Saturday, February 12, 2022

Small Things - February 12, 2022

"Life is not, for most of us, a pageant of splendor, but is made up of many small things, rather like an old fashioned piecework quilt. No two people have the same, but we all have our own, whether it be listening to Beethoven's fifth with a beloved friend, or seeing a neighbor at the back door with a basket of white dahlias. Or after a long, hard day, having the family say, "That was a good supper."


In no particular order, here are six small things that have inspired me this week.

1. As the picture above indicates, I've been spending a lot of time crocheting recently, usually during the countless hours I'm devoting to watching the Winter Olympics. It's definitely more time than I usually devote to television, but since they only come around every couple of years (and I much prefer the winter sports to the summer), I'm ok with it. As a result, after years of not venturing beyond the basic stitches, over the past few weeks I've added a few to my repertoire and I'm working on learning a couple of others. Here are the stitches I've learned or I'm working on, so far;

- Crunch Stitch - which I absolutely love!
- Alpine Stitch - I've got the mechanics down, just need to practice it so it looks neater.
- Pinecones Stitch - really like this one, as well
and finally
- The Pine Stitch, which I'm having a harder go at but I am determined to learn. There's an entire set of hand warmers, a beanie, a scarf and even . . . a sweater, which would be a HUGE attempt for me and probably won't even happen this year, but, if I can get this stitch down I'm comfortable beginning with the hand warmers and the scarf, so we'll see. I just wish I could find something other than a video to guide me because I don't learn that well using this method. All the pausing and re-watching and re-winding frustrates me. But step by step instructions with pictures, that would be great!

2. I enjoyed reading this article, The Art of Being Human In A Culture of Noise.

3. Online experiential Stations of the Cross. This looks intriguing and I'm going to spend some time looking into it in more detail this coming week. As I shared in my post yesterday, one of the ways I abide in Christ is with the weekly observance of the Eucharist (Lord's Supper), as well as The Stations of the Cross. But if you recall, I also mentioned that this is a practice that I've fallen out of step with, but have committed to reviving during Lent. You'll have to scroll down the page just a bit to see the entry, and the actual online experience is here. I also came across this book, The Sacred Meal, and plan to read it.

4. And speaking of Lent,  if you are looking for some ideas on ways to keep this holy season, The St. Nicholas Center is a wonderful resource, and does a good job of explaining the traditions and rituals associated with it. Rachel Held Evans, who is, sadly, no longer with us, also wrote a beautiful post on observing Lent a few years back that remains one of my favorites

5. Have you jumped on the  Wordle bandwagon? As a word game enthusiast this is right up my alley! I especially ike that you can only play it once a day. No getting sucked in for hours. I don't know how "inspiring" it is, but it is so much fun!

6. And finally, are you familiar with Hoopla, which is a digital lending library that you can access using your library card? I'm not sure if every library is affiliated with it, but when I tell you that our library is, uhm . . . not the best, and we can link to it? Well,  that's saying something! This week I discovered that in addition to books and movies, you can also borrow magazines.  Checking out back issues of magazines was something I used to enjoy, but since Covid our branch has stopped making them available. But now with this discovery, I can indulge once again.

They have several of my favorites, including:
- County Living
- Food Network
- Reminisce - I LOVE this magazine!
- Taste of Home
and my husband enjoys
- Birds and Blooms 
- Reader's Digest

If you haven't checked into it yet, I highly recommend it! Using Hoopla, I was able to borrow Sarah Clarkson's latest book, This Beautiful Truth,  as well as Sensing God by Joel Clarkson (her brother), which I LOVED! (Links are non-affiliate).


Everydaythings said...

Thank you soo very much for all these links... a veritable feast!!

Kimberly Lottman said...

I'm glad you enjoyed them! :)