We recently celebrated Jonny’s 42nd birthday. Jonny and I went out for dinner and a movie, something I’m not sure we’ve ever actually done before. There have been plenty of dinners, just not movies. We walked up to the ticket counter and were surprised when we were prompted to choose our seats. Clueless, we asked the guy to choose for us. We explained that the last time we saw a movie together we were in college and saw The Blair Witch Project. He replied with a blank stare. “Oh…You may not have been born yet when it came out…” I explained. (That was the last time I watched a scary movie. I was traumatized!) This time we saw Downton Abbey. I was excited like a little kid and couldn’t get over the reclining seats. It was so fancy! It did occur to me that leaning back in those seats might be a good way to get head lice, but I didn’t let that put a damper on my spirits. I had the best time and hopefully Jonny did too, since it was his birthday. Our lives have changed so drastically in the past few weeks. Jonny works long days oftentimes not getting home until 8 p.m. We see each other for a fraction of the time that we used to. Dinner and a movie felt like the most wonderful gift.
And while I think we are managing this transition really well, there have been some hard days. The little boys go crazy when Jonny gets home and then they don’t want to go to bed. So the time we have with him on weekdays is chaotic and a little stressful. I’m sure it will get better as the kids adjust. On this particular day the boys kept getting out of bed and it was nearing 10 p.m. and I thought I was going to lose my mind. In a martyr moment I cried out, “I just need ten minutes! Just ten minutes of quiet! That’s all I need!” Jonny attempted to comfort me, saying, “I could quit.” To which I replied, “Nooooooo!” We can do this. He loves the job and I’m really managing just fine. I’m able to be home far more than I was last year and that helps. Keats got his driver’s license and is doing most of the driving every day. Considering that he’s the one with orchestra, organ lessons, music theory class, and viola lessons, it’s fitting that he should be driving himself! What a relief. I’m not allowing myself to worry either. He’s a good driver.
I’ve been searching yet again for the elusive balance between housekeeping, homeschooling, and creating. It certainly doesn’t exist, so I tell myself things like, “This week, I’ll dye headscarves. Next week, I’ll clean the house.” But really, I’m trying to do a little of everything each day and I’m finding a rhythm. Of course, it looks like the car that Keats drives might spend the week at our mechanic’s house. If I have to go back to driving to all the things every day that rhythm will be destroyed this week. But, that’s just how it goes.
Mabel’s Juliette cardigan is finished and our weather has finally cooled off to the point that she has needed it. I love it! I dipped her yellow linen dress in my indigo vat to hide some stains and turned it a deep green which looks so nice with her new cardigan. When I showed her the dress in its transformed state, she told me, “Dip it back in the yellow” which made me laugh. I love the new green and she’s really okay with it too.
Silas lost his top two teeth last week. That’s always a bittersweet milestone, isn’t it? Last week I also got quite a bit of work done, and I will be updating my shop on Friday at 2 p.m. ET with Half Hansel shawl kits, headscarves, and full-sized scarves. I have had so many requests for more headscarves and had planned to have them finished by end of August, but my fabric order ended up being delayed by a month. Better late than never!