Friday, March 27, 2015

Be Content

I've been mulling over this quote I came across for the whole week and I thought I'd share it with you.

Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.      -Lao Tzu


This week has been sort of busy and sort of quiet.  A mixture of the two and when the quiet times were strung together I felt quite relaxed.  My husband's work hours have been kind of crazy these past weeks, it's temporary, but both of us get caught up in being disappointed in the hectic schedule.  But then there are days that ordinary hours occur and we forget the crazy schedule.

I've been looking ahead in the coming months, thinking and planning in my imagination, trips to take, visits to organize with our son and our daughter.  Oh yes, and the wedding.  Not much thoughts on the wedding details, but I do think of the household tasks I'd love to complete before the entire family descends on us for the weekend and this lovely home of ours will be the "hub".

How funny when we turn a critical eye on our homes.  I see dings in the drywall and scratches on the walls in the hallway and up the stairs of when the children carried their french horn and their baritone cases up and down, places where I've scrubbed and erased the flat paint along with the scrubbing.

So during this week I've thought of what makes me feel content:

-walks with my husband and Frodo, taking in the arrival of spring (finally)
-my cup of tea after the kitchen is cleaned up and closed for the evening
-phone calls from the kids, hearing about their days
-enjoying my knitting projects
-knitting for others
-knowing we will all be together for Easter
-embracing overall good health and doing all the physical activities I can do
-tucking away the winter parka and wearing a spring jacket
-hearing the birds, seeing the robins and the flurry of activity
-breathing in that spring air

What makes you feel content??

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Currently on the Needles

I finished reading A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, my oh my was it a good book.  I will warn you though, it's a sad-good-hopeful kind of book.  I love how it delved into teenage bullying, writer's block, nature and how we take care of it, generations, mind - body connection.  All good.
I'm still savoring bits of what I'm thinking about. I started a new book, The Storied Life of A J Fikry, and since I am in the beginning, I have no opinions as of yet.

I also finished Daddy Long Legs on my Kindle and it's another novel from my youth.  Apparently I was really into reading about orphans.  This one was a nice walk down memory lane.  I started Pollyanna on my Kindle, another orphan but I never read this one!  I'm sure I'll enjoy it just as much.  The Kindle reading is my knitting time when I'm knitting simple knits.

This week I started another Citron Shawl, because I have been wearing this one religiously this winter. I'm in my happy zone knitting with laceweight wool.  I also like wearing laceweight because it is light and warm.

What are you knitting and reading this week?

Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams

Monday, March 23, 2015

Blue Elephants Cardigan

I finished the baby cardigan for my nephew's soon to be baby.  While my sister was visiting, we popped into a big craft store and then I stood trying to decide the buttons.  Oh the buttons, the choices.  I could have had sports, cars, crayons-the list goes on and I was frozen with the possibilities.  I decided after a long thought on the elephants.  Can't say why, I guess I was in an elephant mood.

Ravelry notes here