3 things

I have missed posting the last few weeks but I guess a break was needed. A 3things post seems like a good re-entry. So, 3 things that are tugging at my heartstrings right now:

1. Finding a little journal mom kept on a trip she and dad took to the UK in 1997. So good to see her handwriting.

2. The cooler weather that means I can start wearing my knitwear.

3. Listening and re-listening to this podcast – decision making, decision fatigue, good, short episodes with so much to offer.

Off to visit Carole this morning.

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On being busy

Someone, maybe Anne Lamott or Brene Brown, has written about busy-ness becoming a badge of honor. And I am noticing how often the response to “How are you?” is “So busy,”

I have been wondering if this being so busy thing might actually be cultivating rudeness. Yesterday a young store clerk was giving me the “if you get our store credit card” speech, (which I am sure they are required to give). I looked at her and smiled while she gave all the glorious details and then said, no thank you. She said “Thanks for letting me finish. Most people stop me and won’t look at me when I am ringing their purchase.”

Being too busy makes me distracted. What am I missing? Because some of those things I pass without looking might have been the brightest of moments in my too bust day. A wise co-worker told me that I need to get away from my desk and eat lunch with people. And she was right. Those lunch conversations are the place where we build relationships.

Most of us pack our days to the hilt. I know when I am feeling that crunch, I am mostly responsible for feeling stretched. I try to see where I could have said no or even more realistically, where I am making a task more important than it needs to be. Funny how the world keeps moving even when my TO DO list isn’t completed.

Next week, Courtney Carver is hosting a Busy Boycott. My first thought was, I don’t need one more thing on my list. But I am currently reading Courtney’s book and I think she might have something I need to hear. Let me know if you are joining in.

Thursday things

I am heading out of town for a family gathering. We will be celebrating the life of my mom’s older brother. There were 5 siblings, now there is one. I am thinking a lot about family and connections and lives well lived.

When we helped Dad, I brought home this precious watercolor. This is my mom as a young girl, painted by my grandmother’s best friend. You can see that my love for making has deep roots.

I am looking forward to being with my cousins, sharing stories of our parents, and knowing that they are together once again.

Unraveled Wednesday

Rather than risk some unraveling, I set my Vintersol sweater aside until class on Saturday. I need to figure out the neckline. I did managed to unzip the provisional cast on and got the body knitting started.

My week has had some unraveling that is not fiber related. When I find myself a bit stressed, I find that hat knitting is the best answer. I have cast on one hat for our #tinyperson and will pull some yarn for another hat to take with me as I travel later this week.

Hope your week is not unraveling but be sure to visit Kat for more stories.

A making notebook

I think I have established my love of notebooks. This month I have added an insert in my notebook just for making ideas. I have sketched out a few ideas for my house quilt that may be less than traditional – stay tuned. I have also been looking at all the hat patterns in my Ravelry library and planning a few more stash hats to occupy my needles in those “I want to knit but can’t focus on a complicated pattern right now” moments. And it gives me another reason to pull out the colored pencils.

Goodbye August

As August fades and September looms it seems a good time for a Currently list.

Reading Handywoman and Inspired

Knitting – I have finished the yoke of my Vintersol and while I wait for the next class to take out the provisional cast on I am ready to get back to the last section of my Impressionist shawl

Moving – getting in my 10,000 steps each day and doing Pilates at last 5 times a week

Sewing – planning a new bag and a corduroy Unifom tunic

Eating – so many veggies

Cooking – autumn soups like carrot-ginger and pumpkin chili

Listening to Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc. – so good!

Happy Friday.

Sometimes Monday

Looks like a completed Summer Book Bingo card! I finished my final book this morning and it might be my favorite from my summer reading. Quilting Lessons was recommended by Honore and I quickly downloaded the ebook. But I forgot about it. Last week, I realized that the book I had planned to read for “subtitle on the cover” was going to take more time to read. I opened my Kindle and found Quilting Lessons: notes from the scrap bag of a writer and quilter. As I began reading, I realized that this book was meant to be read right now, during this time of setting aside my fabric and sewing and getting back into the routine of the school year. So many highlighted notes, words that are swirling in my head and my heart. What a wonderful way to end my summer reading. Thanks Mary for another great Book Bingo Summer.

It’s crucial not to lose sight of one important feature of juggling multiple tasks simultaneously: ensuring a small oasis of pleasure here and there in the day. While the computer prints out a chapter draft or while the wash cycle is on spin, don’t forget to take time out to pick sweet peas in the garden. Don’t forget to call the friend who has been so sad lately. There might even be enough time to sew the borders on that quilt that is spread out on the workroom room floor.

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