Thursday, September 16, 2021

Currently // A Few Little Things

(beautiful fall colours & a lovely afternoon bike ride)

The days have swarmed together and I have been creating lists and goals for the upcoming fall season. I love this time of year! September feels full of beginnings and new things, ideas are forming and the creative juices flowing. I feel inspired and cozy and all the smells that accompany this time of year (leaves, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, all the baked goods) leave me craving for more. As I write, the wind is blowing leaves onto the grass, creating a yellow blanket over the green, and I relax. This year has been a tough one, but the promise of cozy, and warmth, and letting things go, like the trees with their leaves, has me grinning today. 

Lovely quotes : 

"Autumn leaves don't fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on, this their only chance to soar." - Delia Owens "Where the Crawdads Sing"  

"It's the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolate mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and best of all, leaping into leaves." A. A. Milne "Winnie the Pooh's Grand Adventure" 

A few little things that I have been up to : 

practicing // leaving my comfort zone. It's hard, but I know in the end it will be worth it. 

watching // Ted Lasso and See. One makes me laugh and I love the world of the other (minus the creepy queen!) 

learning // to be patient, to slow down, to breathe. 

crafting // up a blanket for my youngest. I finally finished weaving in the ends of the blanket for my oldest, so now I can focus on crocheting up the blanket for my youngest. Fringe and all. 

playing // with my youngest a lot lately, and it has made me super happy to have so much time to do so. She is such a goofy girl. 

reading // "The Starless Sea" by Erin Morgenstern and listening to "King Lear" by William Shakespeare. I'm hoping to read "Animal Farm" by George Orwell, "The Canterville Ghost" by Oscar Wilde, and "The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle" by Stuart Turton soon.   

listening // to a lot of different music lately, but we keep coming back to the soundtracks from Studio Ghibli movies. We love Kiki's Delivery Service, Arriety, and When Marnie was There. I find that the music is wonderful in the background, a perfect fit to whatever it is that we are up to. I highly recommend watching the movies as well. We haven't seen Marnie yet, but I hear its wonderful.  

baking // all the things right now. Something about this season makes me want to bake and have all the lovely smells waft around the house on a daily basis. This blog is a favourite for gluten-free recipes. 

working on // lists of all the little projects that I want to make, bake, write, and accomplish this year. It's never-ending and sometimes the best part is simply just making that crazy, long list. 

wanting // to find my fall candle. Its somewhere in a box and my first look for it was unfruitful. 

craving // the chai from Remedy with all of its glorious spice! 

writing // goals are hard to form. I easily become distracted and leave my writing for another day. I am hoping this time of year, the cozy weather and cups of tea that will accompany it, will help bring the whimsey worlds that swirl inside my head out onto the paper. 

hoping // the weather stays fall-like for a while. I love the smells and chills, the sun peaking out in the afternoon for warmth, the winds in the evening.

loving // the amount of nature items that wind up inside our home. I seek out leaves and flowers, the girls find pinecones, acorns, rocks, and lots of dandelions. 

enjoying // the smell of melted butter and cheddar cheese, the current smell of my kitchen. 

feeling // sleepy. I am still not used to our early mornings. 

considering // going on a nature walk soon. The trees are changing all around me and I want to go somewhere where I can be completely surrounded by them. 

dreaming // of the future, of all the goals and all the wonderful things that we hope will happen soon. 

resting // in Him. Trying hard to remember to look up to the sky and invite Jesus into my day more often.  

(books from friends & a gorgeous evening sky)

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