I awoke early this morning. It was just one of those days when I had enough sleep and wanted to get my day started. I have been up over an hour already and it is still pitch dark outside. I suppose I am a bit ahead of the sun today.
In checking through all my mail and facebook stuff, I noticed that last night was the rare ‘blue moon’ phenomenon. I stepped outside to have a look, and the moon was still high in the sky, although not blue in the least. (Yes, I know that it really isn’t ‘blue’!) It was however full and beautiful, as we here in southern Nova Scotia have a perfectly clear sky at the moment.
While standing outside in the cool night air, I could hear the sound of the river across the road and crickets chirping. It was quiet and serene and a good way to start the day.
Today is my daughter’s birthday. Danielle is 22 years old. She is my youngest and is a beautiful and intelligent young woman now, finding her place in the world. Danielle and her brother live in the Chicago area, and although we talk often, it never seems to be enough. I miss both her and Phil, and it is days like this when I find myself reliving the many wonderful memories of when they were growing up. Time seems to go by so quickly.
In the back of my mind, I am planning a trip to see them next year. It has been far too long and I would love to spend some quality time with each of my children. Last year when we visited, it was in between teaching and the middle week of a three week trip. While it was nice to do so many things in adventure, I would love to have an atmosphere that was a bit more relaxed and not so dependent on scheduling. It is just a thought.
It is difficult to think about getting away for a decent period of time. While I know the world won’t crumble, there are just some responsibilities that we have here that are hard to delegate to others, or neglect. We only were gone for two days this past weekend and I am just catching up with things now. I find myself torn between wanting to be in two places at once. But I suppose that is normal.
So I will concentrate on working hard over the winter and then perhaps come spring I will be able to slip away for a bit. It will be a nice goal to look to in any case.
I accomplished a great deal yesterday. The majority of the day was spent on writing the packets for the Halloween ornaments and plaques. I also worked on the easels and will be finishing that packet up today. Both patterns, plus Keith’s new patterns will be added to the site hopefully by later on today and I will send out a newsletter. We are doing fairly well with our loose schedule of getting a newsletter out at the beginning of the month. While it has varied a bit as far as the time frame, it is close, and that is pretty good we think.
When the site update is finished, it is time for me to concentrate on the recent production order. Keith has been working on it for the most part while I am finishing up my side of things with the site and doing all of the printing, but it is my turn to jump in and help with the remaining cutting. With the holidays and all, the order should go out on Tuesday. We are happy with that time frame.
The sun is about to arrive, and the edge of the horizon is just now beginning to brighten. Another day is beginning and it is one of those days where I feel it will be a good one. I don’t know why that happens some days, but it does and I like that feeling.
I will end today with wishing my beautiful daughter Danielle a wonderful and happy birthday. I am so proud of her and miss her so much! Dani – you are beautiful inside and out!
What I wanted most for my daughter was that she be able to soar confidently in her own sky, whatever that may be. – Helen Claes
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