It's been a long time since I've felt even remotely creative. Perhaps it's a signal of a (hopefully soon) return of energy after weeks and weeks of first-trimester fog (uh, yeah, it's been that long. I guess I did kinda procrastinate telling you all here...). Maybe I'll start to feel human again soon. Maybe. But for now, I was glad of a little inspiration today.
I've been feeling like every day is exactly the same as the day before. We've been cooped up in the house with all the yucky weather we've had lately and the days are getting monotonous. I've had a lot of back pain that is really keeping me down, so that doesn't help. But today, I politely told my back to "shut it", strapped the baby on in his carrier, and we headed out into the wind and sun for an expedition. (I'm paying for it now, for sure, but oh well.) We had a great time collecting leaves and pine cones and other bits and planning what we would do with them. Andrew had fun trying to shed as many articles of clothing as he could and throw them on the ground as we walked along. "Haha!" I'm sure he chuckles to himself, "Got those wretched mittens off!"
We returned, tired and chilled, with a fun assortment of natural treasures.
We had lunch, put the baby to bed, and set to work.
The results lifted our spirits considerably.
(And why is one piece of window trim not painted, you ask? Hm. How strange.)
I was even inspired to do a few other little fall decorations.
The pumpkins and squash that Jonah grew in the garden this year...
The bittersweet I found growing high in the staghorn sumac in the farm field across the road....
I just love the crazy curls of bittersweet vines.
It's so nice to have a few pretty spots in my house right now. Considering that within 10 minutes of breakfast every day the house looks like this:
...pretty spots are essential to me.
We clean up, and we clean up, and we clean up, but it's like bailing the ocean, let me tell ya.
And because I chose to do fun projects today instead of cleanupcleanupcleanup, it's quite a bit worse.
It seems like every day, I get to pick: Tasks Essential to Staying Alive, or Something Fun and Different.
I usually have no choice but Tasks Essential to Staying Alive. But some days, I decide we'll do without and get to something fun.
On his way home from Minnesota, Nathan bought me a 15 pound box of fresh cranberries in Warrens, WI, evidently the Cranberry Capital of the World. And oh, cranberries are fun! I've been doing all kinds of yummy things with them. A couple days ago, Evan helped me make and can a big batch of my "famous" spicy cranberry sauce.
I add all sorts of yummy things --most notably jalapeno peppers-- and it's always delicious, if maybe a little different every year for lack of an official recipe.
And I forgot to take a photo of the end product, but I can tell you that it is a gorgeous color. Now I won't have to make it at Thanksgiving, and I have extra jars for gifts.
Oh, I told Jonah I was NOT going to carve his pumpkin for him. Then I amended that to "I will not GUT your pumpkin" and I did the actual carving after he designed the face, because I just couldn't bring myself to turn him loose with a sharp knife. Maybe next year...
So. This post is to prove that I'm not a complete bump on a log, but I'm pretty close to it. Is it spring yet?