Finally: Rain

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Oh, the sky had mercy. It's been raining off and on for the past couple of days. I have no words to describe my relief and my joy. Amazingly, most people around here are conflicted: They don't like rain. I love rain. It could rain every day, as far as I'm concerned. (It doesn't, even though people think it does, here. But it really doesn't.) We are getting a new sofa tomorrow and I plan to sit on it with my windows open to the rain and knit for 7,000 hours, starting tomorrow. I can't wait.

Thaaaaaaaaaaank you, thank you for the quilt kit orders guys!!!!! Thank you! There are still quite a few of some colorways left in the shop, and a few king-sized kits in the more popular colorways (which are always the ones I think won't be the popular ones — go figure) that I will probably break into smaller kits when I catch my breath. I've just packed up the last seventeen orders today and I'm hoping we can stop at the post office to drop everything off on the way to ballet; if not, they will go tomorrow. Thank you ever so much for all of your orders and your emails and your kind words about these. I do hope you are pleased with them and I hope people send me pictures of what they make. I really want to see these made up.

So, no kidding, I've been cleaning and reorganizing pretty much nonstop since Amelia went back to school. Over the weekend I cleaned out the upstairs medicine cabinet in the bathroom and rewallpapered it. Then I went through every single piece of clothing in Amelia's room and got everything organized to either keep for next summer, save forever, or sell on eBay. It was a great feeling. The feeling is hard-earned, however; these things do not do themselves. I literally spent the whole weekend doing these things, which was fine because on Saturday it was so smoky again (before it rained) that we had to stay inside, and then on Sunday I just wanted to get it all done. I've hit the reorganizing plan hard this month. Some of these things, like the books and the linen closet and the medicine cabinet, I've been wanting to do for five years. It's hard to put my finger on exactly why it's so hard to do these things when your kid is super little. They (these projects) just seem to take a concentrated amount of energy and a long-enough amount of uninterrupted time alone so that you can actually, like, think and make decisions. About even the smallest things, like Why did I spend money on this expensive BB creme when I hate putting things on my face? Why do I have fifty pillowcases that don't match? Why does my child insist on changing all of her clothes (and taking half of everything out of her dresser) every time she spills four drops of water on her sleeve? Just a few thoughts that run through your mind when you're experiencing your first, uninterrupted fit of binge-cleaning in five years.

We are getting a new sofa tomorrow. The old one is so uncomfortable. And this, after I was just crowing about Ikea! Oh well. It's been a long-time coming in our minds, but perhaps not in reality, because it's only five years old. But we've lived hard on that thing. The new one is less scratchy, smaller, and, hopefully, more firm — the old one is literally like sitting on one of those puff-ball mushrooms. Or an air mattress with a slow leak. Bah. No. Just — no. My back. Too soft. Andy and I both got so fed up with it at exactly the same time, and we are giving it to a family down the street. They're excited. They're probably younger and less annoyed about anything that interferes with their own established levels of personal comfort. Well, this is our twentieth anniversary present to each other, just a bit belated and quite a splurge for us. I'll take some pictures after I get the room back together. Uncovering the spot where the old sofa was has been illuminating. Andy, on hands and knees: "Look, there's Indian corn." Also, many knitting needles, cable needles, yarn needles, embroidery needles, and countless mini-legos and countless ponytail holders.

Next week I'm pretty sure I will have burned through most of my motivation for cleaning. It's like a fever. It will run its course. Then I plan to start several other projects. Here they are, in random order: Amelia's birthday dress. Many pillows for new sofa. Quilt to raffle off for Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma relief. School clothes for Amelia. Several flannel nightgowns for Amelia. New curtain to cover up built-in bookshelf in living room. I don't know what else. Halloween costume: She told us this morning that she wants to be a "pink and purple kitty, with a saddle and a rider on its back." Oh my.

A few people asked about the lavender and cedar chips and stuff I mentioned that I got for my linen closet. Now I'm out of time to look them up and I have to go but I will take a picture and show you and link to them next time soon.

