Summer happened! What is it about summer in the blogging world? Things slow down, take a breather, even if they don't mean to. It's an unexpected mental vacation. I love summer this year, a distinct departure from years past. Certainly, having central air plays a huge roll! The (cozy) apartment was on the 3rd floor and the heat was heavy and had the ability to wilt me. This year, the sun is shining in the windows, our house is lit up and I feel great! No closed up tomb for me!
This year, having a dog really shook up my routine! It's a welcome change and I love having a walking buddy. There are many parks and trails around here to putter around on, but I always felt kind of bored/dumb/creepy-why-is-that-girl-walking alone?.... With the dog, I feel slightly more normal and definitely more engaged. Little details stand out that I might have missed otherwise; a heron hidden in the reeds, an owl perched on a branch, a neighborhood cat strolling home. And with a dog, esp a mostly black dog, you get to sit down during walks to keep him cool...which I wouldn't have done before. Sitting in the woods, JUST for the purpose of relaxing, is a luxury I never took advantage of pre-Hennessy.
Some things went by the wayside this summer, including the quilt-blocks-of-doom. I donated money instead. Time to sew is short here, with a full time job, a full time dog and all the other little things that make up a life. I really identify with The Selfish Seamstress, whose blog I began reading this year (thanks, Em!)! Her blog tag line is, "Because I only want to sew stuff if it's for me". While I do enjoy sewing in general, who ARE these people who sew gifts for their family members? Who bust out embroidered dish towels weekly? Who make jam and pickles and then decorate the jars adorably and distribute them to their neighbors? Gak! HOW do they do it???
Anyway, fall is coming! The sun is starting to slant. I've started cutting up fabric for a couple of quilts. 5.5" squares... cute little patchwork squares with chickens and apples and little flowers! A little Alexander Henry Farmdale quilt, for cool fall mornings with coffee in the kitchen....siiigh that is the BEST. And maybe sometime I'll update my blog banner to reflect the season change! I just noticed it says "spring 2010"! HA! Summer, you do take over!