So – as many of you know… our sweet Sophia fell on Monday and fractured her elbow. She has such a high pain tolerance and is so strong and brave that, truth be told, more tears were shed by the adults that know and love her than by Sophia herself. She is now sporting a bright pink cast which she is very fond of and says it’s “cool”. But there is something about a 2 year old in a cast… something about her sweet little face looking at you and accessorized with that heavy pink plaster…that makes saying “no” just outright impossible. Popcorn for dinner? Sure! Cupcakes “for your birfday” even though it’s not your “birfday”? You betchya! You also need presents for your birfday??? Daddy is already half way to the store! Oy. We are toast. She owns us. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. So this little two year old that owns me wanted nothing to do with my camera today for my 10-on-10 project. Usually I would bribe her and dress her up and insist she participate anyway. She is my favorite subject after all! But not today. Today she got a pass simply because she wanted it.
But for those of you who check in for a much needed Sophia update ~ here are a couple of snaps from our zoo trip a couple of weeks ago. It was her first carousel ride! Sophia chose the tiger and she loves to “RAWR!!!”
Today we started our day by visiting the zoo in our back yard. These are Javelina. They look like pigs, but are actually large members of the rodent species. So we have come to call them “pigrats”. Our neighbors feed them. Twice Daily. Now… I could write a dissertation on why people should not feed wildlife, especially at their homes. And how it actually makes their neighbors lives less enjoyable for several reasons. One of them being that our backyard smells like a farm. Another being that these animals are not always docile, although they look innocent enough here, making our front yard unusable because you just never know…. I was once surrounded by these animals in our driveway with an 8 month old Sophia and our labrador. Not. Fun. But I digress… At least they gave me something to point my camera at today.
During Sophia’s nap time I had fun with a new little hobby I’ve picked up. Candle making. If I was independently wealthy, I’d probably spend my time as a hobbyist… I’d start each day with a long bike ride and then: Candle making Sunday… Knitting Monday… Reading Tuesday… Sewing Wednesday… Baking Thursday… Photography Friday… And brunch with friends Saturday. Brunch can be a hobby, no?
Proof that I remembered to water the plants while the wax was cooling down to pouring temperature! I’m not known for keeping plants alive…
Back to the wax.
I won’t be able to unmold these until tomorrow morning, but they are cranberry rustic pillars scented with black raspberry vanilla oil. I’m calling them my “Valentine candles” and they will look a lot like these:
Photo courtesy of my ever supportive and talented husband. And because he surprised me with a photo shoot of my sage green candles as well, here they are… scented with eucalyptus mint. Don’t you wish you could smell pictures? Well… the candle pictures anyway. The pigrat pictures? No. You don’t want that.
Now please visit my friend Eleanor Haley to see what she has to show us for this month’s 10-on-10!