My planner pages for May are so full that they’ve become confusing, and sort of make my mind feel like it’s melting. The days are flying faster and faster, and I’m finding that I can do it. My introverted, longs for home self is keeping up and doing all the things. It’s interesting to think that as we help our children learn to spread their wings, they are doing the same for us. I spent twenty minutes today with a friend just planning and recording more events, drop-offs, and lesson times. Keats’ organ teacher needed to reschedule his lesson for next week and it took me five minutes to figure out how to move it to another time without interfering with something else. I was a little embarrassed and tried to explain the state of scheduling overload my brain is in.
Silas receives First Holy Communion this weekend, and Larkspur will be Confirmed the following. I want to make sure that those events don’t get lost amidst the busyness of our days. Later this month Keats and Larkspur will perform in a concert with our homeschool band and orchestra, and then a few days later they will be in a musical along with Gabe, who has a lead role. He’s stepping way outside his comfort zone, and I’m really proud of him. Gabe turned sixteen last week and had a group of teenage boys over. They shot empty cans, ate burgers, and took Pippi on a long walk in the woods. I still haven’t bought him a proper gift because all he could think of that he wants is a new fan, and that didn’t feel like much of a gift. I made him cheesecake as I always do. Every year he considers a fruit topping, and then always settles back on chocolate.
Seth is graduating from high school in a few weeks. We met with an advisor at our local community college and got him registered for fall classes. How can that be? I was in college when he was born…
For some reason, feeling the need to be intentional about strengthening my skills in something that I’ve done for many years, but on a very candid, mostly hobby level, I just started another online photography course. Someone asked recently which courses I have been taking, and I think I forgot to answer. They are Katelyn James courses, and they are expensive, but I am learning so much. I signed up for both after watching free webinars which gave big discounts for the corresponding paid courses. I guess it’s possible I’m contemplating a little mid-life career shift, though I haven’t fully admitted that to myself. The thought terrifies me, so I’m still telling myself that this is just about learning. My friend Lori who has taught me a lot of what I know (we’ve photographed several weddings together) calls it my continuing education. I like looking at it that way. I like learning.
Pippi is awfully feisty! I think we are moving out of the, “we can wing this,” phase and into the, “we need to watch some Youtube videos on puppy training,” phase. My sister Abby ended up taking a puppy from the litter, and Angie, the sister whose rescue dog the puppies originated from, kept one too. So three sisters each have a puppy from the same litter and we are happy about that. We are also doing a bit of commiserating about how much work this actually is. Someone at the hardware store mentioned a (affiliate link) potty training bell to Abby, and she and I are both thinking about trying one. If you have experience with these, please share!
I finally found time to squeeze in a new cast-on, a little cardigan for Mabel with some yarn I dyed a soft shade of yellow-beige using pomegranate extract. I was trying to mimic the color in the designer’s photos. I came close, but I think my yarn is a warmer shade.
There are several flats of flower seedlings lining my driveway that will be ready to plant soon. There are zinnias in all sorts of interesting shades, cosmos, and a few other things. There’s one flat full of Oklahoma Salmon zinnias for my girls to sell at children’s market next month. I’m starting more black hollyhocks too. If you got seeds from me last year, now might be a good time to start them. My plants from last year will be blooming soon and I’m really excited!
p.s. I’m sorry this (too long) post is all over the place. But if I waited for cohesive thoughts these days, I might never write a thing!