Just Life

TGIF.

… coming to you from my favorite place right this very second. I must admit I am not a huge fan of having the laptop actually in my lap, but the breeze and the view are more than worth it.

ahem…views 😉

#hollyadayforsara

Thinking about … what I’m going to do this weekend. Apart from my weekly FaceTime with Diane tomorrow morning and church on Sunday (our annual cannot-miss Youth Service, which concludes with a slide show that always makes me cry … “kids” I taught in Sunday School a few years back are now graduating college. I can’t wait to see what their post-college plans are!) The family reunion begins for me next Thursday – at its peak attendance point, next Saturday morning, we will be 13 adults and two little boys. I’m not sure I can bank alone time (do any of you other introverts out there know?), but I think I’m gonna stock up, just in case. Good thing my current favorite activities – knitting, sewing, reading, walking … are all great to enjoy on my own.

Grateful forPantsuit Politics. for their smart, informed, thoughtful and grace-filled conversations about really hard things. Today’s episode hits really close to home – literally – because they’re talking about abortion. They take a deep dive into Five Things you need to know – in preparation for an episode next Tuesday where they’ll share their perspectives. They followed this same format a few months ago about criminal justice reform and still remember listening while I was on a walk and bursting into tears (really, I was sobbing on the sidewalk) when they talked about forgiveness. Like I wrote last month … conversations and connections like this give me hope!  I also love their Instagram feed and stories and the not-about-politics discussions. I even found out last weekend that Sarah (from the left) is a KNITTER. Yep. worlds colliding in a very nice way.

Inspired by … the results of my intentional gratitude practice this past week. I’ve been closing out my morning journaling with a gratitude list for years. But this past week was the first time I specifically noted the thought, sat with it for at least 15 seconds, and then checked my emotional response. I felt joy, warmth, love, connection, calm and openness. 15 seconds y’all – that’s powerful! Fr. Rohr references a study by Rick Hanson (from Hardwiring Happiness) in Chapter 4 of The Universal Christ. Hanson calls this the Velcro/Teflon theory of the mind. Basically, we may be hardwired to focus on problems (the Velcro) at the expense of positivity, gratitude and simple happiness … and also, I’m finding, hope (the Teflon).  Hanson’s work showed we have to hold on to the positive thing for at least 15 seconds for it have lasting impact. and that we can reprogram ourselves. just by actively thinking about good stuff.  I’m hooked.

Fun … Summer Reading! yeah, I’m not hosting Book Bingo, but I do have plans to read. and I was delighted with Anne Bogel’s  Summer Reading Guide which dropped this week. Most of these books aren’t going to be available at my library until next summer (or maybe even summer 2021 based on the waiting lists right now), but her list got me thinking. I started The Alice Network this afternoon (for bookclub) and was happy to see Kate Quinn’s latest on Anne’s list. along with a new Peter Heller (I loved The Dog Stars). There are a host of Jane Austen re-tellings out there … but I think I just might need to re-read the originals. My four favorites are Emma, Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility and Persuasion. Each of these has been my “favorite Austen” at some point; I’m not sure where I’ll start. There’s also a new Jackson Brodie coming out in June, I still haven’t read the latest Inspector Gamache, and the latest Maisie Dobbs landed in my Overdrive Loans today.

Before my reading plans get too set in stone – what is top of your list to read this summer?

…and now back to the knitting. Happy Weekend, my friends!

11 Comments

  • Juliann

    I am just minutes away from the start of my weekend which will include some sewing and some knitting and friday night treats.
    I was just looking at Anne Bogel’s list yesterday and think I will visit my Goodreads lists this weekend to see if I can make a new – Summer 2019 – category.
    Happy weekend

  • Kat

    I will absolutely be reading this summer (sadly with no bingo card! boo!!) But, I am going to tackle some big classics – War and Peace is on the top of my list.

    I have 5 or maybe 6 repeats to the finish of the “charity knit” and the sudden downpour we are getting will help me get them done!

    Have a great weekend!

  • Honore´

    Happy TGIF to you! My summer reading begins next weekend with Stephen King’s 11/22/63 – thanks to you and Kym! Our pool opens – I think – so I’m looking fwd to the walk and sitting out watching the littles splash in the “waterfalls.”
    Enjoy your weekend – my plans have changed a bit so I’m recalibrationg….

    Cheers~

  • Bonny

    As soon as I’m done here I’m heading over to peruse Anne Bogel’s list in hopes of finding something that inspires me. I’ve been looking for something good and immersive to read, but just haven’t been able to settle on anything. Actually, I have found several promising book, but the waiting lists are incredible. I’m really anxious for the second book in the Handmaid’s Tale (the Testaments) but that’s not out until September. Have a good weekend (and yes, I think you can bank alone time, but only for a day or two)!

  • Carole

    Your porch looks so lovely and inviting, I’d love to sit there and talk with you about all of this over a glass of rosé!

  • Sarah

    Ooh, I feel your pain about an event where alone time will be hard to find! My only advice is that the bathroom can be a wonderful place in a pinch. 😉

    I hope to read a lot this summer, though I’m not making a list, because I’m very “ooh, shiny!” about my reading (especially considering how many blog friends I have who are also readers and regular recommend good books). I have very little planned for the weekend, which should mean plenty of knitting and spinning for me.

  • Debbie

    I plan to read books from my Goodreads TBR list and I want to choose books based on what I am in the mood to read at the time. No pressure, just good, enjoyable reading. Your porch looks so inviting! Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

  • karen

    Lovely views!! I downloaded an episode to try of your pantsuit politics – thanks for the recommendation. I write a gratitude list at the end of each daily journal entry. I started more than 5 years ago and now it’s a habit. Sometimes I write the same things and other times it’s something new. I love when the kindness of others shows up 🙂

  • Patty

    I’ll have to hop on the plane with Carole! 🙂 I’m going to be reading The Grapes of Wrath for book group but have added The Alice Network to my list and the Peter Heller book. (Oh Hig how I loved you!) Off to check out that reading guide…thanks Mary!