I’m drawn to Meet Me at Mike’s Pip Lincolne for many reasons.
Firstly, I have her to thank for teaching me to crochet with her ever-so-patient learn to crochet videos. After years of thinking I was simply too un-co to get the hang of it, her videos have turned me into a crochet fiend. (For us lefties, holding a mirror up to your screen works a treat.)
After 260 granny squares, I'm almost done sewing up my blanket!
Secondly, I feel inspired by the way she lives her life and the way she conducts herself. I think we have a lot to learn from her about humility, sensitivity and acceptance.
Which is why I thoroughly enjoy reading her ‘taking stock’ posts. I feel like I’m getting a peep behind the scenes to her why, and I like how this type of post forces her to stop and reflect.
So I’m going to give it a go! I want to stop and think about my own why, and to be able to look back over the months and see how life ebbs and flows.
Thank you so very much, Pip.
Taking Stock 001
Making: new friends. And realising that it isn't so scary after all.
Cooking: beef cheeks in the pressure cooker (and no longer being afraid of killer lentils).
Reading: the instruction manual for my new* food processor. And Merchant & Mills Sewing Book.
Wanting: winter to last a little longer.
Looking: at the strings of outdoor fairy lights we just put up.
Playing: Björk's Greatest Hits.
Deciding: on the layout for my (teeny tiny) home studio, aka a wall in the living room.
Wishing: I could see when my sewing machine bobbin runs out of thread.
Enjoying: the coolness of the evenings.
Waiting: impatiently, for a road trip to Canberra.
Liking: the feeling of getting things done.
Wondering: why this world feels so broken.
Loving: the days where I don’t have to wear a bra.
Pondering: whether I can successfully do the school pick up without having to put my bra on.
Considering: whether I like tea or not. I really want to like it, I do.
Watching: Breaking Bad. Yo. Bitch.
Hoping: for a good co-parenting relationship with my ex-husband.
Marvelling: at how a cold can infect over one third of the school’s population.
Needing: to send in my tax return.
Smelling: the warm towels as they come off the line. The smell of warm sunshine nurtures my very soul.
Wearing: Poo catchers, a daggy tee and Gorman cloud socks.
Following: my heart.
Noticing: that the boy is getting quicker at looking up words in the dictionary.
Thinking: about how we used to look up rude words in the dictionary and thinking we were so hilarious.
Knowing: that all of us are putting one foot in front of the other. Every. Single. Day.
Feeling: the seed of promise.
Admiring: perfect points on quilts.
Sorting: through the whole house.
Buying: fabric from Patchwork on Pittwater. I’m amazed at how much Robyn has managed to fit into her little shop.
Getting: better at letting things go. But still getting a little tangled.
Bookmarking: Margaret Fulton’s Encyclopedia of food and cookery.
Disliking: how long some businesses make you wait on hold.
Opening: my eyes.
Giggling: at Pepe Tomate's antics. Cats are bananas.
Snacking: on dry roasted almonds.
Coveting: Cotton + Steel fabrics.
Wishing: I was back in Barcelona.
Helping: boy Lex learn how to cook. Like 'snitchel'.
Hearing: the unrest.
I’m going to add one more thing to Pip’s original list… Learning. I strive to learn every day. Because the older I get, the more I realise how much I don’t know. And despite knowing everything when I was 18, I’m quite happy being 33, thank you very much!
Learning: about quilting – and enjoying being a complete novice. This is my very first attempt; a cushion for the kids' reading chair. Mind the wonky bits!
It feels good to take stock, doesn't it? I must admit that sometimes I feel like one of those racing greyhounds trying to catch the un-catchable hare. I say we're better off being greyhound number four.
What say you? How did you travel through July?
* Otherwise known as purchased twelve months ago but always too scared to open the box.