Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Racing the clock

I feel like I have been chasing the clock all week:
Hurrying to get to school on time,
rushing to finish mowing the lawns before it rains,
Trying to complete a wardrobe purge before lunch,
painting a section of the fence before school pick up,
and on it went.

I have a list of summer jobs on my mind, things I want to do before summer ends - painting the fence amoungst them. The rush - we go on holiday at the end of this week.  It's not that our house sitters will care or even notice the freshly painted fence, but I don't want to come home from holiday with a list of jobs to do.

While I was on a roll I pulled out the Noro Cowl I started about  9 months ago (eek), I had been putting it off - it required mental effort. A provisional cast on to get back on the needle then kitchener stitch which I have never done and in moss (seed) stitch at that. With the help of  The purl bee and Tricksy knitter and their  tutorials it's in a wearable state for next weeks winter break .

 Note to self : next time I do kitchener stitch I will make it a stocking stitch not moss stitch item - the seam is not invisible but good enough that you don't see it unless you look quite hard.

Tonight I slowed down a little - we sat on the outside couch after school in the sun for almost an hour - just hanging out.  Then I opened my new xmas recipe book - Simple Pleasures by Annabel Langbein and made Zucchini and Feta Pissaladiere ( unfortuately not a recipe on her website but lots of other nice ones are here ).  I substituted red pepper for tomatoes since that is what I had - it was good.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Catching up

Life got in the way - I worked last week , it was really busy and I got tired - blogging went on hold as creativity did as well.
The paper mountain on the kitchen bench, the table, my bedside table - started to erupt and spill over - quite frankly it became overwhelming and was getting  hard to ignore it until I had days off. I didn't get outside enough and I was getting  grumpy and my 6 yr old was over it too.

Yesterday was Waitangi day - a public holiday here in NZ.
I sorted and filed the paper, I did several small jobs - painting around ceiling lights etc then forced Miss 6 out for a bike ride we both needed. When we got home all was good again - we had the tea party she wanted

We played with the new bed for the princess and her pea - made by Dad in the garage

I finally got around to framing and hanging some of her art. The warehouse had really cheap white  frames a few weeks ago - so I hung her flower picture - first place in the spring flower show last year- my favourite of her paintings.

Along with a couple of her other pictures , next to a rose I painted when I was pregnant with her.

In my tired state last week, with messy house I had a big urge to  sell and move to a bigger home - I even went as far as visiting an open home last Saturday - then I slept . On Sunday I looked around and reminded myself that what we have is good, that small is good. That small affords us part time work and great holidays. Tidying the art into frames helped but what I really need is a wardrobe purge and another dejunk all around - watch this space.