You can’t promote principled anti-corruption action without pissing off corrupt people. – George P. Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
In my opinion, this was the best quote of the week. Bravo to Mr. Kent for saying it and it is certainly true!
Now, how about a quick TGIF and then… let the weekend begin!
Tenacious Knitting –
I thought I was fairly focused in my knitting this week…so focused that I feel like I should have both shoulders done! BUT!! I had a brief set back in which I had to rip out the left shoulder of my Evening Dew cardigan because I should have been knitting the right shoulder!! One would think that at my age I would know right from left, but apparently not… Anyways, the right shoulder is now finished (with the right chart!!) and the left shoulder was begun last night – with the left chart!
I had hoped to maintain a gratitude list on IG which lasted for all of one day. It has been a tough week here and I am thankful for blogging friends, especially Carole, who brought gratitude reminders back into focus for me. I also realized that posting an image does not mean there was nothing to be grateful about. And, in a tough week I revisited Michelle’s prompt for seeking gratitude when sidetracked and specifically this Gilbert K. Chesterton quote: When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. I am working hard on taking them with gratitude, but it is a work in progress – truly.
Ignoring the Impulse –
I have had some yarns sitting in a cart all week as I think about those sweaters from last week! I have been very good at ignoring the impulse to purchase said yarn. Part of my success is that while I would love a red sweater for Christmas – the voice of reason tells me that will not happen this year. And purchasing yarn for a sweater for next Christmas does not have the same feelings of urgency.
Festive Prep Plans –
I have been listening to bursts of holiday music (except when Steve has been home, because he is the Penultimate Grinch about all things Christmas – especially music!) I also heard Mother Nature loud and clear this week with her Winter Weather Warning! This weekend my plans are to get out those holiday lights and have them festively adorning our bushes, ready and waiting for the time when Steve deems it okay to turn them on!
And that is all I have for the week! I hope your weekend is full of all good things and that Monday takes her sweet time in getting here!
I’m sorry you had a hard week. I hope things are looking up soon. I know you are keeping gratitude in your heart.
Gratitude can be a tough thing to see/feel sometimes. I hope your weekend is relaxing and pleasant.
Don’t be too hard on yourself — you are remembering to be grateful and to think about what you’re grateful for, and that’s what matters.
Any chance I’ll be seeing you at IKS this Sunday?
Here’s hoping your tough week becomes smoother and you can embrace the mess and take it all with gratitude. We’re all works in progress and need to celebrate the successes (look how good you are at resisting the yarn-buying impulse)!
Christmas music started here on November 1st, just sayin. I’m sorry you’ve had a difficult week and I hope that you are able to find moments of grace and gratitude despite that – it sounds like you’re focused in the right places.
Sorry about the tough week. I hope things are smoothing out for you now! I think those 30-day challenge things can be really inspirational sometimes, but they can also create (totally unnecessary) stress and bad feelings if we miss the mark. Be gentle with yourself! XOXO Enjoy the weekend.
(PS – Tom is rather Grinch-y about Christmas music, too. . . )
I’m with Steve… no Christmas music until December, please! Or at least ’til after Thanksgiving.
I hope you have a great weekend!
I had a delicious burnt orange yarn in a cart and was just about to push the buy button. But I stopped and dug through the stash and found some eggplant that is just as wonderful. I will be buying a sweater’s worth of yarn but I don’t want to do it on the fly, I want to think about it.
My lovely red yarn arrived yesterday. along with my new-neutral-purple … I started the purple sweater this morning and it should be a quick knit – so hopefully you can enjoy some red Christmas sweater joy vicariously through me (and gah, I hope it won’t be red Christmas sweater STRESS … because I would NOT want to share that!)
I am sorry you have had a rough week. I hope next week is better. Grace and gratitude seem to go hand in hand for me. Good work resisting the yarn in your carts. Have a good weekend.
I’m trying to resist the urge to cast on all-the-things cause I know it’ll take me forever to get through them. I’m currently working on swatches for 3 sweaters for fall/winter.
I am so glad things have sorted out for you! Even if you don’t “write” a gratitude, thinking and/or saying it out loud definitely always counts.