10 days without alcohol. Also 3 weeks without wheat and 3 days without dairy or corn. Feeling solid, healthy, and strong. Doin’ it. (More on the blog.) #selfcare #selflove #healing #guthealth #sober
Evening meditation. (A cabled hat of homegrown wool.) #knittersofinstagram
Feeling discouraged at the state of the world? Then do something - however small - to change things. A story: when we were in Ireland I was struck by the amount of litter I saw - on trails, in town, and on the beach. (This was less about Ireland, I suspect, and more about being in touristy areas.) I began picking up one piece every time we went out, figuring that even if I only did it once a day by the end of our trip there would be 30-some fewer bits of litter for our having visited. Of course then I decided that if 1 was good, 5 or 10 or 20 would be even better, and before I knew it Pete, the kids, and I were on a little-collection mission abroad. (It reminded me of when I was an environmental educator and we'd encourage kids to pick up litter on trail by letting them tuck it into the grownups’ shoe laces. Helpful + fun.) The upshot is: every small act of goodness can help change the world. A kind word or kind deed, sticking up for someone who is being mistreated, paying for a stranger's late fees at the library, or simply picking up litter out there in the world: all of these shape our trajectory in some small way. Are you feeling discouraged at the state of the world? Then grab a bag and get to work. You have the power to create positive change.
New blog post, my dears. You know where to find it!
Some days (more this month than ever before) I work while Pete parents, homeschools, and runs the house. When I’m busy like this it’s hard to not be around more - I always wish I had more time for every aspect of my life. But especially my kids. Today, though, Pete texted me this photo as they head up the Mississippi River to for a dentist appointment. They made time for a detour to see migrating tundra swans, something Lupine was just wishing for. I’m so glad he made time to stop, even if I can’t be there to share in the experience. #homeschooldad #homeschooling #interestledlearning #fatherhood
Well that was surprising! Bonus fire show with dinner. (Homegrown mutton is perhaps a bit to rich for the grill...)
As requested, here are some proper photos of my grandma’s quilt. (For those of you who ordered a copy of @taprootmag MAKE, this was made by my Grandma Lee, the one I wrote about in “Why I Make”. Every stitch, done by hand. Skills.)
Making time for the things that matter most. Family game night returns! (Current family favorite: Mystic Vale. I seriously love this game!)
Birthday postscript: vintage typewriter FTW!