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Rock Day, Saturday at the guild went well (will post more about that on the guild blog later on)  considering that the guild is only 2 months old. 

Sunday I was feeling a bit under the weather.

Monday’s appointment at the dentist didn’t go as well as expected, I’ll have to go back to be refitted for a crown.   It was a warm day but since I’d been summoned to jury duty the rest of the week I caught up on indoors chores.  Later that evening I called the court house to find out that I didn’t have to report for jury duty.  Yay!   We were expecting record breaking temps again on Tuesday and Wednesday and I’d have 4 whole free days to myself with nothing scheduled.   Top of my list was to bathe a dog or two and since there was no snow left in the yard, get in some yard work, go for long walks each day, let the dogs romp outdoors all day while I worked etc.

Tuesday…  we got into the high 60’s.   Unfortunately I was  feeling cruddy.    The closest thing to a dog getting bathed and outdoor work getting done was working on a couple of pounds of wool from Poodle, a monastery sheep.  I was able to soak, wash and dry it outdoors in the sun.  That little bit of work did me in.

Here is Poodle drying on the patio table.  Notice how green our grass is for January, normally it is buried under snow.

Here are sample skeins from monastery sheep.  Top to bottom Scottish Black-face,  BFL (Poodle), Grey-face (Scottish mule?)  Although the wool comes from uncoated sheep who forage, I think working to remove all the vm (vegetable) matter is worth it.    

Today, Wednesday is one of those days where if you don’t like the weather just wait a few minutes and it will change.   We have lots of rain, then sun, then rain, then windy, calm, thunder and so on.   It is very mild for January, feels like spring!

I snapped the photo of a double rainbow I noticed while letting the dog out.  How unusual to see a rainbow in January.  When I took the photo, the sun was shining through the clouds in some areas, but it was also raining and the wind tried to rip the door out of my hands…

Cough…  I’m off to have some hot tea with honey…

I live on a street that is two blocks long.  At one end of this street is a cemetery, at the other a river.  The river seems to be home to many birds and resting places for other, and so I always look to see what is on the little islands out there or flying around and to watch people enjoying the river.

Sometimes I see hundreds of seagulls, Canadian Geese, ducks and the usual birds that can be seen on a daily basis.  Other days I see Blue Herons, Storks, a variety of Hawks and other prey birds…  and so on.

Recently, as I was crossing the bridge on the way to the Monastery,  a very large flock of Canadian Geese caught my eye.  We always have them around so I wouldn’t have paid much attention to them if not for the fact that I’d already noticed another very large flock of Geese headed right towards them.   At the stop light I looked up just in time to see the two flocks fly right into each other.   For a moment it looked like some had collided with others, but after much flapping, honking and swirling around, they were all still flying, only now they were scattered in every direction.  I watched for as long as I could, the  Geese going one way and then turning to go another and then turning again….

It occurred to me that this was how 2007 was for me.  I’d be going in one direction and then a bump in the road or some unexpected event would spin me around and set me off in another direction.

Some events involved letting go of old things.  Due to Dad’s failing health, we had to find a new, safe place for him to live.  This meant packing up his house, sorting through what he could use and wanted to keep and then deciding what to do with the rest.  Doing this was definitely a trip down memory lane and an incredible task.  I decided then that I did not want my children to have to go through my clutter and once I got back home started to look at everything with new eyes.  As a result, we are already living simpler, getting rid of excess things we don’t need or want.   We almost bought a new, smaller home and had this one up for sale and then changed our minds, decided we weren’t quite ready.  Maybe this year.

Other events helped us look to the future.  Our 7th grandchild was born in 2007.   I helped to start a new guild.  Many new friends were made.   There were many Blessings.

What I learned in 2007 was to allow myself to go along whatever path I’m led to and enjoy it or at least make the best of it.

Now here we are  in 2008.   We are already in the middle of a home project.  There are plans for retirement at the end of the year and I hope we find a ‘project’  home.

The guild is up and running and we will be having our first Rock Day event on Saturday!

My goal this year is to spend my time on things that matter most to me, family, friends, home.   And to give myself permission to explore those unexpected turns in the roads.

Happy New Year to Everyone!

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