It has been a rough couple weeks at Casa del KatKnits, Gentle Reader… I passed my 5th anniversary of moving to Pittsburgh on the 19th and shortly after that a case of Homesick for Holland hit…hard. And, honestly – I have shed a few tears by myself and even allowed myself to have a bit of a one-person pity party. This is not a good look, trust me, and I have been working on getting myself out of this funk. I don’t do melancholy well… at all, but every thought seemed to be focused back to all the things I think I am missing.
Thanks to Kym, I did have something else to try to focus on for some of this week! When I wasn’t drowning in self-pity I thought about what I want this Christmas to be. Honestly, Merry and Bright just sort of rang hollow and, while I love Bing’s White Christmas – it just is not what I needed to focus on.
But, then last night… out of the blue Steve sent me a link…
As usual, he has the perfect reminder for me… he does make it feel like Christmas, and so that is going to be my focus for the season. The blues might not be entirely gone, but I can see my silver lining shining through…and that is a very good thing indeed.
That is all I have for this week. Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all back here on Monday!
Sending you hugs. It’s okay to feel sad for a little while for the life you aren’t leading. Just try to make it back to a point where you remember the awesome life you do get to have because of that change.
This is awesome-thank you for sharing, and hope the holiday stays merry and bright for you.
Now THAT is AWESOME!!! XOXO
(And when you start thinking too wistfully about Holland . . . remember some of the (ahem) more annoying and detestable things about it. Like its super-Republican, über-conservative, Prince/DeVos-focused underpinnings. It might be lovely and Lake Michigan-y and snowy, but there are so many things there that would make you scream. Remember that part.)
Now. Go out and Make it Feel Like Christmas, my friend.
It’s hard when these things seem to hit us out of the blue and on top of the elbow pain – ugh. How lovely to find those little things, like a special song, to nudge us forward. I appreciate your transparency
This time of year always gets to me, even without having to deal with any homesickness. Hang in there and remember it’s okay to feel what you’re feeling
Moving is always a huge change, and even when you go willingly to another place, you are giving up things in the place you left. Feel what you are feeling, focus on all the good in Pittsburgh, and I hope it feels like Christmas.
Bonny’s advice is sound. You have places and people around you who can make it feel like Christmas and I hope your spirits lift as you discover them. Sending you joy and peace.
You know being sad and remembering the past can sometimes be like a cleaning of your house, yourself. I remember in the scriptures there are lots of references that it’s better to sorrow and I think it because it touches reality. It opens us to truths. If we’re always the happy go lucky American I think we will miss deeper aspects of life, of truths. And when you come out the other side, you’re refreshed with a new perspective. Also sometimes God is in the introspection, and whether He is or not it’s a great time to be real with God. He totally gets it no matter what. “Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.”
Hope you feel better. And bake! Baking for me is therapy. Try Chocolate Covered Katie’s recipes (she’s on the web and FB).
I wish I could give you a real hug! I’m sorry you are homesick and wishing for home but eventually your at home home will be home. I hope this happens sooner than later. I would go out and buy some yarn to make me feel better!
Oh Kat – sending all the hugs (and be glad they’re virtual – I’ve got a killer cold that you can’t possibly catch that way). There is something about this season that makes the good things better, but the bad things even harder. Meanwhile – I LOVE that video – I think they’re such a cute couple … and I can totally see you and Steve singing that same song! xxoo.
Kat, Im so sorry you’ve had the blues. I had some tough days in oct and NOv but am now doing well. I LOVE that Blake video. Im trying to find Holiday joy daily. We had a long drive to Chicago on Wednesday and the farms and barns and houses that were lit up in the dark on the ride home, were just what I needed to smile.
Today we will view the Gingerbread house creations at a local hotel that hosts a yearly contest. Then a margarita at the bar for me.
We also lit two more outdoor trees with white lights, today.
BIg hugs to you. Wishing you joy
Sending joy, peace and love your way. I agree with Mary that this time of year heightens the senses to both the positive and negative. Know that there are an awful lot of folks out here wishing you the best of all things.
Sending you hugs. That is such a cute video and sentiment. xo
Sending you another hug. This time of year can be hard and is not always filled with joy. I miss my Mom something fierce at this time of the year. Hold the sadness as you need to – it is real. I’m glad you have a partner who understands. Take good care of yourself.
Oh, my friend. I’m sorry you’re feeling the blues and I’m sure you know you aren’t alone but still . . . I wish I could give you a real in-person hug. And then I wish we could sit and drink an icy cold martini and laugh and laugh. I hope you’re feeling more like yourself again really soon.
I am with all those comments above, HUGS to you.
And that link, it is wonderful !! Such an inventive song and video, and those (little) kids dancing and playing the instruments – wow.
Thanks to you for every little musical link, book suggestion, knitting pattern you give out to us bystanders, your web friends.
Christmas can be a hard time for many people because it brings up memories of the past and also makes you think of where you are in life. I am glad that listening to this song brought you comfort. Music is such a good companion and it is nice that you have Steve who cares and makes you feel at home. Enjoy your weekend!
Oh yeah. Christmas hasn’t been “the same” in years. I’m finally feeling it a bit more this year, thanks to kiddos, I suppose, but still the melancholy from time to time (if not an outright gut punch at times, too). I hope you had a GREAT weekend!