Shhhh. Hear that?
That NOTHING sound? That would be SILENCE. And I've been basking in it for 24 solid hours.
Roger took Miss C off to the city (as in The City. San Francisco.) to see Wicked (a second viewing for her, first for him) and to stay overnight. Ever the thoughtful wife and mother, I encouraged them to stay as long as they wanted. Another few nights even. I'd manage here alone..... somehow.
I've been craving solitude. What with C doing school at home for the last year and a half, and with Roger on school vacation for the summer now, I'm -- shall we say -- crazed. And that's putting it nicely. Not getting alone time makes me sort of cranky.
So what have I done? I've finished THREE City and Guilds activities, which included creating painted papers, creating a box pattern, making two boxes, sketching and coloring an object to give a 3D look, drafting a 3d block design. I prepared some dye paste base, mixed some dyes, and made a screen in preparation for a screen printing session. I dyed a graduated batch of fabrics. I sketched out two quilt designs. I scanned some old family photos and experimented with inket transfers using inkjet transparencies and gel medium. I watched a Jane Dunnewold DVD on screen printing. I sat quietly (uninterrupted!) and leisurely read the newest issues of Studio magazine and Somerset Digital Studio.
And if that mini art-retreat time wasn't enough, I spent an hour sitting on the patio in the early morning with coffee and my current novel (A Tale of Two Sisters by Anna Maxted, quite good). I blanched asparagus and made lemon vinaigrette dressing for a fresh salad with field greens and toasted almonds, I made a batch of deviled eggs (Roger's favorite treat), and I did two loads of laundry.
It's amazing what I can do when I'm not interrupted.
My family is now home, the dog is relaxed now that all of her pack is in sight again, and life is returning to normal. I love my family -- but a day without them has done me a world of good.