Why do “short” work weeks always feel longer? It puzzles me every time it happens. I spent most of Tuesday thinking it was Monday and then most of Thursday thinking it was Friday. It is a conundrum.
I have spent a bit too much time this week exploring some notebook/planner rabbit holes. I am thinking ahead to 2019. This lovely orange folio will be my prime notebook next year. I have been trying out different layouts and ideas for calendars and journaling in an undated insert. I love the color and the size ie great for a carry along (this is an A6). I have been reading about tracking (this makes my heart sing) and bullet journaling (which I have decided is not for me).
But Friday is here and because I hosted our book group for dinner last weekend, my house is pretty much ready for the birthday we will celebrate tomorrow and Thanksgiving dinner next week. So, the weekend is looking pretty good.
I love that first cuppa coffee each morning. On days I need to wait (fasting blood work for instance) are miserable! I have been know to start complaining about such mornings days in advance. And every time I make a gratitude list, you can be sure that first cuppa coffee make the top five.
The last few years I have been learning to drink more tea. I know that these herbal infusions are not really tea. But my reason for turning to tea after 10 am is to avoid caffeine so they make the cut. A few weeks ago, my grocery story had a big sale on tea and I picked up three new to me teas.
Pukka teas come in the most lovely boxes. I first received a box of the Revitalize tea as a gift. I am excited that this tea is now more available in my local stores.
I am sure many of you are familiar with the Yogi tea brand. I see a lot of the tea tags with words of wisdom in my Instagram feed. Both of these are lovely warm but I also drop one in my water bottle to liven up the hydration practice. And I have been known to add some of the mango ginger to my homemade bone broth. But that might be a post for another day.
Off to visit Carole for my ThreeThings posts.
Long weekends are the best! And my sabbath-keeping practice is helping me stay focused on what is important. I made time to meet a friend for a walk and a matcha latte on Sunday afternoon. There was knitting and reading and a pretty good night’s sleep. Today will have space for some errands to get life in order for the week ahead and then an afternoon of sewing and dreaming about this for my 2019 making list.
“A joyful heart is good medicine but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
Where does gratitude rest? This is a question from Michelle this morning and it has me thinking about how I feel when I am living in gratitude. There is a lightness, a shift that allows a smile to come more easily, a stronger posture from paying attention, choosing to notice the things that bring joy and gratitude to my heart. This we know I am paying attention to the healing work of gratitude.
This morning I am grateful for:
Recalling the beautiful colors of fall and an unexpected dry afternoon for a walk;
The opportunity to watch the joy on my dad’s face when I took our #tinyperson for a visit with great grandpa;
That first sip of coffee and the quiet ticking of the kitchen clock as I read and write.
I haven’t yet unraveled the hat but maybe this weekend. My travel packing got a bit rushed after some last minute work obligations but I had this shawl on the needles so I grabbed the project bag and my Kindle for the plane. It was the perfect travel knitting. There is a four row repeat that was so easy to memorize so I could pick it up and put it down without getting off track. Next up is a lace section. I am going to use that pale yarn for the lace to make it pop.
I have been listening to The Great Bridge and even though I am only about halfway through the book, it was good background for our walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. It was very busy on the bridge and a bit blustery but the views and the history are amazing.
I started reading Rhythms of Rest while in NYC (it had been lingering on my Kindle) and it seems to be just what I need. One idea that is circling is how to plan your week to make space for a sabbath. The author suggests that you look at your sabbath day, whatever day you are choosing, as the middle of your week. Use the days leading up to plan (getting things done, meals planned) and the days just after to reflect.
This weekend Tolt is having an anniversary party and the folks from Making Magazine will be there. Did you get your issue? Mine arrived the day before my trip and I have only just begun to savor it. I am looking forward to seeing some of the lovely items in person.
Happy Wednesday. Off to visit Kat.
This yarn is so lovely but I’m not sure I have chosen a good pattern. The yarn is from a small farm in New York. My sister purchased it at an outdoor market in the city so I want something to remind me of her gift. It was going t to my travel knitting but I think I will leave it at home and reconsider when I return. That leaves me with needing a different travel project. I wonder if I have anything else – wink, wink.
I have a few books on my Kindle, hoping that one of them will catch my interest. I toyed with the idea of taking a real book for reading on the plane or at the airport and there is still time to unravel that decision too.
Don’t forget to visit Kat. I hop there is not much unraveling in your life this week.
Another week without any unraveling which is especially wonderful since I am doing some color work on this Peanut Vest by Tin Can Knits. This weekend I need to find a good traveling project for my upcoming trip. I’m thinking about starting a shawl but maybe a hat.
I finished reading Soulful Simplicity and very much enjoyed this book. I listened to a lot of it but also had a paper copy from the library since there were many ideas that I wanted to revisit in written form. I have started Autumn on the recommendation of many of you and it is also a lovely read. I think I will take Kate Davies book or maybe Anne Lamont’s new book for my travel reading – so many good choices.
Off to visit Kat this morning. Happy Wednesday.