Just Life

Friday Reflections.

…inspired by figuring out 40, this is a slightly different take on currents, using the senses to reflect on the week.

a gift from my mom, who’s visiting this week
tasting :: pumpkin spice lattes, apple cake, red wine, dark chocolate almond bark and ravioli lasagne (yes, I cooked…for company!). It’s almost cool enough to think about soup in the slow cooker…maybe next week?
hearing :: quiet mostly when I’m home alone (which was a lot this week), and podcasts when I’m walking Holly or driving. Especially enjoyed the new knit.fm (hosted by Pam Allen and Hannah Fettig, this is ear candy for knitters) and the October 4 episode of Selected Shorts which included Steven Millhauser’s “The Dome” read by Alec Baldwin and Nicholson Baker’s “Subsoil” (still enjoying short stories and this podcast was my “fix” for the week). Also iTunes Radio; I played the Dinner Party station when we had everyone over on Wednesday and I think it’s pretty good. Definitely worth another listen.
smelling :: spiced pumpkin and frasier fir candles at my house, and spiced chestnut at Katie’s. Loving the smell, too, of the fallen leaves underfoot while we walk.
seeing :: my parents; they’re visiting this week and I enjoyed lunch with them on Monday and dinner Wednesday. My mom brought me that gorgeous mum and it’s like having fall sitting on my kitchen counter. I’m also well into Tracey Clark’s Picture Everyday class and this week’s prompts are about details…I’m noticing so much more!
feeling :: rested and a sense of calm; very welcome after this crazy busy year, and especially right this second as I’m getting ready to spend the weekend away with my parents, sister and brother and spouses and then dive into the birthday season and the holidays. Of course maybe this is just the calm before the storm, but I’m still grateful for it!
wishing & hoping :: for nice weather this weekend (yikes, I’ve wished for that a bunch lately!) … and that this new-found sense of calm helps me stay balanced over these next few months.

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