Watching him play so happily with his waterfall got me thinking about contentment. We live in a apartment that is getting just a bit crowded by the stuff of four people (oh what I wouldn't give for a laundry room), and we have been looking for a house that suits us for quite some time now. I feel that I am the type of person that is usually quite content and easy to please, but this whole house-hunting thing has made me so unhappy with what we have. I hate that. Its such a waste of energy, isn't it? The home we have now may be a far cry from what I dream about, but it's home. It's filled with the things I love and like it or not, it is the stage of most of our everyday life. Every so often I need that reminder, to lay aside the daydreams and longing and realize that what we have now isn't so bad. This is just fine and works for all of us. This can be a great waterfall, if we just give it a chance and enjoy what it has to offer. Kids can be great teachers, without even knowing it.
I'll end this with a little bit of inspiration. Ah, inspiration, what would I do without you? I was working on Sebastiáns cardigan this evening and watching a gardening show that was just lovely. The host of the show, a gardener named Alys Fowler, guides you through her transformation of a small urban garden to a garden that is not only pleasing to the eye but is overflowing with vegetables. The show is called "The edible garden" and will apparently focus on community self-sustainability in an urban environment (love it!). She's also written a book with the same title that I am quite excited about (OK, I'm excited about all of her books, *sigh*), here's a link to "The edible garden". I've been planning on growing a lot more veggies this summer despite not having a garden, and I'm sure this show will be a great source of inspiration. I don't watch much tv, but I'll make an exception here. Plus, she has chickens in this rather small garden - that really got my attention. Its a secret dream of mine, to have my very own chickens. Ok, getting side-tracked here, back to the show. This first episode ended with with a great tip: buy dried peas at the supermarket (much cheaper than at a gardening store) and plant them quite densely in a pot. You can have it indoors, say a sunny kitchen window (that I do have!), and instead of letting the plants bloom you harvest the leaves. Pea shoots. I googled this and found a how-to here. Sounds delicious and looks gorgeous. I will definitely be trying this out!
Oh, and while I'm sharing all this inspiration, I just have to throw some knitting in as well. I stumbled upon this beautiful pattern today, I just have to make this! I see matching pullovers for Esther and Sebastián in the future, yes I do!