P.S.: That's Clover Meadow's face when she is listening to the dustbuster. The dog who jumps out of her skin when she hears hummingbirds or airplanes is singularly unperturbed by vacuums, the dustbuster, and Roomba, who I have seen actually hit her in the rump before she will move herself out of its way. GOOF. BALL. FAMILY.

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I too was thrilled about the rain, since our woods are like tinder. Rainy weather makes me feel much more energetic about cleaning too. And making soup. Mm, soup.

Sharing in that sigh of relief when rain comes and begins to take away the signs and perils of fires and smoke... I hope more rain is in the forecast, for Oregon, Montana, for everyone looking for relief. What a brutal time the world, the planet, is having, yeah? I'm always glad for the beauty and happier reflections you have to share, Alicia. Happy *almost* Autumn... may it be a relief to us all.

I have a four year old and may be interested in your ebay listings? Can I ask what your seller name is? Thanks!

Everything looks so nice! Love the fall theme and the Halloween excitement!

Happy Belated Anniversary to you two! Enjoy the new sofa; can't wait to see pictures. I'm a big comfort person, and I've passed that on to my daughter, who absolutely will not sacrifice comfort for fashion - all her clothes must be soft and cozy, which I think is a very good thing. As far as organizing/getting things done, my twins, who are now 12, were five during our last move. IMPOSSIBLE to go through things, pack. And I'm counting the time we moved when I was 8 months pregnant with them, which was a piece of cake. I do recall when they finally moved into an age when I could actually, as you say, THINK, and make decisions and organize and my daughter in particular enjoys helping me do this - so it all came full circle!

We finally got some rain last night too. In twenty years here I've never heard the word "drought" used: we're used to hot, dry summers. This year, the provincial government is pleading with us rural water licence holders to stop irrigating, and using the word "drought" to describe our situation in the interior of the province, almost in your American laps (just above the border). So yeah, bring it ON, rain clouds. I'm happy to see that, like me, you find inherent beauty in bedraggled, slightly ruined flowers, the petal tips browned by heat or frost.

Aaah, my daughter does that too. Every time she washes her hands, she wants a new shirt, "cuz dere's water on it!"

We are looking for a new couch too! The saggy-ikea couch-backache makes me crabby in about 5 minutes. In my head, I'm thinking, I sat on you to relax, take deep breaths, but now I'm so worked up trying to get comfortable it's not worth it! oh well, might as well do those dishes. hehe =)
I'm interested in your eBay clothes postings for my daughter too! I hope you share your seller name.

Julie G in Iowa says: September 20, 2017 at 06:45 PM

Oh, I've missed Clover Meadow! So good to see her sweet little furry face. :)

Hi there! I too, had a list of projects for when my girls went back to school. Now that I've gotten a few things out of the way and the 'rainy season' seems to have arrived - I am Finally Working On My Quilt Kit !! When I sew seems to be about the only time my iron gets a workout too (ha). You mentioned making quilts for charity...I wonder if your extra pillow cases could be used for the backs?
Your blog is inspirational !

I love what looks like a little fairy house - so sweet. It's nice to see Autumnal vegetables growing and the change of seasons. It seems like the perfect time to get a new sofa for all the cozy nights ahead and to get the house a little bit in order while you can. xx

so glad you got rain - what a relief that must be, living in the pnw. I wondered what your eBay store is called? I'd love to see what of Amelia's things you sell - I've got two little nieces that are about her age. Speaking of eBay, I saw this listing for a lot of 90s fabric and thought of you: http://www.ebay.com/itm/253167330866?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Lovely to get things done! I've been on a rampage in our house, too. Must be the phase of the moon. Our living room is weird so we never rearrange furniture. I asked my husband and son to move the sofa so I could clean underneath it as I hadn't done it in quite a while. They moved it and a pacifier fell out. My son gave up his pacifier when he was 13 months old. He is 16 years old now. Ahem. I swear I've moved the sofa and cleaned underneath there since then. The pacifier must have been stuck in a spring or something. That sofa will never die. It's a good, old leather Flexsteel sofa and I think it has another 16 years in her.

