You like it? It's the mantra I'm hoping not to channel this summer. So far, it's been okay. I don't have my boys signed up for camp after camp this summer mainly because they didn't want to do anything. They are turning into total slugs! No. Not really. They both took semi-private golf lessons, and have joined the summer golf league. My little guy plays on the little par 3 course, and the older guy plays 9 holes on the main course. Older guy loves it, younger guy could take it or leave it.
One thing I'm doing this summer that I haven't been able to do in the past is take fitness classes without hiring a sitter. I've enlisted the help of Older Son to look after Younger Son without tormenting him. So far, so good. However, I noticed a call on my phone as I was finishing up yoga class. The call was from Older Son. I tried to call back immediately but it went to his voice mail. I needed to run to the nearby doctor's office to pick up a prescription, and then as I was driving home, calling not only his cell but the house phone and getting nowhere, I notice the local fire trucks and rescue vehicles zooming toward the general direction of my house. I'm thinking, Please don't let these guys be answering a call to my house! It became clear, soon enough, as I approached the big intersection by my house that the rescue crews were dealing with a bad car accident. One of the vehicles was totally flipped over on its back. My first thought is I hope to God it's no one we know.
So, I have two classes per week. Yoga on Tuesday and Muscle mania on Wednesday. Then I'm pretty much disabled Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Seriously, it is extremely painful to walk down stairs after the muscle class. I take my time going down stairs and look ridiculous while doing it. Kind of like during the class....
My classes are in the morning, and that seems to be a good time for Older Son to babysit. The only problem is, waking him up. That is slow going. I have to start early. And he's like a grizzly when I try to wake him. So not fun...
I'm working hard to finish a crocheted baby blanket for my friend who just had her fourth child. I was hoping to have it completed sooner, but school let out and I have no energy left for lots of crafting. However, I did sort thru some crafting things in the basement (while avoiding baby blanket) and found a beautiful punch needle pattern of sheep that I bought at our local needlework shop probably a year ago or longer. That store is INCREDIBLE. So many beautiful patterns and completed works. It's in an old Victorian house and I just love to go in there and browse. I went in the other day to ask about a special over-dyed floss needed for a cross-stitch sampler pattern I bought way long ago when we lived in Ohio. That would be about ten or eleven years ago. It's a lovely design and perhaps the reason I never started it was because I knew it wouldn't look right if I didn't use the correct floss. To my amazement, this local shop had the floss, called Weeks Dye Works. It's more expensive than DMC but it gives you such pretty variations in the floss, to make your sampler look so vintage.
I accept that I have this "issue" of starting new projects before other ones are finished. It doesn't mean I NEVER finish projects. I finish nearly every single project I start. I just get antsy working on one thing when I know there are fifty other things I want to try. I even bought a package of quilling strips the other day. I don't even have a quilling tool, and the craft seems so out of fashion that I can't find one next to the quilling strips in the store. I'm not worried, though. My Older Son is really good at making things and I'm sure he'll make me one.
Lastly, I have the privilege of teaching a soon-to-be-sixth grader how to knit. She has no experience but she loves to makes things. She's similar to me in the sense that she starts something, gets on to something else, etc. etc. I gave her the first lesson last week and was stunned how quickly she caught on to casting on stitches. Really impressive! I didn't think we'd get beyond casting on in our first lesson, but I was able to teach her the knit stitch as well. She popped in this afternoon for a quick fix up. Every new knitter makes mistakes. Lots and lots of mistakes. Experienced knitters do too. But mistakes are such an important part of learning to knit that I would be worried if a student never made any! It's important to help a new knitter work through mistakes because that is how you really come to understand the structure of a stitch and a row and all that goes along with knitting. I'm really excited to see where this girl will take her knitting. She had such a fantastic question this afternoon. She wanted to know, if a person had really, really long knitting needles, if they could knit a scarf the long way instead of the regular way. I smiled, told her about circular needles and was thinking, "I really like the way she thinks."