Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Moments

5:30. Still light out. I love it.

The other night the sunset was amazing. The pink & purples were so deep. There is nothing like a late winters sunset. (Except a summers sunset!) After thinking how beautiful it was, my first thought was "I need to capture this in a picture." So I grabbed my phone and ran from the kitchen window, to the dining room window and then upstairs to the bathroom window and Marie-Therese's window. I was getting frustrated because no matter how hard I tried I couldn't quite get the vibrancy of the colors, or the stunning views I was seeing.

Before I knew it the colors weren't quite so THERE. It was still beautiful but if I wasn't careful I would miss it. Yes I would have seen the colors, the sun setting, but I was on the verge of missing the EXPERIENCE. Of the few moments of entering into the moment, standing there and simply taking in the brilliance of the painted sky.

No matter how beautiful the picture would turn out, nothing compares to being fully in the moment & experiencing it first hand. By rushing up and downstairs I was missing some moments of color, I was missing the opportunity to stand and simply be for a few moments with a beautiful sky. Pictures are wonderful and I won't stop taking them, but I have to recognize that no picture, at any time, will ever capture the true beauty of a moment. Because a picture captures a tiny second of a moment and I want to enter into the whole moment, body and soul. To have the details, the sensations, ingrained into my memory and my body.

When Marie-Therese noticed my frantic running up and down the stairs she went up to her bedroom (she already knows the best view for watching sunsets) and stood there looking out, marveling. She said the sky looked magical and the fairies must be so happy to be dancing out in those colors tonight.

Yes. That is what I to remember. Her description that needed no picture taken. I hope to remember this in the future. Take a picture, then put down the phone or the camera and enter into the moment. Allow my mind and body to capture the experience, they will do a better job at remembering than any picture ever could.

Monday, February 23, 2015

A new day

Journaling as the sun comes over the horizon. It made my pages glow this morning.

I sit in the early morning quiet
in the dark, the shadows of the trees---
do I see them? Or simply know they are there?
I look up from the page and suddenly
in only seconds
the sun is there.
A great ball of brightness
soft golden light streaming in
illuminating the journal page
the beams hit softly, enlightening the words.
I watch as the world welcomes the dawn.
What was sleeping moments ago
now is wide awake, greeting this new day
The sun beams waste no time---
green leaves in shadows now glow
the spider's web invisible moments ago,
becomes a stringed instrument the light plays upon
Grass of green has a blanket of yellow leaves
that appear to give off golden heat
In the bath of sun beams I can hear the world exclaim:
a new day
a fresh day
a day of renewal.
This is the suns promise:
today is a new day
Burst forth upon the world
bring your beauty, your talent
and shine along with me
Make the world glow
Enter into this new day,
this new day full of promise and possibility
Awaken now.
Step forth and shine.

This was written as part of Corinne's Writing Naturally course last October. I am planning on sharing a few pieces from that time this week! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Today

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I was going to come here with excuses, reasons for not having blogged. And a list of things I hope to start posting here. But really it boils down to the fact that I have been living life, enjoying my family, spending my on-line time on Instagram, and writing in places other than here (or anywhere on-line really). I decided that 2015 will be the year of writing. Not just getting the words out, I am getting pretty good at that. But of sharing my words, honing my skills, asking for and getting critique on them. And I hope to use this space of mine to do more of that. I was afraid it wouldn't fit in here, but I've never really developed a "theme" and there will still be posts about my girls, or the projects we have done. But my plan is to use this space to put myself out there a bit more, to continue to develop ideas, courses, share the beauty in my world with all of you.

No excuses, no more reasons of why I shouldn't pick blogging back up again, no expectations. Just a natural evolution of things as life flows along. I have decided that today will be the day I stop analyzing everything and begin to put in motion ideas & dreams that have been percolating in my brain for months now. And a big one is to starting writing here again. 

This winter has seemed to be going on for forever. Although when I think about it, it really began barely a month ago. In less than a month we have had two blizzards, at least five other smaller storms, and days upon days of frigid temperatures. Add to the weather that I have had two big sicknesses, the stomach bug went through every single one of us, the girls had colds from December 5 through the start of January and my motivation and get up and go has been missing.

