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Filled with classes, hikes, and elfing beginnings, these November days have been full of good things.
Good things mixed with the heaviness in the air. A sense of what is for some and isn't for others. There, as always, is a need to do more, help more, know more, mixed with a want to put blanket over head, hibernate, come back up when things no longer feel so dark.
I'm reading this book and appreciating the reminders. Especially in light of all that is happening and all the information that can sting right down into the heart's core, it's a much needed time for me to be "hands free", present with them and self, find out what CAN be done*, and have set times where work and news take place.
I'm finding my way upstairs to untangle clothesline, the main materials my gifting work is using this year.
Dabbling in the few herbal remedies I know. Excited to share them this year.
And they, too, are beginning the chatter of what is needed and wanted and being dreamed of. Woodpiles are forming in the garage, sticks carved at every chance. He's teaching her, this boy of ours, to fling arrows and use pocket knives. She is pretty smitten with these new skills, and I am counting fingers and reminding myself she's been using all sorts of real, sharp tools safely since she was pretty wee, this is just another version.
Secret plans are whispered to their dad. Plans about how Mama has so many oils and herbs and no good place to keep them. A little shelf for my teas, a birthday present made by the boy, is already filled they tell him. Since the joy of filling our home with these good things isn't coming to a close, I'm pretty excited about any plans to make room for more.
This week we are "off" from classes, to visit family, a new museum, spend as much time as possible not rushing. An adjustment of sorts, I'm thinking. Adjustment of attention, time spent being "on", being present. Feels like a needed breath in the midst of good and hard and what is.
*Things that can be done-
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