After I mentioned that I was tired Friday night, a female acquaintance of ours that works outside the home asked me, ” what did you do all day?”
I thought about it. Was this a trick question? It sounded somewhat accusatory.
Should I mention the dishes, the homework helping, the laundry, the constant picking up shoes and papers and toys, the food preparation, the kid question answering (that wears me out the most)
the note signing, the bill paying, the doctor and dentist visiting, the running to and fro kid activities?
No, I don’t think I should mention those things because she has to do them too, AND she has to go to outside work on top of that.
Then I realized what I really HAD done that day was sew, and go antique shopping with my Mom while the kids were at school.
So I said unabashedly, ” I went shopping.”
Which of course was groan inducing on everyone’s part but my own.
But ya know … it’s true I do have a good life.
So instead of feeling guilty about it, I decided to feel grateful. Because being grateful is a much better feeling. LOL
I’m so very grateful for my good life. We’re not rich, but we have what we need and my kids will never wonder where I am.
I’m right here waiting for them when they get home everyday with hugs and kisses, and that’s the best job I’ve ever had!
Making lots of these:
We only have a few apples left from our orchard trip…probably 2 more pies worth.
Mom brought some mini quilts she made to show me on our sewing day Friday, aren’t they cute?
Here’s our awesome loot from the antique store:
I love those wooden boxes with leather handles, we each had to get one.
Mom found this great box of vintage Clark thread….the wooden spools were never used. What a great find!
She also found this adorable wooden baby shoe form.
Check out my vintage sewing notions, zinc lids for pincushions, and new aqua shelf ! I also found a good deal on some wooden shoe stretchers.
After some serious shopping we got down to business sewing our little bird pincushion (pattern by Renee Plains)
I didn’t get a picture of Mom’s, but here is how mine turned out.
That is a blackbird designs x-stitch I made last week behind my new birdie bottle.
I’ve been collecting vintage sewing notions lately, and had a great score at our local Bible Thrift last week.
I put them in here for now until I get enough to make a BIG JAR.
I’ve also been sewing up some new quilt designs. But I am saving them to submit.
I haven’t forgotten my 2011 new year goal to try and get a pattern published in a magazine.
I had a dream the other day that I accomplished that goal and I woke up feeling so good. To bad it was just a dream….sigh.
I’m on the hard part, which is writing out the instructions.
I’ll leave you with some parting shots of my girlies.
Patience with her Native American project for school. She even helped to grow the corn in the community garden. You go girl!
Here’s Minate. She and I went on a field trip with her class to Pioneer Cabin. It was really a fun day.
We made apple sauce, and stew from scratch with “Ma and Pa.” The kids made candles and chopped wood and learned how pioneers lived.
Here’s Ma and Pa greeting us at the log cabin:
Chopping the stew veggies:
Eating our stew: