Joy List Monday

It's a wonderfully sunny Monday morning here. I was away for the weekend, getting together with my two oldest friends. The drive to (and back from) a spot further south in Wisconsin was so beautiful. The fall colors like the glowing embers of a smoldering fire. The weather was unbelievably perfect all weekend long. (And today, too. Blue, blue skies).

I unplugged for the weekend. No internet. No email. No social media. And I think it was just what I needed.

southern Wisconsin, Autumn, fall, morning, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

We had a lovely time and it was just as lovely to come home to my boys.

And now in my sunny studio I am ready to tackle all the projects I have ahead of me. Slowly. In a focused way. I think SLOW will be my mantra for this fall and winter.

Joy List Monday: 

a weekly ritual
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day

My list today:

  • gorgeous sunny, warm weather
  • a girls' weekend with my oldest friends (and finally meeting a sweet baby who's fast growing out of babyhood)
  • driving through the beautiful Wisconsin countryside
  • time alone with my thoughts
  • ideas and plans
  • a newly developing collaboration
  • making up new recipes including a delicious pasta sauce made with roasted butternut squash and lots of garlic
  • painting
  • returning to my sketchbook
  • inspirations
What's on your list?

ginkgo leaves, sketchbooks, micron pen, drawing, botanical sketchbook, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

Wishing you a wonderful week filled with many joys!


  1. What a landscape Anne. Slow sounds good. My list of late is:

    Playing Twister and Headbands with the kids and laughing like crazy.

    Playing a hand clapping game with my daughter last night. Always brings back fun memories of being a kid.

    Winning a yarn and tea giveaway on Instagram.

    The sun is shining today.

    Using my Lo Lo Bar and it smells soooo good.

    1. Sounds like you are fully savoring the days, Dana.

      Thanks so much for sharing your list!


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