Wow – here we go! 2022 is already in a hurry and January is nearly behind us. I want to thank you all for your kind words and support with my word this year. The word Surrender has a negative connotation for me, so I’m looking forward to the challenge of flipping its meaning as often as possible. I think it’s going to be a fun year! But today’s post is just a quick update of my week which, as you’ll soon see, has been another quiet one.
I’ve found myself in a period of wintering. I feel like the dormouse that Katherine May described:
“Dormice don’t work to a strict timetable; their hibernation is dependent on the weather. They spend the early autumn building up reserves of the liquid brown fat that make them squishy to the touch; as Hazel shows me, you can leave fingerprints on a hibernating dormouse, so fluid is the layer of fat underneath its skin.” — Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat In Difficult Times by Katherine May
(I revisit that description often and it always makes me squeal.)
It has been so very cold these last few weeks and I think that gives me permission to burrow a little deeper right now. I usually claim Winona Ryder as my personal icon, but I think the dormouse is a more accurate description of my soul.
The only thing I’ve consistently prioritized this last month has been exercise, which I’ll share more about next week. My hope is that exercising will give me the jolt I need to stay awake and take care of the basics around here.
Otherwise, I’m enjoying all of the quilts and woolens that my previous energetic self was able to create and watching A Discovery of Witches while it’s available for free on Amazon Prime (only for a few more days! I won’t possibly be able to finish it but I’m going to try!). You guys – the show has captured what I loved so much about the first book in the series. It’s full of tea, the library, cozy rooms at Oxford, and ancient castles. My perfect aesthetic.
[I’ve also been watching Cheer, but can’t bring myself to watch the final episode. I want both teams to win!]
Todays marks 4 weeks since we brought Agnes into the house. It’s been so much fun to have her around. She still spends most of her day hiding in the basement, but she comes out to play after 2/3 of the kids go to bed at night. The two youngest are still too unpredictable for her taste. She rolls around on my yoga mat while I’m doing my evening practice and pounces my toes all night long after I’ve gone to bed. I’m so happy to have a kitten in the house again! And I’m especially happy that we got her inside before all of the sub-zero mornings set in this year. I’m not sure she would have survived outside for much longer.
ON MY BOOKSHELF:
The only book I’ve added to my works in progress this week has been Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. This one has been making the rounds and I had decided that I wasn’t going to read it. I don’t need another time management or goal setting book. I’m worn out on those! But so many of you have read it and it’s been recommended to me specifically by several of my blogging friends. So I downloaded it.
Dear friends, you were so right. This one is different. It might actually help me sort through my priorities and see my day in a different light. I’m really enjoying my time with it and am delighted by the ideas it explores. This book is not about getting more done. It’s about recognizing that you will never be able to do everything you want and the importance of narrowing down the things that are most important in your life. Of course – that’s the hard part. So I’m diligently reading and finding sparks of inspiration in every nook. So thank you to everyone who has recommended this one – it is perfect for me!
And that’s it for my week. I’m going to try to be back with a post on What’s Saving My Life in 2022. That post has been an annual tradition for me since 2018 and I’m looking forward to writing it again. This year’s will be different and I hope to be able to spend some time with it this weekend. We’re expecting a giant snowstorm on Saturday, which I’m stoked about. I’m all for weekend storms!! Until next week — stay safe and cozy!