I sit here on Saturday lunchtime, and the rest of the family has gone to a birthday party at the local pools. Victoria is attending, and my Beloved and Sebastian are planning on just swimming. I am so beyond grateful for a peaceful house. The place is a mess, and shortly I will need to tidy it, but I am grateful my beloved did not insist that I go as well, and already I can feel peace descending on me. I think the children have being arguing since they finished school yesterday, so the quiet is delightful.
Earlier in the week I spoke to Victoria’s teacher and she is doing really well at school. She was assessed the day before as having a reading age 2.5 years ahead of her age, and was about to be moved into the top maths group, so I am very proud of the effort she is putting in. Her motivation according to her that she wants to beat her brother, so whatever works I say, I just hope it continues.
I have been very inspired this past week and working on a few different journal pages, and have even started a book inspired completely from Julie Prichard’s class Mixed Media Variety Hour. She had some beautiful looking books, with all sorts of lovely papers at different sizes, but I know that I prefer blank pages, I get blocked starting with fancy patterned pages. So I hadn’t done it. But then I thought I could use mainly plain paper, it didn’t have to be all fancy (which was obvious, and when I rewatched the videos she even said she was going to do that with another book for the same reason…selective hearing clearly!).
And this week I began putting the pages together. I did put in a few scrapbooking papers, and also some vellum and other paper I had, just for contrast, and I thought it might be useful for idea sparking and experimenting, but mostly plain cardstock, in cream white and black. I am very excited. It came together beautifully and I love flicking through it. I had nothing I wanted to use for the cover though so I have painted some fabric to cover the book boards and my plan once I have tidied today is to put the rest of the book together which is exciting. I have things to go in it already! :)
I am grateful for online connections. I don’t think that these connections we make online can be underestimated in the positive influence they can have on our lives. I am very fortunate that I have connected with some wonderful genuine people and I am truly grateful for that.
Kelly Kilmer has been running a little series this week on journaling for 10 minutes a day (the last post is here). I decided to participate in the little challenge she set and I have been really grateful. Sometimes I have had more than one ten minute period to give to a page, but it all adds up in the end. I was especially grateful for this last night when the children finally went to bed (still fighting) and I sank into the couch, only to remember that I hadn’t done the challenge for that day.
I thought about not doing it and then decided to just set the timer for ten minutes and whatever was done, was done. I grabbed a few images and this is a snippet from where the page was left when the timer went off. I am so grateful for the challenge and how appropriate the end result felt for last night. I am also trying to experiment with collage more, it scares me a little, I am so much more comfortable with paint, so this is a good challenge to push me out of my comfort zone a little as well.
I was talking to one of the mothers at the school earlier in the week and she mentioned she was in a private facebook group one of the other mothers was taking that was doing a 12 (plus) week fitness and health challenge. So I am now participating, and it is really good motivation. I have come in at week 6, and so the exercises (lunges, squats, star jumps, wall squats and leg raises etc) have felt akin to torture, and I am SO sore right now, but combined with all the walking I am doing, I feel really good about the positive steps I am taking.
I am also grateful for the weather gods. This summer has been more glorious than any I can remember. I can’t even remember the last time we had rain (though looking outside that may be today!), and it has been so good for my soul!
I have also signed up to Hanna’s postcard swap over here, which will lead to plenty of happy mail art so I am excited about that as well. :)
I think that is it. I am sure I have missed something, but I have a house to tidy, and a book to finish before the rest of the family return home and I also fancy a nice cup of tea in the peace and quiet.
Wishing you all rocking weeks.