February was once such a challenging time of year for me. It feels as though winter will linger for many more months (because it does), and I could use a heavier dose of Vitamin D than my little daily drops from a bottle provide. All the layers of clothing can start to feel a bit heavy on my body this time of year and I long for sunshine and sandals. It sometimes felt like the longest shortest month!
Those feelings haven't entirely faded, but they've certainly shifted as time has passed and as my days have changed from those long ones at home with little ones. A combination of growing children (and their growing schedules and different, more outward needs) and growing my work are keeping these days so full that I'm sure I'm going to look up next and it'll be April before I know it happened. So cliche, and so very true at the same time. We're looking at colleges now with Calvin. How and when did that happen? I can remember a thousand tiny moments of our days together that I felt so present for....and yet I feel as though I somehow have been cheated out of time and we skipped a decade or so and we really can't be at this place now, can we? But we are, and it feels as natural and timely as it does unnatural and premature, if that makes any sense at all. Ah.
I am mindful of not blathering on all so very much here about Taproot as I know you don't come here for just that, but the work and our new space has been what's filling my moments when I'm not on the college search/fiddle lessons/homeschooling/dance classes/theater rehearsals/farming duties. We're settling so happily into our Portland space in East Bayside, open Wednesday to Saturday and enjoying all the visitors that are stopping by. We've hosted a few classes, and have a few more coming up (see here for the schedule and registration details), and it feels like things are coming together. It's a beautiful feeling to gather people. I'm so grateful.
And I'm knitting! How it is that I'm knitting so much, I really don't know, but I am right now and loving it. I have a few more finished things to show you. I really have been selfish in my knitting of late! And after all this talk of busy days, I know that we have snow coming tomorrow and I'm excited about a quiet day at home - with my older kiddos and Steve likely home from school/work and all of us together for a hunkered down snow day. Yes, yes, yes.
Wishing you all a lovely day!