Tuesday, July 26, 2016


I suppose I should mention the time that this conversation was initiated:

2 am.

When one no longer has an infant in their home, being woken in the middle of the night by something other than your own bladder is rather unexpected. But, you know, it's just one of those things. I dragged myself out of bed, and stumbled down our short upstairs hallway to Anne's room. I open the door. Anne is sitting up in bed:

*hands me colored drawing of a rainbow*

"I made this for you, Mom. You were supposed to come get it when you got home."

*stern look*

Apparently I was in trouble, hence the late night wakeup call. I was at a photoshoot for my dance studio when she was put to bed by Mike earlier.

"I did come in here, darling, after I got home, but I did not see this drawing. Is that why you called me in here?"

"I need fuzzy socks, my feet are cold."

*long suffering sigh*

Is it any wonder why I feel like I'm dragging my way through this week? If I'm being honest, I'm struggling with a few things right now, and that feeling of overwhelment (is that a word? If not...I don't care :0) and spiritual dryness is threatening to consume me. I'm going to talk about this a bit on the next Tea Time.

Until then, the kids do make me smile:

Christmas in July train set up and running
...AND, I finished my summer knit-along shawl!

*drum roll*

I bought blocking wires that are designed to stretch out lace fabric in a pleasing way, and I have to say that I'm quite happy with the results. I'm also very happy to have this shawl off of my needles, and to have moved onto something else! I'm in manic finish-it-up mode, trying to complete in-progress items so that I can feel good about myself and deny my own lack of commitment to craft projects prior to the onset of fall. Hey, I can try, right? ;-)

How was YOUR weekend? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!


  1. Your shawl turned out beautifully. My weekend was good but yesterday not so much. However, life goes on. Praying for you.

  2. Aw, hi Melanie. Praying for you too, dear one. <3

  3. Your shawl is GORGEOUS! I always have at least 10 WIPs going on at any one time. lol Added to those, a shawl for my oldest and an afghan for a bestie that I've been working on for the last 2 years. Yeesh.

    Luckily my kids don't wake up during the night so much as not fall asleep until around 2 hours after I've put them down. *face palm* And it's not like I put them down at 5, their bedtime is reasonable! lol Ah well, kids.

    I'm so sorry you're dealing with a case of the overwhelments. As women, as mothers, sometimes it seems like we're living lives that are ONLY overwhelments. lol But I hope that you find relief soon. As my kids like to say, "One game at a time, Ralph..." lol (Not sure if you've seen "Wreck-It Ralph", it was on continuous loop in our house for while.)

    Of course, also experiencing spiritual dryness at the same time DOES NOT HELP. Ugh. It always amazes me when I read stories about people like Mother Teresa or St. Therese who experienced complete spiritual dryness and/or those dark nights. How did they even do it? I admit, sometimes my life runs in extremes: the barrenness of a dry, seemingly stagnant spiritual desert or me on a boat, running around like a crazy person (boat safety!), begging Jesus to wake up as the storm rages around me. lol

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm making no sense whatsoever so I'm stopping now. LOL In conclusion, I will pray that your overwhelments become underwhelments and that you will find a new wellspring. You're a super cool person and everything will work out! <3

  4. Thanks Allison! Enjoying your bird photos on Facebook very much. It's helping to ease my separation anxiety from our feeder. :0

  5. HI MAGGI! Girl, you are just a day brightener, every single time. ;-) Your wip pile sounds remarkably familiar. :0 Afghans? At least a decade, seriously.

    "Wreck it Ralph" I LOVE IT! We own that on DVD, and I *need* to go back and watch that. Overwhelments are not fun, but we'll get through, right? <3

  6. Now I really want to watch Wreck It Ralph again. Never thought I'd get there again! LOL

  7. Maggi, right?! I've had: "One game at a time, Ralph" in my head ALL DAY! And as silly as it is, it's really helping!


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