For the first time in several weeks, my husband is home on his Monday off. He’s busy catching up on all those “little” things that have been waiting for him. The boys are working on school and chores and being extremely silly as only teenage boys can be. Dani is unpacking, after spending a few days away housesitting, and she’s also working on a custom order for her shop.
I’m tip toeing quietly back to the blog after being away far too long. I’ve been away long enough to finish the quilt I’d only just finished cutting the fabric for in my last post, and I have a second quilt well under way. I like the way the first one turned out, even with all of my very novice quilter mistakes showing for all the world to see. It’s just a fun quilt for my oldest grandson. I don’t think he’ll mind the mistakes at all. (The quilt was based on this pattern, though I made my grandson’s one row wider and one row longer, and eliminated the appliquéd medallion.) The colors red and blue, but mostly red, were his request. The quilt is backed with a simple white on dark red polka dot. It was machine quilted with, mostly, straight line quilting, with a very easy-even-for-beginners cable design on the broad same-fabric strips near each end.
It’s been a blessedly busy several weeks. Baseball. School. Spring cleanup in the yards, orchard, berry patches, etc. Dani planted a small(ish) garden with just one or two of several different things, but she planted three full rows of potatoes! More baseball! Lots more baseball!
Since my sewing nook is really just an extension of our schoolroom, I’ve been able to spend some time sewing while the boys work independently. It keeps me within earshot (in case they get distracted) and I’m readily available to help when they need it. I think it’s important to not wander too far away while the children are homeschooling.
Some gals begrudge having to be right there with their kids all day while school is happening. I often wonder why that is. I’m a homeschool mom. That means a couple of things. It means that I stay home and that I accept the responsibility for educating my children. Oh there are days, of course, when things keep me away from the schoolroom, and that can’t be helped. Life happens! Still, I’ve found that it actually saves me time, and a whole lot of grief, when I stay here in the schoolroom with my “pupils” while they are working on their schoolwork.
It’s nice that I can sew a bit, or knit or embroider, and still be right in the middle of the action in the schoolroom, but the priority should always be school and not pursuing my own interests, however useful and productive they might be.
Hangin’ out with the boys in the schoolroom – one very good way that I can look well to the ways of my household.