I can't believe this but I've wrecked my reading glasses and life has become a blur. I'm struggling with a pair of multifocals which make me dizzy and make reading a nightmare. I did think being forced to use them may be a good thing and I'd get used to them - and I'm still trying - but I really don't like feeling that I'm about to fall over all the time.
In the morning I'm abandoning the family for a few days to go north to Gloucester to visit my lifelong friends on their beautiful farm. It's raining steadily so I hope it doesn't turn into a flood that strands me in the country. My friends have been rained-in twice this year when their creek flooded and cut them off from the road. Of course it's a wonderful place to be stranded and their hospitality is legendary so I can think of worse things that could befall me.
My workroom had a new addition today. We bought a very solid timber table and two chairs that are perfectly sized for a three year old, and assembled them. As I couldn't read the miniscule instructions I had to make an educated guess at the assembly but it wasn't too hard. S put in the screws and learned to use an Allen key and was extremely proud of her new skills and I was pretty impressed with her too. She is very proud to be setting up her workspace in my workspace and I know she will be good company for me. She has already cast an eye over my tools and suggested that we can share some things so I feel it will be interesting to see how we both deal with that. There will have to be very strict rules about sharp instruments and they will be kept well out of reach and some locked up.
My mother was very creative, and I have always felt because of her imagination and generosity in letting me make a mess, that I had a charmed childhood. I tried to give that same experience to my children and now I am fortunate enough to have another generation of children to "create" with. As we have a new baby due in a few weeks I expect to have plenty of opportunity to work and play with S (3 1/2) and L (15 months). My house may be chaotic but the little girls don't care which suits me just fine.
A real mixed bag
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