and, she’s back

Having dominated the mountain of laundry, I live to blog another day. Thank you for all your love and support.

Time was, I used to be something of a writer of letters…a giver of gifts…a maker of signs and trinkets…handwrit-ess queen. Somewhere along the past few years it all seemed to drift away…or perhaps is in a yet-unpacked box upstairs. Well, I bought a new box. Yesterday (amidst Tracy’s and my synchronized laundry dances), I finished the Blue Baby Blanket of Death- hereafter know as “Wyatt’s blanket.” Wyatt, born this past winter, is probably graduating from kindergarten right about now, but his blanket is finished. I had to start over 3 times. I had to count 161 stiches and 8 repeats 32 times. I used words on this blanket I didn’t even know I knew. I saw colors of anxiety and frustration that would have hospitalized someone weaker…but not me. I, you see, am back. I have fought, and I have won. That creative girl? The one who knows how to wrap surprise package or two? I can feel her getting stronger again. Look out, people. “So here it is,” I shout proudly, “in all it’s glory!”

(Abe was confused by the photo shoot, so we moved inside…sorry for the lighting issues.)
(Please indulge me by gazing adoringly and clicking to enlarge the photos.)

The boy and I are off to Cleveland to be with the Kluskas and do the whole my-cousin’s-wedding thing for the weekend. I’m wearing sweat pants- the whole time. See you on Monday!


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TexasNorth is a little farm in Western Michigan. It's home to 5 chickens, 25 longhorn cattle, a coonhound (Banjo), 1 barn cat, a husband, and 3 ridiculously funny children. The mom of this zoo has been known to mow the lawn in a skirt and roast marshmallows after dark. View all posts by texasnorth

5 responses to “and, she’s back

  • mr. chris

    have a great time guys. we’ll try to hold down the fort up here in Texas North. ( i decided to call it that to help give you that little sense of home!)

  • bec

    Kate,I must tell you, the handwriting queen, that although she has moved 4 times or so since you made it for her in the Fall of ’01-ish, Ellen still has a quote that you wrote out on pressed flower paper and sent to her. She just moved into a new place and it is sitting right on a little shelf in her bedroom on an easel for her to enjoy all the time. And I have my “she is beautiful” canvas in the barn frame hanging right next to my bed. One of the greatest gifts I’ve ever been given. You may have lost or misplaced your own box, but we all enjoy your creativity every single day. 🙂

  • KatieKate

    Texas North!!! Mr. Chris…that’s the greatest thing I’ve ever heard.

    Rebecca, darling…I knew you’d love this post and be happy to hear I was comin’ around again 🙂

  • sunday

    Yeah she is back!!! I have something you wroter (Numbers 6: 24-26) taped to my office at State Farm Insurance in Black Mouantain NC. Everyone that comes to see me sees you as well!!! Also I have something you did for me as a surprise in my kitchen on display for all the world! I can’t wait to see more.

  • the bantam menace

    enjoy the sweat pants! mr chris thought he’d be funny and laid out a pair of horrid stretchy-material-for-pregnant-tummy shorts on our bed for me. NOT FUNNY. not even a little bit. i can’t explain it…even thinking about them i get enraged.

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