Outside my window, it is raining, again. Thankfully the wind has stopped blowing although it has removed most of the leaves from the trees. The beautiful Autumn display is no more, it will be back again next year, it is lovely to know that that is a certainty in this uncertain world.
Around the house, there are wetsuits drying after a swim at the end of last week, the remains of my latest sewing project waiting to be cleared up, books on most surfaces as the cooler weather brings them off the shelves and into laps.
I am wanting to do some more sewing over the coming month, I am thinking about various projects that I could do.
We finally got confirmation that the flights we had booked way back in January were cancelled. We really did not want to travel so were hoping that this would be the outcome, we are thankful that we will be entitled to a full refund.
In my kitchen it is relatively tidy for once, there is nothing soaking for a future meal, just an empty tub waiting for homemade granola to made to fill it once again.
Now that my shawl is finished I have cast on two more larger projects, I am creating two cardigans, one in 4ply and one in Aran/Worsted weight yarn. one for a friend and one for my daughter.
Today is a fairly quiet day at home with people coming to us, tomorrow will be a day with lots of driving, I am going to drop my husband at work and Cameron for a bike ride with Explorer Scouts, they are in opposite directions. I also need to go and pick up the veg box in the afternoon.
My husband has re-arranged his leave now that we are not going abroad, we will have him at home with us for two weeks at the end of November. We are not making any plans at the moment but we are pondering various options that we hope might be possible for things to do together.
I bumped into someone I haven't seen for ages on Saturday, her daughter attends the same gymnastics club as Alice, I discovered whilst talking to her that she is now doing online French tuition (she was teaching French in a school but got made redundant last year), I am hoping that she will be able to continue with Alice and Cameron's French, their old class stopped for lockdown and has not restarted.
The pile of books on my bedside table is growing so tall, there are so many books that I have started and not finished, I have to be very careful when I remove one to read it. I have gone back to reading one at time now, currently I am reading When the Body Says No by Gabor Maté. A fascinating read about the effects of stress on our bodies.
My favourite quote at the moment is Do small things with great love (Mother Theresa), this feels really important to me right now.
Tomorrow both the children have plans to do things with friends, I am looking forward to some time to myself at home, something that doesn't happen very often these days as very few of our home ed groups and meet ups have restarted.
In the early days of lockdown when all our lives were turned upside down, I found comfort in being present, living in the moment and not thinking and looking ahead. Now that our lives have changed again I still trying to hold on this as much as possible, I am learning to go with the flow much more and being in the present moment. It is not easy but it feels right when I achieve it.
The weather forecast is atrocious for the end of this week, I am wondering whether the plans we have made will still be able to go ahead. Spending most of the day outside in heavy rain in late October is hard work but it can be fun if you are wearing the right clothing. There is nothing quite like coming home to a cosy warm house after a cold wet day.
I am wearing dark blue jeans and my favourite hand knit sweater, it is a cold day today and this jumper was calling to me from my baskets.
One of my favourite podcasters, Katy Bowman, released an episode this week the first in months I am listening to it as I start my day.
A Peek into my Day.