I attended my first Mother Blessing yesterday. I was a bit apprehensive about the gathering. I wasn’t at all sure what to expect. But it was quite lovely. We each brought the mother a flower (in our case, the origami bouquet), a seed, a bead and a candle. The flowers were woven into a head dress. The seed symbolized the growth of the family. The beads were strung into a necklace to be worn during labour. The candles would be lit during the labour to symbolize all the support network (friends and family). We each had an opportunity to share our thoughts with the mother. I was quite touched by the strength of the mother’s support network. I hope I’m as lucky one day.
I have three books on the go at the moment and another waiting patiently.
I’m plugging away through Charles de Lint’s The Onion Girl. I generally quite fond of de Lint’s stories. I find the characters intriguing and well developed. But I’m having alot of trouble with this one. I just can’t seem to get involved.
The second book is Jasper Fforde’s First Among Sequels. Much like de Lint, Fforde has created a world that at first appears much like our own, but as we delve deeper into the story we realize it’s this wonderful world full of strange characters and even stranger events. I’m trying to pace myself on this one. I’m tempted to sit down and finish in one long sitting. But I’m going to pace myself. Linger over it. Enjoy it.
I like to have some non fiction on the go at all times. Currently I’m picking away at The Canadian Housewife: An Affectionate History by Rosemary Neering. Don’t have much to say about this one yet. Just started a few days ago.
And, as if there aren’t enough books on my night table, I picked up another book at the library today. The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris.
And yet, even with the books on the go, I’ve manage to do a little crafting this week. A co worker and I have spent a few lunch hours this week folding origami flowers for a friend’s Mother Blessing. Tomorrow we’ll be using a hot glue gun to glue the flowers to some sticks. Hopefully it will turn out as an acceptable offering.
I’m not off to such a good start with the blogging. But I am working on the sweater that I started recently! The fall TV season seems to have sucked up a fair amount of my spare time these days. I’m actually thinking of limiting myself to one hour of TV a night. These shows just suck me in and before you know it, a 4 hour evening has been wasted. Yikes!
I am planning on posting pictures of some of the projects I’m working on. But the sun has been hiding lately. And the one day that was sunny on the weekend, I spent outside doing yard work. But pictures will be posted soon.
I sometimes feel that work gets in the way of the things that I love to do. While at my job I often find myself daydreaming about knitting, baking bread or curling up with one of the books piling up on my nightstand. I think about how I would love to learn how to sew or draw or any number of other things.
I’m notorious for starting projects that then get tossed to the side as something else captures my interest, or as life interrupts my spare time. There are so many things I’d like to spend time on, but someone has to clean the toilet or do the laundry. My hope is that this journal will help me track my hobbies and encourage me to finish a project before starting a new one.
List of projects currently in various states of incompleteness:
1. Boyfriend sweater. I’ve been working on this one for about 2 years.
2. Blouse. Started last year.
3. Pajama bottoms. Started last year.
4. Dress. Started this summer.
5. Sweater. Started this week.
Wish me luck in paring down this list! I’ll post pictures of the projects soon.