Have you ever seen a more photogenic dog?
I've had mixed feelings about this week. For one thing it's been cold. Brutally cold. But really I'm fine with that. Right up until the moment I have to take off my flannel pajamas and leave the house. I always like to get back to a routine after a vacation but we had two hour delays for school Tuesday and Wednesday and a cancellation for Thursday. It's a little hard to get back to a routine that way. On the one hand it's been nice to ease back into it but on the other hand that makes it awfully hard to get much done and my hopes of getting lots of studio time have been dashed.
I have managed to be semi productive though. If rearranging bookshelves and writing out recipes is productive. I love this recipe tin that Maddie got me for Christmas. I've had a computer lose all of my recipes before so I now feel a need to have them in multiple places. This is reserved for the tried and true family favorites. I love writing them out long hand and hope that my girls will consider them treasures one day. Well, Maddie will. Since in the 8 years between Maddie being in 3rd grade and Emma being in 3rd grade, someone decided cursive was irrelevant. What? I personally thing hashtags and lol speak are irrelevant but whatevs. That's modern talk for whatever. I'm feeling a little sassy today. Can you tell? I'm a little worried for my guy when he gets home!
This week was more about getting things back in order after the holidays and that's fine too. I love a clean house. I do not love to clean though. Apparently you can't have the 1st unless you do the 2nd so I try to make the job as enjoyable as possible. For me that means using cleaning supplies that I love, lighting a candle and putting on some good singing music + singing L-O-U-D! I find it's best (for the neighbors) if I clean with the windows closed. Also I split the cleaning into 2 days, upstairs one day and downstairs the next. Because there are other more important things to do in a day.
I have still been finding a bit of time every day to do something creative. For instance, I turned the calendar pages from last years kitchen calendar into file folders, well except for my two favorites that I hung on the wall in the studio. I love that I will get to enjoy these for a long time like this. I have gotten more emails and comments about that calendar in the last year than just about anything else (it's from 1Canoe2) except maybe the color of my front door (it's Sherwin Williams Aqueduct). Luckily the calendar had an extra page that can stay up all year and they also have refills which I might have to get next year.
Today I braved the Arctic Tundra to get groceries and stop by the yarn shop for supplies. There is a special baby on it's way to our family next month and I plan on welcoming him in style. I have been making it a point to knit from my yarn stash (in the dough bowl) for the last year and have avoided the yarn shop at all costs. Unfortunately I did not have the proper yarn for this project and had no other choice. This is what I'm telling myself, anyway. Also, unfortunately, on top of the skeins of yarn I needed for my project, 7 skeins from the sale bin found their way home with me. But since they were 40% off they don't count against me. I'm sure that's the way it works. Plus. The colors. So there's that.
As you can imagine it took forever for the nice ladies to wind my twelve skeins of yarn so I sat in the front of the store with a group of older ladies that were knitting. I love my elders. I always have. If you haven't spent some time lately listening to a group of older ladies talking about life, you are missing out. Plus since 1/2 of my face was looking especially old to me this morning (don't ask) it was kind of nice to be around ladies who thought I was young.
Happy weekend to all of you. We have a frigid weekend ahead of us so I feel a movie/knitting marathon coming on.