It’s been way too long since I’ve written a Currents post, but this key (a most-happy surprise from Juliann) has me thinking about all the things I’ve been Saying Yes to lately … and I thought it might be good to write them down:
Daily pilates. That Back to the Mat challenge was exactly what I needed to get myself back into a solid daily routine. That routine went out the window over the summer and just when I could’ve started back, I went to Europe for two weeks. I still haven’t regained my roll-up, but I can do a plank again, and that feels like a big victory.
Unplugged mornings (still). Marc is now into his eighth month of retirement and it seems he’s finally caught up on his sleep. as in he’s no longer sleeping past 6:30am. a few mornings ago, he was pouring coffee before 6. yikes! …but I’m still able to find that dark-early quiet I crave in my study. at my desk with my journal, a devotion and a book. Marc keeps the volume on the TV very low until he hears me turn off the lamp and walk back to the kitchen.
Hot tea. a nod, I’m sure, to the much cooler weather this week, but the tea kettle is out. Current favorites include Chai, English Breakfast and something unidentified in a very pretty Wedgwood box from Marc’s business travels.
Crochet. gah, I know, right?!? BUT … our church’s prayer shawl ministry has been asked to make prayer shawls for this year’s confirmands and crochet is sturdy and quick (as you might imagine, our ministry membership is much smaller than our confirmand class). I figure I can crochet three shawls in the time I could knit one. One of our members taught a learn-to-crochet class at our meeting today and I think a few of the other knitters are saying yes to crochet now, too 🙂
Buying books. I am still very much into borrowing them (I’m on track to read 100+ books this year – neither my budget nor my bookcase can stand that kind of usage), but I’ve loosened up about the buying. Three reasons – 1. sharing 2. taking my time 3. highlighting & notes. If a book meets any two of those three, I think it makes sense to buy it. I share my Audible library with my sister and sister-in-law, so sometimes, I only need reason #1.
Me made. I know many of you have been on the me-made bandwagon for years, but until this summer, I only rode in the hand-knit car. (re)Learning to sew has been a game-changer. I’m now thinking about all my clothing purchases with the “I should make this” filter. I clear(n)ed by closet on Sunday and what’s left is pretty much going to require me to wear either a hand-knit or a hand-sewn piece every day … well, unless I don’t actually get dressed … or I dress up A LOT 😉 …which leads me to
Planning my makes. I’ve done a couple of Make Nine plans but they’ve only encompassed knits. It’s time to think about the knitting and sewing together … and not only because they both take from the same well of time. I’m still in the thinking stages here, but I hope to have a real plan in the next week (because apart from next Tuesday’s t-shirt class, I’m not going to start another project until I figure out what makes sense to make next!)
and just because I don’t want to look back at this post in another couple of months and wonder “who is this stranger?”, a few things I am still Saying Yes to:
hot coffee with steamed non-fat milk, apples, cheese, FaceTime with the little boys, daily photos and videos, knitting with friends, thinking about the holidays, birthday season and sweater weather.
What surprising things are you Saying Yes to right now?