It was a busy morning, with a trip out to get groceries. Then, back at home to: nurse-the-hungry-baby-put-away-groceries-clean-up-get-David-off-the-bus-make-lunch-eat-outside-clean-up-again-let-children-play-clean-the-porch-put-children-to-bed-for-naps-and so on…..
But how lovely that a new, beautiful, inspiring book came in the mail for me today! Just the excuse I need to S L O W down…and what a treat to welcome an unexpected gentle rain fall, too. Rain smells so nice, doesn’t it? I took my coffee and my book outside.
Sometimes beautiful things make me choke back little tears…and this book is full of the stuff that makes my heart sing. Vintagey stuff, warm memories, aprons, bright colors, outdoorsy stuff, new ideas, simple but good food and recipes, “how-to” projects, animals, adventures outside (like sleeping under the stars), gorgeous photographs so that at times I just slowly turned pages to soak them in instead of trying to read every word. All written by a woman brave enough to put action to her dreams, so very inspiring to me….I’m a hesitant sort a gal. Sometimes I don’t even know/realize what I want until I see it in front of me, then I recognize my dreams and let my mind soar…and this book opened those longings in me for a little while this afternoon. I came away with a renewed desire to spend even more time outside, to beautify my home and be creative, to open my eyes to the special pictures my eyes can see here in my own life…like my children’s rubber black boots lined up by the front door, Caleb’s left behind crayons and coloring book, the pretty (but dirty) fiesta dishes in the sink, Rich’s work gloves left behind, my own grandma’s yellowed recipes written on index cards, and so on.
I’ve got more ideas, and more plans, and more things to look forward to, all from a little quiet time in the afternoon. Whether or not I’ll get to them will be left to see. *I’m gonna try* It’s so nice to dream.
After a while, I let the children get up and they took a bag of peanuts (in the shell) out to their new playset and they sat under the roofed section as the rain came down, cracking peanuts and throwing the shells off onto the grass. I had the background sound of both the rain and my chattering, laughing youngsters having fun in the rain, but not really IN it. One baby was warm and soft in my lap, too, wrapped in a flannel blankie. Pass the tissues, my eyes are tearing up again! Isn’t life grand?
My hot peach-flavored coffee was just the thing!
The book was full of aprons galore~
This cute little spot was set up outside for the children, all child-sized things~
This section was about picnics~
More aprons~and little Sethie readin’ with Mama~folding his hands so nice.
I was wearing my favorite, made just for me sweater, that I’ve had since I was a teenager.
Just behind us, in the corner of the flower garden, were my peonies in bloom, enjoying a nice washing~
**sigh** Thanks for stopping by my little place on xanga, and for liking me, even though I am
sort of sappy. I know I am, I just can’t help it!
Well, Seth is starting to call, and I have a vegetable lasagna to pop in the oven for dinner. Time to go back to “playing house”~
Have a cheerful night, all!