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A tama for the new year

There is something about the new year or perhaps the fact that I am once again using my planner and keeping my lists (which declutters my brain enough to get stuff done with out spinning my wheels all day) that makes me feel so productive.   I have no idea why I work against myself and ever stop doing all of the things that I know make me work better.  This year my only intention is to live better, to live more, to do more of what makes us tick and happy.  More adventures, more love, more completed projects (can I get an amen?)

I made this Tama for Mateo two months ago, then made buttons and lost them.  They have never been found but I am sure they will surface now that I have gone and made 4 new buttons.  This morning I actually sewed them on and he is loving it.  I made the sleeves wide and the whole thing is quite roomy.  This little boy of mine likes comfort and I hope it will fit him for quite a while.  It has been bitter cold outside so playing inside is the norm right now…unless we get some snow.  Then I know it won’t matter and I won’t be able to keep him or anyone inside.

These cold wintery days off of school no less, have been filled with play (all those new toys from Christmas), working on projects and lots of reading under blankets.  We are once again reading all the Brambly Hedge books and one more go around of our Tasha Tudor  Christmas books before its time to put them away.  This advent calendar is probably Mateo’s favorite since he isn’t a reader yet and he has a great time just making up stories about all the little animals in the drawings.  Oh how I love Tasha.  Are any of you a fan of hers?  What a beautiful life she led.

Also on my list is the epiphany gifts which sit waiting for me to work on them.  I can’t wait to show you what I am making for my children this year but first I have to carve out some time here and there to work on them.   Erica and I went thrifting yesterday and came home with quite a few finds for projects that I want to work on right now so I have to work against my little bitty attention span and stay on track with finishing these things first.

How are you doing this week?  Are these first days of January treating you well?

(happy to be joining the Yarn Along once again over at Small Things and FrontierDreams).  Knitting friends are the best.

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a few more moments

Yesterday, there was a moment of the day where I walked around and everything was quiet.  The kind of quiet that only spring and summer can bring.  The quiet of most everyone finding something to do outside and then I realized,  in all my haste and complaints for fall to come I had not taken into account that this quietness is now almost come to a temporary end.  Soon we will all retreat inside to cozy spaces for most of our waking hours.  There will be time to read, knit, work on a project but there will also be the bustle.  I won’t call it noise, its just the sound of living.  There are a dozen of us living and breathing in this house and it creates bustle.  It’s not a bad thing, its just different than today, when the entire house was seemingly clean and there were no projects laying around or children making the sounds of bustle.

Before anyone should get it wrong, the pictures you see here are an exception.  We do a cleanup once a day and the house will look like this but it never lasts more than an hour before more messes and living happen and that’s ok too but I will admit to having made a cuppa and walked around all alone enjoying just the site of it.

By the way,  I intend to harvest all the goldenrod that I can gather for dyeing projects this week but it smelled so much like honey and I had to battle with quite a few bumble bees to get some yesterday so all of what I collected ended up in vases throughout this house instead.  There is plenty more out there anyway.

It is funny to sit outside and find both dandelion greens and fallen leaves together, though they probably always coexist at this time of year but I don’t remember ever noticing.  The garden is looking ready to rip out and replant to fall plants.  We are very close to harvesting our potato beds and the Jerusalem artichokes will be ready soon also.

The geese now have their grown up honks and they make such a ruckus anytime anyone comes near.  They will be good to alert us of any foxes or other predators that they see.  I also meant to talk about the electric fence we added to our homestead this year.  It is exactly what we have needed.  It keeps all the birds where we want them instead of on the porch, on the rocking chairs, in the gardens and spreading every bit of mulch they can find.  It is also a great protection for them and they are still getting all the fresh grass that they want.  The guys move it every two days and it is quite easy to do.  Very lightweight and powered by the sun.  I wish we had done it sooner.  With so much land, we have a lot of predators and that is one less thing to worry about now.

I am hoping for a few cool days to get lots of weeding done but during this heat spell, my heart just wants to stay inside most of the time and make the house ready for cooler weather.    I have a pile of fabric waiting for me to do a lot of sewing and the knitting basket keeps reminding me that most everyone could use new winter knits this year and so a few more moments of warm weather and an excuse to be inside is fine by me.

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