Now that the kids are a little older, they are not as much of a distraction as they once were. I just lock them in the closet and tune out the pounding and cries for help! Okay, that is a complete exaggeration. What I really meant is that they keep themselves occupied pretty well now.
We planted a "Victory Garden" for the summer and have enjoyed tomatoes and lettuce so far. Really it's just a raised garden 4' x 8', but during WWII homemakers planted victory gardens to help reduce the strain on the war effort. I just really like the name Victory Garden so I am going with it. I am not deluding myself into thinking this has any impact on the war or our economy. It does help with my own personal economy though, so I figure it counts somehow.
I love these old war posters.
We went on vacation and it was great. We went to Philadelphia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York. We spent most of our time in the first three states I listed. We visited as many of the monuments and attractions as we could. We went to Amish Country in Lancaster County, we went to Hershey Park and took the factory tour, we went all over downtown Philly-- an amazing city, and we went to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We saw lots of my family and the kids got to meet their cousins for the first time. My older brother is in the Navy so they have moved a bit, and being so far away makes visits expensive. The girls got to see and hold Fireflies. This sounds like an odd thing to be excited about, but we don't have Fireflies where we live and they are a novelty when you aren't around them all the time. Even my husband thought they were fascinating! My Dad turned 70 so we had a family reunion/birthday party for him and it was terrific. He had all of his blood related Grandchildren there at once, which has never happened before. His sisters were all there and most of my cousins. My sister and I were there, but unfortunately my brother was unable to be there. Again, being in the Navy complicates things sometimes. But his wife and children were there and we had fun with them. We had people from Oregon, California, Ohio, Utah, North Carolina, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. This is why we rarely have family reunions!
The Great Flood. Five days after returning home from our vacation, I left the stupid garden hose on accidentally and our basement flooded. What a mess! Now it is all torn up down there. The carpet is all being ripped out, the walls are being repaired now, and I lost my beloved sewing machine to the flood. They are just "things", so really it doesn't matter that much. The trouble is I cannot get any sewing done until they have everything put back together. It's been 2 weeks, and I think it will be one more week before it is back to normal again.
This isn't really my house-- I hope that is sort of obvious! But this is sure how it felt to see all that water downstairs!
Two days after the flood, my Daisy Dance fabric bolts arrived! Yippee! But also sort of depressing because I cannot unpackage them until the basement is back in order.
So hopefully next week I can start posting some of the ideas I have for using Daisy Dance! I plan to sell it in my online store too-- but again that has to wait until I have things managed in the basement.
If you can't wait for that, they do have it at Fat Quarter Shop (or possibly your local shop is carrying it!)