Three on Thursday

It’s hard to pick just 3 things – my life is full of blessings – but today I am grateful for:

My husband, who is making the house smell scrumptious with his Thanksgiving Day cooking,

Our daughters (and their lovely families), who share their lives with me,

My dad, who tells me all the time how grateful he is that I am in his life.

To all my blogger friends: I am unable to comment on your blog posts these days but know that I read and treasure all of your lovely posts.

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Unraveled Wednesday

in February I wrote about this idea of unraveling as a chance to create space for new ideas. As I begin to look back at this year, I can see those spaces opening up. I haven’t physically unraveled too many knitting projects, but there has been some unraveling in my thinking and my daily practices. My practice of starting most days with quiet time and reading has brought nourishment in ways I never imagined. The G.K. Chesterton quote above will definitely be written in my 2019 planner.

Have you watched the Father Brown series? I will admit that I had no idea that G.K. Chesterton had authored the books that inspired this show. Quotes from Chesterton seem to pop up frequently in my devotional reading so this morning, I have traveled down the rabbit hole to read more about this author. And I have put a few of his books on my For Later shelf on my library website. I think one of Chesterton’s books will be in my 2019 reading stack.

On my needles, I am working the picot bind off on my Rewilding shawl. I am at the crown of a hat and hope to pick up the neckline on the Peanut vest this weekend. I had coffee with Judy this weekend and our chat about WIPs has me determined to get a few more things finished before we say goodbye to 2018.

Our Thanksgiving plans are pretty simple and the long weekend should open up some time for books and yarn. Off to visit Kat and join fellow unravelers today.

Cultivating a habit of gratitude

Right on the heels of Michelle’s Gratitude Week, I started the She Reads Truth Give Thanks study. I am reading the daily verses from The Message (so thankful for this man’s amazing life and words) and this morning I saw this Bonhoeffer quote. A very good way to begin my week.

In general, I think I am a grateful person. I know that my life is filled with many blessings. But it is all too easy to get pulled into grumbling. I have not kept a daily gratitude list as a year long practice but this is one of the lists I want to add to my daily planner.

I am currently compiling a list of books that focus on gratitude for my 2019 reading list. I would love suggestions.

Happy Monday!

Hello Friday

Why do “short” work weeks always feel longer? It puzzles me every time it happens. I spent most of Tuesday thinking it was Monday and then most of Thursday thinking it was Friday. It is a conundrum.

I have spent a bit too much time this week exploring some notebook/planner rabbit holes. I am thinking ahead to 2019. This lovely orange folio will be my prime notebook next year. I have been trying out different layouts and ideas for calendars and journaling in an undated insert. I love the color and the size ie great for a carry along (this is an A6). I have been reading about tracking (this makes my heart sing) and bullet journaling (which I have decided is not for me).

But Friday is here and because I hosted our book group for dinner last weekend, my house is pretty much ready for the birthday we will celebrate tomorrow and Thanksgiving dinner next week. So, the weekend is looking pretty good.

Three on Thursday

I love that first cuppa coffee each morning. On days I need to wait (fasting blood work for instance) are miserable! I have been know to start complaining about such mornings days in advance. And every time I make a gratitude list, you can be sure that first cuppa coffee make the top five.

The last few years I have been learning to drink more tea. I know that these herbal infusions are not really tea. But my reason for turning to tea after 10 am is to avoid caffeine so they make the cut. A few weeks ago, my grocery story had a big sale on tea and I picked up three new to me teas.

Pukka teas come in the most lovely boxes. I first received a box of the Revitalize tea as a gift. I am excited that this tea is now more available in my local stores.

I am sure many of you are familiar with the Yogi tea brand. I see a lot of the tea tags with words of wisdom in my Instagram feed. Both of these are lovely warm but I also drop one in my water bottle to liven up the hydration practice. And I have been known to add some of the mango ginger to my homemade bone broth. But that might be a post for another day.

Off to visit Carole for my ThreeThings posts.

weekending

Long weekends are the best! And my sabbath-keeping practice is helping me stay focused on what is important. I made time to meet a friend for a walk and a matcha latte on Sunday afternoon. There was knitting and reading and a pretty good night’s sleep. Today will have space for some errands to get life in order for the week ahead and then an afternoon of sewing and dreaming about this for my 2019 making list.

gratitude week – Monday

“A joyful heart is good medicine but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

Proverbs 17:22

Where does gratitude rest? This is a question from Michelle this morning and it has me thinking about how I feel when I am living in gratitude. There is a lightness, a shift that allows a smile to come more easily, a stronger posture from paying attention, choosing to notice the things that bring joy and gratitude to my heart.  This we know I am paying attention to the healing work of gratitude.

This morning I am grateful for:

Recalling the beautiful colors of fall and an unexpected dry afternoon for a walk;

The opportunity to watch the joy on my dad’s face when I took our #tinyperson for a visit with great grandpa;

That first sip of coffee and the quiet ticking of the kitchen clock as I read and write.