The weather here is hot and humid and miserable. Today, I’m hiding out in the basement with a bunch of our farm felines. Animals know not to move on days like these. Vera, the matriarch of the cat clan, has a particular favorite spot on top of the copier. I've just taken to calling her the copy cat.
It is still raining almost daily although I did squeeze some vegetable gardening in this past weekend so the weeds don’t get out of control. The past few years, I haven’t felt the desire to grow veggies. This year, with the price of everything going out of control and no end in sight, I’ve planted a nice assortment of squashes, herbs, beans, tomatoes, beets, swisschard and of course, lots of zinnias and flowers for cutting bouquets. The sunflower planting is way behind schedule – but this week it looks like lots of seeds will get into the ground. And then there is all the outdoor painting that needs to get done. The to-do list just keeps growing.
Summer is so hectic – I’m working on that upcoming book… Yes – still working on it….. And then I said yes to an editorial. It’s in a technique that I’m not quite proficient at and it is basically sucking time away from what I should be working on. I get very upset with myself when I say yes and then hate the process all the way through. It is totally my fault. I’m trying to learn to say no when I have too much going on. Just had the sense to say it this morning – a personal victory. When you freelance, you’re always positive that you’ll never get another job. But then you do.
Everything is a balancing act around here. Lots of things have to be done at the drop of a hat – like catching escaped animals before they destroy the garden and all your work goes down the hopper. And then there is the kid side of summer that I needs attending to. Right now, Julia is in a summer school program so her days are occupied for another two weeks. But she gets home early in the day and I want her to have fun in the summer – not just run around doing errands that need to be done or rushing to Fedex to get there before the truck leaves. Swimming in a pond, reading books she wants to read, running around outside, visiting her cousins.
I hope you are enjoying your fleeting days of summer and that you stop and smell the roses – I’ve got to remember to do that – I’ve only done it once so far this summer.
That’s what is on my mind. What about yours?
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.