Thursday, September 24, 2009


This will soon turn into another to-do list if I'm not careful. Right now it is just a current report of our life, and that is: 6 birthdays in 3 weeks...all immediate family. Happy Birthday to Madeline (9/18) and my beloved mother-in-law Jane (9/22). 3 down, 3 to go. I've been working as hard as I can on the art fair, navigating tension in relationships, pondering and reading about life in your 40's since I have GOT to come to terms with this spiritual stuff that is going on and what better time than Michaelmas? That is a post that is simmering away on the small burner. Not doing too well at making my sentences shorter and more coherent.
My big decision is, that after 17 years of making Christmas gifts for my kids, I am going to take a break and am not going to make anything. I will most likely renege because I most definitely do not want to buy things for Christmas. I am just thinking, that in getting ready for this art fair, making Christmas gifts is just not a sustainable venture for someone with a baby and a job and 4 kids. I think I could relax a bit more as well. That does not sound like such a big decision to some, but it feels like a load has been lifted for me.


  1. Good for you! Take some time for you! It finally dawned on me life is not a race, making time for me also now.

  2. Good luck with this decision! I am trying to change our ways from exclusively buying to making some things, but my life circumstances are completely different than yours. Etsy could be a good option for you, though.

  3. I just read something in a great book called The 8 Human Talents by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. Apparently it's a saying, but I've never heard it before.
    "I'm not a human doing, I am a human being." Just being... now that's a thought, and funny enough... really hard.

  4. Oh, and I second the Etsy! That's what I did for Deladis' b-day, and found some beautiful things.

  5. I was all set to post suggesting Etsy and saw that two other mamas had beaten me to it - that way you don't have to make things, but you are not buying into the commercialism and you are supporting other mums! I like what Katidid said - that life is not a race - but it sure can feel like it sometimes, even, ironically, when we are racing around trying to keep life simple and homemade! Good luck :)

  6. Goodness, seems like everyone is getting ready for their holiday gift making. I am still focused on getting started back with school. (3rd grade!) Guess I better get moving!

    Also came over to wish you a Happy Autumn!


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