Outside my window I can see snow on the hills and red tinge on the clouds, a red sky in the morning is usually means a day of wet weather - maybe even snow as it is cold enough for it.
Around the house it is remarkably tidy at the moment, I have been thinking hard, over the past month or so, about how I manage the housework I am trying out a new way of doing things which seems to be working, I will share more at the end of the month.
We have been thinking about a few plans for holidays later in the year, it is always good to think about these at this time of year when it is dark and cold, family time together.
I am thinking about friends who are having a hard time of it at the moment.
We spent the weekend with my brother, his partner and their two year old, I am thankful for time with family and my children building a relationship with their cousin.
I have a pretty busy week this week, I am pondering whether it is a little too busy, I have already shelved a couple of things.
In my kitchen there is lots of frozen fruit defrosting, I plan to make fruit leather with it all. I processed it all last year but ran out of time to dry it into fruit leather before Christmas. That is a job for do this week.
I have been joining in a knit-a-long this month and I am creating, very slowly, a sock that has been on the needles for a least two years. I am determined to finish it.
Monday is a busy day for us, later this morning I am going to a local town to take Cameron and Alice to an Art class, after the class we will drive, having a picnic on the way, to our Monday group when we going for a walk perhaps doing some nature sketching if the weather is ok.
The children have been rehearsing a dramatisation of a poem about a local waterfall we are going for a walk to the actual waterfall this week, I am hoping the weather is not too awful.
I am reading the rather wonderful Wilding by Isabella Tree, I am savouring every word of this book and really don't want it to come to end. It is so rich with information that I am sure that I will read this book many times over the coming years.
I am loving listening to podcasts, I cannot believe I have taken so long to discover them, I am listening to and really enjoying Folk on Foot at the moment, interviews with British folk musicians walking in the landscape where they live and/or grew up interwoven with their music.
My life is very full at the moment, the children have lots of things that they do both in and outside the house, I am loving that they are so interested in so many things. It is really important that I am one step ahead all the time so that we are organised and don't forget things, I am learning the importance of writing everything down that I need to do, something that I used to do but had drifted away from during the past year.
I went to a gathering organised by a dear friend at the end of last month, it was a beautiful and nourishing occasion, one of the lovely people there shared some wonderful words which have become my favourite quote this month. Enjoy the little things in life because one day you will look back and realise they were the big things.
I got given a wonderful book for Christmas 2018 which is a tutorial on storytelling. A friend and I have been working our way slowly through the exercises it is amazing and so insightful we are meeting again this week and I am looking forward to seeing what the next chapter brings.
I am wearing a grey cardigan, with a patterned skirt in shades of dark pink and grey tights with small white and pink spots on.
A peek into my day.
A wee reminder that I will be posting my monthly roundup of sustainable living next week on Tuesday 04 February, if you want to join me.