Hello friends, and Happy Tuesday.
I talked in my last post about embracing the season’s transition. I was thinking about summer turning to fall (and honestly looking forward to days getting cooler); being at peace with another season passing with COVID still not behind us (I heard on a few podcasts this week that it will likely never be “behind us” and that was a paradigm shift I wasn’t quite ready for); and figuring out what “active me” might look like without running. It’s all complicated mix of joy, hope, and sorrow.
In the very back of my mind, I’m also grieving a second summer spent totally at home. Y’all, I haven’t left the state of Georgia in almost two years. and I’ve spent only one night away from my own bed since last February. I know I’m incredibly privileged to even be thinking that’s something to feel sad about. but I am. and I desperately need a change of scenery. some “new views” if you will.
First up, completely as a result of my knee injury (needing a really comfortable chair with an ottoman), I needed a new chair in my study. Thankfully, we had that chair … in a different place in the house. Sunday morning, Marc helped me move things around and now I have a comfortable place to sit … and two new views!
Here’s the new layout from the door to my study
and the view from that favorite chair in the corner … early morning (I love how bright it is with just the lamp – this photo isn’t touched up at all)
and here’s a view without the book (different time of day, obviously). I love seeing out the windows, and so does Holly.
The view from my desk is very different. When we first arranged this room, the desk faced the opposite way (out the door and into the dining room). When we painted in December, we moved the desk to face that right-hand window. We also hung the pictures based on that layout. Sitting at the desk, this is now my viewWhen I first saw it yesterday morning, I thought WHOA, blank wall. and then I thought, space.
Yesterday morning, I switched up my “routine” to pause on my walk at a new-to-me bench for 10 minutes of centering prayer.I had to venture a bit off my normal path to find this bench, but it was at my new turnaround point and I was willing to sit on the ground to experience my practice in that spot. Imagine my surprise to find a bench, perfectly positioned for another new view.
My final new (for now) view is a new sweater. I’ve actually been thinking about this one for a while because it’s going to fill a hole in my fall/winter closet. yep, it’s black. and I can only hope the “good light” in that new chair – and the still-light days help. I feel really good about my swatch, so as long as I can see the stitches as I’m knitting, I think I’ll be fine.
I can’t imagine I’m the only one craving some new views – what ones are you seeking out?
and in closing, here’s the reality of what I’m seeing from my desk as I type this post 🙂 the bigger chair might be attracting a bigger mess?!