it has been a rough back to work week but I didn’t want to go too much longer without a blog post so how about some randomness:
I usually walk the same route but once in awhile I stop at a different place on my way home from work and I get to see views like the one above.
When I am getting ready to travel, a knitting project and something to read are the first things I sort out. This time around, I am just taking my iPad to read my kindle books and I’m leaving the knitting at home. Where oh where is my knitting mojo?
I just finished day 31 of using the Daily Calm app. There is a Winnie the Pooh series which is fun since our tiny person is quite in love with Winnie the Pooh these days.
Taking a short break while our Friday visitor watches Curious George with grampa.
So far we have read books, played with the trains, painted, did some cleaning up in the sink, and made pumpkin muffins. And we still have 5 hours to fill! What a wonderful way to say goodbye to spring break.
Oh spring break. You are just what I needed. Plenty of time to putter and play. And thinking time – Time for unraveling some thoughts about my reading life. I have accumulated quite a few ebooks that are not getting read. Ebooks are great for a vacation when you want options without the extra weight in your bag. But vacation days are few and far between. If I have a title I really want to read, and the wait list is super long at the library, I am going to consider purchasing the papery version. We have lots of independent book stores in our area and I want to support them. With that in mind, I stopped in at the newest store on my way to get my haircut and picked up Mary Pipher’s new book.
Not much knitting going on here but I am almost finished quilting my small quilt. Today is cloudy with a chance of rain so it seems like a good day to stay inside with a cuppa matcha and a book in my lap.
First up is a visit to Kat’s blog. Enjoy your day.
I heard this quote on the Simple podcast yesterday. I was walking on the trail, admiring the beautiful spring sky, and listening to Tsh and her guest chat about slowing down, putting away the phone, and creating a life that felt less hurried.
I am pretty good at scheduling things so I don’t have to rush. I am rarely late to a meeting or event. I get things done by the due date (except an occasion late return on a library book.). But I still get that knot, that anxious tension of needing to hurry up, finish this so you can get to that, never enough. My mind too often rushes to the next thing I have on my list leaving me to miss the moments. The lovely, tiny moments that Michelle writes about.
I think that feeling comes from too much multitasking, forcing my brain to bounce back and forth. I listen to books while I drive, podcasts while I walk, TV while I knit. Yesterday I went into my sewing room, fully intending to listen to a podcast while I worked on a quilt project. But I never turned on the podcast. I just started pinning and sewing and pressing and soon enough, the little project was nearly done. I went into my sewing room feeling that I needed to hurry up and get this quilt finished because it needs to be mailed by the end of the month. When I came to a good stopping point I realized I didn’t feel rushed. I hadn’t been watching the clock. It was a very meditative process.
When I looked up the Dallas Willard quire, I found this article. There it is again. Rest. Sabbath. Loosen your grip. Ruthlessly eliminating hurry from my life might be another way my word is showing up this month.
I have some high hopes for this new month. And because this week is my spring break, a list seems in order.
- Putting pen to paper (aka bullet journaling).
- Sewing, quilting, knitting.
- Reading – so many books I want to read.
- More yoga and longer walks.
- Planting – kale, peas, beans, and some sort of squash.
- Meal planning – this should be at the top of the list.
- Practicing prayer and meditation.
The sun is out and I actually slept in so it looks like a good start.
No unraveling and only limited knitting happening around here. The sun has been, the trees are starting to show their colors and best of all, next week is spring break. I have big plans for doing nothing. That doesn’t mean I will be idle. It just means I am leaving my options open. I’m hoping for gardening, knitting, sewing, reading, decluttering – all the lovely things that get pushed aside during a full work week.
I finished this book yesterday – just in time to hear the author talk next week. And I am sure I will be finished with this book by the end of spring break. I highly recommend both of these books.
That big project at work has been approved and now there is more work to be done but it is so good to be taking the next steps. And today is a double star day at Starbucks so it looks to be a lovely day. Off to see what Kat and friends are up to this week.
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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