A post of threads. Just a few reflections on the coming days - all the seemingly unrelated details of a life, the ones that somehow come together and make up the whole.
believe :: Four great feasts, a new church year, all in the past two months. Whew. I'm tired. I'm looking forward to the liturgical quiet of autumn. Because before you know it, the Nativity Fast will be here. I do believe a bit of hush before that season of preparing begins will do my soul some good.
celebrate :: Sophie celebrates a name day on Tuesday, the same day Katie gets her braces off - certainly cause for celebrating. I've been thinking of a dessert and keep coming back to a bowl of apples overflowing on my kitchen counter. An oatmeal apple crisp will do quite nicely.
create :: Another weekend of rest has left me feeling so much better. I think it's safe to say that I've beat this virus, although the fatigue shadows me still. But all that resting has offered so much time to get ahead on fall knitting projects. That pumpkin hat for Svetlana? Finished and ready to mail. And Alex's sweater? I'll tell you all about it tomorrow. I have one more sweater to knit (for Gregory) before the weather turns cool and then I have a little project in mind for myself.
grow :: I'm sure you've already figured by the look of these photos - the littles and I sowed the seeds for our indoor herb garden. Near the seed trays they're keeping a few pumpkin seeds sprouting in a mason jar - a little visual clue as to what's really happening in the dark of the soil. I'm sorry to say we had a bit of devastation in the outdoor gardens this weekend - the pumpkins, all of them. It really was quite awful - another story to share later this week. But there's good news too. We harvested our first few zucchini on Saturday, a most delicious lunch.
learn :: The littles and I have been having so much fun with the Playful Learning backyard science series. Last week I sent them out back with their collecting basket and a magnifying glass. They came back with all sorts of nature finds to match on their color wheel. This week they'll be spending some time on a backyard scavenger hunt, identifying patterns in nature.
nest :: Now that I'm up and about and feeling much more like myself, it's time to get back to the fall clothing sort.
nourish :: Zucchini. Seeing the first of our fall harvest, I need to make a list of zucchini recipes. I pinned a few over the weekend - zucchini fritters, pickled zucchini, ratatouille, baked zucchini chips. Last year I bought the best little hand-crank contraption (a spiral slicer) for making zucchini noodles - zoodles, my children call them. Do you have one?
play :: On Friday night Emily and I had the house to ourselves. (It was so quiet!) We got take-out and watched the 2011 version of Jane Eyre. (I'm a Bronte girl, through and through.) Matushka Emily recommended it to me. (Such a good recommendation. Thank you!) Mia Waskikowska played Jane - charming! Dame Judi Dench played Mrs. Fairfax - just lovely. You wouldn't believe the scenery - absolutely inspiring. Emily and I loved it, every bit - much more than the 1996 version we watched last year. In fact, Emily watched it again on Saturday night with Katie, which reminds me...I meant to tell Matushka Emily, that Katie found the knitting pattern for the shawl worn by Jane in the movie. I can picture one draped over my reading chair.
share :: "Just assume everybody is doing the best they can." I recently came across this quote. So very true, don't you think?