my week in objects (mostly).

May 20, 2022

1. these peonies.

{in all their desiccated glory.}

2. this little lampshade.

{made from some vintage quilt scraps.}

3. this new dress (a gift!).

{and the weather to wear it in.}

4. this rose-made granola.

{and a bag full of essentials delivered to my door.}

5. this teeny garden.


other things:

selfish choices.

slow down, you crazy child.

i made myself a sticker chart.

i too have a human form.

all these people on this little land are kinfolk.

strange artifacts of a terrible time.

i still can’t believe this. (related!)

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  • Reply Kelly May 20, 2022 at 10:49 am

    Woah. That Slow down article hit. the. nail. on. the. head.

  • Reply Alexandra May 20, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    Fantastic “slow down” article. I recently had to step away from the internet and take a breath after a parent of a single infant humble-bragged at me about being a “slow family” and not a family who always has to be “out, doing things” for the kids to “stay entertained.” I have 4 and 7 year old kids, who absolutely do not get along, and no backyard, and a full-time job, and a partner who travels 50% of the time for work. Yes, we “have to” be “out, doing things” a lot, to avoid bloodshed. I bake with my kids sometimes, because they want to, but it’s fast and chaotic and hellish every time. I read to them, daily, but always with an eye towards the clock, the ticking time bomb that resides in the chest of the 4-year old who is always mere seconds away from total destruction of everything within a 4′ radius. I snuggle them, at bedtime especially, but it is active, aggressive snuggling – snuggling that is more something that is done to me than something I do, if that makes sense. I am hard-pressed to think of a single thing we do that feels slow, let alone calm.

    • Reply Nicola May 20, 2022 at 10:37 pm

      I am the mother of three adult children, one of whom has a disability. When I look back at their childhoods the thing I found most upsetting was the humble ( and not so humble) bragging of my contemporaries and how much time I spent worrying I wasn’t doing a good enough job. A counsellor advised that I would never hear when my friends children got addicted to drugs or arrested, or thrown out of college, just when they won awards, dated the head boy etc.. And she was right about it all. I’m now a counsellor and I can tell you that everyone struggles but few will admit it.

  • Reply ramona May 20, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    that lampshade! that dress! swoon…

  • Reply Joanna Schoff May 20, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    The link to the granola doesnt show granola. Can you che k that one again?
    Hope you are feeling better and able to be out and about.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE May 20, 2022 at 9:15 pm

      oh it’s not supposed to, just a link to rose who made it!


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