All in You Know What Makes Me Happy?
If you follow me on Instagram or Ravelry, you can't miss my love for hand knit socks. I pretty much always have a pair on my needles and usually a pair on my feet, too! More than half of the socks I've knit have been gifts for people I love. Handmade socks as gifts can't be beat because the time and love that goes into a pair really make them special.
Many people know that my mom has been coming to help with Molly. Many people may not realize that she has actually been religiously coming on every day where Molly is home from daycare (3 times a week). She also arrives as early as she can, is driving from Toronto every day (at least a 45 minute trip each way, usually longer), tidies our house, does dishes and laundry, makes lunch for all of us, wrangles Finnegan and her dog Tucker, often brings meals or snacks, takes Molly out to the library or grocery store AND seems to have bottomless energy and patience for entertaining Molly with crafts, elaborate games, sledding, you name it!
I can't be the only one who feels a bit like a magician every time she knits a sweater. Crafting is just the best, and one of the few things keeping my spirits up right now.
These pictures make it look like I made this blanket fort for Molly but I was in there for almost an hour reading Harry Potter and sometimes she would come and check on me. HA!
And yeah, our house is a hot mess and Finn isn't supposed to be on that chair. But this still feels like a win.
I am still scanning my first year photo album (slowly, computer time is almost non-existent these days!). One of the best surprises has been my dad's captions...
I took a break last night to run out while the sun was low in the sky to snap a few pictures of our apple tree. Being under that tree just makes me feel good.
We finally opened the cottage! It was so good to go up there. Even though we had to buy a roof carrier for the Jeep because we can't fit Finn in the trunk, the baby in the back seat and all of our baby stuff on the remaining chunk of the back seat. We didn't get a ton of time up there, since we arrived Saturday so that my mom and Brenna and her fiance could warm up the cottage before Molly arrived.
Finn and Baby Bunny met today! They were so in love with each other. Finn was so cute and careful with the baby, always lying beside him and sometimes cleaning his hands (baby hands... tasty!)
While we were distracted with the baby, Finnegan ate a bowl of cheese slices, some spice cake with cream cheese icing, gummed up a baby teething toy, licked a baby, and licked some icing sugar off of my pants. He is NOT going to be feeling well later.
We are tidying our house up to sell it (Anyone looking for a house in the Hamilton countryside??). This means I cleaned my studio, which means I had to take pictures while it was tidy. Actually, usually it's pretty tidy, but I had been framing some prints and there was kind of a frame-packaging explosion on the studio floor. Also, I finally tackled the stack of unopened bank statements on my desk (phew!).
The studio is definitely my happy place. Just being in it makes me feel like a "real" artist (I am a real artist). It's also so bright and cheerful. It makes me wish it had a couch, so my friends could all come over and just hang out while I paint. But even I know that that would end up with me...not painting. Haha.