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SONY DSCI don’t usually have much to show you during the week because there is just not enough time. And it’s OK. It is so OK. So on the weekend is when I get to breathe a little bit. Remember to take pictures. Breathe a little bit more.
SONY DSCTake, for example, last Wednesday. I finished work, dropped Jonas off at rowing, then raced home to start prepping that night’s soup. Cut up the veggies, a bit manically, threw them in a pot. Did the breakfast dishes. At which point Jake got home with Sylvan, who immediately went to get ready for soccer. I handed off the responsibility of soup-cooking to Jake, who was coming later to the game because the bank inspector was coming. And he had to also cut up all the oranges for half time. And deliver them to us at the game and catch the last half.
SONY DSCSo. I got Sylvan and his teammate, with whom we carpool, to the game across town so they could warm up.

And then I took a breath.

And I realized I had a half hour before the game started… I could take a walk! And take more breaths! It was a Wednesday and ~shocker~ I was getting to do something to take care of myself.
SONY DSCIt was a beautiful autumn afternoon, just a little chilly in the shade, but very golden and beautiful in the sun. I was walking along a road I used to drive down quite a lot, a little hilly, not too many cars. There is a property along that road that I have admired from the car: meticulously cared for, a beautiful barn and pond, a couple of beautiful houses. And the most amazing stone walls I have ever seen. Anywhere.

SONY DSCIt was incredible seeing them closer up and slower, walking along them and seeing how the creator took care to make them level and contoured along the earth. And I even saw that in the forest, behind the houses,
there are MORE OF THEM, more of these perfectly created works of art. Who is this wall artist?! Because never once, not even once, have I seen a person on this property: not mowing, or walking or sitting or anything. Actually there was something a little bit desolate about it: so perfectly cared for…but who is out there enjoying it?
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{Above, the letters on my correspondence desk, waiting to be replied to!}

I saw an acorn on my walk, just at the edge of the road. I thought about all those walks we took, the boys and I. We’d collect things like acorns and pinecones and bright leaves. Timeless walks when their legs were short and we had no destination. Or sometimes the destination was feeding the ducks. Or going to the playground. When they could walk on their own legs it was slow going, but we weren’t in a rush to get anywhere.

SONY DSC{Last weekend I put up these hooks so I have a place to hang my towel and pj’s after my bath.}

So. We had all that time back then and sometimes the days were too long and too frustrating and maddening and boring. I was impatient, they were awful to each other or grumpy with me or I was awful to them and grumpy with myself. Because there was plenty of time, but never enough sleep.

SONY DSC{This weekend’s wash. Three loads dried in the sunshine!}

So now our time is more precious, because we have less time that is ours. And occasionally, there’s a moment. Like this week, we found an old puzzle, a favorite old puzzle THAT SOMEONE ALMOST THREW OUT, a puzzle that was put together so many times during sickness and health, so we all have our favorite parts. It’s the one with all the hidden bears! No one cried about who put in the last puzzle piece, either. Win!

And so, sorry for the unbeautiful, non-blogworthy, indoor lighting. But the moment below needed to be captured.
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just wow

SONY DSC SONY DSCThe fantastic work crew from Downeast Homes has been here siding the house for us and it looks amazing. The best day was coming home from work and it was… done! And now I have finally peeled off the LAST OF THE WINDOW STICKERS. And washed the grime off the front door. And yesterday the resident border collie, Mr. Crafty, seeded and hayed the yard with help from the boys and a good friend and owner of Midcoast Site Development! SONY DSCWelcome to the house! The entryway has been finished, with marmoleum on the floor, a natural cork product, also by Mr. Crafty.

SONY DSC The bedroom-level bathroom was Mr. Crafty’s design coup, thinking about a multi-functional space for multiple people all leaving the house at the same time. Right now, no one is using the tub/shower room but me…because there is only a tub there right now! So nobody’s wet towels or dirty clothes are part of my morning bathing experience. Just me, in the quiet darkness. SONY DSCAbove, you might not be able to see it, but I can turn on or off the spigots with my toes from the reclining position. This seems incredible. In our old house, the bathtub was ridiculous, one of those horrible plastic formed things that is about as much a bathtub as a February tomato is like an August one right out of your garden. Just the IDEA of a bathtub, not the real thing. This is the real thing.SONY DSCView from the bathtub out the back window.

{Oh, and you may notice I have given up on trying to make captions below my photos because WordPress makes it supremely annoying to do it how I want to do it.} SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCPictures of the bathroom vanity of our dreams, designed and constructed by Bench Dogs, locally owned by friends of ours. You may recognize those knobs. The beautiful stone counters came from Freshwater Stone (along with the other stone countertops), on their incredible sale day when all stone was discounted, and so all of our countertop stone was $5/sq.ft. And everything was finished by Bryan from Rockport Granite. So elegant and functional, this vanity—I am loving it, the functional simplicity and beauty of this part of the bathroom.

And you’ll notice I didn’t totally blogify these pictures, so you can see our real lives in the background. Like the occasional toothpaste, Goo Gone, or WD40 lurking there… SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCIt’s been September here for us: two teachers, two school-aged boys. Me at a new school and job. And it’s going great at my new job–I’m really liking the work, which is helping teachers integrate tech solutions in a meaningful way into their teaching, trouble-shooting, creative thinking, and working with people. Always always something new each day. Last week I spoke to 3/4 of the student body, gave a parent presentation, and a presentation to 22 teachers. That was a lot of me talking! This week only 1/4 of the student body, one small group student presentation, and another parent presentation. SONY DSC SONY DSCThese last ones are Sunday morning pictures. Pancakes, laundry, lovely light. And that back yard is now covered with grass seed and hay! SONY DSC SONY DSCSundays are Strategy days: meal-planning and shopping for the week, elaborate scheduling of who will take which children to their sports after school (Sylvan/Soccer, Jonas/Rowing), phone calls to various parents about ride-sharing, and also figuring out who will transport the cello to and from school for Sylvan on which days. And today, even with all of this, I got to hike with a friend on a gorgeous autumn day. So blessed.