scenes from the first few days of this new year. champagne cork and almost-six-years-old toes, turnips from the garden (we have a couple beds and a row under plastic and are still getting collards, kale, arugula, turnips, watermelon radishes, spinach, and cabbage) and paper snowflakes, marker cap towers and walnut hearts. a fresh book pile to start the year off (LOVED The Telling) and New Year's Day pancakes with maple whipped cream, more playing, inspired list-making, good-luck collards, and Christmas tree reflections in the wood stove.
Regarding the list, I shared a photo of it on Facebook and added this:
"Claire and I sat at the table yesterday doodling and coloring in new notebooks, and I ended up jotting down a list of reminders for myself as we enter another year, another illusion of a fresh start (though really, when isn't it a good time for a fresh start and reminders to yourself about how you strive to be? I suppose it ought not specify '2016' up top). I was really at first just thinking I'd like to try writing more real letters this year, but then I found lots of other things being added to the list. things I'm always (and no doubt will forever be) working on. I made the list and then doodled on it and thought it was kinda cute but a bit 'fluffy', and maybe a bit too 'feel-good-y'. and then during another challenging and very drawn out bedtime last night I lie there thinking how I ought to go back and revise it to be a bit more blunt. for example, the bit about mothering with patience and such? well, I could just cut to the chase and write "try not to totally lose my shit at bedtime". and the part about sweating more? that could say "lying on the floor curled up in front of the fire like a cat is good, but maybe not something to do for hours on a daily basis". anyway- it gave me a good laugh, and now I may just create a second list with much more to-the-point 'reminders' and none of the flowery doodles."
so here's to less losing-of-shit, and a bit more activity, and loads of other good stuff as well!