Monday, November 17, 2014

Gratitude::it's everywhere

Gray skies; rain softly hitting the window; the taste of the coffee he made me; yellow lamp light; beginning a new book; curled under blankets & hand knits; early morning quiet that fills the house #liberatedlines #liberatedlinestellme

michelle's gratitude week is over. I skipped posting the last few days last week. But I didn't stop counting. Or taking pictures. Taking pictures causes me to pause, to see the beauty in front of me in a different way, it helps me focus and be centered on the moment in front of me.

The action of noticing, and then writing down, my gratitudes has helped me to be open to more gratitudes. To more things to be thankful for. The big, the small, the ones in between.

I seek beauty for my life. I seek joy. I seek peace. I seek enthusiasm.

I am slowly finding that the beginning of those things (for me) is to give thanks. And from that thanks all other things come. 

This time of year always makes people more aware of our gratitudes. My wish is that I can carry it throughout the rest of the year, not just for the month of November. 

I have so much to be thankful for. I think gratitude posts will become a regular here.

Because when there is nothing else that comes to mind to write, I am always able to sit and write out a gratitude list. Lists and gratitudes. Two things that make my heart sing. Along with gray afternoons & candle light; opening new books as the rain hits the window; holding a steaming cup of chai tea between my hands; the warmth of a blanket on my legs; falling twilight; the sound of Christmas carols; the quiet of the girls resting; the knowledge that supper will be easy. 

Just a few things to be grateful for this late afternoon

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gratitude Week: Day 3

{gratitudes} lamp light on a gray afternoon; hot chocolate & a book; the men and women who have fought for our freedom; an afternoon text message conversation with a sister; sinking into the quiet at the end of the day

::for lamp light on a gray afternoon
::hot chocolate and a book
::online community
::quiet evenings
::sinking into the whiney moods, accepting them & moving on
::curling into bed, even if no sleep comes
::gray mornings and the promise of a fresh day ahead

What are you grateful for? Joining michelle for gratitude week

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gratitude week::Day 2

IMG_2748 IMG_2750 End of the day gratitudes:: morning walks; collecting leaves; leaf creations; messy table; soup simmering; apple pie baking; writing with my girl while the baby plays at our feet #gratitudeweek_2014

::beautiful weather for a fall walk
::crunching leaves with my girl
::fresh air that helps any mood--good or bad
::messy, creative tables
::writing down gratitudes
::apple pie baking
::soup simmering
::tea steaming

some gratitudes from yesterday to join with michelle for gratitude week

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekending::Gratitudes

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::quiet time with yarn, needles & my little big girl
::the sun glowing through yellow trees
::quiet afternoons under blankets
:: a daddy & his little girl planting bulbs for spring
::a quiet house 
::a husband who takes the girls for a few hours so Momma's headache can get better
::when they return and all my people are tucked into bed

Just a few things from this weekend I am grateful for

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Yarn Along

Today's intention: speak kinder, read more, listen well, enter into each moment with presence. Be in the here and now. See what is right in front of me.   #hellomorningcoffee That time when I finished a pair of socks and realized the yarn would probably make a better shawl then socks....

I had meant to have this post up this morning. But instead I took part in a writing sprint with the  small NaNoWriMo group I am a part of. 
I am pleased to say that 5 days into NaNo and I am doing pretty well! If nothing else, this will help cement my writing practice.

There has also been some knitting. A husband and baby who both have colds make for some quiet times around here. When knitting can get done. Along with some reading! (please don't ask me how the laundry, dishes or cleaning is going. Suffice it to say there is clean clothes....just not always folded. There are clean dishes....just not always put away from the dish dryer. The cleaning....well the house isn't filthy but there may be extra toys strewn around the house at bedtime!)

This morning I finished my Purple Monkey Socks. I love this pattern. After binding off I was struck that this yarn probably would have been better suited for a shawl. If they weren't a Christmas gift, and if there was more time until Christmas, and if I didn't have to knit two more pairs of socks for Christmas, I may have frogged them. But time you know.

I finished The Alchemist last night and LOVED. IT. I must buy a copy for myself. I haven't said that about a book in a long time. This is one of those that needs to be read once, if not twice a year. Like at the New Year. And maybe again in the summer. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

October

Autumn orange

Today is seriously the last day of October?

My poor neglected blog

I honestly cannot tell you what we have done the past few weeks!

There has been some knitting. A little bit of reading.

Not a whole lot of picture taking

There has been thinking. I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo where you write a novel in 30 days. 50,000 words. I think I am nuts for doing this. I have never really enjoyed writing fiction. Although I have an active imagination. I need to just step outside of my head and write and see what comes out. I think I might surprise myself. A big plus and what takes (most) of the pressure off is that it is a rough draft and doesn't have to look pretty. 

I am mostly doing it as a personal challenge. To push myself. To give myself a project to focus on. I am hoping this will jump start me out of the creative funk I have found myself in! 

All of this to say that depending on how the words flow each day, and how much time that I usually use for writing here, or commenting on blogs....may be used for trying to get at least 1,667 words a day down.

On top of that we have a first birthday(!!!!!) and Thanksgiving mixed in there. 

November looks to be busy, full and lots of fun! 

I think a goal will be to at least write a weekending post here each week!  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Get outside!

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It seems we've been having an awful lot of "moods" around here lately

You'd think I'd remember sooner that just the act of stepping outside for a walk around the neighborhood would help with those moods

When the walls of the house get too small
when I start to feel overwhelmed with all the stuff we have
and the thought that two birthdays and Christmas are looming
which means more stuff will be coming in

sometimes you just need to go out for a walk
to skip and jump through the leaves
pick up all kinds of interesting leaves in order to begin a leaf collection
make friends with the neighborhood dogs
and some people too
take a picture in front of a bush because "I match the leaves!"
marvel at the blue sky &
the big power lines in the back of the development

then come back home for a tea party and a treat
and a rest because walking all that way makes some little legs tired

and you know what?
the mood seems to lift.
Every. Time.