Winter break doesn’t mean a break from our work at home, especially when the bitter cold of February has been stinging our faces, and the rain after every snow storm has left us with crummy sledding. Our part-time homeschooling schedule leaves us with a lot of “break” time as it is, so I try to keep up with our usual rhythm as much as possible. This week it happened to involve making a tie for a mouse.

O will sit down and draw for an entire day, but has a very short attention span for projects that involve fiber in any form. I always thought he’d be so into it, seeing as how he’s been surrounded by fiber arts projects since he was an infant. Although, if that logic were valid, I would be an accomplished blues musician just because I grew up with one. Of course, now I kick myself for merely having sat on the basement stairs and watched band practice for nearly two decades of my life without ever picking up an instrument myself. Now that I want to learn a variety of them, I am hoping I at least absorbed something that I can reach back for and find useful. Right now, I just feel like a clumsy old dog trying to learn some new tricks.

But, I digress. Anyway, two-and-a-half inches is about as far as we can get with a project that involves tying a bunch of tiny knots with embroidery floss, but a necktie for a mouse is ever-so-much more satisfying than a less-than-half-finished friendship bracelet. As long as I can work it out to bring a sense of accomplishment to the task, then we’ve succeeded.