a new word arrives

I had all sorts of plans for this post. Plans that involved spending some time creating a visual to introduce my word. But life has given me a different path this last week and time ran out. So this will be simple.

My word for 2020 began to show up a few months ago. I was in a study group and there it was, more than once or twice, in our readings. In fact, this word had been tapping me on the shoulder for weeks so I decided it should go on my list of possible words. The definition definitely speaks to me but it was the list of synonyms that grabbed my attention. Stay. Remain. Abide. Continue. Rest. These were all things I want to invite into my life.


to live or stay; reside.

to live or continue in a given condition or state

to linger over, emphasize, or ponder

REST has taught me to stop and listen. To stay with a thought. To remain in that place of unknowing, uncertainty.

If you are still looking for a word, Ali Edwards has a quiz.

I also found this site.

Happy new year, new word to each of you. Honore has volunteered to host a monthly reflection on our words so do go visit her post about her word.

More of this

There are many things I want to do more of in 2020 but this one is very high on the list. I began making blocks for a baby quilt yesterday and there is a due date since that new grandson will arrive in early May. Should be plenty of time to get the quilt done. But I do want to do more stitching and knitting and I especially want to use my stash. I did recently acquire yarn for making this sweater but I also have enough yarn and fabric to make, make, make in 2020. On my short list:

  • Finish the Dominy sweater,
  • Make new covers for the couch pillows,
  • Recover the cushions on the kitchen chairs,
  • Knit a hat that goes with my hand knit sweaters (all the wool is needed for those cold days of walking),
  • Make at least two more donation hats in January.

Happy Monday. Hope you will join me tomorrow to talk about one word plans for 2020.

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It has been pretty cold here – not the below freezing that some of you are getting but cold enough for layers and wool. I have been embracing the idea that there is no bad weather, just bad outdoor gear so I can get out and walk nearly every day. I am hoping to reboot my running (jogging or run/walk at least) and get in more time in my hiking boots in 2020. And one of my favorite online yogis is offering a free 30 days of yoga in January. So here is to more moving and mat time in 2020.

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I am a very fortunate mama. We have two amazing daughters and they both live within a few miles of us. They have married wonderful men and they seem to like our company so we get to see them often.

This year I told the girls that what I really wanted for Christmas was a day to have them to myself. We decided to take a ferry boat ride to visit Churchmouse Yarns and fit in some coffee and lunch. It was very cold on Thursday so we didn’t spend much time on the deck of the ferry boat. And we didn’t actually buy any yarn. But we had a wonderful lunch and lots of time to chat and laugh. I am thankful beyond words for the love and support of these women. And I know for sure that more of this mother-daughter will be on my “More of” wish list for 2020.

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The last Friday of the year. To say goodbye to 2020, I thought it would be fun to do a series of posts on things I want more of in the new year.

Today I want to tell you about my reading plans for 2020. I have followed #theunreadshelfproject on Instagram for most of 2019. Some months I even planned to join in but was not super successful. This past week I have been reading Whitney’s blog posts about the 2020 challenge and working to set myself up for success. I have sorted my books, filled a box with book I know I will never read, and scanned my unread books into the BookBuddy app. I still have a few more books to consider (stay or go?) before I have my unread shelf ready for a reveal but it has made me happy to think of how this might change my reading game in the new year. I paused all of my library holds and didn’t put any books on my Christmas list. Now I need to decide which book to read first.

Happy Christmas!

No unraveling in my world which is a great for a holiday week. I am making good progress on those sleeves. I cast on a Christmas Eve hat (a tradition for me) which gave me an opportunity to use my new stitch marker (handmade by one of our daughters). Tomorrow our girls are giving me the gift of time. We will head to Churchmouse Yarn, stop for coffee, lunch, and just enjoy being together and sharing our love for yarn.

I finished The Dutch House and Washington Black this week. The Dutch House was my favorite book for 2019 and Washington Black is in my top five. Before the New Year I will share my reading plans for 2020 (which involves reading my own books and continuing to declutter those that are not calling my name).

Happy Christmas. Off to visit Kat and then join my dad for lunch before a quiet evening at home.

Setting aside my word

My journey with this word, REST, began in October 2018 when I read Rhythms of Rest. I didn’t know right away that REST would be my word for 2019, I just knew I needed more rest in my life. It has been a good word. Not one that has resulted in scrapbook pages but one that has helped me begin to balance the rhythms of work, play, and rest.

Last month I came upon this list of ideas that has given me new ways of inviting REST into my life. This is a word that I hope will continue to show up in my life.

My new word has already begun to show up. I will be back next week to write more about it. I am not planning to continue a monthly link-up in 2020 but I look forward to Reading what words you have chosen (or words that have chosen you!).

Thanks for coming along on this rest-filled adventure with me.