Many ideas run through my head, for a months end post. Things
accomplished, books read, things made, and on it would go. This
particular January feels like I have just been getting a handle on 2017.
Mentally taking notes on loose goals, things I'd like to do or see,
books I'd like to read, where I'd like to see the boys education to be.
Nothing of great consequence to note.
We got measurable snow overnight; albeit, not a whole lot, couple inches or so. Out the back of our house it looked beautiful. The house backs up to acres of park land. At times, would be nice if it were our land, but other times it is nice that it belongs to someone else.
The sky!!!!!!!!!! At least for a portion of the day. It did get gray during the middle of the afternoon but cleared up to show off a beautiful sunset. Felt good to see the sky.
Thanksgivingn for the day:
longer walk with Charlotte
Know I promised the sky scarf today. I wasn't able to fully catch up and decided to rip it out and start again. Weaving the yarn, up the side, is a new skill for me and I'm trying to get it looking nice. Soon is all I can promise at this point.
A blustery and rainy day. Windy enough to move the outside furniture or knock them over. We survived. Looked forward to around dinner time when we start closing up the curtains for the day; wanted an end to the cold, rain, and dark.
wind moving the storm away
falling asleep to Screwtape Letters
new recipe for dinner
working on sky scarf
Maybe tomorrow I'll have a progress photo of the scarf! I can dare to dream.
As a total side note, the slowness of the day and lack of weekly meal planning meant last minute thawing of meat. Have found that once the meat is a little thawed, it can be cut down into smaller chunks, which cooks and breaks up easily. Cooking save & kitchen hack!
That is what was celebrated today! Our Ian turned 14 today. It was a celebration all day long, with food, laughter, and fun. Much joy to be shared. Here are just a few of the things that brought smiles:
That was today, from my take. Could be considered quite busy from family members.
The afternoon calendar wide open, nothing pressing, no special meals planned.
blue skies today ~ way to many gray this year
time to hang out
kid playing in the woods
another kid getting help with school
leftover ice cream cake
Green Bay Packers beating Dallas Cowboys
I'm behind on my sky scarf! Been noting the sky but the yarn was getting tangled pretty bad, so I ripped out the first week and have not caught up with the knitting. Hope to get two weeks knit before the endo of this week.
Second Saturday of 2017! We were due for more winter weather today, again, in the form of freezing rain and it making the roads slick. Thank goodness it passed us by. Something to be thankful for. To appreciate. Still did have activities canceled, but that allowed more time at home. Another blessing!
Our oldest turned 17 today; we took the time to celebrate him. Lots and lots of food. A trip to the Lego Store. A trip to 5 Guys. A trip to Chick-fil-A. To top it all off mozerella sticks and pizza for dinner and an oreo ice cream cake for dessert. Can't forget about the chocolate croissants for breakfast.
Tones of food today. To much food.
He enjoyed the day though. Birthday wishes through several social media venues, a birthday card in the mail, being sung to to (wheather he wanted it or not).
Has come and gone! Suppose it could be called a good day. A lot of recipe reading, questions, suggestions, sleeping, school, and just life type stuff. Not sure why it seems so hard to come up with a gratitude list; we really do lead a pretty good life.
The week feels quick! The week also feels incredibly slow. Spuradic back pain will do that. The moments you feel okay go quickly; then the intense pain comes back and life slows down to a snails pace. Such a mix of feelings and sensations!
Wednesday, the 11th of January comes to a close though. Life is still good. Life is sleepy at this point. A yearning for deep rest, good rest, restorative rest. Before sleep fully overtakes me, here's my list:
If writing titles to draw the reader was hard, today feels worse. Thankfully, I am not necessarily trying to win anyone over with my writing ability. Not trying to earn a living by drawing you in or click on affiliated links.
Another beautiful day for the books. Although VERY frigid, single digit/low teens frigid, it was a gorgeous day. As the sun came up, through the trees, it was a vibrant orange; warm, glowing, inviting. There was also the wind, gusting and making it feel colder than the already low numbers. Sitting on the warm side of the window, it was wonderful to watch.
Today closed with the first significant snow! Not a whole lot, but enought to cancel events, start up the woodstove, get out the boots, and sweep the snow away. We got maybe an inch! Because of it, my thankfulness includes:
See all the verbs!!! snicker, snicker
Moving on!! I'd been pondering a Sky Scarf for awhile. This year is the year it gets worked on! With January 1st on a Sunday, it is working out nicely for my weird brain. There are just times order is a good and wonderful thing. Anyway, this week has been a combination of a lot of gray days, gray and blue, snow and blue, making the scarf quite colorful already. Here are a couple photos:
The colors don't show up as well as I'd like,
but it is coming together nicely.
Had been hoping to use five colors,
but seeing how these three are coming together
may just leave it these. A viragated blue, gray, and white.
It started with the week between Christmas and New Years. No schedule, no outside activities, nothing to mark the days. Even the first week of January had a number of things canceled or rearranged. Today, most things were back on the schedule and I was doing the teen shuffle!
Here are things that gave be pause to think about or just a moment of joy:
All sorts of joy today; gratitude all over the roadmap; looks like a plate of spaghetti noodles all jumbled together.
Sometimes, randomness and mess can be good. Today, we were okay with it. After gathering up the stash of knitting needles and matching up their mates, I finished cleaning out a basket. In that process, money was found, in an envelope addressed to me. Very unexpected surprise, a joyful and greatful moment.
Another moment was driving across town, Adele on Pandora playing, and the sky clearing up. Beautiful shades of blue and white clouds. In the van felt warm, without the heat turned on. This, after two and a half days of dreary, felt wonderful.
Headed out to Target today (third different one in a week or so, I think) trying to find the right size desk top calendar. This particular one (aka Target #3) has consistently had the right size, but not today! Drats the luck. Was recommended to go to a fourth one! Ugh!! I've also check other stores while there too.
Anyway, while at Target #3, I found the following beautiful planner.
The flowers are really cute.
Front says, "ooh, la, la",
but that isn't what sold me on it.
Check out what is by each date.
Yup, daily gratitude!
I'm trying to be reminded of gratitude, daily.
This space "sold" me on the planner.
While taking the quick photos, just noticed "weekly intentions"
across the top. This planner gets me excited for the year.
Besides the run to Target, has been like any other dreary day. My sky scarf has a 1 day of beautiful blue sky and 2 dreary, gray days. But remembering the gratitude would look like this:
on the mends from a cold
leftovers for meals
basic school days
no where to go (other than errand to Target)
finding 5th color for sky scarf
dinner alone, at home, with hubby. Boys weren't ready for dinner and it was a fix it yourself kind of night.
That sums of January 3rd. Hope your New Year is turning out lovely!
Last day of Christmas Break. Last day of not being sure what day of the week it was. Last day of not having any responbilities. Last day of no activities out side of the home, to mark what day it is. That all changes tomorrow.
For today, though, not to bad of a day. That despite head colds and other things running rampage here, count the joy:
easy meals to fix
Rose Bowl Parade
time to sleep
extra help around the house with hubby have a day off work