Sunday, January 24, 2010

Finding my rhythm

Here I am - at the start of the last week of the month already. Sigh . . .

It was a month ago - almost exactly - that I remember looking forward to the busy-ness of the holidays being over. And my holidays were wonderful, really. There was a dark cloud or two, but also a silver lining, if you'll pardon the cliche. My son and his family came home for a funeral and were here until almost Christmas. We celebrated Christmas early, of course, and it was the first time in a long time both of my children were here and we were all together for Christmas. It was the first time that the two cousins (my grandkids) were together, and it was perhaps my favorite Christmas ever!

But I did miss some things. I missed writing letters and postcards and working on mail art. I missed making tags and scrapbooking. And I missed blogging, or, more specifically, the sharing and connecting that I feel when blogging. I looked forward to picking up where I'd left off, getting back to my comfortable and comforting routine. It's just taken me longer than I'd planned.

I've taken a little time to read. I've spent some time in the kitchen cooking and baking. And when my Daughter-in-Law, C, was here, she taught me how to crochet. And I've been hooked (pun intended). I've made some scarves, I made a lap throw for sitting on the couch, I've made some dish cloths, and I'm working on a small tote bag currently.

I got a couple of my girlfriends, S & T, to go with me to a Crochet 101 class at the local Joann's store a couple of weeks ago. It was fun; we laughed a LOT! At one point S said, "You know, people say this is calming and soothing. I'm not getting that. This is a pain in the a**!" And I told her that she just needed to practice. I explained that when you get comfortable with the stitches and are just sitting with your yarn and your hook - yarn over, draw up, pull through, yarn over, draw up, pull through - that you fall into a soothing little pattern. You fall into a rhythm.

And I've been hearing my own words again lately. "Find your rhythm." I hear them often, as a matter of fact. "Find your rhythm." And so I'm here. And I hope to be back often.



  1. sorry to hear about the funerals but take time to enjoy life...sounds like it forced you to stop and do those things you sometimes don't get a chance to because of the demands of everyday life.

    being with family is so wonderful.

    one love.

  2. Glad you're back and that you found something new that's comforting and meditative to do. Life is full.

  3. just popping by to say hi, janet. hope you're well! the picture in your masthead is uh-mazing! peace, kitty

  4. Hi, Janet! Great to have you back in blogland--you've been missed! I like your key words/phrase for this new year... I hope you find the rhythm, the balance that works for you--enjoy! :o) ((HUGS))

  5. Welcome back. I've not been blogging much recently, poor internet and then I found I'd fallen out of the habit. Plus I'm very busy crocheting too, as you know!! Wish you lived nearer, we could get all hooky together wouldn't that be a blast?! xx

  6. Nice to see you back in the swing of things, Janet...and that you found your rhythm...just like riding a bicycle!


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