Sunday, January 30, 2022

Currently // Happy New Year & Beyond


Happy New Year, friends! January is almost over. Wow! This month has made me feel stuck in a lot of ways. I have spent a lot of energy trying to propel myself forward and dig into activities that make me smile. February seems like a bit of fresh air, and I truly cannot wait to jump into it.

Lovely quotes : 

"To read a poem in January is as lovely as going for a walk in June." - Jean Paul Sartre 

"January is the month of dreaming." - Jean Hersey 

"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again." - Lewis Carroll. 

"In February there is everything to hope for and nothing to regret." - Patience Strong

"Today is the first day of February, snowy, brilliant, but dripping with the sound of spring wherever the sun lies warm, and calling with the heart of spring yonder where the crows are assembling. There is spring in the talk of the chickadees outside my window, and in the cheerful bluster of a red squirrel in the hickory." - Dallas Lore Sharp

"On the wind of February, snowflakes float still. Half inclined to turn to rain, nipping, dripping, chill." - Christina Georgia Rossetti

What I've been up to: 

reading // I am currently in the process of reading three series. 'Anne of Green Gables' by L. M. Montgomery is a reread and my slowest read, not for any reason other than I am enjoying it and really wanting to savour every moment. Next, I am listening to the 'Wayward Children' series by Seanan McGuire. A series about what happens AFTER children have fallen down rabbit holes and through wardrobes (their magical doors) and they come back to the real world. Such an interesting concept! There are some books that I have loved and some that are just fun. I'll be continuing to read the series, simply because I love the concept and book #4 (In an Absent Dream) was incredible. I am hoping to find more treasures within. :) The last series I am reading is the 'A Dream of Eagles' by Jack Whyte. (The series is also known as the Camulod Chronicles) I am currently on book three and really enjoying it. I love a King Arthur retelling and this one is all about backstory. (although violent, gory, and descriptive, especially with the 'love' scenes - gasp!)  

Some books that I want to read soon : 'The Read-Aloud Family' by Sarah Mackenzie, 'Love in Color' by Bolu Babalola, and 'Hamnet' by Maggie O'Farrell.

I am also very interested in joining the Brontelong hosted by MaryAmongStories, Sarah'sPerusals and MilenaReads. I have read three books by the Bronte sisters and would love to experience more of them this year. 

loving // I have rediscovered my love for pinterest! It's what I consider inspiration explosion, and I love being able to seek out colours, projects, or beautiful pictures that fill me up with JOY. A blogger that I follow constantly creates a pinterest board for her inspirational photos of the week, and shares it on her blog. I loved that idea! I created a little board full of images that gave me joy over the last few days. I don't know if I will do this every time I create a 'currently' post, but I thought it would be fun to add it now. May all our days be full of colour, cosiness, and inspiration! 

Amber's blog is such a treat! Her photos are gorgeous (all the flowers!!), she is so funny, but also keeps it real - loving Jesus through all the messy, sad, and happy life moments. Highly recommend reading her words!

working // January has been a month all about decluttering and going through the stacks of boxes we have in our basement. It always makes me feel so refreshed knowing that I've intentionally gone through things, touching everything one by one, and relearning exactly where stuff is. I always get this craving to purge after Christmas. Something about taking down the tree and removing decorations, it brings out the crazy in me. :) 

crafting // I am so happy that I will be crafting up some more bunnies soon! These little crocheted guys make me so happy. I've blogged about them before and they are so much fun to make, I cannot wait to have our living room filled with their adorable faces. The pattern for them is here. I also have a knitting project that has been calling to me. I started working on the Jamie shawl several years ago, then stopped, and it has just stayed on my needles ever since. I even scanned the archives of this blog looking for any photo evidence of it and came up empty handed. Pattern found here. 

missing // I have been missing my family so much! There's nothing more that I would rather do than to go away to the mountains with everyone and just simply be together. Board games, hikes, movies, coffee, gift shops, giggles, even some arguments. The whole works on repeat. 

hoping // One thing I didn't do over the Christmas season was bake. I always had plans to, but the days slipped by and we ended up eating everyone else's baking. (which was delicious!) I am hoping to make and decorate some sugar cookies in the next couple of weeks. 

watching // I am not currently watching anything at the moment, however, I am really intrigued by two shows : Elementary and Only Murders in the Building. I also just remembered that Death on the Nile is coming out in February, which means I need to add the book to my list of things to read soon! Yay! Oh, and on New Years Eve we watched Encanto - HIGHLY recommend, if you haven't seen it already. The music has been in our heads ever since. 

craving // a walk in a garden of flowers. Seriously. I even texted my MIL to suggest that we make plans to do so in June. I want to smell the blooms! 

writing // My attempt at being an author is going very slowly. It's something that I need to focus more on and actually spend an evening or two a week dedicated to the process. (right now its whenever I can fit it in or when I'm in the mood - both of which can be sporadic at best, impossible at worst) I am an over thinker and can get stuck in vicious cycles, focusing on too large a picture that my scenes feel minuscule, or focusing too much on the details that my main story begins to drag. It's hard to focus on it these days, but its so much fun creating something from nothing. :) 

enjoying // I started learning a new language last November! I challenged myself to do something that I thought I was too old to do and learning a language seemed like a great place to start. (there is no age limit to learning, there are just several things that I have oddly filed away as a "that's too bad, wish I had learned that when I was younger, now I'm too old" thing and I am proving to myself that I am WORTH the time, even now, in my thirties). I was a little too intimidated to start with German (my father's father's language), so I went with Spanish, a language, not only beautiful, but one my husband knows a little of as well. I figured having someone who could hear me and help with pronunciation was a bonus! The girls also love learning it - gosh, they pick up things so fast! Thanks, duolingo! (not an ad) 

researching // I got a very grown up Christmas present from my parents this year. A dutch oven! I was so excited upon receiving it, and after using it a few times (everything coming out delicious, by the way) I am even more thrilled. I found a recipe for baking bread (gluten free, of course) and there are so many others that I just can't wait to try. If you have any recipes that you love, feel free to pass them my way. :) 

Thank you so much for reading, friends! I hope you are well and safe. Sending you my love, from across the way. 

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