I realize why I love summer the way I do as we are nearing the end of October. How can two months of time have whizzed by so quickly that it still feels like the beginning of September? I know one of my weaknesses is taking on too many things at once. It's like a sickness where I just can't seem to say no enough. I went to a yard sale on Saturday and somehow ended up working at it for an hour and a half. It is an acquaintance in need of help so I didn't mind at all but somehow my empty Saturday to prepare for our evening party became shorter and shorter. Dave was planning to take the children to a birthday party but came down with a really horrid headache and so I went in his place. Two more hours gone. Do you all experience this same thievery of time? Sometimes when I blink I'm nervous I will open my eyes and Cerys will be 16 years of age and driving. How do we slow down time? I know the solution is actually freeing up our busy schedules, not writing on my blog every night (although I look at it as relaxation), not planning dinners and outings on weekends and learning to say no. In some ways I appreciate time going quickly in the fall. I'm addicted to the sun and seem to thrive in it better than dark weather of winter. I love to be warm and have the sunshine on my face. When the fall goes by at an unexplainable fast pace, it just means it will be quicker to spring.
Cerys last Halloween
This is one reason that one summer comes, we literally stop everything. School lets out and unlike many parents I know, we don't plan any play dates, park days or days out. Besides trips to the thrift stores of course. We walk to the beach which is near our home, we picnic in our yard, we play, the children swim in their small pool, we go out for ice-cream and we take each moment slowly and really savor the summer. When the children are older they probably will want to be with their friends more in the summer but for now they just appreciate not having a busy schedule that fills their day.
My schedule is far too packed right now and I can only hope to get control of it when my pc and printer are back up and running. It's disappointing when you can't do everything you aim to do. I still have 4 eggs to color for my Halloween tree that never happened. I never found the fabric to make the trick or treat bags for the children. I still have organic Halloween chocolate lollipops to make although I think it will have to wait for next year. It's hard dealing with the disappointment of not being able to do all the goals we crafters set out to do. But on the other hand I have a lovely banner hanging in my dining room that I never imagined I would have started let alone finish.
Onto some bits and bobs....
Brooke of Three Pink Trees is our winner for my 100th post gift. Thank you for everyone who left a comment. I'm struggling with answering them all mostly because I want to answer them but just can't seem to find the extra hours in the day. I love receiving a reply to comments I leave on other blogs and I want to reach out to anyone who kindly has taken the time to read and leave me a message. How do you seasoned bloggers handle it all? I'm still a newbie having only had the blog for 4 months now. That's kind of in the newbie stage right?
I sent out the emails for the Apron Swap and forgot to add that we would be making 6 ATC's. I tried to resend it with everyone's email and my dying computer wouldn't let me send it out. It's really on its last legs and hope it can survive the next couple of weeks.
I just received The Apron Book in the post and will be writing a review of it in the next week. It looks amazing if I judge it by its cover and a quick glance through the pages. I can't wait to sit down and properly read it.
Keiran last Halloween. This dragon costume arrived from our friends in England.
This is one of my most interesting finds for the month. This is a music group that base every song they sing on photo slides they pick up at Thrift Stores, estate sales and garage sales. Talk about a group after my own heart. The video Mountain Trip to Japan, 1959 is simply amazing. You can read about them in The National Thrifter on-line magazine this month. I have played their video at least 20 times in the last couple of weeks and still laugh when I hear it. The fact that the lead singer's daughter is in the video just makes it all the better.
Have a lovely Halloween tomorrow for those celebrating it.