Goodbye November

I keep reading posts that mention how quickly this month has passed. It actually may have been a few days too long for me. I’m not going to lie – this week after Thanksgiving has been a rough one. And to cap it off, I managed to catch the crud so I will say goodbye to this month from the cozy, comfort of my bed, sipping tea and broth and hoping a day of rest will be the winning ticket.

I finished The Gratitude Diaries (audio) and have built a nice list of books on the topic of gratitude for 2019 (which I will share soon). I finished a shawl and might be able to finish the trim on a vest today. And best of all, I have one sleeve of my Vintersol ready for the cuff color-work. I am avoiding joining any challenges or “alongs” but trying to see what I can finish up before we say goodbye to 2018. I have my eye on some lovely hat patterns for 2019.

Happy Friday. See you next month!

p.s. I have not been able to conquer the problem with commenting on Blogger blogs but suspect it might be my outdated iPad. Maybe Santa will bring me a new one?

Three on Thursday

It’s hard to pick just 3 things – my life is full of blessings – but today I am grateful for:

My husband, who is making the house smell scrumptious with his Thanksgiving Day cooking,

Our daughters (and their lovely families), who share their lives with me,

My dad, who tells me all the time how grateful he is that I am in his life.

To all my blogger friends: I am unable to comment on your blog posts these days but know that I read and treasure all of your lovely posts.

Unraveled Wednesday

in February I wrote about this idea of unraveling as a chance to create space for new ideas. As I begin to look back at this year, I can see those spaces opening up. I haven’t physically unraveled too many knitting projects, but there has been some unraveling in my thinking and my daily practices. My practice of starting most days with quiet time and reading has brought nourishment in ways I never imagined. The G.K. Chesterton quote above will definitely be written in my 2019 planner.

Have you watched the Father Brown series? I will admit that I had no idea that G.K. Chesterton had authored the books that inspired this show. Quotes from Chesterton seem to pop up frequently in my devotional reading so this morning, I have traveled down the rabbit hole to read more about this author. And I have put a few of his books on my For Later shelf on my library website. I think one of Chesterton’s books will be in my 2019 reading stack.

On my needles, I am working the picot bind off on my Rewilding shawl. I am at the crown of a hat and hope to pick up the neckline on the Peanut vest this weekend. I had coffee with Judy this weekend and our chat about WIPs has me determined to get a few more things finished before we say goodbye to 2018.

Our Thanksgiving plans are pretty simple and the long weekend should open up some time for books and yarn. Off to visit Kat and join fellow unravelers today.

Cultivating a habit of gratitude

Right on the heels of Michelle’s Gratitude Week, I started the She Reads Truth Give Thanks study. I am reading the daily verses from The Message (so thankful for this man’s amazing life and words) and this morning I saw this Bonhoeffer quote. A very good way to begin my week.

In general, I think I am a grateful person. I know that my life is filled with many blessings. But it is all too easy to get pulled into grumbling. I have not kept a daily gratitude list as a year long practice but this is one of the lists I want to add to my daily planner.

I am currently compiling a list of books that focus on gratitude for my 2019 reading list. I would love suggestions.

Happy Monday!