Thursday, January 2, 2020

A Daybook For The New Year

First stitching of the new year.
※ Outside my window… 
The weather has been unseasonably warm for the past several weeks, and has really put a damper on some of my plans. It's hard to motivate yourself to heat up the kitchen to bake cookies when it's 60 degrees outside and you have the windows open. But now that things are beginning to slow down a bit, I'm rather enjoying it. However, I am reminding myself that change will come, and hopefully even at least one good round of snow. Winter has just begun!

※ I am thinking…
About how much I have to do to begin to prepare to transition to living on the road for a couple of years. (More on that later!).I need to start weeding out, working with Kate to decide what she wants to keep, and determining what I can take. I need a wardrobe in the van, like the one in Narnia, so that I can step into it to find a dozen more rooms to hold all my things. I'm excited to travel, but I like my home and all my things, too. This will be a bit of an adjustment, even if its one I'm looking forward to!

※ I am thankful…
That I was able to get into to see a doctor on Monday about my tooth. I cracked a tooth back in late September, and because we had a new dental policy that my regular dentist didn't accept, I had to find a new one, which made me a new patient, which meant the earliest they could see me was January! Ridiculous if you ask me! But thankfully after a couple of days the initial pain subsided and for the past few months I almost forgot it was there. But then at some point on Saturday it began to hurt, and the pain only got worse. I nursed it through the weekend with salt water and ibuprofen, but by Monday morning the pain was almost unbearable. I called and left two messages with the dentist office, and after a couple of hours of waiting gave up and went to urgent care. I really like the urgent care facility close to our home, they are so quick and professional, and they were very compassionate and took care of me promptly. And wouldn't you know? Right in the middle of speaking with the doctor the dentist office called. I just ignored them and called them back later in the afternoon to let them know I'd taken care of the problem myself. My appointment is on the 9th and I have an arsenal of medication to see me through until then.

※ In the kitchen…
Since I was feeling better yesterday I made up our traditional New Year's Day feast of black eyed peas, collard greens, mashed potatoes and ham. I did forget to make cornbread, so I'm going to make that up today and we'll have it with leftovers this weekend.

※ I am wearing…
I got so many lovely new things for Christmas, I've been wearing a new outfit almost every day.  I am working on a capsule wardrobe to have for the van, coordinating pieces in similar colors so that I can mix and match them to create more. Like everything in my life, they are dark greens, deep reds, corals, creams and black. I've been having so much fun putting outfits together. Every day I think, "Ah, this one is my favorite!" And they all are!

※ I am creating…
I made the little tote (see top picture), or perhaps more of a pocket, on New Year's Eve. I actually started it the day before, and had just a little stitching to do to finish it and then I sewed it up while enjoying a few Christmas movies before I switched to a live stream and watched the ball drop. I saw this design on Pinterest , and thought it would be sweet to make up. I am going to be observing Tabula Rasa either late Friday night or Saturday, and my plan is to write out a prayer and a few goals and dreams for the year, roll them up into a little scroll and place them inside for safe keeping. Then towards the end of the year I'll take them out and look over them and see how the year played out. I'm not fond of resolutions this time of year, but I do like to live with intention.

※ I am going… 
I have several returns to take care of, which I despise. If I were to make a resolution it would be to become more certain in deciding on gifts. My problem is that I buy something, then go out the next day and see something I think would work better, which means my first choice must now be returned. I need to learn to be content with my first choice, but I'm afraid I'm not very good at that.
The labyrinth at Randolph College

※ I am reading…
I am going to begin my first book for 2020 this coming Saturday, and I still haven't decided what it will be. Most likely there will be more than one. I have a lovely book of wintry poems that I borrowed from the archives, and since I only have two weeks to complete it, that will be among them. But I haven't decided on the others. Maybe I'll make that a priority for today.

※ I am hoping…
That I like the dress I bought to wear to the wedding of my dear friend's daughter this weekend. I had a couple of dresses but they were both black, and you just don't wear black to a wedding, at least, I don't. So I found a dress on sale at Old Navy. It's a deep green and while I love the color, I wasn't sure about the style. But I tried it on yesterday and liked the way it looked, I just can't figure out what tights, shoes to wear with it? I considered green, but I don't want to be green head to toe, so now I'm thinking black with my black booties and then some pretty jewelry. I really don't want to buy anything else, and I'm kind of unofficially observing a "no-spend January" after a couple of months of excess. Writing this reminds me that I need to settle this today.

 I am looking forward to…
Attending the wedding I mentioned above. I've known the bride since she was four, and who doesn't love a wedding, especially in winter!

 I am hearing…
Lots of birds at the feeders recently, primarily because with the warm weather we've had the windows open. Yesterday I forgot to close the screen on the porch and a Carolina wren flew into the apartment. He was frightened, obviously, but with a little coaxing, I was able to direct him back out the door.

※ Around the house…
Now that I'm feeling better, I have a pile of laundry to do, but I've decided not to dive into my other projects (which are numerous), until next week. Aside from laundry and returns, I'm going to take a couple of more days to relish in Christmastide.

※ One of my favorite things…
Is the scarf I wore on my walk yesterday. It's really more of a shawl, and I love it so much. I feel like I'm cast in a period piece when I wear it. It's so soft and I love draping it around my shoulders on a chilly day, which we've had precious little of recently. But it was cool enough to need it when I went out for a New Year's walk early yesterday morning. I noticed a labyrinth on the grounds of the college that is just a short block away from our apartment. I've wanted to walk one for ages, and so I was very excited to find it. I'm not sure I was supposed to be there, but I figured early on New Year's Day I would probably go unnoticed and I took a chance. As I suspected, I enjoyed it without interruption, and had I been approached I obviously would have left without argument. The campus is quite old and lovely, and walking the labyrinth and praying and contemplating in that time was lovelier still, especially in light of it being the first day of the new year.

※ A few plans for the rest of the week… 
As I mentioned, I have a pile of laundry. But thankfully I won't have to cook much for the next few days.  Bill and I will be eating out tonight, and then we'll have enough leftovers from our New Year's dinner to carry us through Saturday. There's a meal after the wedding on Sunday that will most likely suffice for the day and we'll just snack in the evening. Other than that I have the returns on Friday, and Saturday is my sabbath and I am observing Tabula Rasa. So over all the rest of the week isn't too busy. But come Monday it will be time to return to the serious business of life, by then I'm sure I'll be ready.

Center of the labyrinth.
01-01-20

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