Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mommies out there!
The Boy Child is definitely growing up. Wow! Time does fly.
It feels like it was yesterday that I was carrying him on my hip, uphill, rushing him to daycare one way, only to rush back to our studio apartment, grab my portfolio and supplies to rush to class. In those days we spent a lot of time in that one room apartment. My family was hours away, money was extremely tight, and it was just me and him. I remember carrying him to the hospital at something-in-the-morning in a pitch black, big city neighborhood because his fever was way too high for me to feel comfortable by ourselves. I remember rushing out into the hallway of our million story apartment building because somehow he had disappeared, scared to death that someone had snatched him. I remember being down to our last can of food and pink slips on the door…And I recall many times feeling pangs of guilt, attempting to complete my collegiate degree while feeling I should’ve been giving him a a better childhood….one where he could be somewhere where he could make friendships that lasted, one where his mother wasn’t so exhausted by the end of the day…one where his mother read him a bedtime story every night. Instead, we played GameCube games and watched home movies over and over again on our non-serviced television…that is, if I didn’t have homework.
And I will never forget, years later, when I told him that I was really sorry that I didn’t give him a better first few years on this earth…he looked at me and said, “What do you mean? Those were the best years! It was just you and me against the world!”
And we really did win, babe.
I had a wonderful Mother’s Day today! Even though today was still a laundry day, I got to spin and knit a little bit too.
And I have an update on that solar dyeing experiment that you simply will not believe! This is what they looked like before taking them out of their jars.
As you can see, that purple is soaking the yarn in the red cabbage jar while that red onion jar has the faintest pink tint to it’s stock.
Well…take a look at this!
Can you believe it? The red onion skins skein is on the left and the red cabbage skein is on the right. I can’t believe that there is more color in the red onion skins skein! The purple in the red cabbage skein is so subtle, it’s barely there! I never would have thought that that would have happened.
That said, neither of these are colors I normally use. Acid Yellow and Barely There Purple. Meh. But, I think it’ll be a nice challenge to work them up into something nice…and I love a color challenge! 🙂
Next up, I got up to the halfway mark on Retro.
I had gotten pretty far yesterday though, so getting to the halfway mark only took about a half an hour, lol.
Still, some work is always good work. 🙂