The Seasons have turned once again. A year has passed since I left work to look after my second little peanut. It’s been a year filled with joys and family. But now after a summer of warmth and chaos the rains are returning and I’ve dropped my kids off into the care of another so that I can return to the cubicle where I earn the money to pay the daycare I wouldn’t need if I were not working. It’s a vicious cycle.
The leaves are turning; the moisture is creeping further out of the hollows where it retreats in the summer. My DH has moved to our new home, and I am left to mop up until I can join him.
I hit the ground running each morning, in a frantic flight to make sure the kids are clean enough that no one will start asking questions and dressed sufficiently for the weather, to pack lunches and stuff breakfast into distracted eaters. I grab a stack of clean diapers, throw them in the day pack along with some spare clothes and hope that daycare is forgiving if I’ve forgotten something. I drive across town and drop them off before planting myself in a small beige square where I spend the best of the waking hours.
I take a big breath when I go and pick up the kids as the scramble begins again with food prep, and clean up, baths and bedtime routines. I let escape a silent prayer each night that THIS will be the night they sleep through the night (it hasn’t happened yet)…. And I hope they fall asleep soon enough to give me a few moments silence in which to collect my own thoughts – but they rarely do.
I was optimistic when we moved during the summer months. I kept with me my paints, and paper, fabric and sewing machine. But so far I’ve not managed to do much in the way of art or craft. I have however committed myself to the annual craft fair. The goal is to have copies of my book available for any and all who wish a copy. This along with my spice packets, calendars filled with my art and the usual art cards and prints. I hope it will go well. But in thinking about this fair I’ve decided I want to get back in to seed packets. I’ve been inspired by photos of vintage seeds … I think I’ll stick with the easy to grow – sunflowers, poppies, sweet peas and nasturtiums, Hyacinth Bean, Gourds, Pumpkins, radishes, and zinnias…. Compared with perennials, trees, evergreens and the rest, seeds are a real bargain. For less than the price of one potted perennial, you have potentially hundreds of plants rattling around in a packet. Besides I’m really excited about painting vegetables these days. Expanding beyond the blue tones I’ve been working with for the past two years of illustrating Wynken, Blynken and Nod.
But if you are a fan of the Blue – I’m taking pre-orders for the book!