It is only Tuesday and I am exhausted. I think this is largely because I started the day in the wee hours of the morning with my husband waking me up to say that the toilet didn’t work and I’d have to drive to a gas station to use the bathroom. A couple of hours later, dressing to head off to a gas station, I discovered that I was covered with chigger bites. So at 7:00 a.m. I was at Walmart looking for Chigarid — and using their bathroom, of course. Then Walgreens, but still no Chigarid.

Then the Baby, now a 2 year old so I had better get going on her new nickname, came over to play for a while. #1 daughter was taking the Littlest to get her vaccinations. We got a package from La Droguerie.

Jewelry components, including a pari of tortoiseshell earrings.

Lovely soft rayon with no relationship to my fall/winter collection.

A heavyweight woven gray and burgundy fabric. It will need a suitable pattern, but just right.

I managed to get in a little bit of work, but we also played a lot. The Baby was enchanted by Alexa.

“Shark,” she would say to me brightly.

“Alexa,” I would say, “play ‘Baby Shark.”

“Baby Shark by Pink Fong,” Alexa would drawl.

Three minutes later the Baby would bark out, “Stop! Stop!” I would say, “Alexa, stop.”

The Baby would move on to other favorite songs, including “Mikey” (“Hey, Mickey”) and “Docdocdocdoc” (“Crocodile Rock”). Each was cut short with “Stop!” “Stop!”

There was also coloring. Play with Charlotte the Fox. Counting of the Playmobil people and the Farmer in the Dell. Carrots. And we went to the pantry and got a cookie, which was a bit of an adventure.

All the young people left around 3:30 and I got back to work.

By about 5:00 p.m. I was too tired to do any more work. Quiet evening, knitting the Epic project. And trying not to scratch.