Over the past 12 years or so I’ve had an annual word to focus/guide me. Some, I think, have been ever present in my life; others have challenged me – and still do; a few bring up bittersweet memories for they are often associated with family members and/or longtime friends and experiences; and some are still front and center as I’ve not yet reached the mountaintop with them. For 2021, I toyed with a variety of words, thinking that perhaps I might even revisit some previous. And then …
My 2021 word – color – came to me in a flash. On or about December 9, inspired by a sunrise, I think or perhaps playing with paper or fabric and memories or I ran across a photo or a quote or even all of the above. But intuitively, I felt, knew that color was the word; I immediately googled the definition and felt right at home, asking out loud: What took you so long to appear?
Since glomming onto my word, I’ve experienced serendipity, RAS – reticular activation systems– practically every day. Color is always ever present in our lives in so many ways – from the sky to flora, fauna; weather; events; sensory experiences, e.g., an evergreen candle that sits on the table greets me daily with its unmistakeable evergreen spruce scent; my Flower Garden quilt hangs on the wall over my left shoulder – I get to gaze at its very colorful presence; yellow, my fave color, adorns the first floor walls and is a very visible in my life on a daily basis. Already, my photos are very color focused: the sky; inauguration fireworks; charts; etc.
Color is the perfect choice. I look forward to exploring and living with this word in 2021. I think it’s going to be a joyous and different ride- it has already … To be continued!
…are grey and dismal and cold. a winter weather advisory – mixed precip: possible snow accumulation, 1-2 inches and ice — in effect until tomorrow AM.
…are not a good day for calling a business…apparently everyone who has business with the same company as I, chose to call today. one listens to the message and choices and then, after selecting the “speak to a customer service rep,” a prerecorded voice comes on the line: “all service reps are busy …” and the call is abruptly ended. C’est toute! irritating, to say the least.
…are the 25th day of the new year, 2021 and one month since Christmas Day of the previous. we were ever so eager for 2020 to come to a close and are thankful that the protracted victory of the presidential election and installation of POTUS 46 has transpired. a deep sigh of relief…
…and a note: Carolyn of youroneword is hosting the 2021 monthly One Little Word share/linkup. So mosey on over to share your 2021 word and see what others’ words are, too.
… a spectacular sunrise, so I was advised by friends who saw such … and shared, per above. sadly I did not … tho’ the sun did shine a bit and there was the gentle hint of rose pinks in the sky on my end…
… a late breakfast: scrambled egg with a bit o’ chicken, broccoli and Vermont sharp white cheddar cheese plus unsweetened applesauce; I am full …
… seven items on today’s agenda – the last of which is updating/posting to the blog. Wahoo! One down and only six left to do. Yep, I got this!
Well, here we are at the end of this unprecedented year in humans’ lives and when/what the end will be is anybody’s best guess. I certainly have no ideas…just hopes, dreams, wishes, desires. Friday marks the beginning of 2021 – most of us are anxious for the new year to come, hopeful that this long chapter of human suffering and loss will end. And with the end of 2020, also comes the choosing of a new word for 2021. I am still pondering mine tho’ I’m 99.9% positive that I have settled on the track I intend to take; I do know that my 2020 word: habit will continue to play an important role in my relationship with my new word and the 365 days of 2021.
I shared last month that I would not be hosting the 2021 monthly linkup. I’m delighted to announce that Carolyn of https://youroneword.com/ graciously offered to host for 2021. Clearly, this is a natural transition. Thank you Carolyn (and kudos to Carole of Carole Knits, who also offered to host). And thanks to you for joining me and sharing your 2020 word journey in this space.
It’s WEDNESDAY and time for Unraveled Wednesday with Kat and friends…
1- On the stitching front: Progress – slowly – on an appliqué project – shhh, it’s for a friend. I’ve cut all the pieces and now need to adhere to the background – once I decide on what I want to use…that will probably be enhanced when I take another deep dive in my stash. Who knows what I might uncover?
2 – On the reading front: Ordered/Received from Blackwell’s in the UK: Hamnet. My Christmas gift from me to me … The cover is spectacular and an invitation to reproduce as a stitching project…hmmm?
My TBR list continues to g-r-o-w and my time to make a dent in it and Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series, decreases. I’m thinking that I will resume reading Inspector Gamache in print rather than the audible version.
