Saturday, October 17, 2020

Small Things


In no particular order here are six things that inspired, uplifted or encouraged me this week.

1. Frond & Feather is a relatively **new to me** blog.  I love the style of her writing, just simple posts that chronicle her life.  She inspires me to keep things simple.  I particularly loved this post because she refers to this time of year as the "four embers" (September - December).  I have often playfully referred to them as the "brrr months" because things begin to turn cooler and end in winter, but I so much prefer "embers".   Four flames that shine bringht in the darkening days of the year, ushering in the return of the light. I plan to ponder on this more and most likely post about it here.

2. I recently discovered the podcast Nature & Nourish with Becky Cole!  Since I love observing and celebrating the seasons, Becky's offerings are right up my alley!  She has two seasons consisting of 46 episodes so it's kept me pretty busy! You can also find her at her website!

3. Seed and Sparrow is a lovely account to follow if you are on Instagram. She makes and sells the sweetest little beeswax candles and incense. I recently ordered her Harvest Moon blend and I got a notification that it should be arriving back at home this coming Monday! It will be Christmas by the time I get to enjoy it but I'm looking forward to having it waiting for me! She's taking a break right now, but you can find her Etsy shop, here.

4. I just LOVE the Internet Archives! I used to think I was cheap because I buy 90% of my books on Amazon, but then I discovered the Archives and now if I find it on Amazon I look first to see if I can borrow it and read it for free, which happens more often than you might think! Typically if a book has been in print for awhile you can find it.

Since I had to leave almost all of my books at home, as I was packing them up I searched out each title to see what I would still be able to enjoy on the archives and surprisingly a large percentage of them were available! One of my favorites is a sweet little book called The Charm of Simple Things compiled by Terri Gibbs. It's a sweet collection of poems and book excerpts with some interactive entries that inspire you to think on the small, sweet simple things in life.

5. This entry from The Charm of Simple Things

Small Moments

Raymond Waite describes life as "a mosaic of small moments, like the silhouette of a flower against a patterned wall." These are moments that involve the senses taste, touch, smell, sound and sight. It is the fragrance of fresh flowers and the cool feel of clean linens. The sound of a song wafting on the wind. These are simple pleasures that bring beauty into our lives. 

What do you think of when you think of Small Moments? Here are a few of mine.

- The smell of rain after a slow summer storm.

- The sound of  a lawn mower and the smell of grass through an open late spring window. Always reminds me of my childhood home and my daddy working in the yard.

- Leaves falling from the trees in Autumn and dancing in the wind.

- Freshly fallen untouched snow!

What about you? What do you think of when you think of Small Moments? Share in the comments!

6. And finally, this poem.

Delight in Simple Things

Learn to like what does not cost much.
Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
Learn to like people, even those who may be very different from you.
Love to shelter your family with love, comfort and peace.
Learn to keep your wants simple. Refuse to be owned and anchored by things and the opinions of others.
Learn to like the sunrise and the sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and the windows, and the gentle fall of snow in winter.
Learn to hold heaven near and dear.
Learn to love God, for he surely loves you.

- Anonymous


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