Friday, January 17, 2020

Weeding Through and Dreaming Big

Walking through the kitchen a few days ago, I was struck by the beauty of the light that fell across the towels I have hanging on the front of the stove. I bought these on clearance at Hobby Lobby just after Christmas and I love them. This may not be their permanent resting place, however, as I've already noticed a tiny splatter of spaghetti sauce that we made earlier this week, and since my plan for these towels is more decorative than functional, I'll have to see.

I don't really have a lot to share today. It's been a busy week of freshening up spaces post-Christmas and I've started the process of downsizing a bit and selling things on the various Facebook yard sale groups that we belong to. January is usually a slow month for sales, so I wasn't expecting much, but I sold five items the first day. What's left for now are some higher ticket items which are usually slower to sell. I really hate the constant maintenance and having to go in and refresh the posts to bring items back to the forefront, but it beats setting everything up on tables and working in the elements, plus in an apartment there's really no way to do that. I still have other items to post, but to keep things manageable I'm posting five items at a time and adding new items as others sell, and so far that pace seems doable.

I've also been muddling my way through all of the bookmarks on my computer, and there-are-so-many. I am so bad about coming across things and thinking I might want to look at them later, and before I know it, its out of control! So I'm being considerate about what I keep, and rather than keeping it as a bookmark, I'm putting things into documents and saving them in a somewhat manageable format. Most of the ideas are for celebrating and observing the seasons and the liturgical year, and there are TONS of recipes, of which I've actually eliminated about half. At some point my goal is for the seasonal and liturgical ideas and resources to find their way here, then I will have access to them in more than one place and they'll be organized in a way that makes sense, instead of all of those random book marks. Once I finish with the book marks then I'm going to begin the time consuming process of weeding through the files on my computer and keeping the things I truly want and deleting the rest. And then . . . there's Pinterest, which is daunting, especially in light of the fact that I apparently can-not-help-myself, and I just keep pinning!

But there's a bigger end goal for all of this weeding and organizing, and that is my long-time dream of a writing a book! In my mind it would be much like the seasonal day keeper's I've compiled, but on a larger scale. I haven't decided at this point if I will still break them up by season, or just write and compile them in one large volume, and that's not even a question I have to answer right now. But what I do know it that it will include ideas and resources for observing and celebrating the seasonal and liturgical year, including recipes and craft ideas. I also love quotes and book passages, as you might have gathered based on the number of times I post them here, so I want to include them, as well, for some added embellishment. My original goal was to complete it this year, but as I've been weeding through things I think perhaps a more realistic goal would be to have the autumn, or depending on how things progress, perhaps the winter edition ready to go by the end of the year. That is why I think it might be better to write and compile four small volumes rather than wait until I have all of them completed before I make it available. I also had the idea to write four smaller volumes, and then once I have them all done, I might compile them into one large volume and add a little bonus content to it. This is all very much in the beginning phase right now, so nothing is set in stone. I would most likely offer them for purchase as .pdf downloads so that I don't have to bother with actually publishing it, but I am still toying with that as well. Anyway, I'm rambling again, so let me wrap this up. As this is an ongoing process (I am committed to working on it daily!), I'm sure I'll share more in the days to come.

But before I go, I wanted to share this sweet little poem I came across earlier this week.  It reminds me so much of one of my favorite passages in scripture;

"And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice."

- 1 Kings 19:11-12

Small Things

It usually starts taking shape
from one word,
reveals itself in one smile,
sometimes in the blue glint of eyeglasses,
in a trampled daisy,
in a splash of light on a path,
in quivering carrot leaves,
in a bunch of parsley.
It comes from laundry hung on a balcony,
from hands thrust into dough.
It seeps through closed eyelids,
as through the prison wall of things, of objects,
of faces, of landscapes.
It’s when you slice bread,
when you pour out some tea.
It comes from a broom,
from a shopping bag,
from peeling new potatoes,
from a drop of blood from the prick of a needle,
when making a blanket for a child
or sewing a button on a husband’s burial shirt.
It comes out of toil, out of care,
out of immense fatigue in the evening,
our of a tear wiped away
out of a prayer broken off in mid-word by sleep.
It’s not from the grand,
but from every tiny thing
that it grows enormous,
as if someone was building eternity
as a swallow its nest,
out of clumps of moments.

by Anna Kamienska

Today I pray that in the pause you look for the little things, and in that, you will find Him there!

Until then,

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