Recent May days have been unseasonably cool and wet. I'd rather walk in the sunshine but head out in between rains. While I walk, I've been pondering Pipher's book, Women Rowing North. In my opinion, Pipher is an extrovert and writes from that point of view but that is a soapbox for another day. Regardless there is much wisdom in this book. I read the chapter, "Creating a Good Day" twice. Pipher describes a woman who cares for a husband with a degenerative disease. This gal got up in the morning and asked herself, "What will make us happy today?" I think it is a good question for any day.
When it rained again on Tuesday, I asked myself that question. I knew I should polish the set of silverware that my parents left to me. Frankly, the task is tedious and not much fun but I wasn't walking in pouring rain. I put on some music and realized taking care of this gift made me happy. While I worked, I thought of the holiday meals when my sibs and families gathered at their table. I thought of the many times my grandparents were present and the stories we told. Afterwards I sat down and completed my summer reading/listening list. When I taught, I'd make a summer reading list in May and order a few of the books -used from Powell's. I rarely read everything on the list and often picked up some other title that caught my attention. At summer's end, I made a list called, "What I really read," compare the two and smile. Even though I am retired, I enjoy making the lists.
Currently I'm making good progress on Norah's Flax. When that sweater is finished, I'll need some new summer projects. I pulled this book Luxury One Skein Wonders off my shelf. I look at it frequently but never seem to get around to knitting any of the patterns. There are several small projects that would work well with yarn in my stash. If I get distracted by something else that would be ok too. I really like to let my knitting happen. I am fortunate to have time and choices.
Although a day late, I'll link with Kat and the Unravelers. I can't believe we are heading into Memorial Day weekend. My son and grandson from Texas will be visiting. We are looking forward to seeing them and getting a real hug - you know that Mom and Dad thing. Sweet May is flying by. I hope you are looking forward to the long weekend.