The first month of the year,
A perfect time to start all over again,
Changing energies and deserting old moods,
New beginnings, new attitudes”
Charmaine Forde seemed to know exactly what I was trying to achieve in January. Starting over, changing, deserting old moods, new beginnings, and yes, new attitudes!
I confess these were not easy tasks…they were easier to write than they were to do. It was a month that brought changes though. My son moved to Wisconsin…all on his own. (okay one friend helped him pack up the truck and unload it…but still, no help from me outside of “distant encouragement and a sympathetic ear”) I am trying to wrap my head around how I will manage this change into seeing kids this year…my hopes are that we can all travel to one place and gather together. I am really not wanting to even just “plan something only in my head” because if that did not happen, I think it would be the end of what’s left of my sanity.
January had me thinking lots about a new start with my word – release. Lots of thinking…new beginnings for certain and wondering about deserting some old things… moods, feelings, pain. Hard work that won’t happen over night so I instead worked on releasing things…a closet clean out, a yarn clean out, a project clean out. Gosh, those all felt so good! Progress sometimes needs space to happen. So I started making some space to do that work!
Less photos this month, and that felt very good too!
We had diverse temperatures from some warm days to some bitterly cold ones, and we got some snow! Spinning and knitting and an AC Aurora! And the best bit… Madam Vice President!!
Happy Monday everyone! See you all back here on Wednesday!
Could Sherman GET any cuter?!? I have to believe–which may be foolish, but…–that perhaps by fall we can be gathering in the way you described with your kids? My brother moved last Monday, as the result of a really nasty divorce. Not being able to take the 2-hr flight to help, just as emotional support, counts as one of the saddest sibling moments for me. It’s such a hard time for milestones–happy ones or sad ones. Colorado’s numbers have greatly improved and our status moved to yellow today. I only hope people don’t get overconfident with that… We’re collectively going in the right direction, at least! I hope you can move your planning out of your head and onto paper soon, Kat.
Always enjoy your look back posts Kat. Sherman – what a cutie!! What a picture!! Release seems to be such a good word for you – and making space of one kind or another always seems good to me. Here’s hoping we can all gather with loved ones this year.
I always love seeing your photos, Kat, and January’s are no exception. Even though I know you would have been there in person helping your son move in Normal Times, your distant encouragement and sympathetic ear was certainly helpful. You raised someone who knew how to do what needed to be done, and that is a good thing. Fingers crossed that in-person visits can occur, somehow, and soon(ish).
January was beautiful for you and for me, let’s hope February is the same 🙂
Hopefully . . . hopefully . . . we’ll be planning ACTUAL visits with our kiddos soon. (How we’ll make it happen is another thing altogether. . . ) I hope your February is off to a good start.
January is always my hardest month. It’s long and cold and there’s not much to look forward to. And this year January was much more dramatic than I’d like. But there was also a lot of hope, and I’m holding onto that. I am optimistic that you will be able to see your kids and grandkids in person this year!
Sherman looks like such a good companion. Clearing out a few projects, materials etc. sounds like a good start to the new year. I need to do some of that myself. I enjoy your photos – as always.
I had a trip scheduled to Colorado for…tomorrow! So sad. We’ll get through it though. You can have some fun searching for the best and most fun spot for your family to rendezvous when we finally can! xo