Happy Friday, friends. The sky is bright blue, the last few leaves are rattling on the maple tree in our front yard, and I have Colin Powell’s funeral on in the background (the military band is currently playing ABBA as I type this – I love it!). The kids are playing and I’m stealing a few minutes to check in with this space and share a few bits and bobs from the week.
When I first started drinking tea, I was devoted to Earl Grey. For some reason, I haven’t had a cup of it in years. I always keep a box around in case The Queen stops by and decided to have a cup of it yesterday. It was quickly followed by a second cup because I immediately remembered why I loved it so much! (And yes, that’s a drawing of Bart Simpson in my homeschool planner. I have an 8 year old who has just discovered the show!)
Yesterday I made two loaves of this bread and it was amazing. We ate it all before I could even snap a picture! I loved the description of bread baking in The Magic Apple Tree and it inspired me to fill my house with a yeasty, doughy fragrance. And the recipe was so easy so I’m sure this fall and winter will be full of fresh bread!
Did you see this essay in the NY Times? It’s written by a mother of a non-verbal autistic child and she beautifully captured so many of my own feelings. It centers around trying to soothe her child in the middle of the night when she has no idea what’s wrong — similar to what I wrote about in one of my Present posts last year. It’s so helpful to read about other people with similar experiences and worries. The author’s book is called I Dream He Talks to Me — which is exactly what I do. I have dreams of Colton speaking at least once a week. Sometimes it’s one word sentences, like a baby learning to talk. Sometimes I dream about him walking downstairs in the morning, speaking full sentences, and telling me exactly what he wants for breakfast and what he wants to watch while getting ready. I go upstairs for him every morning, hoping my dream has come true.
I’m not alone, and that makes me feel better.
I have one Bloom block to share with you today! Those leaves ended up a bit wonky and I’m working hard to smooth out those circles — I love how much I’m learning! This has been such a fun process for me. This is the seventh block; I’ve started the eighth and hope to be able to share it with you next week.
I worked a lot on my Shifty sweater last weekend and have gotten in a few rows this week. I’m excited to see how this all works out!
I’ve also worked on my Flower a Day project and a Mandolin quilt block, but no pictures to share right now. I received my copy of Winds of Autumn today and am looking forward to getting the threads and cloth to get started on Mighty Acorn, which is the last pattern in the booklet. I’m looking forward to the day when I have a great cross stitching stash and can just dig into any project that comes my way. It’s coming!
Thankfully this week has been less anxiety-ridden than the last one, which is part of the reason why I have fewer crafting projects to share — I did a lot more relaxing and playing! I hope your weekend is also full of relaxation and opportunities to play. Take good care and stay cozy!