Right now I am immersed in a pile of boxes. Packing for our one year road trip (
Jan 2012 to Jan 2013 oops I meant 2013 to 2014 – the whole of next year!). Packing up the house to go into storage is not a simple process, I have been sorting and purging at the same time, but still the stuff that we have collected since we moved here just over 10 years ago is incredible. When we first moved in we had a 1 year old baby, now we have 2 very close to teenage kids — and they sure do have a lot of stuff — and none of it is toys, but there are boxes and boxes (and boxes) of books and board games, and craft supplies and teddies and collections of rocks and carved sticks and bird skeletons and vintage compasses and jewellery making supplies and — “Orlando can I toss out this clay sculpture from second grade?” “no way, you have to pack that carefully — I made that!”.
And so it is these little details — some chaos and some good memories — that make up the big picture.
So a few trips to the charity shop later, a few trailer loads of junk to the rubbish tip, and we are probably only half way there. My husband has decided to spend every waking moment in the shed making camping and storage boxes for our trip, and I have lost all motivation to cook dinner. I know next year … next year … I can relax, I will enjoy sitting by the campfire with a book or a craft project, or else walking along the beach. But that doesn’t help the fact that I feel ever so slightly overwhelmed right now!
So today, I am writing, because that helps calm me, list making is cathartic too, writing lists makes me feel like I am achieving things – I make sure to put finished items on the list so they can be ticked off straight away. Then stuff happens — unexpected things that were not on the list — things that require urgent attention right now. The car breaking down, the computer dying, the ducklings hatching, getting a migraine, and I am back to before I was before … less than no progress at all.
On my list for today: Do my tax (at least find all the paperwork), find out why the online banking is being weird, do three loads of laundry, pack away and sort out children’s clothing, write some blog posts, finish article for magazine, answer some emails, clean the *&%$# kitchen and bathrooms, and I probably should do some groceries soon too.
First though I will take a moment breath … and to enjoy the garden right now — it is at its best at this time of year.
Stuff I have been doing
- I just watched a film preview for a new documentary called “Lost in Living” I found it via Keri Smith — you should watch it – LOVED it, feels like me — it might feel a little like you too.
- At whipup the knitting designer series finished up – and I am thinking of another series for next year — any ideas? Anyone want to contribute?
- Also launched the Family Apothecary Action Pack Magazine last week – hope you love it!
- And all the Action Pack back issues are now available for a 25% discount – at the shop.
- I have been hanging out at Pinterest — and have been pinning a few fun things :: I have been thinking about vanilla cake and browsing Sweet Paul Magazine :: Camping and Adventure :: Making maple cream and knee high socks :: Designing modern quilts and staying creative.
- I wrote a blog post about children’s magazines and more thoughts about preparing for our year away.
Action Pack Kids Magazine News
- Download project extract — How To Make Healing Salves. These are so amazing … you will love these. downloadable PDF.
- New: Pick up a Double Trouble Action Pack.
- Taking submissions for next year … Read our submissions themes [we have a preschool issue in the works] – check out our Pinterest ideas boards [creating with nature :: preschool sensory projects :: creating with the elements :: and submit an idea!
- Family Apothecary Issue – Out soon!