I've been mentally resting for the past few months. I've had my nose to the grindstone for years now, and I decided that I couldn't work at that pace anymore. So I decided to slow way down, and see what would happen.
What happened was, it's been lovely, and I'm enjoying my work more than ever. I have sworn off knitting and quilting deadlines, I hope forever.
Getting my colors redone was also an influence for the regrouping. Since I'm basically redoing my entire wardrobe (if I didn't feel that I need to walk the walk because of my job, I would be a little more flexible about this!), I have been remaking many of my favorite patterns using my new colors. I'm having a ball--and I sure do have many new unfinished projects. Since I'm off of deadlines, I don't mind that. In fact, I'm enjoying the puttering as I go from one to the other.
And we're busy at the store. January and February are our two busiest months. It's hard to do anything right now other than work there. So I'm doing just that.
What I am being is still--
Well, at least compared to my normal self.
(This photo was from yesterday. I took at from an exotic National Geographic location: the parking lot behind Bosov's in Altoona.)
And I think that for winter, still is the perfect thing to be. Many mammals hibernate. If we didn't have electricity, cars, and non-agricultural jobs, we would be inside much more of the time right now, doing handicrafts, reading, and eating from our harvest.
I know that you're tired of winter--but as my dad says, "Don't wish your life away." The days are getting longer, your sap is flowing. Spring is here, even though it's not yet visible--and it will be visible before you know it. Enjoy this last little bit of stillness.