Almost Spring -- after an unintentional hiatus, driven by the flurry of holiday bustle (so much sewing!) and the reality of life with four littles (we've had three birthdays since my last post), I'm feeling the itch to revisit this little space. I think I'd have been back sooner, if there wasn't a feeling of where to start? Or re-start, rather!
But perhaps it's the perfect time to restart, just as the world around me is doing the same. Camellias and daffodils, always the earliest bloomers here, are in a profusion of glory. Flowering trees are abundant, too. We've started walking at a nearby trail that I've rarely explored in the past. A variety of circumstances led me to try it out, and it's been lovely! A paved path meanders around a lake, with little side trails now and then that meet up with the path later on -- perfect for adventurous (or timid!) littles to practice some independence.
If we've brought a book, we'll cozy up on one of the benches and read aloud. Scout takes it all in with his round, blue eyes as his older siblings scamper about. Laddie's usually lagging behind a bit (short little legs!), but his expanding vocabulary makes him quite an amusing companion.
And the trip is not complete without a visit to some of the lake's reptilian inhabitants! A few invariably slip off to the safety of the water when we approach, but the rest are remarkably still. Even when my children are lobbing sweet gum pods at them...
I have such a backlog of sewing projects to share that I'll probably have to pick the highlights to share over my next posts. I never feel like I have much time to sew, but when I look back I realize that I've managed to finish quite a few projects over the past few months. I think that's more to do with years of experience increasing my speed than my having hours of leisure time! We've managed to (finally) complete a few furniture projects around the house, which I hope to share, too.
But now I'm off to mediate between some bickering hens. As if I needed more creatures to "mother!"