Sometimes Monday offers a great view

I love our library but I usually don’t spend much time there since I can browse the collections and place holds online. Yesterday I needed to do some reading before I headed home so I stopped by my local branch. The tables and computers were packed but in the back corner, I found this lovely spot to sit and read. It was perfect. I think I need to make this a regular part of my week.

P.S. Don’t be fooled by that blue sky. It is still very cold outside but I will take cold blue skies over warm, grey, and rain any day of the week!

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Hello March

I just love turning the calendar page and seeing the first day of a new month arrive. February was a tough one but the last few days I have been noticing more light as I pull out of the driveway in the morning and that helps so much. And while it has still been very cold, sunshine and blue skies flip that little brain switch from grumbling to joy.

This month I am going to begin my unplugging. I found it coincidental that March 1-2 is National Unplugging Day. This afternoon, I plan to turn off my wireless and leave it off until Sunday.

Before I went to bed last night, I deleted a bunch of apps from my phone and iPad. I am choosing to continue blog writing and reading because that is something I usually do just once a day. I am going to replace the social media scrolling time with reading time and daily meditation.

This month I also want to do more skywatching. March is a transition month. The days are getting longer and I want to pay attention and be grateful for those extra minutes.

So, here is to 31 days of tuning in to life in new ways. And best of all – it’s Friday!

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.

When people realize that I knit, they often tell me that knitting is too stressful. I can recall a time when I felt that way. It was about 25 years ago and I ended up getting rid of all my knitting supplies. But now, knitting is my go to choice for slowing down and letting my mind rest. Some projects seem to be perfect for creating a restful space.

When this pattern showed up last Friday, I knew exactly how to proceed. I pulled out my Shetland wool. Most of the skeins are without ball bands. Many came home with me from my Shetland trip in 2017. All of the colors are lovely. The pattern recommends a random striping sequence. Seemed like a great side project for a snowed in weekend (at that point I believed we would be back to work after the weekend).

First I pulled 15 skeins that looked like they had enough yarn left and weighed them. The largest has 25 grams. The smallest has 19 grams. Then I pulled a small piece from each skein and began laying them side by side. I tied each sample to a piece of cardboard and numbered each one. I decided to use a 3, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, sequence for the first round of colors (each repeat is 4 rows so that is 12 rows, 4 rows, 4 rows and so on). I may change up the sequence when I get back to yarn number 1. I told myself that I wouldn’t start this hap until I finished the second sleeve on my Sólbein but when it became apparent that our snowed in weekend was going to be extended, I needed a colorful distraction. The knitting is very restful and calming.

P.S. When the power went out last night I felt my resolve to stay positive falter. We snuggled up to watch a video on the laptop (which was fully charged) and went to bed early, warm under an extra layer of quilts. The good news is that the power came back on during the night so today I am going to do laundry and get my bags packed for that trip we are scheduled to take. And I am going to pray that the airport gets cleared up so our plane can take off. Would appreciate any good travel vibes you can spare.