Full of Joy Friday – Week 3 of 2021

Friends – there’s a lot of joy to appreciate this week, isn’t there? It feels good to be able to write that sentence after the last few months. This week has allowed for the release of so many emotions and I feel like I’m finally ready to start the new year.

I got the itch to start another pair of knitted socks after I finished that pair last week. Early Saturday morning I got out my ball winder and umbrella swift to wind some yarn with the two youngest kids present. I don’t typically do that because the quickest way to get my temper to rise is to put a knot in something and I didn’t want to get the weekend started on the wrong foot. But I decided to try it and it went really well. Colton only got his head stuck in the umbrella swift once! That’s a miracle and would be enough joy for an entire week… but of course, there’s more.

We watched most of the Inauguration Concert on Wednesday night and Lin-Manuel Miranda reciting Seamus Heaney was the biggest tear jerker for me:

I put down my knitting, stared into his eyes, and let the waterworks flow. It’s been a long 4 years.

Of course, Amanda Gorman stole the show during the ceremony. Her composure, beauty, and way with words are breathtaking. I can’t wait to read more by her and follow her career. I’m sure many of us have seen the video multiple times, but here it is for posterity’s sake:

My favorite passage:
“We’ve braved the belly of the beast
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace
And the norms and notions of what just is
Isn’t always just-ice
And yet the dawn is ours”

And a smattering of things that have brought me joy this week:
+ hot chocolate and popcorn
+ my electric blanket
+ Colton has been more willing to try different foods!
+ knitting again!
+ finishing up quilting projects
+ the latest Knit Picks catalog
+ a full day of slow snowfall
+ All Creatures Great and Small and Miss Scarlet & The Duke, both showing on Sunday nights on my local PBS station
+ a clutter free desk
+ big salads
+ (near) daily curries
+ my library is opening back up for in-person browsing (by appointment)
+ time on my electric bike (yes – I’ve actually enjoyed it the last couple of days)
+ steady yoga
+ my new yoga mat (a Christmas gift from my husband)
+ catching up on blogs
+ a new desk is on its way and my current desk will be repurposed for my sewing space
+ writing around lunchtime

That’s going to be all from me this week. As always – I hope you all have a peaceful and restful weekend full of all the things you love.

But before I sign off for the week – how about you? Where have you found joy this week? I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. All of Wednesday brought me joy (though tinged with a little anxiety — I couldn’t feel completely at ease until they were sworn in without incident). You know what touched me the most, though? That image of Joe Biden holding his baby grandson and watching the special on Wednesday night. I have so missed having someone who is kind, who values family, leading our country. As I said to someone else, he was not my first choice, but he’s absolutely the right choice for right now because I know he will make every decision with kindness, compassion, and humility.

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  2. I cried most of the day Wednesay… and that was okay. Thank you for reposting Lin-Manuel Miranda’s recitation of that poem… the ending. I just lost it. The calm and clarity that has settled over me since the inauguration has been such a good thing. Its not that I think the “trouble” is over, but rather that with a leader who truly cares… we will get through it together.

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  3. I too have found joy in the change of leadership in DC, as well as watching the sea change of representatives and nominees.. like Rep Haaland, the first Native American to be interior secretary, and Kamala Harris, first female VP, and so many more. It is good to see the halls of the Capitol Building peopled by those who are more representative of much of America. Also, the memes of Bernie Sanders trending on Twitter have given me great joy, native New Englander as I am. Oh, and Randy Rainbow always brings a smile. And that Seamus Heaney poem…thank you for reminding me of that! Plus, my basset hound Seamus is very very joy-inducing.

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    1. Basset Hounds are SO joy-inducing!! Especially one named Seamus, so cute!! Thanks for reminding about all of the barrier breakers that are moving into the limelight. It brings SO much joy!


  4. What are your favorite blogs? I am looking for some new reading material. I already read Modern Mrs Darcy but it’s basically you and her, along with Laura Vanderkam and two Christian blogs. I don’t know where to look for blogs these days!

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    1. Well, this is very flattering! Thank you for putting me in the same league as Anne Bogel and Laura Vanderkam!! 🙂

      Most of the blogs I read belong to the people I interact with regularly on my own blog… I found them through linkups and the comments section in other blogs, which is the best way to find people with similar interests! And you’re right – it can be really difficult to find the perfect fit sometimes, but I promise you that your niche is out there!!


  5. 🙂 I’ll bet this post was a joy to write … and it was a joy to read, too! We finally started All Creatures Great & Small and oh my goodness. It’s just what we need right now!

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