I often feel somewhat melancholy in the fall and I'm not sure why. The slant of light, the shortening days, the special shade of blue in the sky, time passing; I'm not sure just what triggers it, but I recognizeD the feeling coming over me today and decided to focus on the things that bring me a feeling of contentment instead.
1. Beautiful yarn: Although I have a few (!) projects on the needles, it seems that I am only capable of garter stitch at the moment, so rather than continue making dish cloths, I pulled a WIP project out of the closet and have put it back into active duty. This is All The Shades of Truth, by Laura Ayler, and it's been in timeout so long I can't remember why I stopped working on it! My goal is to complete it by Rhinebeck. This photo was taken this morning while I waited for Steve to finish shopping in Lowes.
2. Making gifts: I'm making a wreath for my stepdaughter's birthday. All that's left is the bow and final placement of the letter M, for her last name. The colors are autumnal, but they are also supposed to represent Virginia Tech colors, as she is a Hokie through and through. It's for her 30th birthday, a week from today.
3. Cooking: I love to cook food for my family, but am usually too tired to enjoy it during the week, so today I made a big pot of chicken and dumplings so Steve and I can enjoy good food this week, instead of the bowls of cereal we so often resort to. It made the house smell good and I'll really enjoy it when I come home from work hungry and tired.
4. My sweet Gracie, napping on the couch. She may not be a cuddler, but she does like to stay close by me.
5. School: I am truly grateful for my vocation, even with all the issues and the exhausting pace of teaching. I wouldn't trade it for any other career. Meeting and interacting with high school students is an incredible gift that keeps me thinking and learning and growing. (Remind me of this in the dark days of February.)
Have an awesome week!