Whether it’s my knitting or my homeschooling or my housework, I can’t find a balance between my plans and reality. I used to be fairly good at gauging our lives. The Family Accessories Project (in which I knit mittens and hats for all of us by Halloween and cowls by Christmas) looks to be more daunting than I’d originally anticipated. The “Am I Crazy?” email I sent a friend about my plans is being answered by the Mistress of Real Life and she’s telling me that I am crazy. I’ve got a hat knit (oh, so gorgeous) and about half a mitten to go with it for Sandra, and about 1/4 of a hat for Rainer. But it’s not easy to knit things secretly around here. While it would be easier on me to not be trying to keep things a surprise, somehow that’s part of the happiness. So when everyone is present I keep working on Rainer’s magnificently striped sweater there in the photo.
And homeschooling…I just can’t seem to get a grasp on it. I’m sure that part of it is that neither kid is strong enough at reading to do things independently, but hoo-ee! I can’t seem to get us through the (utterly reasonable) amount of work I’ve got planned. Luckily I don’t have it planned out in writing for weeks – I learned very early that that’s just begging to rewrite and rewrite and then rewrite while banging my head on the desk. It’s still a balance, though, trying to move through the day in a way that honours them and builds on our relationship and also teaches them the skills they need to do grunt work on.
At least I’m consistent, though. I consistently overshoot which is far better than the opposite alternative. And speaking of bold and brash ambitions, I’ve got an update on my 101 Things in 1001 Days list coming soon. And guess what…I’m consistent. Ambitious and inspired by goals and…consistent.
For those of you wanting the peppermint cookie recipe, I’ll see if I can dig it up over the weekend, but whether or not I’m doing a good job of estimating my availible time is questionable.