Random Posts...

For a little while there will be random posts, here and there. There are quite a few photos and happenings from this summer.

We are now into the school year full swing, as I am sure everyone is...homework, rushing out the door in the morning, earlier bedtimes, and on, and on...missing summer already. I have however, been able to make it to a few art festivals. I am feeling really inspired to start painting again, among many other things. I love art and seeing what others are doing just gets my creative juices flowing like crazy!

Below are a few things I found at the art festivals I have attended recently...I love baskets and I love pottery! (Have been taking basket weavings classes since February this year...my next endeavor shall be to learn pottery.)

The larger basket holds four of my current knitting projects with room to spare...I love it! The man I bought the baskets from is from Ghana. He has been in the US for about 30 years...was a professional soccer player when he first came here, and when he retired from that he started making these traditional elephant grass baskets to sell. They are the same as the ones you can find online at fair trade sites. It is amazing to watch him weave them...he has recently accepted a position with the professional soccer organization back in Africa, and will be leaving the states to return home. It was truly a priviledge to meet him...he is a very kind and joyful person. Good luck and safe travels to you Mohammad Attiah!

Attended an awesome heirloom harvest festival at Thomas Jefferson's home (Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia) weekend before last. I am already planning my vegie garden for next spring, summer, and fall. Also, thinking about planting some berry plants...strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. I am definitely addicted to growing my own food now. Very satisfying.


Updates to Come...

Things have been very busy all summer...I have not been posting as much as I would like to. Since school has started back things are a little more scheduled now. Getting back into routines has been challenging...we are total summer people. We enjoy the relaxed schedules and days of doing nothing but playing, swimming, reading, painting, traveling, etc...

There are a few updates to come. I have many "irons in the fire" (code for personal and family projects). I am at the point in my life when doing it all is not working any longer. It is a struggle deciding what to let go of, and what to keep. There are many personal projects I want to complete, but not at the expense of time spent with my little. He is growing so fast just as our older son did...sometimes I believe it is in fact much faster. So, I am looking more toward projects we can enjoy together. He is such a funny little guy. So much like me that it is scary. The 22 year old is just like me in many of my good ways, and the little one (7 yrs) is just like me in some of my not so good ways. So we really need to work on that.

Since it is Friday, I am going to post a photo of a moment I want to remember...see www.soulemama.typepad.com. Then sometime in the next couple of weeks there will be updates with photos to cover the last couple of months.

My beautiful Drew, on his 21st birthday last year...he loves music...plays all the time. His soul is music to my heart always.

Loving This Right now...

Just starting to get into yoga...it is definitely not easy but I am willing to work at it daily. Found this 20 minute routine on YouTube.com...Loving it!!!