Thursday, November 15, 2012

Exhausted Chaos!

Dear Lord this woman is tired! But good tired. I think.
A few weeks ago, there was calm and time to pick fall flowers to brighten my home.
Then the planning started for annual artisan's market and our first bake sale at work.   I work for a Hospital but collaborate with a non-for-profit community center that simply stated ROCKS! Funds raised go to our women's empowerment program that also simply stated, ROCKS!

I try to not be a one man show, but because we don't have a ton of staff and everyone is super busy, I tend to do a one man show thing. Thankfully, there are always angels that show up and I can say stuff like "Can your price these as you see fit?", and it gets done;) I heart independent thinking people.

 So of course I had to crochet stuff and make stuff. 

First I had to make a banner of some sort. It amazes me the things I can do with Microsoft Word. I have designed logos, etc. on it with success. 
I also need more bunting, more bunting, more bunting for our tables. Bunting is as addictive as hat making. From mad hatter to mad bunter (if that is even a word)! 
 OK, maybe we didn't need more stars… but I couldn't help myself. 
This one just makes me happy… its made from left over yarn and each yarn tells a story (the first hat I made, the first hat for Little A in a certain stitch…pieces of information that are taking up valuable retail space in my head).

On to the crochet…

I made a few infinity scarves that became the hit at the artisan's market. I wish I had made more. I like how you can wrap them around twice for thicker warmth.

 On to the baking…

Little pumpkin spice cakes in a bundt pumpkin shape with melted frosty goodness= little snow topped mountains. My baking sheet also died this day..sniff

While I absolutely enjoyed the goodness at the market and meeting the Happy Walrus guru that makes awesome hats, smelling Desperate Soapwife's awesome soaps, creating, organizing and the heavy lifting associated with putting together a bake sale and artisan market….

… it has tired me out!  

Not to mention that there are pieces of yarn everywhere, the family had to order pizza for dinner (there goes our budget), I drank pop to stay awake (tsk tsk), my hands are killing me from crocheting to fast, I pulled a muscle or pinched a nerve near my neck while hauling tables, my throat hurts from talking so much, 
there are baking goods still out and my dinning room table looks like 
a craft army threw up on it. 

But alas, I have been busy,
and busy is good,
For if I am not busy,
I'd be cranky and quite rude.

But alas I am tired,
and tired is also good,
I've been highly inspired,
And it puts me in a good mood.

And at last I'll fall asleep
And my bed is oh so good
Thanking God, since this sheep
Has been able to do some good.
by Gabli

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Practicing Thanksgiving...

Practicing Thanksgiving day desserts. I made this crumbled apple something…. whatever it was, it was delicious. I need to figure out how to take better pics in the evenings. 
The hubster is working over time. My partner in crime is greatly missed. But, I have no excuse as to why I shouldn't get the "chors" list done. Its raining and the kids want to have a snuggle day (Snuggle Day: wake up late, stay in pj's as long as you can, read, play, eat, watch movies, bake: snuggle- also known as a lazy day). I find it refreshing after a week of long drives, appointments, after school activities and busy schedules that they want to stay in today and relax. 
I take advantage of their business and pick up the house. How do we get it so messy in one week?!! It relaxes me to clean, to organize, to make the house sparkle. Its also when I do my best thinking. My thoughts are simple. Give thanks to the One who makes it all possible and ask myself what am grateful for. I started to make a mental list but it quickly got filled with "things" after the usual thanks for family and friends. This bothered me. It bothered me a ton. I have never been materialistic so I shouldn't be thankful for flowers, yarn and other "things". I want my list to be full of the unseen things that make days easier. So here goes. Twelve things I am thankful for outside of the loves of my life (my family):
  1. God's mercy with me
  2. my home and I don't mean house but a home where we belong
  3. my daughter's imagination, intuition & sense of humor that transcends her age 
  4. the way rain makes me feel relaxed
  5. my son's gentle touch when his sister gets hurt
  6. my mother's letters that crack me up
  7. my son's contagious smile
  8. my family's acceptance of each other
  9. how my husband supports my hobbies and actively participates - even if he doesn't care much for them, he acts like he does ;)
  10. 9pm when the house is quiet, clean, candles are burning and kids are asleep, and I get mommy time
 I have always been thankful, but now realize that I was thankful for things. This is ok too. But,  I need to be thankful for the unseen because it is the unseen that makes me happiest. And, so this is what I will be practicing this weekend as I clean, scrub and literally breath in way too many cleaning fumes…cough…cough.