One word – February

What if we thought of rest as a peaceful, artful, productive pass time? This is an idea gleaned from a very intuitive young woman I follow on Instagram. I especially live that she defines productive as something that adds to your life, not just checking things off the list.

So I am beginning to seek out some new tools to help me shift focus and perspective.

On this podcast, I learned about the Calm app. I’ve been using it for a few days now and I can see that it would be a good resource for the peaceful aspect.

I have also been thinking about a Digital Declutter from this book. What struck me about this idea is not just turning off social media and digital distractions but really thinking about what you will do with that time. For me, it will be artful and productive activities like knitting and reading and studying. I am feeling there is much to learn.

Now it’s your turn.

How is your word showing up?

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

February string along

Saturday morning I decided I would sew while the sheets and towels were in the wash. It was the perfect amount of time to get another 8 blocks stitched up. This takes me to the end of the strips I had already cut so I will need to pull more fabrics. I’m just going to keep going until it feels like time to stop. What a fun and simple quilt project.

Be sure to visit Lori to see more string quilts.

Restday

I knew the weather was getting to me but I had no idea how deeply it had seeped into my bones until I opened the curtains and looked out at a city bathed in sunshine. As I stepped into my sandals, I felt rest replacing the weariness of snow shovels and wool socks.

San Antonio has this amazing river walk that seems to go on forever. One direction took us past art venues and to a lovely coffee shop where I had a very good matcha tea latte. The next day we walked in the opposite direction where the trail led to another arts center and a brewery that served brisket tacos. I have never had bbq sauce on a taco!

Back in town we visited another museum with an amazing exhibit, explored The Alamo and a cathedral, did some window shopping, and found another fun coffee shop serving Tumeric lattes.

All too soon it was time to return home where the snow has not yet melted. I put away my sandals and sunscreen but the rest has renewed me enough to tackle the cold again.

Don’t forget to come back next Tuesday to share how your WORD has been showing up this month.

Unraveled Wednesday

This crazy weather has comes so close to unraveling me! Today is another no school day – sigh. We are all anxious to get back to our routines. Yesterday we were able to make a dent in the heaps on snow (pretty sure we had close to 24″ over the last week). I spent the morning clearing off the deck and my husband tackled the driveway (for the 6th time in a week). The snow kept coming most of the day but the temperatures warmed up enough to keep it from piling up. The roads are a slushy mess with a layer of ice in many places. The warmer rain is supposed to continue today bringing concerns about flooding. Once everything finally thaws, we I’ll have some yard and garden care to do. All that snow was hard on some of our bushes and trees.

No unraveling in my knitting this week. I made a little progress on my Sólbein sleeves but being cooped up inside actually stifled my knitting mojo. I spent some time pulling out yarns to see what sweater I might knit next and I still need to find something portable to take on our trip – probably a hat.

Off to visit Kat and hoping that there hasn’t been much unraveling in your week.