When I had my previous blog, Lady Cordelia, I would sometimes do a post called "Around Here" which was a little photo and word documentation about what is going on at home, what is happening in the corners of our home and garden.
As far as our backyard, the storms here in Souther Cal were stronger than we believed. We chuckled with each other at the warning of "floods" and then soon after, had a major mudslide into our pool. Then we found a leak in our pool. A muddy leaky pool. Ugh. I HATE wasting things, and water is at the top of that list. Needless to say, I've done a lot of deep breathing these past weeks as we've had to wait 15 days for the only local leak service company to make it to our house.
Our backyard, which we are slowly re-landscaping ourselves, has always been a process, but now it is even more so. Still, on the happy side, I find corners to plant herbs and a few vegetables. Some I do from seeds, sometimes I will grab a starter from the nursery. Cilantro, onions, kale, garlic, chard and lots of herbs. Soon will come peas, tomatoes and whatever else I can fit.
I have been really getting into the girls rooms lately and trying to figure out how to make them cuter and more utilitarian. On my budget that means waiting for things to show up on Craigslist or second-hand stores. I found an amazing armoire for $50 recently, and am in the process of re-painting it for one of the kids rooms. I'll show you that as soon as it's finished! I'm excited about it.
Also, I've been into houseplants. I love houseplants. More than ever.
And- because I spend hardly anytime on Facebook or other social media anymore, I have a little time to sit down and do some knitting here and there. It's slow going, because I just don't have much time to sit down at all, but I am loving seeing the increase in size on this current shawl I am making. A little here, a little there, mostly at night if I watch a show with Brad or on weekends watching a movie with the girls. (BTW: My 10 year old made the coasters for me for Christmas.) Yeah- too much social media is dangerous, I think. It zaps our innate sense of creativity and, for many of us, our sense of homemaking and homesteading. I really think I must have been a pioneer girl in another life, sewing quilts and keeping a flock of chickens and making broth. Pretty much a pioneer girl still, it would seem.
My other long-term project is a quilt for our couch. You can see one of my homemade quilts on the picture of one of my daughter's bedrooms. I used to sell handmade quilts for a short period of time- now I am back to just making them, when I can, for family. My days have gotten only busier as time goes on and that means less and less time at the sewing machine. Still, there are pockets and I'm simply working on being at peace with bigger projects taking longer. Much longer.
On the side of health through food... I have been juicing a lot of celery-pineapple-lime lately. Sometimes one just feels they need a lot of citrus-y Vitamin C. I guess pineapple isn't considered citrus, but it is very high in Vit C.
Anyway, I think that's going to be it for today. I hope that you find time to do what you love. I feel that social media REALLY sucks a lot of our creative time away. It feels so good and deeply rewarding to garden, knit, sew and create in my free time, instead. I hope you find the same.