We are easing towards Solstice, and we have a warm up few days to enjoy ourselves. I love to sit in the sunshine and soak up whatever warmth I can during these early winter months. I am getting to hate gray days, but I tolerate them knowing that sun will shine again.
There is a major cold spell on the horizon for Thursday through the beginning of next week. Pooh!
So today I wash blankets and put them on the clothesline. I give Patty a bath, and she will sit in the sunshine to dry off. I can't think of sitting still with any hand work when I can just sit in the sunshine.
We are soon going to have Solstice. Every year I somehow tell myself that after Solstice the days are getting longer. That there is more light every day. Then by February I am not a happy camper. I want it to be Spring. It isn't Spring until after the Equinox. I intellectually know that, but I am tired of winter by the end of February.
I have been writing down my stories due to my friend CJE. I submitted them to a publisher, and the first editing has been returned. Whew! What a learning experience that is. It is rewriting and rewriting and learning and thinking and a lot of work. I am so thankful she didn't just throw up her hands and say, "You need some real help here." I am enjoying this process. I know it sounds so crazy, but I am.
I have the medieval sweater on hiatus. I have some little projects that need to be done quickly. In between I pick up the handspun sweater. I only have two inches to go until I start the sleeves. Yeah!
OSM's socks are on the final sprint. I am halfway done on the foot of the #2 sock. I got the yarn yesterday to knit my niece SK a hat. I ordered yarn for a blanket for my niece AK a baby blanket.
Nothing going on in the sewing department. I have things in my head to sew, but nothing is happening there.
My friend I have been caring for is housesitting for a friend who has gone to New Orleans to visit family. He is bored, and he is not handling the being alone and sitting still part. I know it is his journey, but I understand how hard it is for him to be forced to retire so early.
Otherwise, I am back to normal in the household, and I am finally rested from that adventure. I have my house back to my normal state of semi-clutter. I have my nest back that I do my night knitting. I have the hall bathroom back. I have my meals back to normal again. Now if I can just be motivated to get back to work.
The animals are back to their normal routines. Patty is sitting in a sunny spot right now. Noodles has slowed a bit on his rodent eating for a while. He is still fighting his enemy that invades his territory on a regular basis. The other morning at 4 am his "frenemy" was yowling at the bedroom window. Oh, boy, did Noodles get upset over that!
So back to sitting in the sun. I need to put the blankets on the line and get Patty bathed. My usual slowing down for the season. I don't push real hard any more. I try to just accept that this is happening, and that I don't need to push so hard. I just have to keep the bird feeders filled, and everyone's happy.
Enjoy the week. Enjoy the warmth when it occurs. Enjoy the sunshine when it occurs.