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Loving: Our Christmas bedroom. This is year 2 with the gray walls and I adore how that neutral background allows for all kinds of Christmas decor.

Reading: The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesey. It’s very good and I’m just about done, thank goodness, since it will be swept away from my kindle by Ms. Libby any day now.

Knitting: Dissent Cowl by Carissa Browning. I’m a little late to the party on this one, I think. I’m using Rowan Felted Tweed in Bilberry for the dark and Clay for the light. It’s great knitting for TV watching. I have a few hand knits that I haven’t been able to show you yet but Christmas is just about here so you can expect them over the next few weeks.

Baking: Swedish rye bread and cardamom braid. Because Christmas.

Watching: cheesy Hallmark movies and kids Christmas specials like Rudolph and Year Without a Santa Claus.

Considering: Dropping Project 365 from my daily routine. I’ve taken a photo a day, every day, since 2009! I originally started it to learn to use my new camera and improve my photography skills. Now, all these years later, it feels forced. I’m still committed to taking photos of things that inspire me, moments I want to capture, memories I want to keep, but I think I’m ready to let go of the task of taking a photo and just let myself be inspired by it instead.

Trying: a gravity blanket. I fall asleep just fine but wake in the night and have trying getting back to sleep. I know it’s related to hormones (thanks menopause) but add in some other stresses and pandemic anxiety and . . . it’s annoying. I’ve read that a gravity blanket can help and I’ve had one for 2 nights now. I will say I’m less restless, probably because turning over in bed now feels like strength training! Seriously, Dale came in the other night and said, how’s the new blanket? And I said, more weight.

Taking: vacation, not just from work but from blogging, too. I love having the week after Christmas off. It’s a great time to read and knit, play games, and do some things around the house. I’ll be popping in at some point, and I’ll definitely be blogging on Thursday the 31st but otherwise you won’t see me here much.

Wishing: you all a happy holiday season! It may look and feel different this year but I’m hoping you’ll find joy.

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  1. Your bedroom looks fantastic! I have gray walls in my bedroom, too, and I think they are very restful. I think that discarding unnecessary things that don’t bring you joy is always a good idea. Your photography should be fun, not work. When I stayed at my grandmother’s growing up, we had to sleep with several quilts on the bed to stay warm, so I can identify with a gravity blanket. I don’t think it would help me sleep, but please report back. I think I will follow your lead and take a week off from everything but the basics. Some rest without structure would be most welcome. Have wonderful holidays, Carole – hygge!

  2. This is a lovely random post that just feels good to read. I love the restful bedroom, and while I’m not so sure about the weighted blanket, Ryan swears by his. It’s important for all of us to take the time that we need to rest, read, knit, and prepare for a hopefully much better 2021!

  3. I look forward to hearing how the weighted blanket works – I need something to help me stay asleep or fall back to sleep because the 3:30 am wake up is getting old
    Enjoy your “vacation”

  4. Oooo, Dissent Cowl! Exactly what I want to make for my friend (a little late for Christmas….) Thanks for the reference.

  5. I’m wondering about that blanket too (I’m talking to you 1:30 a.m.!). Also wondering if both occupants of the bed will be on board…Your week ahead sounds delightful!

  6. I love everything about that bedroom pic, Carole! Do you have a recipe you’d recommend for vort limpa, by any chance? Enjoy all that goodness in store over the holiday.

  7. Your bedroom looks great! My father makes cardamom bread every year and forgot all about it this year. I bought a weighted blanket (15 lbs) a year or so ago and I couldn’t get used to it. I really felt like I couldn’t move. Now I sleep with a flannel sheet, down blanket, quilt and a throw (for the cats to not get my quilt dirty) and that feels heavy to me. Plus a cat weighing everything down. I hope you enjoy it. The idea of it sounded so great to me and I was so sorry it didn’t work out for me.

  8. Your room is so cheerful with the holiday decor! I think you have an excellent vacation week planned and I hope you enjoy every minute. Merry Christmas to you and Dale and your whole family!

  9. Just getting around to this, but I wanted to thank you for that bedroom pick. We’re at an impasse on re-doing the bedroom because one of us loves tons of color and the other, well, not so much. I think those gorgeous gray walls with a seasonal punch of color from my quilts might be our happy medium.

    I felt like a weighted blanket would be stifling. BUT, I keep an extra blanket folded on the foot of my side of the bed and it helps my feet get and stay warm and seems to help bit with my that part of me getting restless. Hope you find a perfect sleep arrangement for you (and Dale).

  10. I never thought of gray walls as neutral until I started using it myself. The room is lovely. Enjoy the staycation and the time you’ve set aside for yourself [and Dale].

  11. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I had the same random thought this week about abandoning Project 365 … I love how the daily photos ground my looking back practice, and I wonder how I’d make that work without them? good food for thought!

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