One word – March

This month I have been learning to rest my monkey mind. I have been using the Calm app for daily meditation practice and I have learned so much.

My brain is in need of this rest-filled practice. How is your word showing up?

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when work becomes rest

I have a big project going on at work. It has been dragging on for much too long but this week, things are starting to ramp up. This project involves a fair amount of uncertainty and change which will be good in the end but tough in the short term. Too many days I am unable to turn off the chatter in my head. I’ve been learning to meditate and have returned to yoga and those are good things. But yesterday I found a new way to create rest. Digging, raking, gathering, hauling, dumping. The sun was out so I headed to the garden after work. I turned the soil and pulled some pesky volunteers. I raked up sticks and pine cones and created a base for the walk way. And I found this sweet little frog. I just sat and watched him for a bit before sharing him with our tiny person. What a treasure. I was dirty and a bit sore but happy to find such lovely rest in my gardening work.

Don’t forget to come back next Tuesday and share how your word has been showing up in your life this month.

Weekending

It was a beautiful weekend around here. It started early for me. My sister was in town so I took some time off and we had long walks and good food and time to talk. There were blue skies and sunshine, not quite warm enough to shed all the layers but certainly a step in the right direction.

On Friday night I went to Knit Night at Tolt Yarn and Wool. Mary Jane Mucklestone and Gudrun Johnston were there to talk about knitting and traveling in Iceland and Shetland. I went on their Shetland trip two summers ago so it was very fun to see them in person again. They are such lovely women. Best of all, it motivated me to do some knitting! I am about 1/3 done with Gudrun’s Peavine hat and I am al the cuff color work on Mary Jane’s Solbein cardigan.

And now, hello Monday. It’s a full week ahead but I’m going to keep my knitting close by.

Unraveled Wednesday

I am happy for to report that I finished a hat last week. I’m not certain that my knitting mojo is back but at least there has been yarn in my hands.

These are my current knitting projects. Not an overwhelming pile. In fact, it is reasonable to think I could finish all of these projects before summer. If only I wasn’t so tempted to start something new! I have started to go through my stash, taking inspiration from Kym about knitting things I will love. I believe at least three of the projects above will be well worn so I am keeping them close at hand. (Stay tuned for some possible unraveling of that 4th project.)

I read Gretchen Rubin’s new book this week. Yup. Another book about cleaning out the clutter. Maybe it is just a message I need to hear over and over. I have a number of empty boxes begging to receive some of that clutter. Now I just need a free weekend since I like to do this kind of work in a big sweep.

Next up in my reading queue is this book recommended by my sister last fall.

Off to check in with Kat.

In the kitchen

It has been awhile since I have been excited to cook and meal prep. Later this week I am going to a cooking class but I found this book at my library and I am trying out some new meal ideas. I have also enjoyed reading about Ayurveda and Dosha body types.

Spring is coming – I’m sure it is- so it seems like a good time to shake up my meals.

I have cooked and prepped my meals for the next few days. It was pretty easy since I had everything on hand for the recipes. And my house smells wonderful (think cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, and ginger)!

Happy Monday.

Book talk times three

I am fortunate to live in a place that has so many opportunities for book lovers. Last week was a particularly rich week with three author talks.

The first event was Jasper Fforde talking about his newest book. I haven’t read any of his books but my daughter loves them so we went together. He is a wonderful speaker and I do plan to read him one day.

The following night I played hookie from a meeting to hear Dani Shapiro. She was also talking about her most recent book. I have read a lot of her work and it is amazing how this story connects so many of the questions in her writing. She is also a good speaker.

I ended the week with an author event that I helped organize at church. Our pastor’s family knows the author of a book that had been recommended so we encouraged the congregation to read a book. Then the author agreed to come and talk about her book and her family’s journey. I read this book a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed. This author is also a very good speaker.

The photo above has nothing to do with this post – just a little glimpse of what the day is looking like over here in the Pacific Northwest. Hope your day is much lovelier. Off to join Carole today.

Unraveled Wednesday

There has been no unraveling here because there has been no knitting here. I am feeling stuck. I have three projects that are so lovely but when I finally sit down each evening, I don’t pick them up. Hopefully that will end soon?

Turning off social media has been good for my reading life. I am listening to this book and reading this book. And I am looking forward to driving into this book, just released yesterday.

Yesterday I listened to The Next Right Thing podcast. In episode 73, Emily talks about batch work and theme work. I’ve been thinking along these lines for a few weeks. I used to have certain tasks on specific days but lately I seem to be all over the place (at work and at home). So last night, instead of knitting, I started making a list. Maybe getting back into a rhythm and routine will bring my knitting mojo back.

Happy Wednesday! Stop by and see what Kat is unraveling this week.