Sunday, March 17, 2013

Checking in

My goal this past week was to take time to recharge.  Unfortunately, there wasn't a ton of time available to do that, but every moment I could find to sit and stitch or read or just relax, I did it.  My latest project, beyond working on some baby quilts since everyone seems to be pregnant these days, has been making another toothbrush rug.  I had two large fabrics that aren't really right for quilting that I decided to make a rug with.  I still have a long way to go, but so far, I love it!  It is about 16 inches in diameter right now.

I have so much more to write, but it is going to have to wait.  Instead of using my weekend to recharge my batteries, I gave a friend a chance to recharge hers.  When I found out that my friend had not spent even one night alone with her husband since her first son was born over 10 years ago, I offered to have her 3 boys over for a sleepover.  This weekend was the big day.  She was a bit of a Nervous Nelly dropping them off, but the boys - aged 10, 9 and 4 - were like old pros at sleepovers, even though 2 of them had never done sleepovers before.  We played games, we ate, we watched a movie - it went well.  And hearing this morning that she slept in until 9:30 AM and then was able to drink her coffee, - uninterrupted and while it was still hot! - well, even if it hadn't gone well, it would have been worth it.  As it is, they are definitely invited to come stay again.  If there is one thing I've learned through my 10 short years as a parent, it is that I am a much better parent when I take the time to take care of myself.  When I am rested and healthy, I am so much more patient and engaged with my boys.

So instead of rambling on, I will sign off for now and go have some ME time.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!

10 comments:

KaHolly said...

What the heck is a toothbrush rug? You are such a good friend!!

Wacky Woman said...

I also like your rug. You are a good friend. And, I believe what goes around, comes around.

Char said...

I keep saying I'm going to make one of those. Your's is beautiful! Is that PInk rug for you?

beebee said...

you are such a great friend! Love the rug.

Caz said...

As KaHolly says,, what the heck is a toothbrush rug?? Looks like fun!! Glad every one enjoyed their weekend!!

Julie Fukuda said...

Since my diningroom table is round and I can't find a round rug the size to fit, I have been thinking of taking some unusable fabrics and making a crocheted rug. How wide did you cut your strips? Thanks for sharing some of your "me" time with "we"!

Loris said...

Love your toothbrush rug! It made me think...I have a ton of this fabric that I ended up not liking, except the colors are pretty good. What a great idea. I'll have to look for one of those tooth brush tools :-)
What a sweet gift to your friend! I know she was blessed by it as were her boys.

Maureen said...

You are a very good friend! She got "me" time and you are now working on "me" time -- both of those things will help immensely. And I love your toothbrush rug. Can't quite figure it out, but someday there might be one in my house, too.

Shay said...

I want to know why its called a toothbrush rug too?

You really are one of the nicest and most thoughtful people I know. I bet that Mama had the best time sleeping in and drinking hot coffee.

I hope you get some ME time soon!

Michelle said...

THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!
XO,
~M