This has been an unusual January. We haven’t seen a day under 70 degrees since mid December, with many days in the mid 80s. It is beautiful weather, but this feels more like summer than winter. I long for a nice cool day, lots of rain, and a real reason for me to have a pot of soup simmering on the stove. My sweaters are collecting dust, and I fear they will be packed away for good soon. The forecast predicts some rain and 60 degree weather is on its way, but I am not holding my breath.
In the meantime, I am going through a major life change. I am cleaning house, like I have never done. I have collected so much stuff over the years and I am finally ready to let it all go. I have packed up nearly 30 boxes of vintage things; dishes (including my Franciscan Autumn set!), wall art, nick- nacks, clothes, etc. Some of it I am going to list on ebay or craigslist, but the majority of it will be in a great big garage sale and whatever is left is going to the thrift store. It is a slightly emotional (I have put too much value into objects for too long!), but mostly liberating experience, and I am really looking forward to regaining control over the amount of stuff in my home.
Lucy has been a little trouper through all of it. She plays and paints while I pack boxes. We unearthed a few boxes of my childhood toys that have been keeping her busy for days, she loves the My Little Ponies and Wish Worlds. Somehow I have found a little time at the end of each day to start sewing a quilt. This will be my second one (my first one is here), and I am really looking forward to starting the sewing process.