One of the rhythms we are trying to get back to is that of a daily nature walk. Quite apart from all of the benefits for the children, I’m a better person when I go for a walk every day and that is good for us all!
I have a birthday coming up at the end of the month. A couple of people have asked what I would like. I always seem to have lists, both mental and literal, of what the kids need or want, but for me? There are a great many things that I want in this life, but don’t put me on the spot by asking what they actually are!
I’ve given it some thought and this is what I came up with…. I would like subscriptions to Taproot and Making magazines. A new lens for my camera, you know, one where the auto focus function actually works. And this book, which our library system persists in not having, no matter how many times I check. And enough warm and soft wool yarn to knit a hood and maybe some matching cabled mittens for those long, cold, winter walks. And perhaps even more yarn for a cabled pullover? Too may of those to link to… And a bag with a zipper that reliably closes and stays closed, with pockets inside so that everything doesn’t get tangled up in a big jumbled mess and a pile of 2×4′s to build a bench in the mudroom which seems like it would solve any number of problems and charcoal grey wool fabric to make myself a skirt (perhaps something as simple as this? Scratch that, I think I want this one) and something that blooms and smells sweetly for the dark days of winter. I would love a pair of shoes that I actually like the style of, which also fit my orthotics and don’t pinch my toes and make them ache, but I think that’s probably too much to ask of any day, much less a mere birthday. Mostly I think I’d be content with just a peaceful day, preferably one where I don’t have to make dinner. And maybe a really good cup of tea. Yeah, I want the tea too.