Hello, friends. How was your weekend? Ours was up and down. Cold and sun, busy and quiet, and much purging of several sorts (housekeeping type and stomach flu type).
And yet, the gratitude is filling me up.
* In my garden I am seeing progress. This time of year is the magical weedless moment that I live for. Seeds are in. Beets, peas, kale, chard, a few flowers (thanks to Lupine), and Peas. With only two of our five beds built, the garden is already brimming with possibility.
* Compost! A farmer friend hooked us up with all of the composted cow manure we could haul. Pete shoveled. And shoveled. And shoveled. And then rubbed his sore back. Thank you, baby. Grateful for your work!
* A new skirt from an old tablecloth. I some how whittled out time to craft this after Lupine's cup was filled during her bought of illness.
* And on that subject, I am thankful for her graceful journey to wellness. Lupine had what I thought was a soul fever late last week. I cancelled our plans. I held her close. I even dug out our old baby carrier and strapped her to my back for an afternoon. (Wow. She is big!) By the time the vomiting began I realized that it was a flu, not a soul fever. But I was able to tap into what I had to stay by her side and it was a graceful, connective experience. And now she's back on her feet.
* Simplifying: I downsized 2/3 of the books that remained after our last purge. We're down to just a few books. And it feels… amazing. The cabinets above were always a source of work for me in the evenings. The books askew from the kids sifting through, I didn't realize how overwhelming all of this choice was for them. So I selected a few favorites and purged or stashed the rest. Sage has his favorite book, The New Way Things Work, another favorite Earth, Water, Fire, and Air, a needle felting book and one Captain Underpants that he is currently reading. Lupine has six favorites laid out neatly for her to choose from.
We now have six large boxes of books awaiting delivery to a local second hand book store. The children's once packed book cabinet now looks sparse and approachable.
What about you? What blessings did your weekend bring?