I’ve been slacking here a bit (okay, a lot). Spring has caught my attention and I have been so very focused on getting outside, digging my hands into the soil, and just playing. I bought myself a new bike with my tax return and a friend gifted us a bike trailer for Odin so we’ve been trying to bike more often. It’s been a goal of mine for awhile to switch over to using the bicycle more than the car and I’m embarrassingly giddy that it’s starting to happen. I’ve always been a bit lazy and I’m happy I’ve finally committed to making that change. Riding my bike feels so good and I’m also madly in love with the bike itself, I guess that’s bound to happen when you dream of the same style for months before being able to afford it. I’ve named her Beatrice, which was the name of my GPS back in college. The GPS often tried to drive me to abandoned cities, drive off parking garage roofs, and stop in the middle of the road. She was naughty, but I thought the name might deserve a second chance! Wish me and Bea luck!
I’ve been trying to find a routine that works for us. Odin is napping again so I am able to work in the studio for a solid two to three hours in the afternoon which doesn’t sound like much, but if you can focus it really is! The trouble then becomes the focusing bit. It takes everything in me to get off my phone or the computer and just walk away. It really is an unhealthy obsession that I think most people with access to it have. I’ve noticed a huge difference in my day and my use of technology when we go out first thing in the morning. On the days where we jump out of bed, head out to feed the chickens and tend to the garden, then immediately head off on an adventure- I am much more motivated to work during that downtime and avoid screen time. I managed to get some work done during that time today even though much of my morning was spent doing nothing. The weather forecast had predicted a cloudy day today and I was beyond excited. I love warm, cloudy, breezy days for photographs and had planned to hop out of bed first thing to go explore with Odin. I woke up and it was absolutely too sunny, which was a huge let down. I realize this all sounds pathetic, but I’m just being honest about my bratty mood entirely affected by sunshine (who am I?).
So this morning I was an absolute lazy bum. Telling Odin to just go play outside and let me lie on the couch. After a little bit, I faced the truth that I was just being a bit ridiculous and forced myself to get up. We drove out to the farm for a quick visit to photograph some tomatoes we had just transplanted for sale. Odin didn’t want to leave, he loves Carl so much, but we eventually buckled him into his carseat together. It took two adults, poor kid. Made him lunch and got him to close his eyes for “just five minutes” afterwards. He passed out, like he usually does when I ask him to just close his eyes and take a rest. I went out into the studio and got to work sewing and trouble shooting the new sewing machine. It was wonderful and felt so good. I only wish I could get myself up and motivated like that every day. I could get so much done!
After dinner I wanted to go on a bike ride and play in the warm sun setting light, so we did. Odin was amped the entire time, running all over the place and looking through his tiny telescope to find secret paths and treasure. He’s normally so slow moving on our walks, that they aren’t really walks at all. We sit and admire, which I love too, but it’s nice to finally walk at a normal adult pace, even if just for this one time! Odin asked me not to pick any flowers, but I’m terrible and picked a bouquet anyway. I can’t help it, Spring has stolen my heart and I like it! I’m getting better about picking flowers, I used to pick every flower I saw but now I leave much more behind than I take. It seems more fair that way, just in case some other human or creature wants to indulge.
I didn’t mean for this post to end up being a “day in the life” sort of post, sorry! I feel like if I publish my thoughts on being a lazy person and how actually getting up and doing something makes me feel, then I may be more motivated to get up and play more often. Other than the morning, today was wonderful. Full of simple magic and adventure and productivity. The perfect kind of day. Let’s hope tomorrow can be the same!
Odin’s wonderful blue moccasins are from the very talented Starry Knight Design
His favorite jumpsuit is from my lovely friend Katie of Red Creek Handmade