I'm finally forced to admit it - I return to work this week, and the boys to school. Truthfully, I love so many things about the shift to a more structured routine, and the boys are excited to start school again. Their bus schedule will absolutely set the framework for the day for both Adam and I, and we're eagerly awaiting the call which will give us specific times. Their new shoes and school supplies are packed and ready, and I have my new package of Sharpie Pens and my weekly Moleskine planner just waiting to be put into action. It gives me a little thrill.
Any kind of shift like this always has my brain jumping in a thousand different directions. So many things to be excited about, all at once. All of the perfect lunches for the boys (even though Adam puts them together every morning), all of the perfect lunches for me to take (my favourite is a bit of bean salad, some delicious meats, and a bit of Swiss cheese) and all of the suppers that I can be clever about and put in the slow cooker before I go to work. I want to go all Pinterest-crazy and make everything perfect and new and exciting. But then I settle into a more realistic version of things, and just make sure my thermal tea mug is clean, and that I know who needs to be where, when.
So while my brain explodes over here (it's a good thing, really!) and I have menu ideas swirling around in the back of my mind along with being excited abouteverything else related to fall (harvesting the zillions of fall pumpkins that are growing down by the barns and lighting beeswax candles and wearing scarves and finally (hopefully) finding wide-calf brown leather boots that fit (this has been an ongoing struggle) and cool mornings and the changing light), here are a few things that I've been enjoying.
Erin has a great post about bar soap over at her beautiful blog Reading My Tea Leaves. I love her style, and of course she's right about the soap. There are so many great things about it! I think I'll make a few batches tomorrow to last us for the next little while.
I'm reading this book and really enjoying it. Speaking of books, the beautiful book pictured was a gift from our neighbour - she is 89, it was her father's, and he kept bees next door many, many years ago. It's beautiful.
I can't wait to make these! Maybe tonight!
And I'm also hoping to get a batch of these put up very soon.
I hope that your week goes smoothly, whether it's one of transitions or not!