Way back before TGIF became my Friday thing, I used to share a list of five things … and wow, the last one I posted was in March, 2020 (whoa, time machine!). That last time, I wasn’t feeling very TGIF-like … and today I was thinking about silver linings and wanting to change things up a bit.
Thanks to a tennis ball hit hard on my left knee during Tuesday’s practice, I’ve spent much of the last three days with my knee resting, iced, compressed, and elevated. It seems to be improving (for sure the swelling is down), so I’m hopeful I’ll be back to my usual active self next week. and that bit of hope probably makes it easier to spend time right now on the good things this unplanned, and somewhat forced, downtime has allowed:
- Lots of time with Holly. Marc commented this morning that she was living her best life this week, and I’d agree. Yesterday she began the 4th month of her new drug routine and last night marked 32 nights in a row she slept. There is just something about a resting dog by your side that brings comfort.
- (Finally) progress on my JiJi Cardigan. I was stalled on the yoke last week … my knitting notes were “almost ready to split the sleeves” three days in a row. I finally did that on Monday. and I’m halfway through the body now.
- Reading. I finished House of Mirth yesterday and The Tiger’s Wife this morning. I mostly listened to House of Mirth (JiJi progress!) but read a bit in the evening and the last few chapters yesterday afternoon. I’ve shared here before that Edith Wharton writes the best sad endings, and they don’t get any easier, or happier, on the re-read. Honestly, this time, I think I felt Lily Bart’s pain even more. I’m looking forward to Sara and Chelsey’s take on next Tuesday’s Novel Pairings podcast. I read Tiger’s Wife on the page and was entranced from the beginning. This is Fiction Matters’ bookclub pick for July and – again! – I can’t wait to discuss.
- Instagram and Discord. One of my goals for this month was to connect more in those online spaces and I’m doing that! (and now I’m going to be challenged to figure out some balance … gosh it’s easy to get sucked back into mindless scrolling.)
- An opportunity to re-assess what I’m doing. and why. So far, I haven’t had to cancel any plans other than 7am walks with Sara. Beginning Sunday, though, I might need to. I’m really hoping to be back to tennis on Tuesday … and I’d love to be back walking before then! But not if that means I have to miss out on both of those things for weeks if I start back too soon. and (honestly) maybe having a “good” excuse to say “I’m sorry I can’t” to a few in-person things would be ok, too. and realizing that I could say “no” is maybe the best silver lining of all.
I am still taking Holly out a few times each day and I took this photo on one of our walks yesterday. The crepe myrtle blooms seemed late this year, but – as always – they’re worth the wait. Yesterday was also the first day in weeks(?) that it hasn’t rained here (today might be the 2nd) and I was grateful for #blueskyblooms. I know many of y’all are seeing too many blue skies … or worse – smoky skies. I’m sorry. I surely wish I could share this view with everyone for real … but sharing it virtually seems like a lovely way to say “Hello Weekend – please have the best one available!”
…and I’d love to know what silver linings you’ve found this week – please share!