Friday Finds, December 11, 2015

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What’s your first response?  Frazzled, jolly, overwhelmed?  Mine is annoyed.  I find myself grouchy about all the shopping, cooking, wrapping, etc.  That stuff just doesn’t feel all that good to me.  It’s not a holiday to me if I have more work than on a normal day.

I struggle with enjoying any holiday, and this post from Anna at declare dominion.com really hit home.  I’m going to pay a lot more attention to what feels right to me as I make my holiday plans this year, rather than just go along with “tradition”.  I love flowers, music and candlelight so I’m going to incorporate more of those to make my holidays special.  Big fancy meals, towers of beautifully wrapped presents and long car trips add stress to my holidays so I am throwing those plans to the side of the road.

Anna’s website is full of information on living a beautiful life – a life that is beautiful to you.  Check her out if you are finding things just a bit dull.

My kids are growing up quickly, and I find myself daydreaming a lot about the next phase of life.  One of our biggest decisions will be staying in Indianapolis or going somewhere more retiree friendly.  I think about Arizona or New Mexico, but people tell me there are a lot of yucky critters there.  I do know we will not stay in our two story house.  One thing I never thought about is renting vs. buying.   This fascinating post made me add this question to the list of things to consider.  I am one of those people who automatically assumed it’s always better to own, provided you can afford the payment for the foreseeable future.  I never believed in being house poor as so many people seem to.  After reading this post, I find Indianapolis is a place to own rather than rent.  But some of the places I dream of going might be different.  We are spoiled here by low house prices in general.  Moving might be a shock to the system!

I’m a big fan of books (you probably noticed).  I really love cozies and murder mysteries.  I also love food!  Would you believe there is a website that combines both?  I must try the recipe for Creole Eggplant on this page.  Mmmm, eggplant…

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The weekly fiber pic is for sock knitters.  I am slowly moving along with these socks.  Lots of other interesting things to knit, so I’m making little progress right now.  They are fun and an easy knit.

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See my Ravelry project page for details about the pattern and changes I’ve made.

 

Friday Finds Nov. 6, 2015

This week we begin with a poem.

Love This Tatoo From How To Be A Bitch 101

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.” ― Mary Oliver, Dream Work –

 

Mr. Money Mustache solves the world’s problems here.  Ok, maybe not every problem, but he has some great ideas about things we all see around us.  I love that he recommends a book on personal happiness by the Dalai Lama in this post.

 

Wicked Witch From Snow White
Wicked Witch From Snow White

Here’s a post about from NPR that discusses why old women are often the face of evil in fairy tales and folklore.  I found this fascinating!

And for the fiber lovers, here is something for you.  What would you create with these glorious colors?  You can see more pictures of these wool rolags in my Etsy shop.

Juicy New Rolags
Juicy New Rolags

Until next week, stay curious!