Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Currently on the Needles



Much to my delight, I found Britt-Marie was Here in paperback over the past weekend at the bookstore.  I've been wanting to read this book for quite a while.  Backman's writing style reminds me of Roald Dahl for adults.  Also I started Small Victories by Anne Lamott, she is such a fantastic writer and observer of life.  She's a treat to read!

Today I'll be doing afterthought heels on my socks in a pretty lilac that doesn't match but definitely "goes" with the socks.  I continue to make progress on my shawl and sweater, but no photos today.

What are you knitting and reading?

Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams

Monday, February 20, 2017

Weekends


Weekends are for memory making, 
relaxing and enjoying quiet moments of our days.  
If you would like, please share your weekend moments 
in the comment section with a link to your blog.



We had the best weather ever over the weekend.  Blue skies, warm air-- I loved it!  I had my first walk of not wearing a hat or mitts or a scarf.  I felt free and easy - unfettered in my fleece jacket.
My confession is that I do like the signs of spring.  My love of winter will never waiver, but spring has some awesome moments in my life.


My husband and I had dinner at a chinese restaurant laughing over our fortunes.  Mine spoke truth!


Saturday we tackled some pesky household duties.  I bought some new furniture knobs to replace one I broke on our bedroom set (very old, bought by my parent's in 1961).  Now I'm trying to be gentle as I yank open drawers..

My husband started to work on the kid's bathroom again.  He redid the bathroom last April but during the holidays we discovered a water stain on the ceiling.  When he went up in the attic he accidentally stepped on the drywall of the ceiling (doh!!) so he's re-taping and re-mudding the ceiling.  Also we had a roofer come and fix the minor leak.


We walked every day, had grilled chicken and simple salads for dinner.  

How was your weekend?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Morning Reset

beads!!
My attention these days is here, there, everywhere.  I read the news, I disconnect from the news.  I pick up one project to knit and then put it down and knit on another.  I set a goal of eating a salad every day for lunch only to eat cheesy toast and sabotage my dietary goals.

Do you do this?  I feel quite fickle in my intentions and attentions to myself.

squishy mad tosh sock yarn = bliss.
 I know and you know that crafting is what can save a person's sanity.  The sitting and picking up a project to add some stitches and ease into a meditative state of being.  For me this cardigan does just that.  The yarn is just so very squishy soft.  Tactile happiness to the fullest!

The more time I commit to my knitting projects, the "noise" of the world becomes a whisper instead of a roar.


Whether I sabotage my personal goals or not, every morning when I wake up is a new beginning.  I write out my tasks and my intentions and try again.  A beautiful reset of each day.  That is why I love mornings the most, fresh and clean without any diversions.

the socks that will get an awesome afterthought heel (maybe in another color?)
 I write in my journal the happenings and maybe some reflective observations to whatever strikes my fancy.  At the very end of each entry I write my gratitude list.  Simple stuff like my coffee and the hum of the frig.  My husband, my children, my family, Frodo and my health.  Occasionally I'll add some nature events.  The birds singing, the beautiful sunrise today, the melting of the snow.


the never ending sock blanket that keeps me warm at night
 Do you keep a list of what you love?


So this morning is another reset, and maybe I will eat that salad and start working on my "core" so I can return to yoga.  Maybe my day will be less fractured. Maybe I will check the news a little less.

This I know to be true:   being gentle with myself and my intentions is paramount because I have another reset every single morning.

Frodo under the ottoman
Frodo says "hi" from under the ottoman.  He is looking forward to Spring!