|this morning’s journal time|
Ali’s done a few posts like this and I love that it lets me document the right here right now without the constraints of -ing words. And documenting the right here right now seems the best way to dive back into blogging. Not that a single post proves anything, but it’s a beginning. I can only hope it’s a good one.
Around here the weekdays start dark-early (5 am for me and 5:30 for Marc). He typically leaves for the office by 6 (gotta love a man’s up-and-out routine that takes less than 30 minutes!), but was home this morning until 7. He worked at the kitchen table while I checked emails and blogs at my usual kitchen-counter spot. It was nice to connect at the beginning of the day… even if we both had our minds mostly elsewhere, we chatted a bit and we were together.
Around here the days are noticeably longer. Little bits of sunlight start to peek through just after 7 o’clock and sunset isn’t til nearly 6. This week it hasn’t rained, but it’s been cold (Atlanta cold anyway – lows in the teens and highs in the 30’s) and the sky has been clear blue with white clouds. It’s energizing to be outside, as long as you’re dressed for it.
Around here I’m drinking lots of coffee. Santa brought me and Sara one of the “free refill” mugs from Starbucks and I’m averaging at least one cup a day (not to mention what I brew at home). There’s a Starbucks about a mile from my house that’s conveniently on the way to just about anywhere I go, and there’s another one next door to the yarn shop. I hope it’s not going to be too hard to break the habit when I have to start paying $2 for those refills!
Around here my daily routine always includes journal time, usually just after Marc leaves. I love the quiet and watching the day come to life outside the window. I started journal #20 on New Year’s Day. It’s still hard for me to believe I’ve filled up 19 books with thoughts, doodles and other stuff…I wonder how many more there will be?
Around here I’m in two book clubs and some months (like this one) it seems I barely have time to read two books. I just finished the second one – Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey. I’d barely started it when we met last week, but the discussion really drew me in. Turns out the “real” Downton Abbey has much to offer – Edwardian England, World War I, King Tut, royalty, wealth and quite a few charming characters. Yesterday, I started the first February selection, House of Sand and Fog. Somehow I managed to miss the book and the movie but just a few pages in I already sense this story isn’t going to end well. Fortunately, I’ve already read the other February selection (Light Between Oceans) so next I’m going to finish Mary Poppins. I started it last month before we saw Saving Mr. Banks (a wonderful movie for anyone who loves Emma Thompson or Mary Poppins…I happen to love them both!) and I’m pretty sure it has a happy ending!
Around here Katie, Sara and I will celebrate the last spring break (yep, Sara graduates from college in May!) with a girls’ weekend in March. We had our hearts set on San Francisco, but I finally accepted the reality that it’s just not feasible for the three of us to fly to the west coast to spend four days and three nights in an expensive city. So we’ll go someplace closer with good restaurants, a little shopping, nice scenery…maybe Highlands, NC?
Around here on the needles – a sweater for Katie, a shawl, and a cowl and mitts for myself. Mindful of the resolutions I set for this year, my next project is a prayer shawl, with yarn I already have. …and hopefully mittens and a hat. Boy it would’ve been nice to have those these past few weeks!
Around here it is now nearly 11 am and I must get Holly out for her walk.
Would love to hear what’s happening around you!