I am so with you on the 7,000 hours of knitting, with the "windows open to the rain." If you
hear invisible needles clicking companionably beside you on your new sofa, it's me.

Waouh that garden is generous! I'm quite jealous!! And her beautiful face next to a tempting pie... oh you have a real eye for life's true joy!

Corinne Porter says: September 22, 2017 at 11:34 AM

I love, love, love your dog Clover!!!
She looks so loving and gentle. We had a dog like her for
14 years and she passed away due to congestive heart failure.
Every time I see Clover it brings back memories of our
dear Bonnie. It was so hard on all of us and we have not been able to
bring ourselves to getting another one...but when I see Clover I
start thinking that maybe it's time!

It could rain every day for me too - looking forward to some rainy weather! We still get hot weather while the season is changing - ugh! I don't have little ones any longer, but I work part time and while I should be organizing, I'd rather do some of my sewing /needle work... I need to tackle this organizing as well and then try to not have to do it ever again - ha, ha (that'll never happen). Can't wait to see what is up your sleeve with your projects. Love your blog/pics and Amelia's first day of school - so sweet. I love my fabric that I purchased from you too - thank you again. Happy Fall!

Hi Alicia. Fits of cleaning/organization are like that, a fever. And they only come every so often, so we must take advantage of that heat while it is upon us. Sweet Clover Meadow. We have an old pointer bird dog like that. She'll actually come into the living room while I'm running the vacuum. One time she showed up, so I thought why not. She waited so patiently while I went over her with the vacuum attachment. She is aptly named "Sweet". Funny about the reaction to the rain. We've been through droughts with day after day of 100 degrees or more down here in Texas. When the rain finally comes again, it's such a relief! The restoration of normalcy.

dearest clover meadow...we lost our fifi this month. 16 years old. pembroke who looked so much like clover meadow my breath caught in my throat when i saw these pics. my goodness it's hard to lose a friend. pink and purple kitty with a saddle? oh mother. i feel for you.

That little hobbit hole is darling!

fantastic post! thank you! cleaning is a fever that will take its course, you're right!

"Why does my child insist on changing all of her clothes (and taking half of everything out of her dresser) every time she spills four drops of water on her sleeve? "

I hear you on this! And yet, she'll happily walk around in a wet swimsuit.

I've got the cleaning much myself. I reorganized all our bookshelves and I'm constantly playing Tetris/Jenga with my overfull craft/play room.

I would LOVE a new sofa, since ours is a) used to begin with, b) 9 years old with us and c) missing half and arm and half a back cushion. But since c is the result of a senior dog who has developed anxiety, it seems as if there's not much of a point at this point.

Yes, I know exactly what you mean about little kids and organizing. Mine is about six months younger than yours and I have been ITCHING to organize and clean out. I literally look at Pinterest images of minimalist interiors and dream! Oh to have a nightstand with only a book and an alarm on it instead of 50 odd things, to have a closet ANY closet that isn't spilling out contents any time you open it. There's a preschool rummage sale in a couple of weeks and I'm trying to motivate myself into enough energy to take them LOADS of stuff. Can't wait to see your new sofa! It's been raining and chilly here too for the first time since June, and it's so delicious. I'm like you I'd love it to rain every day! Something about sewing little flannel nightgowns sounds so charming and peaceful. As always, I LOVE reading your blog! Thank you!

I've enjoyed your blog for so many years, rarely have left a comment, but just wanted to say thank you. It's such a joy to visit here. I'm sure it's hard work (the photos!, those patterns!, kits!, everything!), and I'm so glad you share it all with us. I just dowloaded the quilt pattern (I have TONS of fabric), and will be happily diving deep into my stash to sew this weekend :)

Coziest blog I've seen all week - just loved it!

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and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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