I’m leaving for England today, we’ll be gone two weeks (normal Monday and Friday blog posts will still happen!) and I couldn’t be more ready to get away- I’m feeling a bit down, discouraged, and off-center; I’m ready for a change of scenery and what that does to change up one’s perspective. A trip away will help shake the cobwebs off, and I’ll work on trying to figure out how to get from here to where I want to be.
I love Instagram, but I do find that it sort of creates a bit of life envy- people have these amazing photos, and some of them have clearly spent a lot of time on crafting their shots, and it’s hard to remember that when you are scrolling through what looks like someone else’s amazing life while you sit on your couch in your pajamas. The flip side of that is Instagram helps celebrate and document the everyday wonders, the little things, and makes you realize that your life is filled with all sorts of beauty and goodness. So it helped to be pulling together this post and looking through these photos when I was feeling down, because it reminded me of all the lovely things that have happened recently, too.
Top row, left to right: you might remember that mug of eggnog from this post, that sweater is almost done and I found the cutest buttons ever (little black kitten buttons! they are wearing striped dresses!), Gatsby got a lion cut (some people think this is cruel, but we did not do it lightly- he got severe, painful matts in his fur and we had to get him shaved, so we figured we might as well make him look stylish) and he LOVES it- we might have to keep him trimmed because he’s so much happier; and lattes from our old neighbourhood.
Second row: My favourite people, some beautiful white crocuses I found on a spring walk, a family photo of us in High Park, Gatsby napping in Lila’s crib.
Third Row: one of my favourite tops- a cotton bicycle print pullover, a perfect little birthday cupcake that a coworker brought in, a photo of an about-to-be-frogged toddler Sized Windswept cardigan which was coming out too big (I’ve since cast on again, for a smaller size), and a glass of wine after work.
Fourth Row: I meet a good friend of mine from university once a month for lunch at this restaurant, and I adore the light fixtures; blackberry squares (inspired form the recipe in this post), Lila looking ever so coy in front of the donut display at Tim Horton’s, Lila having a nap in our bed while I’m wide awake (she likes to suck on my fingers).
Fifth Row: Mr Tiger Goes Wild is a wonderful children’s book that I highly recommend- it’s one of Lila’s faves; Lila so excited that her dad can juggle!, little Yarn having a sun nap on our bed, and a wonderful mother’s day gift- a framed feet and handprints bouquet from Lila. I totally cried when I received it.
How about you- do love Instagram, don’t bother, or loathe it?