Rather than continue to sit and moan about how I have things I want to do, accomplish I have decided that I will begin making concrete steps to working on those dreams! I look forward to being back here in this space. It feels a bit like coming home after a time away, and at the same time like a fresh start! 

Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 Reading List

Just before sunrise is so beautiful. I love this time of day. So quiet and peaceful before the bustle of the day.

Amanda inspires me with all her lists. I love lists too. At the end of last year she wrote her list of books she hoped to read in the new year and that inspired me to keep one for 2014. I'm so glad I did. I like looking back and seeing what I accomplished on the reading front!

::Arcadia by Lauren Groff
::If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
::One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Marquez
::Knitting Yarns by Ann Hood
::Still Writing by Dani Shapiro
::The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
::Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist
::Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
::Slow Motion by Dani Shapiro
::My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell
::The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler
::Shirt of Flame by Heather King
::Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott
::The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
::Still Life with Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen
::The Other Story by Tatiana De Rosnay
::7 Secrets of Confession by Vinny Flynn
::Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
::A Prayer Journal by Flannery O'Connor
::The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
::The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
::Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver
::Benediction by Kent Haruf
::The Secret Life of Violent Grant by Beatriz Williams
::Stitches by Anne Lamott
::Someone by Alice McDermott
::The Little Oratory by David Clayton & Lelila Lawler
::Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler 
::The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
::Divisadero by Michal Ondaatje
::The Book Thief by Markuys Zusak
::One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
::Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
::The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
::The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
::Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
::The Artists Way by Julia Cameron
::Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
::No Plot? No Problem by Chris Baty
::Stoner by John Williams
::Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
::Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer
::One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

2014 was a pretty good year for reading!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Yarn Along

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There's been some knitting and reading going on the past few days!

I am knitting matching hats for the girls for St. Nicholas' Feast Day. V's hat is finished (and I forgot to get it out for the picture) and Ree's hat is almost finished. I just need to do the decreases and it'll be done!

I also began my last pair of Christmas socks. I have hope that they will be finished in time for Christmas.

Over the weekend I began Stoner. So far it is very good! I am not too far into it though to offer a full review. 

I am also thinking about some sort of reading plan for the New Year. My husband and I were talking the other day about all the classics that I am sure are wonderful, but due to the force reading of them in high school I have bad memories of. I am thinking of picking twelve for 2015 and reading one each month. I may go through this list and possibly this one too in order to pick which ones I want to read. I have a feeling it will be hard to narrow the list down to just twelve! 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Morning::Noon::Night

Morning, noon and night...three little peeks into my day yesterday. Joining Kim

Golden light on this first morning of December 
Morning:: 8:30AM

A few minutes of quiet this afternoon 
Noon:: 2:00PM

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Night:: 4:45PM (technically still noon but I'm going with "twilight" we had just finished putting lights on the outside trees!)

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1st

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December already!

November was so full. I missed this space and visiting all yours. I will be fixing that this month!

But most of my computer time in November was writing for NaNoWriMo. I wrote 50,000 words. It was a wonderful motivating, inspirational and habit forming month. I learned that if I just sit down at the computer then words will come. I cannot guarantee that they will be the perfect words, but for writing a draft, they were good enough.

While doing that there was a first birthday to plan and celebrate. HOW has this first year gone by already? I cannot wrap my head around it!

There was Thanksgiving at my mom's. I made the cracker and cheese turkey, she made the fruit one. We had a fabulous day. And there was so much food left over that we went back down for supper Friday night too!

Over the weekend we enjoyed Daddy being home for four full days, an unheard of event around these parts. (I am very much looking forward to it's repeat at Christmas!) There was slow days of knitting and slowly getting up the Christmas decorations, sipping tea and hot chocolate, a little bit of shopping, a whole lot of Advent planning. My goal for this month is simplicity. In everything. To enjoy the season through the eyes of my girls. They need some art projects, baking cookies, twinkle lights and decorations and they are overjoyed. Simple and intentional are the mantra I will be repeating to myself in the next few weeks.

I am looking forward to catching up with everyone again!