Finding Balance

After all this time, you’d think I’d remember how hectic the first month of school can be.


The past three weeks have been a blur. I’ve done nothing but eat, sleep and breathe school. No time for gardening, housework or sewing. Thank goodness hubby was away at an ATA tournament the past 10 days. I’ve managed to keep up with the laundry, but the fridge is empty and my tomatoes need to be harvested.

So tomorrow – Saturday – is a “no-school and no-computer” day for me. I will piddle to my heart’s content around the house – run errands, iron clothes, fill the bird feeders, tend the garden and S-E-W.

I have some biz things to make and some pants to hem for me. The hemming is important because those pants represent an effort to achieve BALANCE.

You see, the kids at my school have to wear a uniform. After much thought, I decided that I needed a uniform, too.  So, a business casual look – a jewel neck rib knit 3/4 sleeve top with khaki pants – it is. My niece sells Premier Jewelry, so I’ll be accessorizing my uniforms  with some style. It might seem a little casual to some folks, but I crawl on the floor to fix computers, squat down to shelve books and sit in a rocking chair for storytime. (This outfit also works quite well when I teach sewing classes or meet with quilt clients.) I adore skirts, but they don’t work so well in my line of work. A v-neckline is definitely more flattering on me, but the jewel neck means I don’t have to worry about flashing my cleavage in front of a fifth grader or parent.

My first installment of uniform tops arrived today – courtesy of an end-of-season sale at Belk’s. Pants are from Eddie Bauer that were purchased last fall (and have been sitting in the to-be-hemmed pile ever since – my bad!).  The end goal is to streamline my morning routine so I can ease into my work day. Things definitely do not go better for me if I am rushed.