The other day Dana Barbieri wrote a beautiful blog post about stopping time so she can savor these precious days before her children get too old to enjoy the holidays. I wish I could stop time, too. Snuggle into these cozy days, snow whispering on the other side of the windows, candles flickering in their jars, hot tea steaming in my mug.
I can, however savor. Savor each moment. Keep my Joy Lists. Stop what I'm doing throughout the day and lift up thoughts of gratitude.
Be glad for things like the jasmine flowers forming on the plant in my studio window.
Snapping this photo I noticed I could already smell the sweet scent of jasmine. It wasn't my imagination; when I looked, I discovered a few buds had already opened.
If I hadn't been paying attention I might have missed it.
I might also have missed the silly scene out the upstairs window from the other day:
Oh, those squirrels make me laugh. I'm glad for their presence in our yard (even though they did keep digging up my onions this summer). I'm glad for the presence of the birds at our feeders, too. Sweet chickadees and finches, nuthatches and bluejays, cardinals and sparrows, juncos and woodpeckers. I try to remember to stop and watch out the window throughout the day. They bring me so much joy.
I hope you are managing to find time to listen to your joys, too. Maybe even write your joys down in the mini gratitude journal Dana and I created for you (it's not too late to subscribe and download your own).
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
- the beautiful snow
- my winter-cozy home
- having my 2017 Calendar featured in Squarespace's Holiday Gift Guide
- being part of Bonnie Christine's Handmade Gift Guide
- watching Elf for the first time (I know, I'm behind the times by about 13 years) and Love Actually for the umpteenth
- discovering Ann Wood's wonderful work and her lovely blog (I'm totally smitten... check out this miniature ant world and you will be, too)
- roasting butternut squash for pasta sauce (Matthias used to declare he hated squash before I made this. Now I have to beat him to the leftovers or I won't get any).
- beautiful inspiring books brought home from the library like this one and this one
- a little project
Wishing you a lengthy list.
p.s. Etsy's running a special promotion for first time customers and it's ending tonight at midnight. Make a $50 purchase in one shop and receive a $10 credit toward a future purchase. You can read all about it here. Might be the time to finally take the plunge and purchase something you've been eying in my Etsy shop.
p.p.s. Spoonflower is having a flash sale offering free shipping through noon, Tuesday December 13th!
p.p.p.s. My website now accepts Paypal as a payment option! I was so excited when Squarespace announced this the other day. Now you have the choice of paying with credit card, Apple Pay or Paypal. (Learn more about my policies here).
*I made this jar years ago, inspired by this. I still love it and it's one of the few decorations I put out at Christmas time.