It's the second to last day of October and it's hot outside. Like in the mid-70's hot. Too hot for the second to last day of October. I can feel the rain coming – I have the headache to prove it. Or the headache could be from all the candy and lack of water that I have consumed (or not) today. Probably a combination of the two, truth be told.
Yesterday I had a little luncheon for six friends. I served butternut squash soup with a spinach salad (pears, pecans, blue cheese, red onion, balsamic vinaigrette). I set the table with my grandmother's silver and the napkins I pressed last week. It was delicious and went off with a hitch. The house was mostly picked up so an hour with the vacuum and duster was all it took to get ready. It amazed me. I feel like I have turned a corner, that I can see my life moving forward in a much more mindful and happy way if I can just keep this cleaning thing up. I'm praying that once the hard work is done, it'll be a matter of maintenance. Please let it be so.
I've been knitting – two small projects are already completed and one is on the needles. I want to share those with you, but it's too hot to put wool on my body and then take photos. When the temperatures dip, I will show and tell. Cross my heart.
I haven't sewn much – a few single girl squares. That leaves 17 to sew. There are some camera straps almost finished, but I want another colorway or two or three before I update the shop for the last time this year. Mid-November is the goal. I can't take special requests or email anyone individually when I stock the shop. I will keep you posted via the blog. That I can do.
It's supposed to rain tomorrow and I just hope it can hold off or be a sprinkle so the girls can enjoy the holiday. I have a vampire and a gypsy this year. The vampire's teeth are already broken and the gypsy has lost her earrings, but they are both dealing with less-than-perfect just fine. I am so thankful for that. I tried replacing the vampire fangs, but it's the day before Halloween and, of course, no one has any left. The fact that my child is being a trooper is a blessing. Did I mention that I am thankful?
We're going to a concert tonight. Front row seats, too. I'm looking forward to a date night and especially seeing this band. I'm also anticipating an empty morning tomorrow. I plan on filling it with coffee and my dvr-ed shows from this week. I might even break out the glitter. Or some felt. Or maybe both. Endless possibilities – I like that.
I have some new shoes. They make me smile, too.
So there. That's what has been going on with me.
Here's to a great weekend for all of us.