to ride my bicycle to that special corner where it almost is like living near the woods, at the edge of meadow, where I can find pinecones. There are two pinecone spots that I can ride to, and the prospect of collecting pinecones really cheers me up. It's become a tradition, I realize, and I really love having traditions.
Recently, a favorite blogger posted a small bit about blogging falling away, adding "If you have a blog, please comment here so I can check it out!" I jumped on that, and fortunately, so did some other active bloggers. I wonder if Alicia has caught on that she's made so many of us happy to find each other?
Here we are, with already one month behind us of my three favorite months. I am determined to see the good in store, to be both present and forward thinking... whatever it takes so that I feel like I am making the most of these days, filling up on soothing scents, invigorarting jaunts outdoors, gathering memories, making fun out of simple activities, making plans for more. I don't love Christmas Day, well I do, but what I love love are all of the days in anticipation, the outings, the enterprise, projects, quiet reflection, the traditions, and gatherings. I love the music, the sparkle, the days when it rains, or the wind blows. I love preparing menus and everyone buzzing around the kitchen to make favorite dishes, especially when we can have company, and feast together.
People love to debate about when these things should begin, or when they should not. I really don't care to see Christmas merchandise in July, and I will never rush past Thanksgiving, otherwise, I vote for taking joy where you will, where you can. Play those Carols, roll out the garlands, put up some lights! If red and green are your jolly, then haul it out! Isn't there little enough jubilation and exuberance as it is? I see no reason to quash anyone's happy. We didn't put much out for Halloween, this year, and William has already packed most of it up. I am ordering our tree today, because the school does such a nice fundraiser for that. It will be delivered the first Friday in December. I changed out playlists on my phone, and put in some new ones, with just a few wintry tunes. I bought pine scented soaps, and they're on the cupboard in our bathroom. They make me feel like we have a little spa or B & B upstairs. I was thinking of these small steps for a while now, maybe since last January, honestly. And then I saw a lovely post from another blogger, and she mentioned her Tiny Secret Festive Season, the small things she does that make her happy, and I think the idea is brilliant... slowly add in small, simple things that cheer you. Things that gently usher in the new season. I am happy with just the prospect of creating my own Tiny Secret Festive Season... thank you, Nicole.
a favorite Instagram account, Harlem Love Birds, posted in her stories about stepping outside for a minute. Quiana got her inspiration from MJ Kocovski, at There's Good In Store. Virtually, I joined Quiana, and for one minute I walked outside, stood in silence, looked up at the sky, contemplating how amazing life is. It was so good, I took another minute, before feeding chickens and goats. Oh, and Tasha is sleeping... boy, did she give me a scare, because she was so sound! I don't know why it is, but even simple things slip from my memory, and when someone suggests a thing, even as obvious as "look at the sky" I feel like I am reset, recentered. Oh, yes, I reflect, those things really help, and I should do that, go there. It's good. I need the reminders... nature is healing, the sky fills me with wonders, I can take slow, deep breaths, the birds are singing, there is good in store. Thank you, friends, near and far, for inspiring me, for connecting, and sharing.