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Sometimes Mondays

Are the start of the 2nd week of Christmas break. And that’s just fine with me.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were lovely times with our family and friends. There were moments that were sad and difficult, as I knew there would be, but the love of those who matter most in the world was all around us and it made all the difference.

Since then we have been hibernating a lot. Reading books. Knitting. Listening to music. We did venture out on Saturday to see Bombshell and then we went to a local restaurant afterwards. I almost said let’s just go home because I knew we’d see people that would want to express their condolences and I sort of didn’t want to face that. But I decided it would be better to be present, to open myself up to receiving kindness, than it would be to hide at home. I was right and we saw a whole bunch of people we know and it was fine. Comforting, even.

I’ve got things on my list that need to be finished this week. Errands to run. A New Year’s Eve dinner with friends to prepare for. Thank you notes to write. Catching up on end-of-the-year stuff like updating Ravelry, sharing the books I read in 2019, finalizing my 20 in 2020 list, you know the drill.

It feels good to share with all of you again. It feels right to be back in this space. It makes me feel like me again.

And that’s a really good thing.

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Glad to hear your Christmas was comforting and that you and Dale are doing things feel right for you.

  2. I am glad that you had time to be by yourselves and have found the grace to be with others…both are important. Much love to you! XO

  3. It is lovely to hear from you and hear that you and Dale are navigating this new territory. You have an ambitious to do list for the end of the year, Carole! I am looking forward to that end of the year book list, as you well know – LOL.

  4. Welcome back. I think the end of the year can require both hibernating and socializing even when things are “normal”. Glad you found space and grace to do both.

  5. I’m glad you opened yourself up to the community so we can hold you up with love, Carole. Peace in 2020 to Dale, you and family. x

  6. Sounds like you’re doing exactly what you need to do Carole. We’re always glad to hear from you though. Enjoy the rest of this week!

  7. I hate that feeling of wanting to stay home to avoid people who you know mean well – and will ask questions and comment. I remember my dad and I going to a liquor store all the way on the other side of town after my brother died to avoid people we knew. And wouldn’t you know it – we ran into an old employee of his! It was ok though and comforting. Hang in there guys. Thinking of you <3

  8. Just dipping my toe back into blog-world in the midst of a whirlwind holiday! So glad you’re venturing out and finding comfort. Here’s to the start of another great week of relaxing and “re-entry.” XOXO
    (What did you guys think of Bombshell???)

  9. I am glad to hear that you’ve found the holidays to be restorative and supportive. Sometimes a routine can be a real comfort.

  10. Glad you’re back. Hibernation can be restorative – but then we must emerge, blinking in the light.

  11. Glad you’re back. I can relate to wanting to hide (in my case from people asking how my mother is doing), but you’re right, we need to be out there. I love how you phrase that: “open myself to receiving kindness”.
    I’ll try to remember that.

  12. Happy to see you back and refreshed, rejuvenated, and feeling loved by those around you. Sending and Dale love and friendship as we all head into a new year. Happy New Year, dear friend.

  13. So glad to see you back here! That photo looks so warm and cozy and your catching up list sounds productive. Here’s to a great end to 2019!

  14. Glad that you are making the most of your time off. I’m looking forward to making lists for 2020 and doing a Ravelry update. I feel like I’ve become a little disconnected and for 2020 I’m hoping to change that. All the best for 2020 to you guys.

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