#tinytinymoments

This happened yesterday. What could be better than a small person, on a sunny afternoon, dipping his toes into the dirt. All the memories of our girls, digging in the dirt, making forts and kitchens, using their imaginations and staying engaged for hours. It is so much fun (much needed fun) to watch him play in the same place that his mama and her sister played so many years ago. Yup, this was a much needed bit of joy.

I am grateful for the daily bits of joy I get from reading blogs. Here are a few links to places that might speak into your day:

SpiritCloth has some beautiful stitches

This lovely lady, and this one too – so sad I won’t be able to see them since our travel plans have been cancelled

This podcast – so good

Hope today holds some precious #tinytinymoments for you

Connecting

I enjoy connecting. I reply to blog posts and Instagram stories. I love a good email chat and more recently some Facebook time with ladies I have met online. I’ve told you before about connecting with quilters around the country. When I went on my trip to Shetland, I found a way to make a side trip to visit a little yarn store run by a woman I first knew through blogging but later rediscovered on Instagram. It’s a bit daunting to be at a quilt or yarn event and see someone you know from their online presence. Should I say hello and say I follow them? Does that sound stalkerish? The extrovert in me says go for it while the introvert puts up caution flags.

A few weeks ago I heard Rowena say she was coming to Seattle and would love to have a meet up. I have enjoyed her notebooks and her very generous approach to being a business owner so I sent her a message to say yes. I arranged to have the afternoon off and mapped the location of the meet up. Monday morning I almost backed out. I am so happy I went. Rowena is lovely and the other woman who joined us is so creative and talented. We visited a paper store and then settled in at a coffee shop and chatted away. We shared notebooks and ideas about using notebooks, writing, and all things associated.

So here is my advice. If you get the chance to make an offline connection with an online friend – do it?

p.s.  If you are ever in Seattle let me know.  Maybe we can meet!

#tinytinymoments

I share office space. I have always shared office space. For years I had a space large enough for two and sometimes three desks. Now I am in a smaller office but I am not on campus every day so I have offered the space to others who moves between campuses. In addition to being smaller, this new space is more like a cubicle – a door and partial walls but no lid. So it is a bit noisier, less private. Last week, on a day when I really wanted a ceiling and a space to hide away, I found this sticky note, tucked under my cup coaster, and it helped me reframe my day.

Michelle, the inspiration for #tinytinymoments, is hosting Gratitude Week in early November. Might be another opportunity for reframing.

Pay attention

Instructions for living a life. 
Pay attention. 
Be astonished. 
Tell about it.” 

― Mary Oliver, poet,
who died yesterday at the age of 83

I’m don’t spend much time with poetry but I have loved the words of Mary Oliver. These words are going into my notebook so I can carry them closely. Such very good advice.

As I have been working on letting REST become a practice and a rhythm, I have become aware of how un-restful my days can be. With a calendar and list of things to do it is easy to move through the hours without paying attention. This day, I plan to walk with my eyes wide open, paying attention, and best of all, ready to be astonished.