I feel that familiar feeling of trying to do too much… and so I’m paring back. Again. Walks among crunchy leaves, baking, EIGHTEEN MILLION LOADS OF WASHING. You know, quiet stuff. And the kids are at seriously adorable ages, so I spend a lot of time just staring at them or making them say funny things for my own amusement. Here’s what’s been going down lately…
Making : Two bobble-stitch hat-and-scarf combos for the girls. I’ve made it as far as row 3. Sigh.
Cooking : Lots of stuff! But this week is cauliflower soup with roasted cauliflower croutons, stuffed capsicums with quinoa, feta, pine nuts and pomegranate, brioche, apple-cinnamon cake, regular bread, hot cross buns, yogurt pancakes, pumpkin lasagne, gnocchi, a spinach and tofu curry, and these amazing cookies, among other things.
Drinking : A steady diet of tea.
Reading: Is This It? By Bob Geldof. I bought it years ago and spotted it on my shelf just after Peaches died. It is utterly fascinating, such a great read.
Wanting: To slow down.
Looking: At the leaves changing colour. The parks are very pretty around here!
Playing: Outside in the beautiful warm sunshine. Before we have to hunker down for the winterrrrr
Wasting: Bread ingredients. Still trying to nail a proper loaf in this goddamn machine.
Sewing: This has had the least amount of my attention!
Wishing: That dishes did themselves.
Enjoying: The change of season, and a hot cup of tea.
Waiting: For it to get proper cold before we turn the heating on. I’m trying to see how long we can last! We had a fireplace in our country cottage getaway last week and it was divine. Remind me not to buy a house without a fireplace.
Liking: Reading lots of blogs again. I’ve resisted adding to my reader because I just didn’t have time, but I love the peeks into other people’s worlds so much I have allowed a little indulgence.
Wondering: What I’m going to do.
Loving: Being a mother of toddlers.
Hoping: The toddlers like me as a mother.
Marvelling: Pepper sleeping! (shhhh let’s not mention it in case I tempt fate! but it is GOOD).
Needing: More soup recipes. So I can add them to here!
Smelling: Very stinky cheese, a gift from my mother-in-law when we spent Easter in the Yarra Valley. Oh my, it is utterly delicious.
Wearing: Black woollen leggings from who knows where, I can’t remember. “To Kill a Mockingbird” T-shirt from Out of Print clothing (amazing – if you haven’t been there, check it out!), and a charcoal-and-black cardigan with a heart and crossbones print from Modcloth (aff link). Oh and some TOMS shoes.
Following: Momma’s Gone City on Instagram. When she got Theo, the whole world went a bit soft, even I did (and I’m not a dog person). The pictures she started taking of her boy napping with their puppy went viral, and for good reason! Utterly adorable.
Noticing: I have a smidgen more energy. This is delightful. Also, apparently my hill-walks and half-assed exercising while playing outside with the kids (squats in between kicking the ball, for example) are PAYING OFF. It’s a special feeling, Lloyd.
Knowing: That sleep is the key to everything.
Thinking: About my kids who wander into their bedrooms and shut the door to play. When I knock on the door and ask to come in they say “no!”. So I don’t! It is glorious! So much sibling childhood magic is gonna happen behind that closed door, away from the omnipresent mother. So many hair-pullings and slappings, too I imagine.
Feeling: Like this is a pretty special time of life.
Bookmarking: More toddler activities at Pinterest. They’re getting to that age now where they enjoy this kind of stuff. And I do too, because they do it for longer than 7.34 minutes. Also this grease-fighting lavender dish soap, and this beautiful DIY foaming cleanser.
Opening: The freezer to put in lots of the things I’m trying to store, or stuff I’ve baked in advance, but it’s utterly chock-full right now. I need a deep-freeze – any recommendations?
Giggling: At very dry British humour. As usual. It never fails to make me laugh, especially because it’s so casual – the funniest line in the world thrown in there like it ain’t no thang. Always catches me off guard, which is the best kind of humour.
Listening: To endless news podcasts on Stitcher while I cook. Also the Hope*ologie podcasts, the Beyoncé album, the Oprah/Deepak Chopra 21-Day Meditation Experience, and I’ve been singing the Postman Pat Special Delivery Service theme song for about a week straight now.