March – lion, March, lamb or the other way around.
So warm here today I sat outside with my spinning wheel and got work on some new fibers. The yarn will be a gift for someone so I won’t show the pictures – yet.
As I continue simplify my life I’m realizing that simple is best; that simple creates calm. Centering on simplicity has helped me to find balance – heart, home, and beyond.
Is living simply easy for you?
Saturdays are often “off” days for me. I flutter between doing household chores and going over my sermon time and again trying to settle myself. All this too and fro comes from a lack of focus. On the day before Sunday one might think that focusing would come easily; most often this is not the case.
Just before noon today I decided to run my “start my day” routine. This helps me line up the tasks for the day, making sure that nothing gets missed. Today, besides running the sermon over and over in my head I need to photocopy for tomorrow and rehearse for a concert tonight. Both to do list items are not part of my normal routine and thus has me somewhat flustered. So, what’s the plan?
- Keep my to-do list handy
- Follow said list exactly
- Make sure there is time allotted for self-ministry
- Breathe, meditate, and pray
What do you do when your day feels off balanced? So you engage in moments of self-care?
I would love to read what your go-to list would be.
It’s raining, again.
I am thankful for housing that keeps me dry; housing that feels warm and gives me comfort. I am thankful for a community of faith that keeps me strong. I give thanks for a faith that allows me times to find shelter from the storms of life.
Where do you find shelter? To whom do you run for comfort and support?
“New every morning is the love
our wakening and uprising prove;
through sleep and darkness safely brought,
restored to life and power and thought.”
New Every Morning Hymn Link
This hymn has been on my heart this morning. Each morning is a new beginning. I rise thankful for a fresh start and a night of rest.
My Tuesday “Tweak” has to do with the question, “How do I manage this week after a 3 day conference?”
As much as I do enjoy being away by normal routines get thrown off balance and this time has been no different. Toss into the mix a United Church Women Rally held Monday evening, my Sabbath day apart, and now planning a funeral service the end of the week, all the while maintaining balance in my life.
Here’s the plan:
- Quickly re-establish my morning routine
- Pick up where I left off with a couple of projects
- Spend time in creative endeavors that rejuvenate by body, mind, and spirit.
Does your plan for the rest of the week need special “tweaking”?
How do you jump back into normal routines after being away?
Whatever you do, I encourage you to enter this day with a grateful heart.
…when it’s weaving Wednesday.
Here’s a prototype of a peg loom for me to try. Not sure if this is something that I’ll like. The warp is hidden and the finished fabric is not tight.
Maybe I’ll try another day.
Do you have a project that’s waiting for the right moment or the best materials?
I am often spinning more than one fiber and more than one method. This week I’ve been working on an unknown wool that I purchased from Canadian Wool Growers in Carleton Place Ontario. The fiber was washed when I picked it up so I carded some to see what it was like.
This is not a soft, luxurious fiber but will do nicely for mitts or as a warp on my loom. I’m currently using a spindle purchased last May and had no make attached. Spins like a dream. I haven’t decided if this should be 2 or 3 ply. As it’s going into my stash I’m undecided. Also, should I dye it or leave it as it is? Oh the decisions of spinners!
Are you working on your craft/art today?