I’ve had house guests the last three weekends in a row*, been dealing with poor little Mashti’s drops and pills 4 times a day**, found out I have eczema*** and have been dealing with creams and gloves and not getting my hands wet and not sweating, which is particularly difficult since Shawn and I just started Wing Tsun****. Oh, and I scraped a whole bunch of nasty popcorn texture off the guest room ceiling and plastered it and helped Shawn lay hardwood flooring in his studio. I am so sore in so many places. There’s also some exciting and positive but stressful possibilities looming at work that I’m not sure how I’m going to handle yet.*****
So that’s what I’ve been up to. Mostly I want to finish painting the guest room so I can reclaim my bedroom from all the detritus created by the wonderful hard work that Shawn and his dad started three weeks ago.******
So you can imagine what a perfect treat it was to come home to such a fabulous swap package.
A beautiful (yet impossible to photograph) handmade tea time cloth (it says Tea Time and has a little tea pot and it’s incredibly well done!).
An adorable teacup themed pincushion, bumble bee tape measure, matching stitchmarkers (I’m assuming also handmade, but not sure), and Suss twisted cotton slub yarn. And let me tell you, I have ooed and ahhhed over Blue Sky Alpaca’s cotton, but this stuff takes the cake! I’m thinking eventually a really classy scarf for myself. Not sure what else to do with two skeins that will allow me to touch it all the time.
Some super cool stationary: a notepad, note cards, and a note book that happens to be exactly the kind I use for grocery lists.
And of course, the tea! An incredibly hip tea set with filters and a little tea bag rest exactly like I wanted, only better, because I can’t break this one. Shawn and I both thank you for making our kitchen counter much less tacky. I plan to take the tea filters, tea set and Irish breakfast tea to work. I’m planning to get a little hot water pot and having quite the cozy little morning ritual.
And last, but not least, a jungle gym for B! She loves it! Thank you!
* All wonderful people, but I’m still happy to have the place back to myself.
** The Dr. says she’s doing great and won’t have any vision loss!
*** It’s pretty mild from what I hear for comparison. The weird thing is that mine hurts rather than itches.
**** I’m allowed to wear my silly cotton gloves in class. I cut off the finger tips to make myself feel less ridiculous.
***** Real life friends – feel free to email me for more details.
****** That’s three weeks that I haven’t been able to move comfortably through the bedroom because of extra bookshelves, TVs, couches, etc. The new floor, lack of mold, and finished trimming around the baseboards is definitely lovely and worth it. I’m just ready for it to be done!