So. The kids are home and my quiet 3 1/2 days are over. I absolutely loved them. Loved, loved, loved!
For once I managed to have time for me when I really needed time for me and I wallowed in it. I got a fair bit done – two quilt tops finished and the block for EEEEP EPP BEE designed (yay!) and two blocks made up and a sock and a half knitted. I also cleaned the house, edited two papers, did some, but not enough, stuff in the garden, defrosted the freezer and cleaned the AGA, got the laundry situation under control and watched lots and lots of Olympics. It was brill!
I also had time to be quiet and reflect on things that have happened recently, time to remember my friend, time to cry some and time to just be. And it was good.
I didn’t get as much done as I’d hoped, but then faced with a few days we always expect more than we can deliver, don’t we? I think I also somehow had a week in my head, when in reality I only had half of one.
I’ve learned several things this week…
1. I really love it when my house is clean and tidy. It lifts my spirits and I should make more of an effort on a regular basis. Mind you, it makes a big difference when I clean up and it stays cleaned up. My family are a wretchedly untidy lot (I blame their father!).
2. I can actually do this designing stuff. I spent a lot of time pondering what to make for the Sew Euro-bee-an bee which also has to go out this month. I contacted publishers about copyright on patterns (no reply) and then realized that all my thinking had actually given me some really cool ideas – so watch out! The next blocks are already on the drawing board. It’s also really fulfilling to come up with my own ideas rather than just copying something out of a book….but more about that next week.
3. It’s OK to cut all the nicest flowers in the garden and just enjoy them in the house all by myself.
4. I’m very lucky in that I love being at home. I’m never bored and I’m never lonely and I actually think that that’s a very big gift. The whole quilting world out there means that I’m always busy, stimulated and challenged and learning new things.
5. A few days home alone is one of the best vacations a girl can have. And it doesn’t cost anything. Staycations are COOL!
That’s it. I’ll shut up now!
Enjoy your Saturday and cross your fingers and toes for Jess and Mo in the Athletics today!