Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sun at Last

Ah!  The sun is out today - a welcome sight after so many grey days.  The birds have come back to see what's new in the feeders and the Bluejays, as usual, have bullied their way in first.   No matter, there's plenty for everyone and they are all fun to watch from the kitchen window.

The sun has improved my motivation, and as I write this, there are 2 dyepots cooling down on the stovetop.  Some of this motivation may also be the result of the kids being off to school today with no ominous signs on the horizon of cancelled activities after school.  Tomorrow may be another story, but for today, I'll make the most of getting things done.

I've picked up the Echo Flowers Shawl again and actually knit a couple of rows.  I've committed to only knitting on this, however, when no one is around.  I don't concentrate as well as I used to and it only takes the slightest interruption for me to lose track of what I'm doing.  And then it's 10 minutes of counting stitches and checking things over...  Better to just work a little at a time in the quiet.  A slower, more deliberate pace wins the race for me when it comes to lace knitting.

Hoping your skies are sunny today!  

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Deep Winter

We have been spared much of the heavy snow here so far.  But it is gray and bitterly cold.  The oil line likes to freeze up in the morning - must be just enough water moisure to form ice crystals.  Fortunately, a teapot of hot water frees it up.  I can't say how thrilled I am to have our woodstove - it keeps almost the entire house warm and for once in 15 years, I don't feel a sense of dread about heating disasters.

The Wayfarer scarf is finished, I've been spinning some great fiber from Persimmon Tree Farm, and have started a pair of opera-length fingerless mitts (making it up as I go along) using String Theory Caper Sock yarn.

I'm looking forward to some sunny days - hoping it will spark my energy.  In the meantime, I will run up my electric bill just a little by turning on some more lights.

Stay warm everyone!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, and Happy New Decade.  As with each year, there are ups and downs, but as this year dawns, my goal is to let optimism have the upper hand.  There is no reason not to think positively about everything - what does it hurt?  And it's surely more fun than to be negative.

I'm already off to a good start.  Instead of bemoaning a return trip to the dentist, I'll consider it an easy fix vs. something "big" down the road.  Same with my car. (I love my old car and don't feel at all underprivileged that I didn't get a Lexus for Christmas!) While I didn't anticipate a major repair when I thought I only needed an oil change and inspection, I am grateful to have fabulous neighbors (who happen to be our mechanics) that keep me safe.  How lucky that I didn't break down (or worse), especially if the kids were with me.

And risk-taking should be a part of the picture this year, too.  I don't mean skydiving or some extreme sport, but acting on ideas that I may have previously set aside.  If the last couple of years have taught me anything, it's this - if you don't take a chance on your dreams, you may never get the chance.

One of my favorite holiday songs is "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" (Irving Berlin).  So I'll take that advice into the New Year, but I'll keep track of the sheep as well.  Wool, you know.

Peace & Love