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!