This is the first weekend in a great long while that I haven’t had to work very much, either for the farm or on the book manuscript. There really isn’t ever a weekend, or any other day, that is completely work free. Every day requires some attention in the greenhouses to do the watering, record temperatures and do the open up and close up of shutters and thermostats at minimum. This weekend is no exception, plus today is our outside water day for the gardens and trees (we continue to be on water restrictions with specific days allowed for outside watering), so we are dragging hoses before 10am and after 6pm. Oh, and then there is that wholesale weekly availability list that had to be sent to our customers for this coming week’s orders. Well, aside from THOSE things, it is nearly a weekend off!
My stitching has been sitting dormant since last winter and today I will set up my stitiching stand, and while Chris is watching Nebraska University’s first football game of the season, I will be happily stitching colored threads.
Hand needlework of many types is my passion. I love to stitch, but not machine sewing unless it is for a practical task that I can’t avoid, and not clothing unless it is to embellish a piece of clothing or linens with some embrodiary. Some people like to paint or draw, and I so admire their talent and skill to do those things, but for me the paintbrush or sketching pencil is my needle and skeins of colored threads.
It has been over a month now since Professor passed over and the girls have had a really tough time getting used to the idea that he isn’t going to be here anymore. They aren’t alone. Chris and I struggle with it too each day. However, there are signs in our lives that life is moving forward. Pouncita decided that she had other requirements of her toy basket this week.
Gwenivere has been firmly establishing her ritual of porch and garden time. Every morning she is out early to welcome in the morning on the porch. Every evening she is back outside, after the heat of the day has subsided a bit, strolling in the garden and helping me harvest raspberries or whatever other garden task is keeping our attention.
It is a welcome sight to see them finally moving beyond their grief a little and starting to enjoy life again without our dear Professor Longhair.
It is only three short weeks now before I will be flying off to Seven Springs, PA to speak at the Mother Earth News Fair. If there is a way that you can attend the fair, I hope you will, because it really is a good time and good learning all around. You can go to the Mother Earth New website and get information on the schedules, fair entrance fees, and so forth. Many of the speakers, including myself, are guess blogging on their website blog too, so that is a great way to get to know many of the speakers and what they do ahead of the Fair. Check it out!
Well, I have a needle and thread whipering my name in the other room. All for now and I’ll be back in touch soon.