Here it feels a bit more like Christmas. We had a huge snowstorm. I went to bed, Friday night, and woke up to Narnia, on Saturday. I love the snow around the holidays and I’m hoping I can embrace it all winter long. The Swedish have saying, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” I’m trying to adopt this motto since it feels like I live in the North Pole. Actually, the town I live in has a large Swedish population and has a sister city in Sweden. So, I’m going with it….starting with these boots. I have warm boots, but I haven’t had boots that I could wear in the snow. This year, I decided, that I wanted to be able to talk walks outside all year long. I love staying in a snow globe home, when the snow comes down, but there is also something to be said for going out in the snow right after it has covered the earth. It’s like a supersonic quiet comes and covers all the noise. I don’t want to just watch the quiet this year, I want to be in it. Where the only sound you hear is your boot crinkling on the white snow. I need to add to my snow gear, but this is where I’ve started. Do you have any favorite cold weather clothes?
The snow will probably melt today, or tomorrow, and maybe Thanksgiving will feel more like Thanksgiving after all, but for today we are taking advantage of the white powder from the sky with our cousins from Atlanta, who don’t get to play in snow like this very often. Today, it is play and tomorrow it is Thanksgiving prep. I’ve been thinking a lot about Thanks these past few weeks, and while I’m glad to have one day where we gather, and give thanks together, more than ever, I want to live a life of Thanks. I want to grow in gratitude this year. Not as a formality but as foundation in my life. I’ve been focusing on things that I normally overlook and giving thanks for them and in doing that something in my heart and in my mind is changing. It’s clearing out mental cobwebs and expanding the home of my heart. I’m giving and I’m growing. When I give thanks with my mouth I have less time or space for worry.
Happy Thanksgiving, lovelies. I hope you will join me in growing in gratitude this year.
P.S. Are you doing any Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping? Shopbop (one of my favorite online spots to shop) is starting their sale today! This is where I got my new snow boots. If I had a Christmas party to go to I’d be wearing this black dress and these green shoes and maybe these earrings. And, a few more faves . . .
1 / Theo the cat. Theo gave us a real scare and went missing on Sunday. Or, I should say, never came back on Sunday. If he gets out he loves to stay out all night and then always returns between 5-7am. He didn’t on Sunday. I was so worried about him and couldn’t bare the thought of him not coming home. He was a gift a few years back at Valentines day and honestly the sweetest gift I’ve ever received. He came with the name Theo, which means, Gift of God and I decided to keep it because that is just what he was. Tuesday, I decided to go over to animal services (the pound) and see if he might be there and he was. Apparently, he got picked up on Saturday morning only 2 streets over (maybe someone doesn’t like cats?). I was so relieved. He is home where he belongs and I’m trying to keep in as long as I can.
2 / The 52 List Project. This weekly listing journal, by Moorea Seal, is so cool. I’m a huge fan of journaling as I’ve been taking paper to pen since elementary school and I’m excited to add this to my ritual. The journal is absolutely gorgeous (pretty photos and illustrations). It’s divided into seasons and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. For instance, “List all of the people who brighten your day.” And, at the bottom of the page there is a “take action” suggestion. Since I’m all about journaling, listing and visual inspiration, I’m all about this project. I can’t wait to get started! This would make a super sweet Christmas gift. The journal starts in the winter season, so it’s perfect. I just might be ordering a few to give myself (order here).
I told you I have Christmas on the brain. It should be Thanksgiving. I know. But, I don’t have any decorations for it. Food, yes. Family, yes. Grateful heart, yes. Honestly, I never go crazy with Christmas decorations, either. At least, I haven’t the past few years. My tree is kind of hodge podge and I’m quite happy with that. But, I do like adding little this and thats. Maybe a little something I throw in the cart at Target (I know you do it too!) or something we make at home. I’m totally not a DIY queen or super crafty (a few I can handle here). I love the simple ones best and I thought I’d share a few that have been catching my eye.
I’ve never been one to cheat on Thanksgiving. It’s always felt at bit two-timey, to me, to put a tree up before that thankful Thursday. Everything, feels so rushed in this round globe we are spinning around on. It can never just be one thing at time. And, that goes for holidays too, I suppose. This year, I can’t wait for Christmas. So much so, that I think I might have it in me to cheat on Thanksgiving this year. The true confession is that . . .
They are are huddled up inside my head. Usually, when I leave them there, they group and they gather. It’s like they meet for coffee and all discover they haven’t gotten out much and that they might as well just pour out like the steaming cup of coffee they’ve gathered for. And, they do just that. They pour out. Pour out in my journal, on paper, and spill on this blog. The pot is empty, the gathering gone, and I feel full. But, these past two months I haven’t been able to pour. If I’m lucky there is a drip, or a drop. Mostly, there is only a slight aroma which evaporates into a tease of the rich taste I remember (It’s how I have to take my coffee these days anyways, only through the olfactory).
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