the newest socks

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The to-do list has “work on crocheted chicken” written on it. Also: return gloves; sourdough starter; bus tickets; walk dogs. None of which has been done yet.

I’m feeling like I’m falling behind. Thank goodness the list also said “Elena sock.”

Ta-da! Accomplishment!

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with light and roses

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I love looking back on summer photos this time of winter, being very grateful that I appreciated that beauty in the moment. How many roses were on that shrub! I can absolutely feel the sun and warmth and light of that June day.

There are roses on my kitchen table, too; a small bouquet left over from my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday party. She had an absolute joy of a day for her celebration. It was a wonderful tribute to a much loved lady.

And so I’m taking a moment to bask in the sun, after the busy of the weekend. Because I went skiing, too, with my best lovely ladies. Eight kilometres, we figured, with excellent weather, in a beautiful provincial park. So much good skiing to be had here!

The weather, though, is a whole ‘nother topic for January. Crazy -30° cold, and now it’s supposed to be above freezing for the next week. Above freezing! In the coldest month of the year! Not to say that the dogs won’t love it; getting out every day and getting a good walk…but then there is the slush and the re-freeze, and the yukky driving that goes along with it.

In the busy of last week, I got new glasses, which has been nothing short of thrilling. My fear of night driving has disappeared with the new anti-glare lenses, and I’m very happy with them during the day, too. I can see, which is good! My prescription is still horrifying, but at least lens technology can handle it. And the frames are not cute, sexy or dramatic; just understated brown metal with the frameless bottom. I’m good, and I look like me wearing glasses…which is what it is.

I was watching a day-time talk show in the week after the new year, and the comment was made about motivation. Because of course, it’s a huge thing after New Year’s Day, the need for motivation of a new self. One guest commented that there is no need for motivation; there is just the doing. Do it, and the action is the motivation. Interesting concept that I have found is not too far off the mark. Just do it. (Is that to say Nike had it right all along?!?)

So off I go, to do for today!

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a summer day

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It’s so cold outside that the weather channel is giving updates on how long it takes to freeze exposed skin. I know. You don’t need this information if you have no intention of venturing outside!

But the dogs were feeling a little antsy, and being outside was actually bearable when the wind is behind you…so out the door we went…and I had a laugh at the dogs. They are so short that the snow banks on both sides of the path were blocking the wind for them, and making it “just another walk in the park!”

(Well, I would have laughed, except it was so cold it hurt your teeth to smile!)

January does a good job of reminding me to enjoy the time and space that is dedicated to each moment. And that summer is coming!

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in so many ways

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The sun is desperately trying to shine through the cloud cover and the whirling, whipping snow. I can’t quite figure out if it’s still snowing. It would be nice to have the sun shining. Everything looks different in the sun, including the socks I am working on (I haven’t knit a pair of socks in a year! What?!?) which were a delicate spring green in the overhead light last night, but are a much more of an acid lime this morning! All good, I love an interesting gradient. This yarn was a Christmas present from Sonja last year, and sat in the yarn cupboard until I decided I needed more socks for cross-country skiing. Many more, I think. Socks for everyone!

There has been so much skiing in the lull between Christmas and the new year, and it didn’t stop after that, either. Between my friends, my girls and Chadd, there has been skiing almost every day, and sometimes twice a day. I’m keeping track…have to make good use of the season pass.

I haven’t been sleeping well, though. You’d think I’d fall into bed exhausted after a good ski, but my back is creaking too much at night. Just adjusting to the extra level of fitness being demanded of it; hopefully it adjusts soon. I’m going to give it a dose of yoga, as well.

Being outside has been wonderful, but an extra cold bit of weather is blasting our way this week. Hence the yoga. Dog walking won’t get very far in these temps, either. Sonja and I did get a very good ski in yesterday, but my face felt a bit raw when we came home. (The balaclava was frozen.)

So. January. Which had previously, traditionally been my slump month. I’m making a list of knitting, reading and tasks. Adding as inspired, or as required, it’s a great way to get it all done and feel accomplished at the same time. The month, it will fly. And I’ll be leaving scrubbed tiles, washed floors, books read, and finished socks in my wake. All good.

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muchly

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So the muchly of Christmas is over, and the fun of the winter season is just beginning.

I have been using my brand new baking cups to make buns and measure tapioca, and the skis we gave to Sonja were put to first use yesterday as we went cross-country skiing for the first time this season. I got to wear my new gear, and was happily warm and not drenched in sweat after the hour!

Chadd took his newly framed “made by Sonja” art to the office today, and at home, we are baking dog biscuits and waiting for the birds to find the new suet feeder.

The lead up to Christmas was a nice one; Sonja and I went to a choir concert, and we also did caroling and hosted a bake exchange. The Sunday School concert was amazingly funny, and we had the best time at the Block Party with old friends. Chadd and I took a day and shopped together for the big gifts, which just so happened to be a snow storm day. I lit the candles in the quiet of most mornings.

And so, settling into winter; baking, skiing, making. All good.

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this time

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Lemon tree flowers and new leaves and Christmas; it’s a funny time. We have done so much decorating around the house, and the tree is up and trimmed. So pretty. And of course there is me, in the middle of it all; up, down, panicking, fine, organizing, panicking, organizing.

So this is Christmas…for me; as usual!

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that pang

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Black rock beaches.

To be in the here and now, and yet to wish a quick transportation back to the black rock beach.

But I’m here, and so…

It’s only frosty here instead of snowy; the grass is still green and I don’t mind it at all. I’m thinking of doing all my Christmas shopping this weekend at a local craft market. Make some scones and some paper snowflakes for the windows. Wash my wool winter coat and finish the thumbs on those mittens.

And have a quick espresso!

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