It’s been yet another month since I last updated this site. Yes, I know, I know. You’re bored of me telling you how busy I am, so I’ll just cut to the chase and get on with this update.
As the title might suggest, we welcomed a trio of Egyptian Spiny Mice into our family two weeks ago. A firm favourite with my 3.5-year-old daughter, these mice are bigger than the usual pet mice, have faces like possums (with big eyes and saucer ears), and they have spines on their backs like hedgehogs, although they are less sharp and prickly. They are found in Egypt and other parts of Africa and, probably most interestingly of all, is they can strip their entire outer skin and fur/spines when they feel endangered! Thankfully, our three brothers — who are named Tut, Senet, and Ra — feel quite safe with us and have so far kept their furry skins intact! Our three little furry friends are curious and brave and full of mischief. Trying to get all them all out of the cage and into the play pen without one — or all three — making a dash for it up the curtains/leaping across the room/generally disappearing is rather a fun…er…task.
We made some muffins last week, a big batch of triple chocolate which, I was told by my happy husband, were ten times better than big gooey-middle ones he enjoys in Starbucks. Apparently, they were the only muffins he’d ever had that were better than those life-long favourites. A complement indeed! My daughter also enjoyed (read: polished off in a couple of days) a batch of her very own skinny blueberry and raspberry.
As for me, I changed my hair again — I got it cut into a cute bob with bangs, and then got a raven black dye job. Even though I say so myself, it suits me better than the huge fluffy mess I had before, and it’s so much better in this hot weather than a thick mane hair down my back! Although, I’m still not used to having bangs on my brow.
I attended a meeting at my daughter’s future school a couple of weeks ago, and we’re all set for nursery this September! She is raring to get out of my clutches and up to mischeif for three hours a day, and I’m raring to
spend my mornings in bed get plenty of writing done — something that falls along the wayside every summer because there always So. Much. To. Be. Done.
Like we’re all really busy — oh, dammit, there I go with that word! — with art and craft projects. I’ve started another cross stitch project (I’m surprised I still have room on the walls for more), and I’m continuing on with my autumn blanket, although I’m quite a bit behind for finishing this year, now. I’m also making my daughter a landscape board for her train set, while my husband continues making his LARP swords and a real chain mail hauberk (which I keep pinching for research!). I also painted and re-purposed a pair of candle sticks by giving them a paint job at the weekend. I paint a lot these days, as well as sketch and all my crafts that keep me going.
I often find myself asking the age-old question where has the time gone? and then I think over all the things I do on a single day, in a week, over the course of month, and it exhausts me just thinking about it. I blinked on January 1st and now we’re seven-and-a-half months through this year!