Are you getting tired of me telling you about how the days have been dark, rainy, and cold lately? Well, I’m certainly getting tired of writing about it. I know there are still some February days left on the calendar, but I’m ready to turn the page to March so that I can officially begin anticipating Spring.
We’re getting a bit stir crazy having to stay indoors and cabin fever? Well, we’re doing our best with Legos, games, puzzles, good books, and art projects … but sometimes it still sinks in.
I’m handling my Winter blues by keeping my hands busy. Well, okay, with four children my hands are usually pretty busy, but I’m specifically talking about reading and crafting.
Books to take my mind to places other than the frozen world outside my door (avoiding anything beginning with the phrase, “it was a dark and stormy night”) and some knitting handwork because playing with yarn in bright colors is doing me a world of good these days.
What I’m reading
Later this week, for Read Across America day on Friday, I’m going to share with you what my kids have been reading. But what book has my nose been buried in?
How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm and Other Adventures in Parenting (from Argentina to Tanzania and Everywhere in between) by Mei-Ling Hopgood has been an enjoyable read.
The book is Mei-Ling Hopgood’s observations mixed in with interviews with anthropologists, child care experts, and educators and it makes a nice mix, giving an interesting snapshot of parenting around the globe.
I have loved learning some tidbits about parenting around the world. I purchased the kindle edition and this book has been nice reading for those times when I want something entertaining and fun, but not too emotional or intense.
What I’m creating
Look! The tunic top is growing!
As Lucy told me, “good job, mom! That’s starting to look like something!” A high compliment from a four year old.
Being able to knit with some bright happy Spring-like pinks and greens is helping to combat the Winter doldrums and these rainy end of February days.
Now, has anyone seen my seed catalogs? I’ve got some Spring dreaming to do …
Have you been crafting? What about your kids? I’d love to hear what you’ve been creating. This post will be linked to Keep Calm, Craft On at Frontier Dreams and to Yarn Along with Small Things. Head over there to join in the fun and see what others have been creating.