and I’ll be knitting another for myself in a size larger!