Thursday, 13 March 2014

The Lack of Time - I Do Not Mind

This past week is March Break here in Canada and I have had little to no time for myself. Heres the unexpected part - I do not mind at all! When I first realized that I would have my daughter in the house all week with  all her activities cancelled for the week, I kind of panicked. Rather than just stare at each other every morning I decided to plan out my week so that we would not get bored. Each day I gave a theme and planned activities, crafts, songs, movie ect to go with each theme. Monday was bugs, Tuesday maple Syrup. 

My daughter and I looking at some tapped maple trees. 
This was all fine and dandy until Wednesday arrived. My daughter went downstairs and we were going to learn about the desert. Lots of fun until my daughter went into the basement only to discover an empty hamster cage. Her hamster had passed away days before and I had not decided whether to replace it or break the news. She did not deal with the death of my parents dog well and I really wasnt wanting to go down that road again. Well a mommy moment occured when I had to let my daughter know the hamster did pass and it is ok to be sad. I do not want to get another hamster and go through this ordeal again in two years so I decided instead we would get a Guinea Pig. 

Now what is a mom to do other than let my daughter know that the passing of old friends can mean the hello to a new one. We went to the library and got some books on Guinea Pigs (I had one as a girl and worked at a pet shop, but I could still use a refresher!). After going to the pet store, rearranging our craft room to fit in the new friend (it is a great place for him, the busy center of our home), setting up the cage, welcoming the baby guinea pig (now named Leonardo after a ninja turtle), we did not have time for much else. Also, my sister in law had a baby! This of course was a great day for our family. Needless to say, what a mom wants (a couple of hours) is not what a mom gets, but I think that is perfectly fine. Sometimes the unexpected is what makes a good mom, how we deal with these situations really teaches us. We need to treasure these family events, it makes us better quilters I believe because we have a family bond and memories that we put into our artwork. 

This blog post came after I realized I haven't sewn much of anything this week at all. With the amount of groups I am in this was quite surprising. I look forward to next week maybe getting back at it that is for sure, but I can tell you, this is what I quilt for, my family, my friends, and all the little life events we encounter on the way. I did say my sister in law had a baby, what better gift to give my new nephew, who is also my neighbour, than a quilt? 

My design wall hasnt changed in weeks! Pat Sloan BOM

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