A Thursday like any other I suppose. Morning routines completed, chores in process, music rehearsed, sermons ready for the weekend, and of course some fiber work thrown in as part of the household norm.
I rinsed these skeins to set the twist and am so happy to be able to dry them outside. I might dye them later but I’m waiting to see what my Pi shawl looks like before I add a border. There’s always creative choices when prepping wool. The process is why I enjoy the work so much.
Is there part of your day that allows for your creativity to shine?
Be who you are, where you are.
I love rainy days especially when I can stay home. The darkness of the day reminds me of times at a cottage when I could sit and read or play cards. Basically the rain seemed to slow me down, forcing me to rest and take care.
Most often I hear from people the old tale that rainy days get them down. The heavy atmospheric pressure can certainly lead to headaches and feeling blue – some of which I cannot control. However, if there is no headache in sight then I can choose to take this slower day as a gift or wallow in sorrow because the sun is not shining.
So, what do I do to take control of a slower day?
- I plan my time so that I am not left feeling that the day is lost. Currently I using a planner from MAMBI . My dated Happy Planner (that’s what they are called) is an 18 month and finishes in December. The second planner I use is more of a journal that tracks for 13 weeks. Best Self Journal is a hard covered book with numbered pages and places to create and track your goals. I used both of these books everyday as part of my Start My Day routine. (I have no affiliation with these 2 companies, just a fan)
- Once my SMD routine is completed then I look at the plan and execute. On a dark day like today I have knitting, spinning, and carding all listed as part of my fiber work. These craft activities help keep me centered and relaxed. Besides, just because it’s rainy and gloomy I don’t need to sit around and mope.
- Filling my water bottles and planning meals also helps to lift my spirits. Being hydrated is good for my health and planning meals means I’m not stuck wondering what’s in the fridge.
What activities to you engage in when life seems dark and gloomy? I’d love to hear your ideas – what works and what clearly does not help.
Of course, music and a great voice can help on any day.
Sometimes it is not enough to tweak my week but to tweak the day or even the hour. A flat tire changed our plans for the day. The spare is on so now to drop the flat one off somewhere for repairs. When you live an hour away from just about everything the plans definitely change.
So for today I’m inside where it’s warm and dry.
My afternoon now becomes spinning, knitting, sermonating, and music. Sound like fun?
What do you do to help your day along when plans change?
As sometimes happens my original post went poof into the unknown. So, I’ll share this picture of my orchid beauty. Enjoy.
Settling into warmth and comfort
Snow moves back and forth against the window pane
Beauty resting in the ground
Beauty shimmers on the snow
I rest today embracing the snow and dreaming of spring
Spinning, music, and the stillness after the snow falls.
Prayers, meditation, and song.
Happy Friday friends.
There’s no secret to the fact that I’ve moved around a lot. This is understood and an accepted part of my life.
There are many things that help me cope not only with the moves but with change in general.
- I keep some things the same. The book shelf in this picture has travelled with me since 2008. A few of the spindles in the jar since 2006. Familiar items placed in similar rooms/windows brings a sense of continuity for me.
- I Keep colour in the room. The orchid, a gift in May from Lemonville United, brings a sense of beauty and richness to the feel of the space. Ah, feels like home to me.
- I Make gentle shifts as I re-work the space. From time to time the furniture will move giving a fresh start. Doing this is great in order to catch the illusive dust bunnies hiding underneath and in corners.
Do you move around frequently or have you stayed in one space for decades? Share how you cope if you wish. I’d love to hear your ideas.