I noted the Good Reads Best Books of 2020 list and saw a few titles I might add to my TBR list… I’ve started my Christmas Gift books list – books for the little boys beg for a trip to B & N and/or local Indie stores…but COVID-19? Online! Chris is quite the whiz on the ‘Net…
3 – Each day when I log on to DayONE, I have the choice to ‘jumpstart” my journaling with a prompt; this was today’s and my response:
Day ONE: Do you feel you owe anyone an apology? My Response: Probably lots of people and maybe most of all: MOI!
Just 31 days to go … I’ve noticed that during this year of Covid-2019, my word habit has served me well and well, not so well. The latter because other events and external events changed things over which I have no control – or perhaps, in some instances, I chose not to exercise any control? Certainly a question that I will ponder over the next 31 days.
Usually this time of the year, a new word presents itself… thus far, not so. Over the years, I’ve flirted with quite a dictionary of words – perhaps I’ll reconsider and choose one, again … a thought occurs that perhaps I might revisit several on a quarterly basis. In the meantime, I shall continue to focus on my 2020 word habit to guide me through these next/last 31 days of 2020. I have an ambitious agenda set out for December 2020 and I will need to depend on habit to keep me focused, productive, creative, satisfied, relaxed and able to say YES to NO!
Our last link up for 2020 is Tues, Dec 29. I won’t be hosting the linkup in 2021; I hope there is someone who will be able to take over. If so, please touch base so we can make the announcement on the 29th. Have a great December, stay well and safe!
… in just 4 days, December will be upon us and the end of 2020 – just 31 days away! I’m very much looking forward – – to 2020’s end and hopefully, the nightmare we’ve been living …
… despite this year’s challenges, I am grateful that friends and family, have for the most part, fared well. Several friends and I lost a long-time very dear friend and it has been so comforting for us to have one another.
… I read this article this AM, selected for me by google – sometimes I resent google’s snooping in my search and email in order to personalize web content for me but this time, I’m OK. I immediately downloaded the Kindle book and I’m off to Ravelry to look some more. My mind’s racing with ideas for doing this ’cause sky/cloud/season watching soothes my soul …
… it’s a fact that I’ve made corn pudding dozens of times (see 11/26/20 post). Yesterday, I managed to burn the dish…for some reason, I set the oven for 450 degrees, not the required 350 degrees! Go figure. I’m just grateful that we weren’t having company and that, fortunately, only the top was charred. And – Elias is THREE today! Will share a photo or two, as soon as Dolly sends some.
Happy Thanksgiving! It’s been very quiet around here. Naps appear to be front and center… This morning, Dolly (my niece) accidentally FaceTimed me…so, I had a chance to chat with great grand-nephew Chris, now almost 6.5 years old! He told me he was going to make “corn pudding” this morning – he was excited. And he did. Dolly (or Chris, not sure who for he often sends us txt messages ) shared the proof of the pudding just fresh out of the oven.
I too am making corn pudding- it’s been a Thanksgiving/Christmas staple since the late 70s…and so I thought I’d share the recipe* – very simple and easy to make:
2 – 12 oz cans: 1 – cream corn and 1 – whole kernel corn (drained)
1 cup sour cream (I use fat free )
1/2 c. margerine – melted
1 box Jiffy mix
Dump all the ingredients into a bowl, mix thoroughly and bake at 350 degrees, 40 -50 min or a tester comes clean .
Guaranteed to please and it’s even tastier the next couple days… Enjoy!
Chris likes to cook; I think I’ll get him a chef’s hat + matching apron for Christmas and a cookbook; trust I can find such.
*I’ve shared the recipe before when the blog was on typepad …
looking: at the calendar – amazed that there are just 10 days left in the month*;
calculating: 41 days left in this year;
wondering: could that really be so?
reminiscing: Norman and I both celebrated trips around the sun; it is fun that our age numbers are reversed and that the sum for each of our two digits is the same;
enjoying: the crispness of a lovely autumn day;
appreciating: the good days vs the not-so good ones as we navigate N’s type 2 diabetes…
afternoon walks through the park;
listening to a variety of podcasts – my fave still: Happier with Gretchen Rubin as a walking companion;
the joy and ebulation of the election..
Wed evening, I joined Modern Mrs Darcy’s Book Club’s visit with Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow. She is a delightful person and the book is definitely on my TBR list.
Have a great weekend!
*A note: I realized, looking at the calendar that 24 November is the fourth/last Tues of the month. Since it is so close to Thanksgiving, I’ve decided to schedule the link up for Tues 1 Dec. We’ll wrap up 2020 with the last OLW link up Tues, 29 December.