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Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday Reflections.

...inspired by figuring out 40, this is a slightly different take on currents, using the senses to reflect on the week.
a gift from my mom, who's visiting this week
tasting :: pumpkin spice lattes, apple cake, red wine, dark chocolate almond bark and ravioli lasagne (yes, I cooked...for company!). It's almost cool enough to think about soup in the slow cooker...maybe next week?

hearing :: quiet mostly when I'm home alone (which was a lot this week), and podcasts when I'm walking Holly or driving. Especially enjoyed the new (hosted by Pam Allen and Hannah Fettig, this is ear candy for knitters) and the October 4 episode of Selected Shorts which included Steven Millhauser's "The Dome" read by Alec Baldwin and Nicholson Baker's "Subsoil" (still enjoying short stories and this podcast was my "fix" for the week). Also iTunes Radio; I played the Dinner Party station when we had everyone over on Wednesday and I think it's pretty good. Definitely worth another listen.

smelling :: spiced pumpkin and frasier fir candles at my house, and spiced chestnut at Katie's. Loving the smell, too, of the fallen leaves underfoot while we walk.

seeing :: my parents; they're visiting this week and I enjoyed lunch with them on Monday and dinner Wednesday. My mom brought me that gorgeous mum and it's like having fall sitting on my kitchen counter. I'm also well into Tracey Clark's Picture Everyday class and this week's prompts are about details...I'm noticing so much more!

feeling :: rested and a sense of calm; very welcome after this crazy busy year, and especially right this second as I'm getting ready to spend the weekend away with my parents, sister and brother and spouses and then dive into the birthday season and the holidays. Of course maybe this is just the calm before the storm, but I'm still grateful for it!

wishing & hoping :: for nice weather this weekend (yikes, I've wished for that a bunch lately!) ... and that this new-found sense of calm helps me stay balanced over these next few months.

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Blogger margene said...

Next week I'll be heading out to visit my Dad in AZ. I'm looking forward to seeing him since it's been two years. (!) Autumn has a way of reminding us to slow down, find calm, as the busyness of the Holidays will soon be upon us. Enjoy your time with family, your sense of calm and the joy of living.

Friday, 11 October, 2013  
Blogger Carole said...

It sounds like you have lots of good seasonal things going on right now.

Friday, 11 October, 2013  
Blogger Kym said...

May your sense of calm continue to carry you! Love the mum -- so beautiful!

Monday, 14 October, 2013  
Blogger Lydia said...

i like this, am i'm sure i'll be stealing it for blog content!

Tuesday, 15 October, 2013  
Blogger Honoré said...

Mums are indeed gorgeous and I so enjoyed your sharing those lovely fall sensations. Know you had a super family weekend.

Wednesday, 16 October, 2013  
Blogger Patty said...

Mary I hope that your week is going well and that you're having a great visit with your parents. Glad you've got a little time to stop and smell the roses!

Wednesday, 16 October, 2013  

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