Full of Joy Fridays | Week 18 in 2021

This week… where did it go?! I’m thankful for this semi-regular joy-gathering practice I’ve cultivated over the last year. Its purpose is to help slow things down, find the delight in the mundane, and remind myself that this is my life.

+ This was my view while journaling on Monday morning and I ran outside to take a picture of it. The bird calls were captivating while I was out there, so I returned to my desk and cracked open my window to let in their sounds; it was chilly but worth it. The pinks and purples of the sky only lasted a few minutes, so I was lucky to look up when I did!

+ We have a new little chipmunk hanging around the house lately. Bryce has named it Brown As the Nighttime Sky (I just go with it). I adore chipmunks. I don’t think we had them in my part of Texas – if we did, then I wasn’t observant enough to notice them.

+ I took this picture last spring, but we had the same view last weekend. Bees, by the way, have been showing up in my reading life a lot of lately. Here are some of bee coincidences I’ve noticed in the last few weeks:

  1. Bees saved the infant Simonopio from certain death and were his lifelong companions in The Murmur of Bees.
  2. I happened to catch a show about beekeeping on a local radio show.
  3. There’s a statue of a woman with a beehive in Piranesi.
  4. Beorn in The Hobbit keeps bees and lives off of their honey.

I think it’s so fun to notice these bookish coincidences. Another couple of examples:

  • A couple of years ago I read two books in a row that heavily featured cheese and pickle sandwiches (Ellie & The Harpmaker and Career of Evil). I’m sure you can guess my late night snack in the weeks that followed!
  • Earlier this year I read two books in a row that had a character named Emil – that’s super random, right? (O Pioneers! and The Room on Rue Amelie)

I’m going to start writing these things down.

+ Colton’s floor is finished! It’s so nice to have the carpet out of his room. I spent a lot of time (every day) trying to keep his carpet fresh and nothing worked, so it’s a relief to simply mop daily and know that there’s nothing else to worry about. Except – he’s discovered that he can move his bed, which has opened a new can of worms.

+ Our homeschool is off next week. I’m still planning to read a little of The Hobbit, cuddle on the couch for Bryce to read aloud to me, and to practice with some math flashcards, but nothing else. I can’t wait for the little break!

I’m planning to be back on Sunday with another Wendell Berry poem – I think I’ve decided on one. Until then – I hope you have a weekend full of exactly what you need. Take good care!


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  1. That sunrise is glorious, the accompanying Dawn chorus must have made it.Cheese and pickle sandwiches, yum yum. What a cute chipmunk. In the UK we don’t have them, I forget the are real and not just cartoon characters.


  2. What a sunrise!

    I nearly stepped on a chipmunk on my walk the other day — it scurried across the sidewalk right in front of me. I’ve always loved them and at one time wished I could have one as a pet. They’re so cute!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend and look forward to reading another poem on Sunday!


  3. Today I’m going to a quilt show with 2 friends, a day out! We have to wear masks and they’re going to limit the number of people in the building at the show. I don’t know how this is going to work but it’s a day out and away from my husband who has really been annoying me lately. I need this day away!


  4. That sunrise! I love to watch the little chipmunks that scamper around the house, They are quite the characters! This week when I was out weeding one (two? I don’t know, lol!) kept me laughing as I weeded, and weeded, and weeded! Happy Mother’s Day!


  5. The sunrise is so pretty -thank you for sharing. and had a chuckle about Colton loving to move his bed around!


  6. Thanks for sharing that beautiful sunrise!

    We have chipmunks in TN but I almost never see them where I live and work, unfortunately… they’re so cute!

    Your bookish coincidences reminded me of Bookish Beck’s semi-regular ongoing posts about that. She finds so many of them! I pretty much never do, or maybe I just don’t notice them.


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