Hello there friends! I hope today finds you happy, healthy, and anticipating a joyful, family filled, Thanksgiving later in the week if you are in the U.S. My daughter and I are both working Thanksgiving, so we will be celebrating Saturday night instead. This is the first year we will have to change our holiday plans, but we are grateful to be together regardless, and grateful is grateful, no matter the day, wouldn’t you agree? :)
I have been spending late evenings knitting on both a shawl and a vest that I started last year.There hasn’t been much time for knitting, but oh, the calm that comes with these moments, have really balanced out the busyness from hours painting that have been happening each day. The past two evenings, I have laid my head back in the car, and fell asleep while my husband drove me home, only to wake a little later, to the reality that dinner needs to be made. Whew.
I was thinking about how hectic the holidays can be, and also how exciting it can be to count down the days until Christmas. This year, I’d like to experience each day of December to the fullest. That takes a little intentional simplifying I think, as well as embracing each sweet moment. Don’t you just love a good advent calendar? Wouldn’t an adult version be lovely? Maybe yes, but seeing how knitting is even better, I love this idea! Oh yes, this:) I would love to celebrate December and Christmas by making this Advent scarf. A little intentional knitting may be just what I need this December. If anyone would like to join me, we could make it a knit-along. Advent among friends I think would be very special.
Before I go, I realized I have not mentioned to you that I have changed the name of my little blog space. (Thank you for asking dear Jackie, I forgot to answer until now;) I think naming a blog after my home felt very good at the time I began writing here. After all, home is just plain sweet. But now that I am more acquainted with what I share here, and a move is taking place, I think a new name feels right. Although I love our new home very much and parts of it are even more cottage like than at Stone Cottage, I felt that a new name should perhaps encompass not just the house, but all the things I love about cottage living. I welcome you to A Cottage Tale, and I hope you enjoy it.
Much love to you friends! Happy Monday! What are you thankful for? Today I’m thankful for all of you! :) Jeannine xo
Hello! Welcome! I’m so glad to meet you here. I think after many days of juggling two homes, things are calming down, and I finally have time for pictures, writing, and visiting. I’ll quickly fill you in on the details of the house, so we can move on to other things.
We still are not in our new home, although we are there day and night working on it. Our move is planned now for the weekend of Thanksgiving. A new kitchen has been planned, but won't be finished by that time. Our children really want to be there by Christmas however, so we will move in even with the construction underway. After trying to fix the kitchen ourselves, we realized essential things, like the drawers and cabinets, just could not be fixed, and were not usable in their condition. So one day I stopped trying, and went straight to the store to begin the plans.
Our Stone Cottage has not sold yet. We don’t expect it to until Spring, but we will be just fine. I am looking forward to not going back and forth between the two houses however.
Even though there are boxes, cleaning supplies, and paint cans everywhere, blocking pads were packed in the car for a while, and I knew one day I’d need to take a break from working, and block a shawl so it would be ready when the weather got cold. I finally got to it the other day.
Quite by accident, Election day was the first day I returned to my old routine of stepping outside, slowing down, and taking time to appreciate the beautiful world around me. Whoa! I didn’t realize how much I missed the trees, the gentle breeze on my face, and the big blue sky. I returned to the house for a tablecloth and spread it among the leaves to sit in the sun. I thought, no matter the outcome of the election, I can still create my own peace and joy. I remembered also, the greatest joy is found in the simplest things. I walked through the yard then, and heard birds scatter to the trees. When I looked up, there were three doves watching me, and I in turn, loved watching them. I decided, no matter how busy the schedule is in the coming days, or regardless of the stress, (oh the stress), of who may win, or who may lose, I would find joy. (I highly recommend a blanket in the sun;)
Tonight, and as in years past, we went to our son’s band concert. Sitting there, I couldn’t help but think about the images I saw in the news last night of the American flag being stomped and burned. I wondered if those participating had voted. As the band played, I wondered why the nation couldn't be a little more like a school band. A group coming together, from many backgrounds, all with different talents, deep rooted beliefs and opinions, yet working together, regardless of each other’s differences, with a common goal of wanting to make the world more beautiful for someone else. I’m a little proud, that no matter the results of the election, and the different feelings about it in the room, these young adults aren't spending their time tearing down each other, or the community, but instead, are working hard together every day, each year, to honor veterans.
Oh I have truly missed you all. I hope you know I would certainly have been here with you if things were not so, so busy. I’ll be back soon:) In the meantime, here is a little video from the Hazelwood Central Highschool Band this evening. Thank you, to all of you who have served our country. Yay! Happy to see you again! Jeannine