P.S. How adorable is she?
Monday, August 4, 2014
Pay no attention to the woman behind the curtain... I'm merely peeking out for a millisecond because I can't stop myself from alerting anybody who's still "following" this blog (and therefore obviously has an interest in my offspring :-)) that Ms. Annabelle, divine daughter and artist extraordinaire, has finally opened her oft-mention etsy shop. The inventory is still small, but we're working on it. I hope you'll have a look.
Friday, January 31, 2014
This is a fuzzy, low-light iPhone photo taken of me by a good friend. Forgive its quality and understand its purpose here: I'm happy. This was taken the day after a reading I gave, from my new poetry collection, in Athens, Georgia, scene of my Ph.D. days and Annabelle's baby days. It's where I learned to be a professor; it's where I worked toward the credential to make that possible. It's where I wrote a lot of poems about breastfeeding (and started a novel I never finished). Man, that was a long time ago!
This is all to say that nobody can be a poet, editor, teacher, mom, wife, AND small business owner, so I'm cutting the one I can cut right now--I'm closing down the etsy shop and giving up the constant, back-of-my-mind pressure to think about the shop, making things to sell, and even--yes--blogging. I think there can be very little room in a happy life for pretending you're something you're not or feeling bad because you can't be and do everything. I'm no longer a blogger, and I can't manage four careers. So.
What a lovely time of my life, though, that I did spend doing this--writing about my days at home with Annabelle, writing about my homeschooling and homemaking and crafting and selling, my friendships and my growth as a woman, a person. What a joy it was to cast those plans and hopes and ideas and accomplishments into the world and have warm, encouraging, smart people say, "Hey!" and "Good idea!" and "Keep going!" and "Look what I did!" I will be forever grateful and glad.
Someday I might be a blogger again--this life is oddly short and oddly long at once--and if I ever am, I hope I'll find you. I hope you'll once again say, "Hey!" and "Keep going!" Thanks, friends, for everything. I wish you peace and love.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Despite nearly a year of having (or taking?) very little time to make anything, the holiday season has me at my table, fiddling with scissors, thread, and felt, without fail. And we had a dusting of snow on Wednesday and Thursday, which made Thanksgiving cozier and heralded the coming of Christmas loud and clear.this little "noel" hoop finished and ready to ship--the first listing in the old shop in months, really. (I've been a bit afraid to do much over there, really, because everything seems to have changed, etsy-wise, since my attention had to be turned back to teaching... hopefully I haven't completely missed anything.) Fun!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
breakfast with my husband, whilst the girl attended homeschool science class (a course organized around the real science behind science fiction tech--how cool is that?), where she and her partner, Sam, made a working cyber hand with tinkertoys and rubber bands. And I read a lot of discussion board posts.